Enigma are a 4 piece live indie rock band from St Helens. Covering classic songs from the 60’s to the present day ranging from The Who to the Foo Fighters.

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They were formed in September 2016.

Band Members:
Jeff McGowan – Lead Vocals
Simon Ashcroft – Drums
Mike Nash – Guitar
Kev Rodgers – Bass

Jeff McGowan (b.1965) has been in bands from the age of 15, first with Rock Candy then with Punch The Clock with the legendary Greg Davies. Jeff then spent 15 years with Backwater before forming Enigma. With young drumming sensation Simon Ashcroft, the band drafted in Mike Nash on guitar who was with local charity band Riff Riders and Kev Rodgers on bass, who played with a Rush tribute band a few years ago.

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Jeff McGowan is also well know as the organiser of Brookfest, a well regarded and respected annual music festival in St Helens.

Jeff told me “I started off doing a gig for a friend who served in Iraq, in aid of ‘Help 4 Heroes’, and I decided to do one myself with Backwater. One thing lead to another and it turned into Damfest at Carr Mill Dam. Then I went to Blackbrook Rugby Club because of the brilliant venue and we’ve been there four years this year, so it’s my 5th year.

“Enigma are doing really well and we are planning to do some recording and hopefully a CD.

“And of course we are looking forward to playing the massive stage at Brookfest again, plus other gigs up and down the country, however, this band is definately all about the enjoyment.”

White Wedding published 18 November 2017

From Brookfest 2017 – slight complication at the beginning but it’s all part of the fun!

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Brookfest 2017 Trailer

Selected festivals and gigs:

Blackbrook Rugby Club, St Helens, Friday, 23 December 2016 supporting Whizzkid with The Patriots
The Deanes House, Prescot, 22 April 2017
Newton Social Club, St Helens, 28 May 2017
Westfield Street Music Festival, The Sefton Arms, St Helens, 4 June 2017
The Sefton Arms, St Helens, 29 July 2017
Brookfest 2017, Blackbrook Rugby Club, Saturday, 5 August 2017 with Stillia, Caution, Salander and others
Deanesfest, The Deanes House, Prescot, 2 September 2017 with The Patriots, On Demand, Paper Mountains, Matty Lamb, The Alleys, Stu Oggy (Titors) and others

The Pub Lancaster, Lancaster, 16 September 2017
The Red Lion, St Helens, 21 October 2017
Highfield Road Social & Recreation Club, Blackpool, Saturday, 11 November 2017
The New Inn, Walkden, 18 November 2017
Haydock Cricket Club, St Helens, 15 December 2017
The Deanes House, Prescot, 16 December 2017

All links accessed and working on 10 January 2018.


This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 10 January 2018.

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