House band take to streets to launch new season

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House band the Galleonairs are heading out on the street tomorrow to launch a new season of gigs running throughout the year.

The musicians, usually based at Abingdon Street venue The Galleon Bar, will be out on St John’s Square tomorrow between 1pm and 4pm entertaining shoppers.

Captain Pierre And The Galleonairs was founded a year ago by guitarist Ally Pickering, who after performing at the Galleon’s open mic nights asked bar owner Stephen Pierre if he could get a group together.

The Galleonairs are made up of Stephen on keys, Ally, Angel Hernandez on guitar and Dave Simpson on drums.

Stephen said: “I first heard Ally aged 19 play guitar at The Galleon and I thought to myself this kid sounds like a young George Benson.

“The band is mainly made up of young aspiring musicians playing creative covers of swing, blues and beyond.

“St John’s Square is a great public space to showcase live music – it has the capacity to create a mini Covent Garden atmosphere in Blackpool.”

The band will be collecting for Trinity Hospice during their performances which will take place monthly until November, in conjunction with Blackpool BID.

Stephen added: “I’m originally from Blackpool and I’m pleased the town today has a pool of music talent that can be developed and showcased for younger generations.”