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Formed in early 1996 'Bang on the Ear' started out as a mostly traditional Irish folk band playing mainly in folk clubs around the Midlands, but as the band naturally progressed more professional gigs beckoned. The band then started playing lots of pub venues such as the O'Neill's chain and other assorted pubs and clubs around the country, along with many varied private functions and the occasional festival. Weddings, Birthdays and all other sorts of functions have witnessed the up beat mix of Irish and contemporary folk, rock 'n' roll, blues & classic pop rock which have become the mainstay of the bands live set. The band have a very varied program of music ranging from traditional Irish songs and tunes to more contemporary Irish music such as the Pogues, Van Morrison, the Saw Doctors, Goats Don't Shave, Christy Moore and U2. The band has a fondness for the songs of Lennon & McCartney and several always make an appearance during the set! As well as self penned songs, there is also a mix of old rock 'n' roll numbers, some old blues and the occasional classic rock number! It’s a very eclectic mix which remains mostly up tempo throughout, pleasing all ages and keeping feet tapping for hours. All delivered in Bang on the Ear's own inimitable style, definitely a live act not to be missed!

The band have played over 3500 gigs in their 22 years together and career highlights include support slots wth Steve Tilston and Little Johnny England, several local folk festivals including headline slots at Baggeridge and Burntwood and a gig in Minehead for the RNLI to a passing crowd of approx 8000 people!

Featuring -

Kelvin (Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Vocals)

Jez (Electric and Acoustic Violins / Octavious Bouzouki / Mandolin / Backing Vox)

Pete (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals)

Tony (Drums and Backing Vocals)

We would like to introduce our newest family member - Dave Sutherland (Bass and Backing Vocals) who stepped in a the last minute to cover for Gaz on several shows to end 2016 and kick-start 2017, due to Gaz's ears having been banged too much!

It has been our absolute pleasure to have played with numerous world class musicians who have depped for Bruce and Tony over the years including -

Tom Farnell (Drums - Fairport Convention / Roy Wood / Raymond Froggatt)

Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth / Only Ones / The Hidden) *RIP*

Karl Brazil (Drums - Robbie Williams / James Blunt / Feeder / Olly Murs)

Roy Adams (Drums - Roy Wood / Climax Blues Band)

Gez McGuire (Drums) / Damien Cullen (Drums) / Ben Dixon (Drums)

Brian Badhams (Bass - Elkie Brooks) / Roger Inniss (Bass) / Paul Davis (Bass)

Tony Kelsey (Bass) / Karel Kalaf (Guitar and Vocals)

Dave Sutherland (Bass and Backing Vocals)

Peter Hughes (Bass and Backing Vocals) / Gary Jones (Bass and Backing Vocals)

We have recorded 2 CD's -

Sail Away (1998) a studio album recorded at Raymond Froggatt's studio, Red Balloon in Telford featuring original songs and traditional tunes with a couple of Christy Moore covers thrown in for good measure, watch out for the secret bonus track too!

...and 'Live' at the Fiddle & 'Bone (2001) which does exactly what it says on the tin!!


Bang on the Ear work as a 4 piece, trio or duo depending on venue size and budget.

Self contained with own PA System and Lights.

For further information and bookings contact Jez on: 07887 996623

Email: [email protected]

and find us on Facebook

Kel (Guitars / Vocals)

Jez (Violins / Octavious Bouzouki / B.Vox)

Pete (Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals)

Tony (Drums / Backing Vocals)

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O'Neill's, Moseley 2013