Meet Sarah and Wendy our Showgirls.
Included in every quote for every event are the dancing skills of our Showgirls. Appearing in sequins, feathers, spandex and everything sparkly – there are costume changes galore and dancing throughout the James Bond Themed set that The Name Is Band…Bond Tribute Band perform.
Of course you can also have the showgirls to meet and greet your guests if you wish? Just ask at the time of booking
This is Graham. Graham is our awesome guitarist in The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band.
Graham joined us in 2017. He is part of many bands in the South West and it’s easy to see why as his playing is simply sublime. We are very excited to have Graham on board for some of our James Bond Themed events!
He totally nails the 70’s wahwah sound on The Man With The Golden Gun giving it the authentity it deserves. Luckily Graham is married to a very talented saxophonist which could come in very handy if Steve is ever unavailable for a Bond event.
This is Richard. Richard is also one of our sound engineers that we bring in to ensure the sound and volume for The Name Is Band…Bond Tribute Band is exactly right for the venue and the client.
Richard is THE most laid-back, calm, relaxed, knowledgeable human being and is a fantastic sound engineer. He knows his craft inside out and takes control at a venue when it comes to the technical set up of the event. Absolutely nothing phases him and he can be relied upon to ensure everything techy is dealt with at the site. He also works extremely well with other technical teams where we have to link up and adapt what we provide to their technical specifications and the clients expectations. As a team, the whole band works well together to ensure that everything comes together for the client so that we all create a great show and experience for all concerned.
Sarah is the female vocalist for The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band. Growing up in a musical family, many nights were spent both listening and dancing to her Dad’s function and party band. Sarah started at just 6 weeks old going to events with her Mum and learning how to dance. Sarah caught the music bug, playing keyboards and gigging with her Dad from the tender age of 14 and has been performing in live function bands every since.
Sarah sings everything from Jazz to Jive, Latin to Old Time, Pop to Rock n Roll, Soul to Funk and has the ability to change musical styles as needed which comes in handy singing the different Bond songs in the Bond themed sets. So many Divas to follow! Sarah loves being part of such a fabulous James Bond Tribute band and being part of such a great team of musicians. You can’t beat a live band for atmosphere at an event.
As a big Bond fan herself, Sarah organised a Bond themed charity event in 2007 and realised that the UK was missing a totally LIVE, authentic sounding, professional and fun Bond Tribute Band. So she started one herself! The Name Is Band…Bond Tribute Band was created. This is a 10-piece James Bond Tribute Band who perform totally live at every event and give a professional and polished performance every time.
Justin started playing at the age of 11. He enjoys playing music of all styles and is a freelance musician often found in many Big Bands, Theatre pits, Brass Bands, Function bands and orchestras. The Bond Tribute Band – The Name Is Band offers a real challenge and is something completely different to anything else. Justin’s career highlight so far is performing with Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet at a charity gig in London in 2010. In 2016 Justin played at Ronnie Scotts with Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley and in 2017, again at Ronnie Scotts, with Bobby Shew. Justin has also played with Claire Martin, Jackie Dankworth as part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. In 2017 as part of the Jazz Festival Justin played Bass Trombone on the first screening of Metropolis with the music written by Andy Sheppard receiving not one but two reviews for his bass trombone playing.
In the set Justin switches from Bass to Tenor Trombone to add some depth and a lot of bottom end to the Bond themes!
Paul has been playing bass since the mid 70’s, mostly in original material bands, gaining heavy radio and tv coverage and, in their early days, being voted the best unsigned band in Europe. Paul enjoys playing with the Bond Tribute Band – The Name Is Band as he sees a lot of similarities between himself and Bond and absolutely loves the Bond music. Paul on bass keeps the bottom end exactly where it should be.
Born at a very early age in Belfast, the middle one of five children, Cliff was introduced to the heady world of rock and roll when given a drum kit at the age of five for Christmas. Unfortunately, The Who were appearing on the Christmas Top of the Pops Special with Keith Moon drumming. Following his lead, Cliff destroyed said drum kit! He took up the devils tool (guitar) at the ripe old age of thirteen having been given a beaten up old acoustic by his father, and formed his first band aged fourteen with two erstwhile friends and started gigging on a regular basis (at least once every six months) playing schools, youth clubs, parties etc. For the last twenty years, Cliff has trodden the boards with many bands and has played with some fantastic musicians including members of; Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Reef, UFO, Ozzy’s Blizzard of Oz and others too numerous to mention! His musical influences range from Joni Mitchell to Van Halen, Stevie Wonder to Rush, Mozart to Motorhead and The Beatles to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers!!
Andy was born and bred in Bristol and educated in Bristol Cathedral School. He gained a vocal scholarship so was in the Choir until the age of 15. Andy studied piano and church organ at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has played in bands from his 20’s so has lots of experience!!! In 1983 he joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been MD for many shows and tours. Andy also teaches piano at local secondary schools and has composed original music for show and education purposes. Andy can play absolutely anything and is THE most amazing musician on the circuit – FACT! To boot, he is also an incredibly funny and lovely person and absolutely NOTHING fazes this guy when he is performing!
Andy has been described as “the fairy dust” on the top of the band as he adds so much flair and magic in his playing.
Stuart began playing the trumpet at the age of eleven and by the age of eighteen had performed concertos by Haydn, Bach and Arutunian. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and eventually played principal trumpet in the symphony orchestra and lead trumpet in the college big band. He has been based in the west country since leaving college and is a busy player in all types of musical styles and genres. He also is a trumpet teacher and ensemble coach in schools around the Taunton area. Playing in The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band gives him a chance to combine both jazz and orchestral styles and to try and emulate some of his trumpet heroes!
Steve joined the RAF at the age of 17 and has been a professional musician since this time. He can play saxophone, clarinet and flute and is in a couple of original bands as well as The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band. Steve is the saxophone tutor for the South West Youth Wind Sinfonia and also Conductor of the North Somerset Jazz Orchestra. He is also keen to mention his favourite Bond girl is Jane Seymour and he played in the band for one of her films so has had the pleasure of meeting her.
Matt is one of those talented people who can pick up most instruments and play them. His instruments of choice are bass and drums but he’s also a great vocalist. Matt has played alongside some famous people but can’t name them for legal reasons!
Tony has the ear of an angel, the patience of a saint, the energy of the entire Duracell Battery factory and is a thoroughly awesome gent! A sound engineer, recording studio guru, teacher of music, incredible classical guitarist and video producer/director Tony ensures the sound of The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band is as close as possible to the original recordings. Not content with whizzing about in front of the stage until the sound is perfect, he then doubles up as our interactive DJ and, when needed, dance instructor for all the shy wall flowers at the events. Phew! Did I mention he had boundless energy and enthusiasm for absolutely everything? No event where the Bond Tribute Band are playing is complete without the tweakings and turnings of our very own ‘Q’!
Nick is an original, exciting and heart-felt improviser. His rich, warm sound and sense of improvisational daring inform each and every musical situation and he plays with a total commitment to the music in the moment, whatever the stylistic context. His own quartet plays original compositions combining the rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation. They have made a big impression at The Vortex, Manchester Jazz Festival and Ealing Jazz Festival during the summer of 2011. He also plays in an open trio setting featuring world-class rhythm section of Olie Brice and Mark Sanders. Nick has also played at the 606 Club, Cheltenham, Glastonbury and Oxford festivals, London Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scotts with musicians such as Gail Brand, Chris Batchelor, Alexander Hawkins and Nostalgia 77.
He has studied with Chris Batchelor, Dave Wickins and Ralph Alessi and teaches jazz trumpet at Wells Cathedral School. Now a hugely valued member of the Bond Tribute Band – and can command a few raised eyebrows (of the female kind) at the Bond gigs – Nicholash is SHUCH a schmoothy!
Gethin Liddington is the gentle giant of trumpet players in the UK. A professional full time musician Gethin can be found in bands all over the UK whether it be a big band, swing band, function band, James Bond Tribute Band (that’s us by the way!), smaller ensembles, jazz bands etc. He can be found in venues all over and is a well respected and much in demand musician.
Gethin has a fondness for Peanut Butter too and at the end of a gig can often be found sharing his love of “peanut butter on toast with a cup of tea” selfies with Sarah, who is equally obsessed with the stuff! Rock and roll people!