THE RANTING LADS
The Ranting Lads in their current line-up have been playing since the summer of 2016. Led by lead vocalist and accordion player Danny, the emphasis is on Irish standard tunes with jigs and reels thrown in. He is joined by his cousin Mark who plays lead guitar and banjo. The rhythm section comprises Johnny on guitar, Bernie on bass, and vocals and Danny’s brother, Tommy, on drums.
The band members come from differing musical backgrounds. Danny’s influences are predominantly Irish given his Irish family roots whilst Bernie’s influences are in country music which gives the band a wider appeal. Mark comes from a rock and blues background and this provides a more raunchy edge to the up tempo tunes. Johnny and Tommy were both raised in the punk era and their addition to the overall sound is essential with Johnny’s aggressive rhythm guitar style and Tommy’s strict tempo drumming being the final elements that knit the music together.
The Ranting Lads all play in other groups with diverse musical styles. Mark is a founding member of the rock band “Rawkuss”, an outfit that has been together for many years, and well respected throughout the North West.
Danny’s previous band “The Moonshiners” played the Irish circuit successfully for many years until his banjo player emigrated. He now spends time at his Donegal home playing in the bars with the local musicians.
Johnny meanwhile is the bass player for a well established mod / punk band “The Itch” who have been recording and performing for the last 25 years.
Tommy has many years experience having been a member of the Blackburn punk band. “The Stiffs” who, during the early 1980’s were a major force on the UK punk rock scene, produced several successful records. They reform, for occasional performances, at major concert venues.
Lastly Bernie is a member of the swing jazz band The Moochers backing jazz and blues vocalist Marilyn Hinson.
Since they joined forces they have been well received throughout the region and along with regular pub dates the band has entertained audiences in Irish and working men’s clubs, Accrington Town Hall, Clitheroe Beer festival the Ribble Valley “Testefest” open air concert and a tour of both Northern and Southern Ireland.
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