The First of May Band

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The First of May Band

Subversive Satire and Riotous Rhythms …

“Wonderful, passionate and committed, and really funny too.” Jimmy McGovern, writer of Priests, Cracker and Fitz


  • Organising a social, rally, festival or conference?
  • Want dynamic, uplifting, soul-enriching entertainment?
  • Want to dance to inspiring, hot pulses?


Then book The First of May Band!


The First of May Band features Dave Rogers, Vince Pryce and Fred Wisdom as core musicians, offering an eclectic mix of folk, blues, reggae and ska, cut with Banner’s real-life story-telling traditions. The band provides tailor-made music to suit any occasion, whether you need two musicians for your local pub, or a full complement of six for a rally in Trafalgar Square.


The First of May Band tours extensively across the UK and abroad playing in pubs, clubs and festivals with songs of celebration, satire and resistance drawn from Banner Theatre’s extensive repertoire. Banner has interviewed countless ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and turned their stories into songs reflecting the dramatic and moving stories of communities ranging from Kurdish asylum seekers to NHS campaigners and disabled activists.


The First of May Band digs the dirt on the rich and powerful with songs that include the often-requested anthems Ode to a Banker, I’d Rather Shovel Shit than be an Entrepreneur and Ballad of the Tax Dodger.


Whether you are a job seeker or a change seeker, The First of May Band has songs for you!

To book the Band, contact Stuart Brown

Tel: 07891 701133