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Darryl Ryan Band
Published by Sthelensnow on 5/12/17 (494 reads)

Darryl Ryan Band

Darry Ryan Band are a pop/rock melody driven four piece band, formed in December 2011.

Band members:
Darryl Ryan - Vocals and guitar
Colin Bennett - Drums/percussion
Steve Ashcroft - Bass guitar
Gaz Birch - Guitar (from 10 March 2013)

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Darryl Ryan - lead vocals and guitar

Darryl Ryan is a singer/songwriter who has been performing in bands for the last 12 years. Brought up in Huyton, Merseyside and inspired by bands from the likes of Bon Jovi, U2, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Liverpool band Cast. Darryl has supported Mark Morris (singer of the Bluetones), 1990s Britpop band Dodgy and Liverpool's Ian McNabb.
'weapons of choice' - Fender Telecaster

Colin Bennett - Drums and percussion

Colin Bennett has been a drummer for over 25 years. He began jamming with bands from the early age of 13.

Bands include Guilty, The Prediction, Patriot, Blaze, The Mob, Fat Olive - also including session work for various bands including Some Say Nothing.

His biggest gig to date was playing at St Helens ground with 'THE MOB' in 2006. Influenced by level 42, Faith No More, Kings of Leon, Pink Floyd.
'weapons of choice' - Pearl Export, Premier APK, Ludgiw 66

Colin Bennett once rehearsed with St Helens band Hubba Hubba. Colin recalled "I was in a band called Hubba Hubba when I was about 14, the rest of the band were in their late 20's. I remember rehearsing with them at Dead Fly Studios mid 80's."

Brian Shea of The Bordellos, who founded Hubba Hubba, recalls "Indeed he did (rehearse with Hubba Hubba) I forgot about that young chap. He only rehearsed a few times with us. We were not in our late 20s though, I was only 21...cheeky young scamp."

Steve Ashcroft - Bass guitar

Steve Ashcroft has been playing Bass guitar for over 20 years.

Bands include The Prediction, Patriot, Blaze, The Mob, Fat Olive - also including session work for various bands including Some Say Nothing along side drummer Colin Bennett

He has played in support slots for the likes of Johnny Vegas and Jason Donavon with 'St Helens very own - THE MOB'

Steve also plays Piano and is influenced by Kings of Leon, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Level 42

Darryl Ryan Band Published on 26 September 2011

These Are The Days published on 15 December 2011

Live gig @ The Lomax 18th November in Liverpool 2011. Darryl Ryan - vocals and guitar, Steve Ashcroft - Bass, Colin Bennett - Drums, Donna-Marie - Electric guitar, keyboard and backing vocals. Video's by Greg Hay-Moulder using the iPhone

In February 2012 Donna-Marie was laying down guitar parts at Elusive Recording Studios, St Helens with Steve Ashcroft, Darryl Ryan, Colin Bennett and Greg Hay-Moulder. Greg & Donna-Marie were hard at working finishing the mix of 'FEEL AT HOME' which was the debut single. Also press packs, printing and video footage were being made available.

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In March 2012 DRB supported 1990s britpop legends Dodgy who had top 10 hits such as 'Good Enough' and 'Staying Out For The Summer'.

In November 2013 the band were still writing new material, but were rehearsing as a Stereophonics Tribute Act called Mr Writer. The original members of 'DRB' were looking for a new guitarist / backing vocalist in January 2013. Gaz Birch was added to the band on 10th March 2013.

Some Say Nothing ft Colin Bennett and Steve Ashcroft

Some Say Nothing are a French American hip hop band from Liverpool that Elusive Studios, St Helens produced, recorded and mixed at their studios.

Darryl Ryan 'Move with the Times' acoustic version published on 24 January 2012

Stormy Seas unplugged published on 12 March 2012

Live lounge version of "Stormy Seas" by The Darryl Ryan Band. Recorded in Steve's lounge by Greg Hay-Moulder & mixed at Elusive Recording Studios.

Feel At Home published 2012

Debut single

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These Are The Days published 2012

Live at the Lomax, Liverpool

Stormy Seas published on 11 February 2013

Karma @ Java takes place at Bar Java, St Helens.

Be There published on 18 February 2013

Karma @ Java takes place at Bar Java, St Helens.

Feel at Home released 23 March 2013

First single by The Darryl Ryan Band. Produced, recorded and mixed by Greg Hay-Moulder @ Elusive Recording Studios.

Move with the Times released 30 April 2013

Second single by The Darryl Ryan Band. Produced, recorded and mixed by Greg Hay-Moulder @ Elusive Recording Studios. Assistant production by Donna-Marie and assistant engining by Dave Lomas.

U & Me published 2013

Selected festivals and gigs:

Darryl Ryan:
Bird 'ith Hand, St Helens, 5 July 2012
Bar Java, St Helens, 7 February 2013
Newton Beer Fest, St Helens, 4 April 2013
The Elepant, Thatto Heath, St Helens, 28 June 2013
Brown Edge, Nutgrove, St Helens, 29 June 2013
The Red Lion, St Helens, 28 January 2017
Brown Edge Pub, St Helens, 30 April 2017
The Goldmine, Widnes, Friday, 30 June 2017 The Red Lion, St Helens, 15 September 2017

Darryl Ryan Band:
Lomax, Liverpool, 18 November 2011
The Citadel, St Helens, March 2012 supporting Dodgy Liverpool John Moores University, Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Lomax, Liverpool, 13 June 2012
Salford City Radio, 25 August 2013
Running Horses, St Helens, 21 November 2013


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This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 5 December 2017.

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