MEET THE KING CUSH BAND
Percussion/Vocals - Si King
Drums - Lewis Ferguson
Keyboard/Guitar & Vocals - Dom Hornsby
Bass Guitar - Glen Smiley
THE HORN SECTION
Sax & Vocals - Danny Allen
Trumpet - Ross 'Rossylove' Laing
Trombone - David 'Showtime' Gray
ChiChi - Mattie - Rebecca
Dom’s arrival coincided with a dramatic change of musical direction and helped take The King Cush Band to the next level. He may be young-ish, but once you’ve heard his music, you can’t help but think he was born about 50 years too late!
With a wealth of musical experience that’s already made its mark on the band’s original material, Dom’s input on keys and guitar rounds off the band’s sound and gives it a real edge. He’s kind of like the musical answer to the extra set of eyes that spots the obvious thing you can’t see for staring at it. Dom’s rich, bassy singing voice also brings that essential bottom end to the vocal harmonies that have become a centrepiece of the band’s sound.
The King Cush Band isn’t his only gig, either. Being in one of the North East’s hardest working function bands, he has more weddings under his belt than the local vicar, and he can take you back in time to old-town Chicago with his blues band the King Bees. His mellow character and (mostly) laid-back playing are the perfect complement to the band.
When he really lets his hair down, though, he’s something to behold. Let’s just say he’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty keyboard player!
One of the newest member of the band and a relative alien (he’s from Middlesbrough), Danny’s musical talent reveals a new side every time we see him.
Our saxophonist has played in bands since he was a teenager, starting off in his dad’s band The Spidermen, and he’s turned out to be quite the superhero since he joined The King Cush Band. We’ve had to start hiding the instruments, as he can pretty much embarrass the lot of us whatever he picks up – just check out his Instagram account.
With a CV that reads like a fantasy league line-up, Danny’s toured with Philip Schofield, performed at the Cavern Club and the Millennium Dome, had music used on Channel 4 and toured Venice. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also Head of Music at Middlesbrough College. Some say he’s a bit of a workaholic…
When it comes to the music, Danny’s solos are all the fireworks you’d hope for, but his rhythm playing is just so tasteful it really lifts the groove, like that secret ingredient in the cake that you can’t put your finger on but keeps everyone coming back for more.
First picking up the Cornet at the age of 4 then onto the Trumpet in his early teens it soon became a life long passion and to date has had the privilege to work on many projects and sessions throughout the UK and Europe, working alongside bands and artists such as, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) The Paul Marazzi A1, S-Club 7, 911, Five, Blazing Squad, Damage, Steps, East 17, The Overtones and many more.
Additionally, he frequently works in Theatre Pit Orchestras throughout the UK and tours including such production tours as The Sound of Music, The Full Monty, The Adams Family and Grease. Ross has also toured Canada, Sweden and Norway to name a few both as part of a group/band and also a solo artist. Corporate Functions and Weddings are also a part of his comprehensive career as a musician.
FOOD – Professional Chicken Nugget taster. Steak Well Done and chips. Ham sandwich Neeee butter!!! Crisps!
STAR SIGN – Leo
If there’s anyone in the band who needs no introduction…
You might have seen Si somewhere before – let’s just say he knows a thing or two about cooking and motorcycles. With a famously down to earth, no-nonsense personality (actually that depends on what kind of nonsense), Si is full of luuurve for anyone who has the time to spend, and quite a few of those who don’t.
Known as a drummer, the band’s recent shift in musical direction has seen him move forwards on the stage, taking lead vocals on a number of original songs and fronting what has become a spectacular show. He still gets to hit things as well, though – those congas bring a true party vibe to the music.
Having such a high-profile personality in your band is no bad thing, as you might expect, and The King Cush Band have pulled out all the stops and stepped up to the big-stage festival gigs that wouldn’t have happened without him. Inevitably, though, the band ask lots of questions of him, so it follows that when things go wrong (and they sometimes do), it’s Kingy’s fault.
David (Showtime) Gray
David is quickly becoming a veteran of North East England’s music scene, having seen a wealth of musical experiences in the past decade. Whether he’s frequenting his favourite jazz jams in Newcastle, working the function circuit, performing for the likes of Sam Fender, or touring with no. 1 soul band SouLutions up and down the country, you can be sure he’s right at home. You may have even seen him in a German bar or two.
If that isn’t enough, David met Si King when sharing the stage with Andy Taylor of Duran Duran fame. There, he also met Lorraine Crosby and has since gone on to work with her. They call him Showtime for a reason – he always brings the vibe wherever he goes, showing his versatility and seemingly bottomless amounts of energy on every gig he does.
Kev delivers a performance every time, time after time, without compromise. He has a great sense of the bizarre, which comes through in his terrible jokes. He loves music nearly as much as he loves his family, although some would say it’s the other way round!
Then there are the dogs, and the cats…
A highly accomplished and multi-skilled musician, Kev has studied and worked in music and social work; his lifetime of experience in both come through in his music and lyrics. He’s played guitar since he was 12 ½ years old (the half is very important), moving to the electrified version at 16 when he decided the traditional wooden box wasn’t loud enough. Piano followed guitar, then harmonica, then mandolin, tin whistle…the list goes on.
Since departing the world of social work several years ago, Kev has been touring the North East club circuit with a guitar, an amp and a microphone, playing and singing his heart out to anyone who’s up for a ‘turn’ on a weekend evening (he sometimes does weekdays as well for those hardcore punters).
ChiChi - Mattie - Rebecca
Chichi, Matti and Rebecca
vocals, stagecraft, inescapable awesomeness and good vibes
You really need to witness Chichi, Matti, and Rebecca in action to understand how amazing these three women are. With the voices of angels and personalities to match, they are an absolute vocal force to be reckoned with.
They’ve all been singing since they were children and their passion for great songs really shows, the power behind every note lifting the whole crowd and keeping them there for the entire performance.
Having met in Newcastle, the three friends turned sisters are well known in the area for their other musical endeavour, the Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir, which grew from just the two of them into a 16-piece choir and a 6-piece band, and now tours the country spreading joy and happiness – don’t worry though, they saved a good chunk of it for The King Cush Band!