THE BANQUETS

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With a meteoric entrance onto the live music scene in 2019 The Banquets continue their rise. Media hails them as “a modern day Fleetwood Mac”.

Fans love their rambunctious energy and unique blend of country, indie and rock. The Banquets’ music is a simple mix of rock, blues, and pop music, whilst maintaining the great tradition of British rock. The musical influences of the band stretch far and wide, and go right back to the early 20th century blues scene. Their sound is laden with impact by the music that has flowed out of America over the last century. Like most British music, it reflects back that sound and rubs in some northern British magic.

From December 2021 The Banquets’ YouTube has gained 88% in subscribers with their most watched videos being of the band live.

Since the release of “The Beautiful” the band’s music has been airing internationally, notably in Europe, Canada and Australia. The popularity of their music is growing abroad, with the band’s entire discography picked up by stations.

The band’s gig calendar is impressive. The Banquets have strong local recognition. This led to supporting The South (The Beautiful South) twice, and Bootleg Blondie. Strong venues like Northern Guitars and The Imperial Music Venue keep asking them back.

Recently they performed at Holmfirth Festival of Folk, and the main stage at Askern Music Fest. August 2022 the band performed at the Summer of Love Festival and the main stage at the Unity Day Festival at Hyde Parks, Leeds. The band also made the Introducing Stage at The Great British Folk Festival and got a gig at the famous Leeds Brudenell Social Club.

Songwriting comes from the powerhouse duo of Leon (guitar) and Gem (lead vox). Lyrical masterpieces depict personal experiences many relate to. Check out – “Mary Mary” (sexuality), “Red Sky Morning” (addiction) and “Two Little Acorns” (death of a parent). Quasi-political/societal anthems “What Ya Saying” and “Restless” give listeners important messages.

The Banquets’ music is a simple mix of rock, blues, and pop music, whilst maintaining the great tradition of British rock.

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At the front of the shop is the enigmatic and exceptional singer/ songwriter Gem. Gem is the driving force and energy in the group, writing most of the band’s lyrics and making sure the boys deliver exactly what she dreams. She comes from a very musical background, with her dad filling their house with rock & roll throughout her childhood, and with many members of her family being involved in the local music scene in Cleethorpes.

Gem is the driving force and energy in the group, writing most of the band’s lyrics and making sure the boys deliver exactly what she dreams.

- Gem, Lead Vox -

Leon is the band’s guitarist. He taught himself how to play the guitar from an early age, and hasn’t looked back since. He is the creative force behind the band, and provides simple and catchy tunes for Gem to lay melodies and lyrics over, whilst writing some of the lyrics himself. Coming from working class roots and having no musical education or musical inspiration in his family, Leon really does epitomise raw talent.

Coming from working class roots and having no musical education or musical inspiration in his family, Leon really does epitomise raw talent.

- Leon, Guitar, Backing Vox -

On percussion is Sir Francis Watson. Fran is a pure music man. Both of his parents were professional musicians, and his sister is a singer in a four-piece acapella group. He has been to Music College both in Birmingham and Leeds, and has been in many bands over the years. Fran is more than just percussion though: he can play a plethora of instruments, and in the band, offers both backing singing, arrangement and fine details to the music.

Fran is more than just percussion though: he can play a plethora of instruments, and in the band, offers both backing singing, arrangement and fine details to the music.

- Sir Francis Watson, Drums & Percussion -

Jonny Lyons, born and raised in sunny Bradford, is new to the band. But with his Yorkshire charm and northern sense of humour, he fits right in. Jonny’s played bass for over 20 years now. He’s played in a range of bands and has toured all over the UK and Europe. He’s recorded EP’s and albums that have had worldwide airplay – in the UK, US, Asia and Australia. His main influences are John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Flea and Sonny T. The Banquets are very happy to have found him!!

WITH HIS YORKSHIRE CHARM AND NORTHERN SENSE OF HUMOUR, HE FITS RIGHT IN. JONNY’S PLAYED BASS FOR OVER 20 YEARS NOW. HE’S PLAYED IN A RANGE OF BANDS AND HAS TOURED ALL OVER THE UK AND EUROPE.

- Jonny Lyons, Bass -
"Barely like anything I’ve recently heard before!"
— Music For The Misfits—
"Like a modern day Fleetwood Mac"
— The Music Files —
"The Banquets are turning heads left, right and centre"
— The Other Side —

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