The local music scene was thriving before the current Covid 19 outbreak. We thought it'd be great to refresh your memory of what great music we have going on in Donny, and also bands and artists that originated in the town. Here's a list of 23 who have a following of over 1,000 on Facebook. See if you can guess the top ten. Don't complain if your favourite band isn't on the list, give them a "like" and increase their profile!
23. Bam Morgan 1,044 Bam is a veteran of the Donny town centre music scene who specialises in acoustic covers. He's run open mic nights as well as playing at Sheffield O2 Academy, The Plug - Sheffield, The Boardwalk and so many festivals he can't even remember them all!
22. Children of the State 1,476 Here's what their facebook profile says, Children of the State present a blend of smooth and anthemic vintage rock which is equidistant between the glam rock of the 70s and sunny nostalgia of the 60s, with a bit of electronica added in for good measure.
21. The Pretty Ugly 1,507 A 3-piece Alternative / Indie Rock band from Doncaster, United Kingdom, formed in 2018. Their debut EP ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ was in the making for many months with lots of long nights recording and writing and it couldn’t have been better received. Since this EP we have been taking on board the feedback which has been passed on and we have been working on our sound and perfecting our sets.
20. The Outcharms 1,571 Already veterans of the Donny music scene after playing together since 2014. Their music has started to make waves outside the area with gig's in Sheffield, Manchester and other music city's becoming more frequent. Big things are on the cards for Curtis Cooper - Lead vocals/guitar, Ross Fowler - Guitar, Matthew Barron - Bass/backing Vocals and Shay Evans-Booth - Drums.
19. The White Lighter 1,848 Billed as a Doncaster based LAD ROCK band supported by reprobates and scallywags on their Facebook page is a bit of an understatement. They do command a loyal following and have played a few high profile shows including a sell out Leopard gig and a couple of appearances at Asken Music Fest.
18. UV P0P 2,049 Not regular fixtures on the Donny music scene of late, but a big influence on a lot of bands local and beyond. No new music since October 2019 when they filled the Hallcross for what was billed as their "final gig". They have a long and varied back catalogue stretching back to 1980. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't heard of them.
17. The 48K's 2,252 An original Indie/Mod/Rock n Roll band who spend their time travelling around the UK playing original music at some of the most noteworthy live venues available. They stick to their guns and consistently churn out original music, with their latest album being one of their strongest. Check out Days from the Every Whisper Has A Story.
16. The Kavaliers 2,349 Sadly, the band are no longer with us but they gave it a good kick of the ball before calling it a day in February 2019 with a sell out Leopard gig. After headlining the best local venues including another sell out at the Diamond Lounge, The Kavaliers developed a loyal following of real music fans across South Yorkshire, to the outsider it looked like they were finally getting somewhere so their split was all the more surprising. You can still find their music by going to their facebook page.
15. Rita Payne 2,523 Eight years into the Rita Payne journey and this band have gone through band changes and supported loads of established artists including, Reverend and the Makers, Lucy Spraggan and Wilko Johnson. They even appeared in the second series of The Voice! Still putting out new music they are one of Donny's finest.
14. The Torn 2,647 Another Donny band who seem to have not been active for over a year according to their Facebook page. They have played some of the local festivals and have a loyal following. Lead singer Damian Dalton Smith was another contestant on The Voice, although unfortunately it didn't go too well for him. He's also got a very famous actor for a sister, check them out.
13. Ginger Tom 3,076 Currently they're on their second coming after recently reforming. They started off as a duo before expanding their sound to include drum and bass. They have some of the catchiest tunes to come out of Donny for years in their armoury. If it wasn't for the lockdown which started shortly after they decided to put the band together again, they'd certainly be filling local venues.
12. James Taplin 3,154 What can we say about James Taplin? A singular talented guy who's got a fantastic Blues rock voice. If you've attended an open mic or a festival in Doncaster, chances are that Jim was on the bill. An incredibly hard working artist, if you have seen him you'll know what a travesty it is that he hasn't been picked up by a major record label. If you haven't seen him I urge you to seek him out.
11. 93millionmilesfromthesun 3,181 This is what their facebook profile says........
As stereotypical visions of people and places go, the good folks of Doncaster aren't exactly at the top of the list when thoughts turn to embracing new, experimental music. Indeed, having spent the occasional stag night in DN1 and its dens of iniquity also known as night clubs, the nearest anyone could expect to come to encountering new music would be the "Indie half hour" in Seventh Heaven, where Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics are the so-called alternative. Thank heavens for small mercies then, as 93MillionMilesFromTheSun not only manage to dampen stereotypes, but obliterate them. Combining layered, textured guitars over an array of effects and choral vocals, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun are one of those bands that, while evoking memories of the likes of Slowdive in their heyday or even a more sonically enhanced Maps, stands tall and proud in their own right due to the dazzling range of variation across their impressive long repertoire.
10. Skinny Pelembe 3,704 Skinny Pelembe is a multi-talented wonder, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, who crafts patchworks of personal and musical touchstones. First debuting in 2017, he’s honed a distinctive musical style; memories and observations are weaved together, sun-dazzled California folk diced with the murkier corners of the UK dance lineage. He celebrates flawed, post-recession Britain, exalting the UK in all of its imperfect, contradictory realities.
9. Kiziah & the Kings 3,719 Since the success of their debut EP they've been forging and refining their sound and you can hear the love, work & time that has gone into the making of their records. The band have gone from strength to strength playing back to back gigs near and far. Now, there is no stopping them and together they are producing music with one sound & one vision. Recently they became one of the first local bands to play at CAST theatre, let's hope there's more to come from this talented band!
8. John McCullagh 4,584 So we enter our top ten Donny bands by Facebook following alone, with a sort of re-entry. John McCullagh is also the lead singer in the 22nd most popular band Children of the State, but before that he crafted his own solo career. Here's what his profile tells us..... Influenced by the likes of Donovan, Marc Bolan, Paul Weller and Johnny Cash, McCullagh has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was twelve, and his latent talent for his beloved six-string was soon followed by mastery of the harmonica. When McCullagh was just fifteen years old, he became one of the first signings to music industry legend Alan McGee’s label, 359 Music. In addition, John toured for most of 2013-2014, opening for the likes of The Strypes, Alabama 3, The Enemy, Richard Hawley and most recently the iconic Cast. His raw ability belies his age, leaving audiences captivated by the profound maturity in his performances. Richard Hawley said, “John is a real talent, I'd happily take him on tour with me in the future. The real deal", while The Strypes’ lead guitarist Josh McClorey said of McCullagh, “Really fantastic to see somebody playing primal music with such energy and enthusiasm – watch this space!"
7. Saints Among Us 6,359 In at number 7 are male/female rock band SAU who hail from around Dunscroft. The band in its present form have been gigging extensively for around 3 years. Bringing a unique sound with hooky synth lines, guitar riffs, stunning vocals all combined into one neat package and driving force which is becoming known and loved by many. They have had great support from BBC Introducing for Sheffield and Humberside amongst other great reviews from trusted music journalist magazines such as Northern Exposure and RGM. Compared and likened by many to bands such as Thirty Seconds to Mars, Churches, You Me At Six to name but a few.
6. John Parr 10,858 The man in motion makes number 6 in our list. Okay, he was born over the border in Worksop but he played extensively in the Doncaster area as a member of club band Bitter Suite. He's the first of a small clique on Doncastrians who've had a No.1 hit single, his coming with the theme tune to the 80's film St Elmo's Fire. He's toured with some massive names, like Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler and in 2007 he opened for Bryan Adams on his UK tour. A massive Donny Rovers fan, he even penned a song in their honour called "Walking Out of the Darkness". 35 years on from his biggest hit, he's still touring and playing music worldwide.
5. The Blinders 13,840 Right back to the present with our next entry with Social Bar regulars, The Blinders. The three piece recently became a duo with the departure of member Matt Neale. This hasn't detered the remaining two from continuing gigging. They hit the local scene with a vengeance back in 2014 playing Donny venues before moving on to Sheffield and finally settling in Manchester. The band are described on Wikipedia as being "known for their energetic performances and politically driven lyrics, and in-your-face punk attitude". Their influences include Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, and Nick Cave. A particularly formative influence for both Charlie and Thomas came from an arena gig by Pink Floyd co-founder, Roger Waters. “We watched Roger Waters do ‘The Wall’ in Wembley and that was completely life-changing, it was theatre, it was performance” said Thomas. To date the band have toured within the UK and Europe with the likes of The Charlatans, The View, Cabbage, and Blossoms. "The best thing to have come out of Donny since Parkinsons Butterscotch"
4. Tony Christie 17,806 Yep, born in Conisbrough, he's DN12's own personal mega star. On 1 July 2017, Christie returned to his home village to be the headlining act at the Conisbrough Music Festival, but that's not all the story. He's a man of many hit songs and reinvention is something he relishes. Collaborations with Irish musicians, Richard Hawley, as well as the most famous one with Peter Kay have kept him busy since he was discovered working South Yorkshire clubs back in the 60's. He's even done a World Cup song styled on the hit Amarrillo!
3. Bang Bang Romeo 55,598 BBR were always destined for something but when the big time finally arrived, it was unexpected, "Anastasia Walker was sitting in her pyjamas, eating Coco Pops and watching Jeremy Kyle, when she got a phone call that changed her life.
"Pink's really interested in bringing you out on tour," her manager said. Not just for one date or two, but every night of her European stadium tour."
It's not difficult to see why Pink chose Bang Bang Romeo as her opening act. Their defiant spirit and messages of tolerance chime perfectly with the star's own nonconformist brand - while Anastasia is one of those rare performers whose powerhouse vocals are a perfect match for her exuberant stage presence.
She's been performing since the age of seven, when she grabbed the mic at her local pub's karaoke night.
"I sang Dancing Queen, and someone picked me up and put me on a table so people could see me," she recalls.
"I'd never sung in front of anyone before, but the place erupted. I was signing beer mats afterwards!"
"After that, it was like, 'Alright I can sing, I need to learn guitar'. And I did my first ever gig on my own when I was 14 in the Vintage Rockbar in Doncaster." BBC interview 2019
2. Yungblud 153,322 If you're over 30 you're probably saying "who?" at this stage in the list, but this guy is HUGE! Dominic Richard Harrison was born on 5 August 1997, in our lovely town. With influences like rock, pop, and hip hop artists such as: Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner, The Beatles, The Cure and Robert Smith, Nirvana, The Clash, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance, Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Post Malone, Kanye West and Eminem you can't imagine what he sounds like till you hear his music. Go search him out and join the growing worldwide fan base.
1. Louis Tomlinson 9,974,296 So, being in the biggest boyband of the last few years makes you Doncaster's No.1 artist by Facebook "likes" alone Mr Tomlinson. He began his career as an actor, appearing as an extra in ITV drama film If I Had You and the BBC drama Waterloo Road. In 2010, he auditioned on the British music competition series The X Factor.
After being eliminated as a solo performer, he was put into a group with four other contestants, forming One Direction. The rest as they say, is history!