Please note - WE DO NOT USE BACKING TRACKS AT ALL... - we pride ourselves on being 100% live.
Ideal for weddings, holiday camps, scooter rallies, festivals and general club circuit. Our repertoire spans over 60 songs and we can include New Wave, Indie, Punk and cool modern stuff. Please note that we don't do any cheesy stuff though - if it's a cool song from a cool band then we''ll do it!
The Civilians are a four piece band comprising front man/lead singer/guitarist Paul Bretherton, veteran of many previous Yorkshire based bands; Paul is the only original member having formed the band in shortly after 2000. Paul is the heart and soul of the band, the workhorse, the van driver, the shoulder to cry upon, the guy with the broadest shoulders in history; unstoppable, unflappable, unassuming.
John Dodson is the mean and moody bass guitarist/co-front man - a consummate professional - if something ain't right, he's the man to let you know and/or sort it! Good at getting the crowd (and the band) going when required, John's quick witted repartee is quite often as memorable as the music.
Jim Gaylard graduated from Leeds College of music in 2009 with honours and as our drummer, is the irrepressible youth of the outfit and very much keeps us on our toes - without him we would just be a bunch of middle aged musicians slowly drifting into retirement!
Both John and Jim provide not just consistent and high quality backing vocals, but also produce fantastic harmonies for songs such as "Pressure Drop" by The Specials and "All the Small Things" by Blink 182.
Finally, we have Steve Cannon on keys; joined the band in August 2011 on an incredibly steep learning curve and adding a touch of panache to the outfit. Steve's been playing keys in various bands for the last couple of decades ensuring that the classic Hammond Organ sound is still alive and well in any contemporary band - original, cover or tribute!