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!

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

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 - 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.”

Andrew - Rhythm/Lead Guitarist

With a few of his older brother's Telecasters in the house, Andrew knew a barre chord or two and joined a band with a fellow schoolmate when 16. This was fairly short-lived and despite decades of picking up the odd guitar, watching bands and a love of rock groups such as Yes and Rush, it looked like playing guitar again wasn't going to happen. Marriage, kids, photography and playing table-tennis took over.

But that yearning to play guitar again never left and a few chance happenings a few years ago came together. Selling some hifi speaker stands and a jokey comment, 'swop for that Les Paul on your wall' instead of the £100 agreed, led to collecting guitars, a few eBay bargains and ultimately many guitars on the walls. Coming across some guitar tuition software and an encouraging online community, Andrew was soon recording a few home efforts.

But still something was missing and a chance Google search for a local band led to Andrew meeting bassist Steve and his son Brad at the end of summer 2015. Getting on like a house on fire, 'Risky Notes' were born and grew from strength to strength with the current five piece band.

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.

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


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. Harden my heart
15. Go your own way
16. All right now
17. Chasing cars
18. Get back
19. Weather with you
20. Hungry like the wolf
21. Maria
22. Heroes
23. Coz I luv you
24. Don't you forget about me
25. Nutbush city limits
26. Ride a white swan
27. Rocks
28. Don't stop believing
29. I love to boogie
30. Blue suede shoes/I'm ready
31. Johnny B. Goode
32. I'm not your fool anymore

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