The Luke Doherty Band
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This June we are please to welcome back The Luke Doherty Band
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Luke Doherty – Was born on 29th March 1994, in Newport, Gwent. He had an interest in music at a very young age. Although no one in his family play an instrument, he was determined to learn to play something, and at the age of 5 he started playing piano, but didn’t like it. He then asked to play the drums but was told by a drum teacher he was way too young and to wait a couple of years. He then settled on a 1/2 size acoustic guitar which he had to give up after 3 months due to medical reasons. At 71/2 he was nagging his parents again to learn guitar, so they bought him a second hand 1/2 size electric guitar and a second hand amp and he has never looked back. He instantly became hooked on blues, intently watching any blues musicians he could find on TV or DVD.
Luke met Eric Clapton when he was 9yrs old at the John Mayell 7Oth Birthday concert in Liverpool. Also aged 9 he asked his parents if he could take Rock School exams which he sailed through to grade 8 by the age of 11, as well as a extra performance grade 8. He was then interviewed on BBC Radio Wales because he was the youngest person to have passed grade 5, 6 and 8. Also when he was 10 years old he recorded Parisian Walkways, of which Gary Moore has a copy.
Although being faced with a few serious medical problems Luke has been determined to pursue his passion. He visited Cheethams School of Music in Manchester and Guitar X in London for some advice, but to be told that he was way too young to proceed with his exams in electric guitar, and they said that they had never come across this situation before.
At the age of 11 he met Eric Clapton for the second time and Eric instantly remembered him. He has also met some of his other personal hero’s including Peter Green, Andy Fairweather-Low and Jeff Healey.
His parents took him to jam sessions in local pubs so that he could play Blues with other people and at the age of 12 he was asked to open a 3 day Music Festival, on the main stage, with some adults form local bands. In 2009 he supported Buddy Whittington in the Globe in Cardiff and has since supported Buddy on a few occasions. In 2012 he was very fortunate to meet the ultimate man of Blues BB King. Luke has now played at many Festivals and Blues Clubs, including
Upton Blues Festival, Abertillery Blues Festival, Tenby Blues Festival, Colne Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, Bentworth Blues Festival, Furnace Blues Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Llandeilo Jazz Festival, Green Valley Blues Festival, Basingstoke Blues Club, Tubby’s Blues Club, Borough Blues Club, Blues At The Farm, Cambridge Rock Festival and is really looking forward to playing at Frome Blues Festival and Stroud Blues Festival. Plus Many more in 2015
Paul Morgan ( Podge )
Paul…. has played on the blues circuit for many years and have played at numerous international festivals. He started playing guitar, flute, harmonica and many other instruments at the age of 12. Over the years he has played with many bands around the country including The Hawks for a short time. Paul’s also Supported many people over the years including Dr Feelgood, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Paul Young and Deep Purple to name but a few. Luke approached Paul in January 2009 and asked him if he would consider joining the band and singing for him, Luke admirers Paul’s harmonica playing and bluesy voice. He is thoroughly enjoying himself traveling all around the Country.
Drums and Backing Vocals :
Simon….Were glad to Welcome back Simon Parratt to the band who left a few years ago to study music at university in Newcastle, He has now returned to Wales studying for a BMus (hons) Jazz degree at the prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Simon has been banging away on the drums since he was 7 and has been gaining much experience since, He has been playing and recording with various blues, classic rock and jazz bands across Wales since returning and in July 2014 reunited with Luke to play in the band once again.
Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals:
Ant…. has been playing bass for many years. For 7 years he toured the world with Cajun rockers folk band The Butter Mountain Boys, who received International Musician and Recording World Artists of the Year and Arts Council Musicians in Residence, with one Album charting at number 17. As well as Radio, and TV appearances he played at many Festivals. He then took a break in 1995 but after time gone by Ant came out of musical retirement to join the band and go back to playing Blues with Luke in May 2014 and is really enjoying himself.