The First of May Band

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Subversive Satire and Riotous Rhythms!

“Wonderful, passionate and committed, and really funny too.” Jimmy McGovern.

Organising a social, rally, festival or conference?
Then book The First of May Band!

Tailor-made music and songs to suit any occasion, whether you need two musicians for your local pub, or the big sound of a full band for a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Banner’s First of May Band brings its thundering mix of folk, reggae, blues and ska, with songs of celebration and tales of resistance.

Banner Theatre has interviewed countless ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and turned their moving stories into songs that reflect the experiences of communities ranging from Kurdish asylum seekers to NHS campaigners and disabled activists.

The songs are all truly original and catchy, guaranteed to get you either bouncing off your seat or sobbing into your hanky.” Charley Allan, The Morning Star

Fronted by Dave Rogers (singer/songwriter, activist and founder member), the Band digs the dirt on the rich and powerful with songs that include the often-requested anthems I’d Rather Shovel Shit than be an Entrepreneur, Ballad of the Tax Dodger and Rise, Like Lions!

The First of May Band also showcases the remarkable talents of a local pool of  musicians that we have worked with for many years: the fabulous singer Rosie Cartlidge; Vince Pryce on keyboards and bass; John Sanderson on saxophone, flute and clarinet; Damon Wilding on drums and percussion; Fred Wisdom on guitar; Mahendra Patel on drums and percussion; and Mike Bethel on guitar and mandolin.

Thank you for your brilliant performance at our strike rally. You really made the event something special and many members have enthused about the performance and told us what a difference you made to the day.”  Kit Armstrong, Regional Secretary, Midlands NUT

No matter who you are or what you do, The First of May Band has songs for you!

To book the Band, contact Stuart Brown

Tel: 07891 701133