POPULAR Uttoxeter band Radio Mary have returned to the gig circuit this month and will be bringing in the new year in style in Doveridge next week.
Fans both old and new are promised a great New Year’s Eve night out with a set list that includes a mix of new original and cover material, as well as the old favourites that Radio Mary stalwarts love to sing along to.
Reflecting back on 2012, front man singer-songwriter and guitarist Kev Hand said they have been playing some rather different shows.
He said: “Looking back over this year, we’ve played some storming national and local gigs that have really set us up for the year ahead and beyond.
“We’ve not only played at pubs, clubs and festivals this year, but we’ve also played at a number of weddings for the first time – it’s a real privilege to be invited along to play at someone’s wedding, and the band has really warmed to the occasion and delivered some top performances. It’s been great.”
As the band continues to go from strength to strength, it has not been without some changes in the line-up.
Earlier this year, Dave Brownhills joined the band on mandolin, acoustic guitar and adding a growing electric guitar presence that has become a more integral part of the band’s unique style and sound.
New drummer and backing vocalist Jason Thornton is the latest new recruit, taking the place of Doveridge-based Richard Moitie who left the band in the autumn.
Eileen Strong has hung up her fiddle and accordion and has been replaced by well-known local multi-instrumentalist and singer Jilly Brownhills.
The band hit the stage at the Doveridge Village Club on New Year’s Eve at 9pm. For more information contact the club on 01889 563625.