Band

About the band...

The Essex Based 5 piece Rock/Pop/Party band with energy. They play music from the 50's to present day and entertain, not just play! They are available for bookings in Pubs, Social Clubs, Private parties, Weddings, Festivals, Charity events, and Corporate Events — and have history of playing all of these throughout the Essex area. Although Essex based - the band will travel to gigs as far as London, Suffolk and Kent

Brad (Drums & Backing Vocals)
Steve (Bass, Vocals & Backing Vocals) 
Sarah (Main Vocals, Backing Vocals & Percussion)
Mark (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals)
Graham (Lead Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals)

Jack
(Dep guitarist)

Steve - Bass Player

Steve owned a guitar from the age of 9, and practised chords until he eventually jointly owned a record label and also a licensed entertainment agency. He played rhythm guitar on numerous recording sessions and produced several tracks including one of Switzerland’s top recording artists of the 80’s. Steve was the rhythm guitarist with ‘Tunnelvision’ - they released a record in the 80’s had a fair amount of success with radio air play and the college/university circuit.

In 2015, after almost 30 years away from the music business, Steve decided to try and learn bass as chords were now difficult for his fingers after so long away from the guitar - and after playing along to tracks on the internet, he became bored and placed an internet advert for a guitarist willing to practise with him. Eventually after trying to work with several guitarists, he found Andrew Halling, and together with Steve’s son Brad - the band was formed.

He has many influences and likes many types of music. Although he doesn’t have a favourite bass player. He says, “ I really cannot stand complexed playing that simply confuses the song - the bass with a driving beat is the real essence. I always play my own basic beat on numbers and rarely follow the recorded track - that suits some, but not the rebel in me.”

Brad - Drummer

Whilst at school Brad had the opportunity to learn to play drums in the music lesson, his development led him to play in the school band. His interest in drumming grew and he purchased an electronic drum kit (the neighbours were so thrilled) - and was encouraged by his elder brother who was already a drummer in widely known bands.

After leaving school, work commitment, marriage and children occupied much of his time - but when his Dad Steve (Bassist) said he was getting together with a guitarist to practise a few numbers, he offered to play drums for them and the rest is history. His very strong percussive rhythm with Bassist Steve and Guitarist Andrew is the backbone of the band.

Sarah - Vocalist

Having always wanted to be the singer in a band, Sarah used to practise singing along to recordings as a young girl. However, her realisations of actually becoming a singer were put on hold for work marriage, and bringing up her three girls. But when the band Risky Notes needed a vocalist and her husband Dave suggested Steve speak to her - she came along for a rehearsal session and instantly worked well with the band, picking up the songs very quickly and adding to the band’s overall sound.


Mark - Rhythm Guitar

Mark has been playing guitar since his early teens and actually went to the Rolling Stones Hyde Park concert in 69 (aged 14). Mark has played in Pop, Rock, RnB and Country bands, the longest time being ten years with “Open Country” where he played Rhythm Guitar and shared vocals with a female singer. Mark has recently been playing and singing with an Acoustic/Country band “The Acoustic Journeymen” and joined “Risky Notes” very recently. Mark has varied musical tastes and enjoys playing ALL styles of music.... but would draw a line at PUNK!

Graham - Lead Guitar
Graham's band career started when he was 15 and he, plus three school mates got together and formed a school band playing mostly original material. At that point, playing bass guitar, we had some success for a couple of years then he switched to six string electric guitar. A while later he formed a band and we played pubs for a few years mainly blues and rock covers. Marriage and bringing up a family took over and became his focus — however always keen together back into a band when the time was right he was delighted to join the 'Risky Notes' line-up. He has always enjoyed a wide range of music and believes — as — Robert Plant said, "Music is for every single person that walks the planet.”

[Jack - Dep Guitarist]
Jack is a 'dep' guitarist who steps in when/if our regular guitarists cannot make it. He's a superb player and he, and his family are good friends of the band.

Between Sarah, Steve, Brad, Mark & Graham - they produce some great melodic harmonies.

PLAYLIST 2018

1. I can see clearly (ska version)
2. Who knew
3. Get it on
4. Bad moon rising
5. With or without you
6. Summer of 69
7. Wings
8. Twist and Shout
9. Achy breaky heart
10. Get lucky
11. Rocking all over the world
12. Zombie
13. Dakota
14. Go your own way
15. All right now
16. Chasing cars
17. Get back
18. Weather with you
19. Hungry like the wolf
20. Maria
21. Heroes
22. Coz I luv you
23. Don't you forget about me
24. Nutbush city limits
25. Ride a white swan
26. Rocks
27. Don't stop believing
28. I love to boogie
29. Blue suede shoes/I'm ready
30. I'm not your fool anymore

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