GHOSTBAND

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GHOSTBAND

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Blues rock at it's best, the ultimate power trio

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Brian Vasey - guitar / lead vocal:

Grew up and still live in the North East of England. Learned to love music at a very early age, being shown the ways of the guitar at the age of 4 by my cousin Jack Rontree, who was a superb Rock & Roll guitarist. Sadly he is no longer with us. His first electric guitar was a Red Futurama Duo when he was 9. He now has many guitars, but guitar of choice, is his Gibson Les Paul 59' Standard. Played in bands throughout his life so far and has had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the greatest musicians this world of music has to offer. A lot of his best friends have been met through music, be it fan based or other. He was Support for PETER GREEN with his band BLUZEHOUSE on Peter’s comeback tour in '97 with SPLINTER GROUP. Fronted OFFICERS CLUB, played guitar for SIX OF THE BEST, SIX NO MORE, THE RETURN OF THE WIZARD in '85-'86, UK ROCK LEGENDS plus a number of years as a solo artist. Just had fantastic first visit to New York City playing gigs at The Bitter End, Bleeker Sstreet, Greenwich Village and Monster B's in Connecticut.

He has released 4 solo albums..."Dark by Nightfall",2009 "Sea of Emotion" 2013 and "Leaning on the Blues" 2014. He has seen many Ghosts in his life, doesn't know why, but believe him they do exist ! Formed new band November 2014 " BRIAN VASEY GHOSTBAND" blues rock trio now just referred to as the GHOSTBAND.

Chris Bennett - drums / backing vocal:

His career has moved from punk, (when he started drumming to the public, pretty much never having played before) to blues rock in Ghostband. His 1st serious band called DIVIDED CAMPS, then on to Thrash Metal with LEGACY (he still have demos on a 4 track reel to reel), Heavy Metal with the mighty VHF, Derek Lyon (Vocals) some minor interest with Radio Play on local pirate stations in London and with the 2nd VHF incarnation a hit on Pappo Ripper 's radio show in Belgium, and Music (Take it to the Limit, Vocals Graz) featured in a German film Kleine Haie, Thrash / Blues Metal courtesy of EGYPT with Alan Fish (Bass) and Eric Chipulina (Guitar), leading on to a stint with Tony McPhee as a GROUNDHOG.

Representing Heavy Rock, had time spent with both PAUL D’IANNOS BATTLEZONE and Paul Samson in a reformed SAMSON with Chris Aylmer (Bass). Then a couple of dates with Eric Bell’s THIN LIZZY, and after a break from the skins for a couple of years, he moved up to Middlesborough where the Northeast music scene encouraged him back to playimng. The last few years he has been playing with local bands and musicians in many different genres. Joining local metal merchants BLACK ROSE currently writing and recording new songs for the next album, helping out Hammer at the last Brofest in Newcastle, and depping for anyone / everyone he could, eventually meeting Brian Vasey and Barry Skeels & now......GHOSTBAND

B J Skeels aka Bazza Nova - bass / backing vocal:

Originally from London, played with the first IRON MAIDEN (no relation, releasing 1 album - Maiden Voyage , enjoying a re-release & 1 single - Falling), MONUMENT (1 album - Monument) and cult band ZIOR (2 albums - Zior & Every Inch A Man & 3 singles) also with the BLUES BURGLARS, GYPSY, MONGREL & a number of other bands. He was also offered the position of bassists to the SAVOY BROWN’S BLUES BAND in the late 60's after depping with them for a few months. Also in the early seventies, with Bazza on guitar & bass and Steve Drewett, vocals / harmonica, they performed their version of the blues in many established London & home counties, blues clubs & pubs. Being invited to support PETER GREEN’S FLEETWOOD MAC whenever the played in Essex, which was often. They were known as STEVENSON’S BLUES DEPARTMENT and could be seen at playing at Blue Horizon, Wandsworth, The Angel & Manor House, Highbury & Islington, Tavistock Town & Country, Camden, Marquee, Studio 51 to name a few. They were even offered support on JETHRO TULL’s first UK tour, which for various reasons they couldn't take up.

In his career Bazza has also worked with VENOM, ANATHEMA, RIOT, TROUBLE, SKYCLAD, SAMSON, BLACK SABBATH, SAXON, MANOWAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, PARADISE LOST, QUIRE BOYS, LOVE HATE, RAGE and many others and in his later years northeast club band THE SOULUTIONS before leaving to join THE BLACK RIVER BAND and in Nov '09 formed the ROAD RUNNERS with Rufus T Firefly. Nov 2014 - GHOSTBAND with Brian & Chris

Gig Listing

Sun 12 Aug, 16.00, Bedlington Terriers Club, Welfare Park, Park Road, Bedlington, NE22 5DA
Fri 24 Aug, 21.00, Murton Colliery Club, Claude Terrace, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9DU
Sat 25 Aug, 21.00, The Angel Inn, Crossgate, Durham City, DH1 4PR
Sun 26 Aug, 15.00, Murton Officials Club, Woods Tce, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9LS

Sat 1 Sept, 21.00, Townhouse, Whitley Rd, Whitley Bay, NE26 2TG
Sun 2 Sept, 12.00, Gindon SC, Gregory Rd, Grindon, Sunderland (members only)
Sat 15 Sept, 21.30, The Royal, Front St, Stanley, DH9 0JQ
Fri 21 Sept, 21.00, Cross Keys, Spout Lane, Washington, NE38 7AB

Fri 12 Oct, 21.00, Market Tavern, South Burn, Chester Le Street, DH3 3EZ
Fri 19 Oct, 21.00, Penny Gill, Cheapside, Spennymoor
Sat 27 Oct, 21.00, Lambton Arms, Charity Gig for Brain Cancer, Chester Le Street, DH3 3BJ

Sat 17 Nov, 20.30, Acklam Iron & Steel SC, Park Rd South, Middlesborough, TS4 2RD
Fri 23 Nov, 21.00, Cleveland Hotel, High St West, Redcar, TS10 1SQ

Mon 10 Dec, 20.30, Millview SC, Station Rd, Fulwell, Sunderland, SR6 9AE
Sat 22 Dec, 21.00, G W Horners, Front St, Chester Le Street
Sat 29 Dec, 21.00, Lambton Arms, Front St, Chester Le Street

2019
Sat 4 May, 21.00, GW Horner, Front Street, Chester Le Street,, DH3 3BE

Sat 27 Dec, 21.00, Lambton Arms, Front St, Chester Le Street, DH3 3BJ

Contact

Call / Text: Baz 07727203609

Email: Offbeat Management - barryskeels@gmail.com

Facebook: Ghostband
Reverbnation: Brian Vasey

 

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