The Band

Helen Firth - Lead VocalsHelen Firth – Lead Vocals

Helen is a powerful vocalist from Halifax, West Yorkshire who began singing at a very young aged. Spare time at school was spent in the music department singing lead vocals in various bands and rehearsing for roles in multiple musical shows.

Helen has undertaken vocal training from different sources including the British Voice Association and has spent a lot of time studying the anatomy and science of the voice. This has allowed Helen to not only use and look after her own voice but to teach other budding singers to do so too.

The past 8 years Helen has been working as a high demand vocalist performing in all corners of the UK and internationally in pubs, clubs, holiday parks, casinos, restaurants, hotels, functions and weddings. Audiences have been from small and intimate to a crowd of 12,000 at Headingley Stadium in Leeds. When Helen isn’t singing you might see her in ‘Bobs café’ or ‘The Woolpack’ on the ITV soap ‘Emmerdale’ working as a supporting artiste!

Helens musical tastes are quite diverse which has meant that she has been able to develop a repertoire from a mixture of genres including musical theatre, jazz, swing, Motown, rock and modern pop. Her inspirations are singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Caro Emerald, Eva Cassidy and Aretha Franklin but she also likes to listen to bands such as Jamiroquai, Deep Purple and Queen!!!

Helen has also developed a successful tribute show to one of her influenced singers, Caro Emerald, which you can read more on www.caroemeraldtribute.com

 

Danny Wares - DrumsDanny Wares – Guitar & Musical Director

Danny, now a graduate of the jazz course at Leeds College of Music began playing music at the young age of 9 when he took up the clarinet. At age 10 he started playing sax and as well as drums. A year later again he finally took up the guitar and bass guitar. He began performing at the age of 10 with the youth bands at Rochdale Music Service competing in national competitions and performing across Europe.

Danny first began his working career as a musician at the age of 14 playing baritone sax in a big band in Manchester. Since then he has gone on to perform all over the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in West-End Productions and various other orchestras, big bands. In recent events Danny has started working and tour with X-Factor finalist Ray Quinn playing lead guitar and backing vocals on his 2016 tour.

Although Danny graduated from LCoM specializing in jazz drums and was the original drummer for the band, he felt that his charismatic stage presence would be of use out front playing guitar.

 

Conor Magi – Drums

Awaiting Biog…….

Conor Magi - Drums

 

 

Andy Leggett - BassAndy Leggett – Bass

Andy Leggett is an electric and upright bassist originally from Haywards Heath, Sussex. Growing up in the small rural town of Ellesmere, Shropshire and starting lessons in electric bass around the age of 15, his tutors have included John Dover, Garry Jackson and Zoltan Dekany. Andy is currently living in Leeds, and having studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music, has now graduated. Performing regularly across the north of England, and also nationally at such venues as Lambeth palace, his main influences lie in various genres but most notably funk, disco, jazz and soul music. In particular his most influential artists/musicians include; James Jamerson, Bernard Edwards, Jaco Pastorius and Mark King.

 

 

 

 

Joe Boyes - KeyboardsJoe Boyes – Keys

Joe began playing piano at the age of 4 and studied with various teachers at the Blackburn School of Music before leaving at the age of 18 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music, where he has now graduated from.

Joe is classically trained, having completed his grade 8 by the age of 14, but is no stranger to other genres. Joe first discovered jazz pianist Oscar Peterson at the age of 12 and from there began to explore various other types of music. Joe joined the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra around this age and received tutoring from prominent musicians.

Joe has varied influences, ranging from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Chick Corea, Esbjörn Svensson and Tigran Hamasyan to name but a few.

Joe has been gigging since a young age, and is now based in Leeds. Joe runs his own band as a leader as well as being a sideman in various other bands, and has played a wide variety of genres, ranging from country to funk. Joe is currently working on his own original project, taking large influences from jazz and funk, and hopes to continue pursuing music in the years to come.

 

Laurie Covell SaxophoneLaurie Covell – Saxophone

Laurie began playing the saxophone when he was nine, by the age of 11 he began to play in local jazz bands and by 13 joined the county big band. At the age of 16 laurie was playing in a number of different bands from jazz to reggae, which gigged all over the south of England. By 17 he was playing second tenor for the national youth jazz orchestra. Laurie left the south of England to study at the Leeds college of music where he runs the Leeds College Of Music SU big band which successfully gigs all over the North of England. Since being in Leeds Laurie has been heavily involved with projects at the university as well as gigging across the north in a variety of bands. Laurie’s jazz quartet recently featured in ‘Hunters Prayer’ which comes out early next year.

 

 

 

Danny Barley - Trombone

Danny Barley – Trombone

Danny is a freelance trombonist from Hull but now based in Leeds. He picked up the trombone at the age of 8 and has since then toured up and down the country and Europe in and around his studies at Leeds College of Music. He is regularly seen playing in many of the local big bands as well as playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has played in a variety of venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Cavern in Liverpool and has worked with a range of artists including The Specials and The Pigeon Detectives. He has also worked lightly in television resulting in some brief appearances on the BBC as well as filming the latest national advertising campaign for Yorkshire Tea.

 

 

 

Tom Hill - TrumpetTom Hill – Trumpet

Born in Durham in 1993, Tom took up trumpet aged 8 and started getting lessons from his Grandfather. After doing gigs in the local area during the following years, starting when he was in secondary school. Tom then did a two year B-Tech course which enabled him to gain a place and study at the prestigious Leeds College of Music where he was taught by Mark Chandler, Steve Fishwick and Richard Iles. This helped him improve his trumpet playing, which also helped to widen his musical outlook. Through contacts made at the college, he started doing a wider variety of gigs, including Musicals, Function gigs and more big bands.

Tom’s influences include a wide variety of trumpet players. From people such as Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase and Wayne Bergeron to the British musicians who work the British scene.

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