Being the complete and unabridged (and slightly tongue in cheek) history of the Salisbury covers band Break Cover. Get tea and biscuits – this is not a quick read.

Before Break Cover

The Rhythm section of what would become Break Cover, Craig Butler on Drums and Terry Hogan on Bass, had been together for some time having played together in both Z Carz (with the legendary John Mills) and Rhythem Mafia (with James Watson and Paul Fleming). After both guitarists left Rhythem Mafia (yes, we know rhythm was spelt wrong – it was on purpose and everything), Terry and Craig, wanting to continue, posted an advert online which was answered by Terry Taylor around Christmas 2011. They had also recruited Mike Clipson as a Rhythm Guitarist and were on the search for a lead vocalist. Craig could sing and drum, but really wanted a Lead Female vocalist. Tracey Lloyd answered this. Sadly, this un-named band never took flight.

Not Break Cover yet


A month after that initial project split up Terry Hogan and Craig invited Terry Taylor back to do a similar thing. A small set of songs was put together with just Craig singing but the fledgling band was still keen to recruit a second guitarist.

April. Ex-Statues guitarist Simon Dickenson is approached via You Tube and after an initial jam of the songs joins as the second guitarist.

The band practice in a secure site where all the kit can be left in situ and the members just turn up and plug in. This becomes the standard and the band are fortunate to keep this arrangement; although often in various locations right up to when Craig leaves the band, many years later.

Break Cover

17 May. The band’s first gig is at Boscombe Down Sergeant’s Mess and the name “Break Cover” is decided upon.  The band name came from Craig’s daughter, Emma. The decision was reached around a table at that Mess Hall while waiting to play their first live performance together. Initially only a temporary name until something better could be arrived at later. 10 years does seem to be quite a long time to be waiting for a permanent name.

The band only has seventeen songs in the set at this time. None of which remain in today’s set list. This is also the gig where the Les Dawson version of Teenage Wedding is played to noisy acclaim.

Aw Bless

June to September this 4-piece band, supported by Phil Shergold running the PA, plays gigs at the Bulford Jubilee Event (in a huge hangar), Shrewton Sports and Social Club and the first gig at Qudos with Craig doing all the vocal duties. That first gig at Qudos is also when the black shirt / red tie outfit is adopted for the very first time. The band at this point are using “old school” half stack guitar amplifiers. Great sound but very heavy to move around.

I like the ties but who stole Simon’s hat?! (The first ever Break Cover Qudos gig)
Are we compensating for something?
A very big room

13 October Michelle Church joins the band as singer and front person to provide a focal point to the band. It turns out that a singing drummer confuses audiences as they don’t know where to look! Michelle provides not only a focal point but a new level of entertainment. Break Cover becomes a five piece, and the model of a male and female singer becomes the new “standard”. A gig at the Chough (now defunct) is Michelle’s first gig with us.

And then there were 5

November to December sees Break Cover find its pace and place with a series of gigs at Bulford Sgt’s Mess, Larkhill Cosack Club, Upavon 007 event, Shrewton Sports and Social Club and rounding the year off on New Year’s Eve at Salisbury Rugby Club.

It’s 3AM and we’re not even tired. Honest!
New Year’s Eve at Salisbury Rugby Club


January to March the stable five piece Break Cover rolls into the new year with another gig at Qudos, a charity gig at Ludgershall in the snow and a St Patrick’s Day gig in Upavon in more rain than a religious flood.

Cheer up! The sun might come out.

March Break Cover take to the Studio for the first time (for the album Uncovered). Simon had used Sound on Sound Studio in North Baddesley before for a couple of albums with Statues and recommended it by playing the most recent recordings. Sound on Sound is an extraordinary studio. If you have a picture in your head of a big posh studio (Abbey Road?) then this isn’t it. A time warp from the 70s has transported every piece of analogue equipment imaginable and squeezed into someone’s garage (exaggerated for effect). However, despite how it looks, the sound Mike produces from his studio is second to none. One day is spent recording 10 tracks and then the day after mixing them. A CD is produced and the model for recording the first of five albums is set.

Gurning is now a musical past time
Uncovered – the Album

April to September and the band get down to some serious gigging, 19 gigs including: Sarum Live at the Duck; Salisbury Live in Deacons with Craig sat in the kitchen to fit in; a beautiful summers day at Riverbourne Farm and an absolute joy of a gig at the Beerex in Salisbury Arts Centre. The band also get caught in the rain at Bemerton Heath and the Harlequins’ Football Club. Messtival in Andover sees the hottest gig known to man; there’s also an ex-marine’s 60th birthday bash (in the Coach House in Salisbury) which provides a great deal of entertainment; plus, the first gig at The Bear Inn at Wilton’s wonderful summer beer festival.

Riverbourne Farm
The Bear Inn Beer Festival, Wilton

September and a double gig at Larkhill Families Day followed by Shrewton Sports and Social Club proves to be the last with Michelle in the band as she leaves to avoid damaging her voice with the types of songs we are playing.

Shrewton Sports & Social Club

October Louise Wakeham joins Break Cover as our new front person. Lou first dabbles with a song or two at Cloisters but joins us for her first full gig at the Five Bells. The Five Bells is also the last time we see Terry Hogan on bass and Phil Shergold on sound as both leave to pursue other ventures.  Ken Jones is promoted from Chief Roadie to “Sound Man”.

Insert Quentin Tarantino music here

Salisbury Music Awards 2013 In other news Break Cover comes second at the Salisbury Music Awards in the Cover Band category. We were absolutely blown away to get nominated in only in our second year of existence and even more flattered and amazed to be voted into second place by the Salisbury Gig Going Public. Honestly, it’s difficult to express what a surprise this was. Thank you so much to the wonderful people of Salisbury for this inspiring result.

November the band showcase Lou at a cheeky session at Sarum Live with Mike Clipson (yes, that Mike Clipson from the un-named band at the top of the page) filling in on bass while we look for a permanent replacement.

We really did find Mike in the woods. Look… evidence!

December Mike stays on for another New Year’s Eve at Salisbury Rugby Club. Lou is well truly on board and joins the crowd for an evening of great fun.

Lou leading the celebrations

December also sees the introduction of Terry’s now famous glowing blue Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister lunchbox head. Although at this time it still sits atop a 4×12 this is the first step in Terry and Simon moving to much smaller amps with Terry staying with H&K and Simon switching from Blackstar to Fender before settling on UK built Victory Amps.

The blue glow that is probably more well known than the band is!


January kicks off with the first of nine gigs at Qudos in 2014. The audience there really embrace Lou and it becomes our “home” gig for the year.

Qudos Music Bar & Grill

February and Ray Franklin joins us full time on bass guitar at a gig in The Wig & Quill having learned the songs on the afternoon of the gig. (The showoff). Originally from that there London: Ray brings a real sense of Classic Rock to the band having seen much of the real deal live in London during the 70s! With Lou and Ray in place the line-up settles down again and a whole slew of gigs come pouring in. A great big thank you to Mike Clipson for filling in while we found Ray.

Ray Franklin on bass having learned the songs about six hours earlier
Is that a big cannon or are you just pleased to join us Ray?

March and we are back in Sound on Sound Studio to produce a CD (Unbroken) that represents the new make up of the band. Another 10 songs recorded in a day and mixed in another day with the fantastic Mike at Sound on Sound.

Nice to see everyone working hard in the studio!
Unbreakable – CD #2

March sees a new dep. Welcome to Chris Wynn who helps out at the infamous “stop” gig at Qudos (that is a whole other story, but not one for sharing on the interwebs) and one other as Ray already had stuff booked for these when he joined the band.

Remember Simon – no matter what happens on the dance floor – keep playing!

April and May sees the band settle into its new sound and really find its feet again.

Lou applauding Ray’s bass solo in Blondie’s Atomic

June has a couple of very notable gigs. The first is a wedding at Sherborne Castle. A stunning setting and a Doctor Who themed décor. What a truly beautiful place that is.

The other gig of note will remain forever fixed in the memory of all that attended. The Bridge Music Festival in Stockbridge. A fundraiser festival in support of local character Alex Lewis who you may have seen on the news. Google his name for the full story. What a sensational day! Sets from lots of local bands like Off The Cuff and The Mosquitos rounding off with a monster set from Break Cover on a proper stage with proper lights and crowd going proper bonkers. The benchmark for all festival gigs to follow. T shirts are still worn.

Sherbourne Castle – Crazy Horses waaa waaa
The Bridge Music Festival

July to December sees 13 gigs go by. Notably all the gigs at Qudos are stunning; Durrington’s Music In The Rec, organised by the legend that was John Mills is a delight; Colin Gray joins us as temporary (dep) guitar player while Terry’s work kindly post him oversees for a while, starting at legendary Salisbury venue The Old Ale House; another terrific evening at The Bear Inn Beer Festival in Wilton; a charity gig at The Bell in Warminster; a very fragrant gig at the famous Barge Inn, A huge thank you to Colin Gray for helping while Terry was away.

Durrington Rec’s Music In The Park
The Bear Inn Beer Festival, Wilton
The Old Ale House (how it used to be)
Colin, Ray & Lou working the Qudos audience into a frenzy. Simon & Craig had popped out for a bit.

Salisbury Music Awards 2014 Break Cover win the Best Covers Band Award. Everyone in the band is over the moon. And then very, very drunk. Thank you so much to the wonderful gig going population of Salisbury for voting for us: Just WOW.

Colin Gray deputising for Terry on drinking heavily


January to April and Break Cover rolls on through a bunch of thoroughly enjoyable gigs. Worthy of note are: Qudos (as always) and a trip “oop North” to Craig’s hometown near Blackpool which was a tremendous road trip and a great gig. The Southerners in the band also find out what a proper working man’s club looks like and discover Northern Hospitality courtesy of Craig’s family.

A very busy Qudos in January
An even busier Qudos in February
Utter chaos in Qudos in March
Insert cliched Northern joke here – probably something about Garlic Bread

Also, in January is an ill-advised and short-lived trial of blue ties (wonder whose idea that was) and Simon finally joins Terry in the small amp club and begins his love affair of UK amp builder Victory. Shame they don’t make one that glows red!

Blue Ties? Are we absolutely certain???
Simon’s new Victory head next to an awful lot of blue things.

May for two gigs we are back to a four piece or “The BC Boys Club” as it comes to be known as. Lou had decided to step down from the band to focus on personal commitments. Even though she has one more gig with us – we decide to treat the Qudos gig as Lou’s send off and the crowd goes absolutely nuts with us to say thank you for being an inspiration and great spokesperson for the band.

The Boys Club at the Rugby Club with Mad Paul on lights!
Lou says goodbye to Qudos and, as usual, Qudos goes nuts
Qudos says goodbye to Lou and, as usual, Lou goes nuts

June is one of those happy/sad months as we say a real goodbye to Lou after performing at the Beerex in Salisbury Arts Centre and hello to Claire Varney who takes Lou’s place for the second set at a gig at Salisbury’s Huntsman Tavern. Amongst the other gigs that month Break Cover do Salisbury Live and the Big Session at Sixpenny Handley.

Lou’s very last gig
Everyone say “Hello Claire”

July and Break Cover are back at Durrington Rec under the steerage of John Mills. This has become a firm favourite as it is such a gentle, family friendly day with a superb atmosphere. Break Cover also get their first gig at FiggleFest. Also notable for being a family friendly event with a superb atmosphere and lots to do for everyone while the music is happening across two stages.

Ray and Claire going about the serious business of rocking Durrington Rec
John Mills being much less serious
Blue things continue to infect Break Cover at FiggleFest

August to December this line up of Break Cover has now settled down and performs 21 gigs before the end of the year. This includes: a very strange gig in the grounds of Tidworth Football Club; our last time (for a while) at The Bear Inn Beer Festival, this time with our friends The Mosquitoes; more Qudos gigs; another New Year’s Eve at Salisbury Rugby Club and a few notable events which deserve their own special mention.

Tisbury FC. What a most peculiar gig this was.
The Bear Inn Beer Festival (moist)
Claire and the gang at Qudos
Neil depping at The Rugby Club on New Years Eve

Salisbury Music Awards 2015 and we again win Best Covers Band. This time Craig wins Best Drummer too. If you thought we were impressed last time we were absolutely flabbergasted this time. Once again, a huge thank you to the lovely people of Salisbury who voted for us and made this happen. This was the last time we won at the SMAs but we have continued to come runner up in subsequent years.

Awards. Nice. Surprising, but nice.

Album #3 – Unleashed is recorded, once again, at Sound on Sound Studios and follows the familiar path of one day to record the live instruments and the second day to complete the mix.

Recording requires sustenance before it begins
Album #3 – Unleashed

Neil B – Terry, once again, gets called upon to travel the world and the very resourceful Neil B steps up to dep this time as Colin Gray has, by now, been recruited full time into Off The Cuff. Neil reappears in our story next year too.

Neil B – master of the slick string change

Talking Heads is one of Southampton’s most famous and most inglorious venues. Or sadly we should say “was” as it has now passed into the annals of rock history. Break Cover played here twice in 2015. One in October and again in December for the Third Annual Biker Booze Up in aid of Dreamflight. Previous people who have played here include Everything Everything; The Magic Numbers; Eddie and the Hotrods; The Damned; The Bluetones; Band of Skulls; The Slits; Mumford & Sons; New York Dolls and now Break Cover!

The legendary Talking Heads

Salisbury Christmas Lights Switch On Like The Bridge Music Festival this will forever remain in the memory of those who performed. Great lights, a huge PA, a big screen, a massive stage and 14,000 Salisbury residents all in one place at one time. Getting the Evolution choir on stage with Santa and Rudolf for a rendition of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everyone was particularly special!

The Evolution Choir join Break Cover on stage while Santa admires Simon’s beard
Break Cover, Santa & Rudolf get photo-bombed by most of Salisbury
Two guitars bringing the Christmas Rock
Salisbury Christmas Light Switch On 2015

The first Hootenanny For some reason we decide to invite all of Salisbury’s musicians to join us on stage for our last gig at The Old Ale House before it goes off for a refurb. As it’s in December, we decide to call it a Hootenanny. OK well that turns out to be a huge success. Lots of musicians and lots of audience. We foresee a tradition being born!

The first Break Cover Hootenanny proves to be a much bigger success than expected


January to March the now regular Break Cover line-up knock out some more gigs including sell outs in Qudos, the Queens Arms and a terrific goodbye for the current landlords at The Rainbow on the Lake.

Qudos Break Cover with a Norwegian Fireman from the audience on harmonica
(Honestly you can’t make this stuff up)
Break Cover’s 100th gig at the Queens Arms
The end of an era at The Rainbow On The Lake

April and May. Terry is once again called upon to travel the world and Neil B steps back into the hot seat for a handful of gigs including our first gigs at both the Cosy Club and the (Bishops) Mill; a birthday party as well as Claire’s surprise (ends with a nought) birthday party in Tisbury.

A very appreciative crowd joining in at Salisbury’s Cosy Club
Claire going for it at The Mill
Dave Hitchins beginning to step in for Ray at Claire’s 20th Birthday
(There may or may not be a typo in the line above)

June saw a flat spot for the band: three gigs that were just not well attended at new venues which won’t be mentioned here and won’t be revisited. Move on.

Nothing to see here… moving on

July and back at Figglefest. This time we get promoted to the truck stage and we play last so it’s in the dark and everyone is nicely warmed up. Still a lovely event with a great atmosphere. Also, a fun gig outside at Wellington Academy. Both gigs with Dave Hitchins.

Figglefest Fun!
Wellington Academy in the sun

August and our first ever slot at Firsfest. It turns out that we really like these outdoor bashes and we were exceptionally lucky with the weather. Even if Terry has gone away again. But we are OK as Neil has the reins. However, it’s another sad moment as, once again at Qudos, we (almost) say goodbye to our long serving (and long suffering) bass player Ray who is off to spend more time on other projects and with his family.

Being fabulous at FirsFest
Ray looking grumpy at this being his last Qudos gig. Thanks for being awesome Ray!

September another road trip. This time we take the band that has been in the current format since June 2015 to a wedding in St Ives in Cornwall (which is Ray’s real last gig). What a fantastic weekend with the whole band sharing a single room at a very nice hostel in the centre of St Ives and fully enjoying the Cornish lifestyle. We also play in Salisbury Market Square which is our first gig with Ray’s replacement Steve Rance who famously was once in John Lee Hooker’s UK touring band.

Arriving at St Ives
Which is alright
First Dance!
Welcome to Steve!

October and November see Break Cover bed in with the new sound with Steve for a few gigs before another one of those massive gigs that stick in the mind forever.

The Mill with JC on harmonica (Probably. Somewhere in there.)
Qudos – forever magnificent

John Coghlan’s Quo . During the late nineties original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan formed his own band and has enjoyed regular gigs all over the UK and Europe. We got to support this formidable band at The Barrington Theatre in Ferndown and it’s safe to say this was an incredibly special gig indeed. The audience were hugely receptive to our music and even just introducing the songs got a great reception. Helped by a couple of band members being huge Quo fans: having John watch us do such a massive job was a huge thrill.

Break Cover blues at The Barring supporting Mr Coghlan
Break Cover and John Coghlan’s Quo

December sees a few gigs with a highlight being another tremendous Hootenanny. This time at The Mill with another great selection of Salisbury’s finest musicians. We also play New Year’s Eve at the Royal Oak in Salisbury and say goodbye to our lovely singer Claire who leaves us to work on her own band playing more of the sort of music she loves. The band go into 2017 deciding to be the Break Cover Boys Club for a while.

All aboard!!
Goodbye Claire. Thank you for being so much fun!


January to March the band start the year back at the Talking Heads for the last time before it moves from its famous location, once again for the Annual Bikers Bash in aid of Dreamflight.

A handful of gigs help consolidate the Boys Club version of the band before another appearance at the Barrington Theatre: this time supporting Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam. A very different affair than the Quo gig but still a great venue with a terrific audience. Took a while to get our hearing back after watching From The Jam though! Our regular dep Neil joins us as he is a huge Jam fan and it gives him the same thrill to support them that the others got at Quo.

We also record album #4 “Undaunted” at the same studio and with the same format as last time. We are joined by JC on harmonica as the band has taken a decidedly blues twist since Claire left.

The BC Boys Club at The Talking Heads for the last time before it is gone
Qudos again. This time- view from the stage!
Another view from the stage – The Barrington can squeeze some more people in though
Neil appears to be happy he got to support Mr Foxton
JC prepares to pour Beer over Simon’s head at Sound On Sound. Simon walks on oblivious.
Album #4 Undaunted

April Steve leaves the band to play in other bands and return to his first love of keyboards. Dave Hitchins steps in for a while but this is short lived as he has struggled with health issues during his fleeting time with us. However, he comes away from this a great friend of the band and occasionally will step into dep when we have a bass emergency.

Dave in full smug mode

 May and June we are joined on bass by Lea Truckle, which is a surprise as he has just won Best Guitarist at the previous year’s Salisbury Music Awards. With this line up we do a few gigs including Amesbury Carnival and a friend’s wedding.

Lea wins the cool competition at Amesbury Carnival
BC do a rare wedding. Ken even manages to get in on the shot for a change.

July sees us play a couple of outside gigs in the sunshine which at the time are tremendous but turn out to be very sad.

This is the last Durrington Rec gig organised by John Mills as he passes shortly after. John was a huge loss to us as he was a member of the band which came before Break Cover as well as joining us at the Hootenanny gigs and just being one of the nicest human beings you could ever meet. RIP John you are remembered fondly and hugely missed.

August also sees us play at Music in the Park in Elizabeth Gardens on one of the hottest days of the year and is a hugely enjoyable affair. But sadly, it’s the last time we are joined by the spouse of a former member who passes in early August. This comes completely out of the blue and is a huge shock to all of us. We do what we do to bring some happiness into the world but it cannot touch those affected by mental health issues and we should all do more to help those in trouble.

Ken trying to be sexy at Durrington Rec. John Mills bringing it all back to earth!
The kids getting down to Break Cover in Elizabeth Gardens
Why is it so hot!!
Some people struggle to contain themselves in the heat

August and it’s time to go back to the tried and tested formula of having both a male and female singer in the band so it is to great fanfare that we announce Jem joining the band to the world at the New Inn Summer Music Festival in Amesbury.

Hello Jem!!

September to December with the line-up complete now with Lea and Jem we play a collection of gigs including the Odiham Live Music Club, our friend’s wake, another wedding, Quods (obviously)…

Qudos enjoying Break Cover with Jem out front

…the Salisbury Live Roadshow and the New Inn in fancy dress, Cosy Club with Dave on bass and Lea covering on guitar as, yes, you guessed it, Terry was away again…

The Mill at Halloween
Fancy Dress in full flow at The New Inn
Jem throwing shapes in Cosy Club

…the Salisbury Christmas Market in the freezing cold and a surprisingly brilliant gig in the pouring rain at the Market Square the Sunday before Christmas.

So very very cold. Break Cover play The Overlook.
The weather may have been wet but the crowd certainly was not. Thanks for your energy Lea!

We even managed to squeeze one last Hootenanny in which was the last time many of us get to see John Mills before he passed. It was good to hear John play in the band with, what turned out to be, quite a collection of bass players. Also, Lea decides that the Salisbury Market Square is to be his last gig with us as he has other musical projects he wants to work with. He was briefly back on guitar playing in Solarbird although he occasionally pops back with his instrument in hand to dep for someone who may be away.

Ladies and gentlemen… John Mills
What’s the collective noun for a group of bass players? A thunder? This is a thunder of bass players.
Hootenanny 2017 and the last time we see the Mill before it very famously must close


January to May one of the bass players who joined us for the 2016 Hootenanny was Andrea Penna who joins us full time on bass in the New Year. Where Lea bought a lot of energy to the band Andrea brings a lot of funk! The new band can be seen in a variety of venues most notable the Salisbury Live Fundraiser, OLMC and the Wig and Quill.

Put your hands together please for… Andrea Penna on the bass with too many strings
OLMC Part 2
The Wig &Quill with Andrea and Jem

In March 2018 Salisbury was famously the target of a Nerve Agent attack. We lose The Mill for the entire year while it is subject to a forensic cleaning. Our sympathies to all those affected by this. From this point on, we dedicate David Bowie’s Heroes to the Police, NHS staff, Army, scientists, cleaners and everyone else involved in keeping Salisbury safe. When the second event occurred, the response was immediate. Thank you all for doing what you do so we can all keep doing what we do.

An incredibly sad sight. (The Mill opens again later in our story)

June we get to play a magnificent set at the Salisbury Live gig in the market square. Another huge stage with a terrific PA and an appreciative Salisbury Audience. Also on the bill is a duo called Common Confusion. More on them in a moment.

A wonderful stage for Salisbury Live
Jem says farewell in style. Thank you for being such a charismatic front person Jem!
No smoking in public places boys. Come on, you know this.

After a year with us Jem decides that the rigors of being in a gigging covers band don’t quite align with her own projects and personal life and decides to call it a day with us to focus on those things. We advertise for someone to take Jem’s place and immediately Amber who is half of Common Confusion (see above) applies.

Our amazing and talented Amber. Here modelling the latest line in Break Cover apparel.

We scare Amber silly at an audition in our normal practice room. For someone who has never been in a band before Amber finds this “exciting”. Then straight into it and the same month we play the Testwood Club and Music for Mills (the John Mills tribute gig) with Amber firmly in place as our new lead singer.

Amber now on board at the Testwood Club (sadly now defunct)
BC celebrating the life of John Mills with vim and vigour
The Music for Mills performers and audience

July and August and for one of the hottest summers on record we get a lot of outdoor gigs luckily. This includes: The New Inn Summerfest and the absolutely incredible Figglefest on one of the most perfect summer days in the history of time…

The crowd at Figglefest absolutely loving the weather and the entertainment
A very rare sight… Break Cover in (mostly) short trousers
So hot that cameras are steaming up as the sun sets

…Firsfest (which we close and is absolutely outstanding); and the only rainy event T1 Fest in Hudson’s Field, Salisbury.

A wonderful crowd at a wonderful event. Firsfest 2018
Even the lighting joined in with the BC colour scheme
T1 Fest – Simon appears surprised it is raining

September is a busy month. We get to play at the inaugural Salisbury Car Fest in the Market Square and that’s back up there as one of the best gigs ever. Although a long day (we play from 11 until 4) the crowd are awesome; the weather perfect; the cars shiny and everything is very summery.

How are you making that noise?
Salisbury Carfest 2019 – an amazing and appreciative audience
You know everyone is having fun when the people from the curry stand join in. Your food was tasty!

At the gig at Qudos Andrea leaves us to pursue non musical projects (he was after all responsible for some very good photos) and we conscript Dave Hitchins back to record album #5 (Unscathed) the next day.

Turns out Amber is really rather good at this recording malarky!
Oh look… Dave is being helpful
Album #5 – Unscathed

October and November Dave stays with us as dep bass player to allow us to play at two more beer festivals (9 open air gigs in total in 2018 – glorious!) and a couple of great club gigs.

Dave is being a help again
The White Horse Beer Festival

December we are joined by new permanent bass player Rich Watts. We instantly know we have something special in this line up with Rich on bass and backing vocals and Amber out front as our first gig is in the Market Square and that old Break Cover magic comes flooding back…

Give it up please for Rich “The 80s” Watts!
Rich bringing the magic back

….The gig is so good we get asked to do another when, friends of the band, The Zucchinis, have to pull out due to illness. This ends up being a double gig with the Christmas Market immediately followed by a gig (our 200th) in Qudos. We even get to show off this new sound at Sarum Live for Christmas.

A very Christmassy Christmas Market
Ken has now seen the band 200 times so spends our 200th gig looking at motorbikes on the web

This cements the new line-up in place, and we round out with Boxing Day at Alderbury Club and New Year’s Eve in our old favourite Qudos.

Amber joins the audience to grab a photo on Boxing Day
The Qudos audience on New Year’s Eve
Happy New Year Break Cover – have an awesome 2019!


January and February – the band take off from gigging to get the new line-up fully in place and to get some new songs in the set as 2018 didn’t present many opportunities to do that.

Here’s a picture of Simon’s White Falcon because shiny

March and the full force of Break Cover is back in play with gigs in Romsey, Alderbury, Cosy Club and a surprisingly very hot night in Qudos.

Rock and Roll Birthday
Dark and brooding at The Cosy Club
The first Qudos audience of 2019 enjoying that old Break Cover magic

A sad ending to March as Ken Jones, our sound man since November 2013 leaves us to spend more time with his motorbike, dogs and family. Probably in that order. Thanks for all the great times Ken – you will be missed.

Ken having way too much fun at Figglefest 2015

April is off to a great start as we help the Charlie’s Star Launch event raise £8,500 for their charity while having a great night with everyone in 80s icons fancy dress.

The quality of the fancy dress was VERY high! Not pictured… a Rubik’s cube that danced all night far more energetically than we had ever seen a cube dance.
Some people get into the 80s groove without much encouragement at all

April also sees a gig at a new venue for us – the Greyfisher just outside of Salisbury

Another new guitar Simon? Not sure that one is red enough?

May’s first gig is a beautiful wedding for some lovely people down in Sandbanks. The weather was fantastic so we got a posh picture taken at the posh hotel. Did we mention it was quite posh?

Very …. posh

Next we are in North Wiltshire with the Celtic Crew MCC at the Talbot Inn, Calne for the first time on a warm Spring evening. This is our first time at this lovely venue and a terrific crowd urged us to play nearly into the next day with three encores. Great place – terrific people – amazing night.

Very warm. Terrific fun. The only Rain was the one being played here.
Guitar or high viz jacket – you decide.

Late May / early June sees us in Qudos and at a new venue – The Radnor Arms. These gigs are notable as Terry unveils his new Gibson Les Paul, Simon shows off a new Music Man Guitar and Craig has new drums to show off. New gear but still the same great sound.

Non uniform day at Qudos because it was really hot for no good reason!
New drums, new guitars, and new venue – everything looks very new!

Outdoors for the first time this year (mid-June) and it’s great to be playing our third Beerex at Salisbury Arts Centre. Also, our first time on their outdoor stage. While Rich was off enjoying being up North (thanks to Lea for helping) – down here the weather behaved, and the crowd didn’t!! Lovely fun audience and a great stage / sound system. Top fun all round.

So nice outside in June that there was Beer, Cider and Dancing! Hoorah!

June also sees a very memorable day indeed… the National Armed Forces Day in Salisbury. As a local band with military connections, we were absolutely delighted to be asked to support this and we got a slot on the Friday afternoon. The weather could not have been better and to play on that enormous stage with that brilliant sound system was indeed a total treat. A huge thank you to all involved – professional sound and stage management guys made it all very slick. Proud to support our Armed Forces!

Stage big enough folks?

July saw a wonderful weekend at Ebblefest where we got to run the sound for Just Becuase, The Badger Blues Band, Common Confusion and The Lyte Brigade. And then finish the night with a wonderful 2 hours with the enthusiastic and wonderful audience.

Does this picture make it look hot in here? That’s because it’s really hot in here!
Terrific audience giving it loads!

That same weekend was a beautiful return to the Music In The Park event at Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury. A wonderful setting which the weather helped make even more special for all those that attended.

What a place to play!
Thank you to the weather gods for being kind. A beautiful day!

Late July we get a call from our good friends at Qudos asking if we can step in at the last minute as they’ve had a band drop out due to illness. It was a wet Friday before the end of the month so with low expectations but wanting to help our friends out we agreed. 24 hours later we had one of the maddest, jumpiest nights we’ve had in Qudos. An absolutely amazing crowd that was up for it from the first song. We only got a couple of pictures but what a night. Thanks Qudos once again!

Illustrative of the madness

And so, with very heavy hearts, we enter August, the last month with the unique talents of Craig Butler providing vocals and drums for the band. The good news is it’s a big month with lots more that our normal “2 a month” appearances. The first weekend is a double with an early gig at Boscombe Down Rec Club and a last-minute stand in gig at the amazing Firsfest. Previous band member Andrea gets to take photos for the whole weekend, and we get some cracking shots!

Craig looking very atmospheric!
Great stage, great sound, great atmosphere, great picture. BTW – great festival!

As August finishes we say goodbye to Craig at Fun In The Field and Shrewton Cricket Club – after seven glorious years and over 200 gigs . It’s always hard to say goodbye to band members but especially hard when it’s one of our founding members.

We have said goodbye in the long and heart felt posts on here and on Facebook so now it’s time to get on with a whole new sound and a whole new chapter of the band. Hold on to your hats – this is gonna rock.

Fun. In the Field = FITF. Also very very warm. Terrific summer!!
Fun. In the Field = FITF. Also very very warm. Terrific summer!!
Craig’s last gig at Shrewton Cricket Club’s Beerex. It was far too hot to dress up for it!

October 12, 2019, and we are back in the game. A tremendous gig at The Talbot Inn in Calne where the audience were up on their feet almost from the first song and urged us on through four encores! Welcome to the band Mr Paul Batchelor – it’s great to have you and that was a mighty fine start!

The crowd were a-jumpin’ at The Talbot Inn. Welcome to the gang Paul!

Also, in October as part of the relaunch, we got to play on “home turf” at Qudos in Salisbury. A fantastic night but my golly was it hot! However, we are now officially relaunched. Now with three lead singers we are taking the female fronted rock covers band to a whole new place. We are: Amber Coleman – Lead and Backing Vocals; Rich Watts – Lead and Backing Vocals + Bass Guitar; Terry Taylor – Lead and Backing Vocals + Lead & Rhythm Guitar; Simon Dickenson – Backing Vocals + Lead & Rhythm Guitar; Paul Batchelor – Drums and Percussion

A very hot and sticky Qudos says a big hello to the New Break Cover!

The end of October and beginning of November sees a couple of special gigs. The first, a full on Fancy Dress night at Figheldean for the Save Our Woods campaign at Halloween and then the week after Salisbury’s Firework Display at the Salisbury and Southwest Sports Club. A huge thank you to Lea who depped for Rich whose work decided he needed to go on a last-minute trip. Special mention to Tel who ran the sound for the Fireworks event including Spire FM’s MC Craig Hicks and the music for the Fireworks. Such a clever man.

Awesome fancy dress, a lot of alcohol and some great fundraising. Happy Halloween!!
The star of the Fireworks. Terry with his adoring fans.

November continues with a rather splendid Salisbury Live Goes Rural Fundraiser at the Alderbury Sports and Social Club. Lots of bands and lots of people. Awesome!

November comes to a close with a wonderful return to the now renamed Bishop’s Mill for our annual Hootenanny. This year in aid of Mencap and with opening acoustic acts from Just Because and Georgina Agombar. As usual we are joined by some truly amazing, talented, Salisbury musicians and the reception from the audience was electrifying.

The architecture at The Bishop’s Mill is lovely. Oh, and the audience at the Hootenanny are lovely too!

Whilst all of that was going on we also managed to sneak in and place in the top 3 of the Salisbury Music Award’s Best Covers Band category. Thank you all so much for nominating and voting for us again this year. With the complete change in the band sound, it means an awful lot to us that you took the time to place us in the Awards. Thank you.

Sir Terry Lord Of Bucket asking for donations in a rather unique manner.

December 2019 finishes up with a gig in Qudos which is wonderful as ever followed by a quick trip to the Red Rover at Wellow. We all thank you so much for your support in 2019. Not the easiest of years but with your support we made it through. Now… on to the Roaring Twenties! (This was written in December 2019 when we had no idea what was round the corner!)

The last gig of 2019 looks like we were in 1979!


January. The Twenties kick off at the wonderful Qudos (although we weren’t to know this was the last time we would play on this little stage) and we are joined by a solid set of diehard folk who quite clearly don’t want the holidays to end. A huge night is had, and we are most definitely ready for the new decade!

For some reason we imagined the fashion to be different in the 20s. The audience at Qudos having a great time as always.

At the end of January, we were supposed to be playing with our friends Lump but a certain Mr Holton decided to break his leg instead. Then just as we were getting ready – a certain Mr Batch decided to put his back out instead. So, we decide to launch The Music Den by having a one-night reunion with Mr Craig Butler. A grand time was had by all and the The Music Den was well and truly launched.

Rich: so what happens? Craig: well I hit it you see. Rich: oh ok. Then what happens? Craig: I keep hitting it until the music stops. Rich: amazing!

February and we played Snowfest in Collingbourbe Ducis but without Simon as his work sent him away – so we did the gig as a 4-piece. Not done that for a while! And a great fun evening it was too.

Rich appears to be saying “No Simon so you should be playing guitar Amber!”

A brand-new venue for us opens March at the Andover Central Club. For some reason this is a very loud venue and as a result a particularly good time is had by all. The new tunes went down a storm too! Although Paul may have lost the plot at this point.

Paul’s quiet and sensible demeanour continued throughout the night.

And then at the end of March – the world changed.

Coronovirus and Covid-19 became terms in everyday use and the first UK lockdown began. Social distancing measures were put in place and gigging for everyone ground to a halt.

April saw Social Distancing become the “new normal” and whilst there were some changes to the lockdown in May – pubs remained closed and we, like everyone else, still could not play or rehearse.

In June, the world started to reopen but still no live music.

In July we were able to visit other people’s houses, so we found a unique way to start remembering how to play and even tried some new songs.

It’s practice Jim, but not as we know it!

And then in August – a gig!

August Bank Holiday Sunday 30 August – the Salisbury Live Big Bank Holiday Garen Party. A terrific day organised by Salisbury Live. Originally planned as a full electric event – a revised “unplugged Garden Party” was put in place after receiving updated advice from Wiltshire Council. With a strict social distancing, no dancing, no sing along policy it could have been flat but instead it was a celebration of local bands, original and covers, with all tables booked with over a week to go. The weather was kind all day, although it did get a bit chilly when the sun went down.

The crowd stayed for the entire day and were entertained by Ribble (guitar and fiddle – a “none more English” sound), Tim Madden (singer songwriter + guitar – a little nervous without his full band but carried it off wonderfully), Robb Blake (also singer songwriter + guitar – but made enough noise that he sounded like he had a band with him), Lump light (like Lump but lighter – always entertaining. Salisbury songs for Salisbury people), then the covers kicked off with Trinity who brought the tempo up to set the scene.

And then it was our turn. No on-stage speakers, an electric drum kit and in ear monitors – quite different but we think we got away with it. The crowd got us to play three encores which is always a good sign! Thanks to all that came.

That was the last gig of 2020…

What is that Paul is sitting behind. Unplugged. Sort Of.


Following the summer gigs of 2020, Coronavirus took a tighter hold of the UK and we went into two more lock downs. For a while, the live music world stopped. To enable us to practice we discovered Jamulus which allowed us to practice online with zero latency.

During this time Batchy was unable to continue with the band so Peter Hawes from Chippenham stepped up to the plate and joined us as our new drummer! Welcome to the gang Pete. Glad to have you here!

And then at the beginning of June, this happened:

(an online live gig with everyone playing from their own homes)

Virtual fun!

Lockdown restrictions were then extended to 19 July. So still no more physical gigs.

Whilst the full lockdown restrictions were not able to be lifted until 19 July the advent of some major sports related items meant that some easing was allowed. So, with the rule of 6 still in place, we got to play a Salisbury Live Fundraiser at the Salisbury Rugby Club. Alongside Becca’s Crew, Slidestone, The Evolution Choir and China Wolf, and coinciding with England beating the Ukraine in some football thing we got to play an actual gig in front of live people. Pete was fully introduced to the world and the band sounded terrific. It was good to play fully live again.

Pete is introduced to the world. Must be something interesting here>

And then, also in July, we got to do a full, proper outdoor gig at Ebblefest. Although, a more subdued event compared to previous years – oh my goodness! It has been mentioned that the band has a new, bigger sound. Well, this fully came out to play on a big outdoor stage with lots of lights and a nice big PA. It was sooooo nice to play a full set, on a big stage for people who could sing along and dance.

We are back and bigger than ever. Probably all that lockdown food.

August kicks off with another outdoor gig as lockdown continues to ease. More people are allowed this time and certainly a lot more alcohol.

Evidence of actual humans at a live music event in 2021!

To round out August and after six years, we got to play at the Bear Inn Beer Festival in Wilton again. This was a crowd that was ready for the return of live music. The weather was brilliant, and the pub was packed from beginning to end. A really special night. Thanks to the Bear for having us back.

A crowd full of beer and anticipation of a great night!

September sees us “launch” music at the newly restored Figheldean Club. The club is looking amazing and is a great venue for live music, so expect lots of music here in the coming months and years. This was our first indoor gig in eighteen months. We had forgotten how sweaty playing indoors can be!

Simon and Terry lost in the mist! Told you it was sweaty!

At this point, we acknowledge that we are extremely fortunate to be getting gigs. The world has not returned to normal; a lot of people are not ready to go back out into the world and that means some businesses are changing. An example of this is one of our favourite venues, Qudos Music Bar & Grill has rebranded as Qudos Bar & Restaurant and is no longer hosting live music twice a week. There is still one gig each month, but the stage has been replaced with a breakfast bar and bands now play at the opposite end. Qudos have done an amazing job at staying open through these extremely trying times and we are delighted that we, and others, still get to play there. They are a great example of the lengths that businesses have had to go to, to stay open.

Goodbye Qudos. Hopefully see you again in the future

At the end of September, with the weather still mild, we manage to sneak in a trip to the New Forest at the beautiful Red Shoot beer festival! The band is sounding better than ever, and it was great fun to blast our sound across the forest to some extremely vocal and grateful customers as well as some very playful donkeys.

October starts with a bang. As a result of the Bear Inn Beer Festival, we were asked to restart live music at the Barford Inn down the road at Barford St Martin. We arrive to find a beautiful country pub in a bucolic setting. Towards the end of the first set any thoughts of a quiet country pub are completely dismissed as the crowd demonstrate their love of music and the atmosphere becomes absolutely electric for the rest of the night. There is nothing like playing to a packed pub with the audience two feet from your face. What an audience – what a night!

Before the mayhem

As October started with a bang it finished with one too! The Salisbury Live Spooktacular was to feature four bands, but a member of Lump was taken ill just before the gig – hope you get well soon!! Ukulele Vagabond gave his unique set followed by some cracking tunes from Beyond the Storm. We took to the stage a little late but extremely excited to be back playing for this great audience and they did not disappoint. This one will go down in memory as the first time we’ve been asked to play five encores. That was a complete blast, and it was lovely to play here again.

Spooky artwork for the Halloween Salisbury Live fund raiser
Alderbury Club looking suitably spoopy for the night!

November and we are at a new venue – The Globe Inn Andover. Sat directly on the High Street so lots of passing foot fall to entice in with our unique blend of covers all nicely rocked up. Lots of lovely comments from this first-time audience so hopefully we will be back again in 2022!

First time at The Globe. Cosy but fun!

Also in November, was one of those rare, extra special gigs where we were asked to play for Friday Night music with Wiltshire Creative. Tickets sold out. Twice. And we got to perform on the main stage at Salisbury Arts Centre. So many more photos to follow but wow what an incredible experience.

The additional photos are now available to see. A huge thanks to former band mate, superb photographer and all-round great guy Andrea Penna for the amazing shots. Click the photo below to see the full set.

Click the photo above to see the full set
Sold Out. So they added more seats. Then it sold out again!

After 11 gigs in 2021, more than double what we managed the previous year, in December, we saw out the old year in Qudos. Playing the bar but in the window, after 23 months away, it was like coming home. Thank you to the magnificent staff who looked after us so well and the amazing party audience that made the absolute most of having live music back at Qudos – thank you so much. Here’s a to a great 2022!

Qudos, once again, ROCKED!


After only a month and half off, February 2022 sees gigging restart for the new year. From out of the blue, we get aske to play at the Blue Bee Bar inside Salisbury Football Club. So, at full time we play 2 hours of covers to an audience drinking to console themselves after a 2 1 defeat. It’s great to be off and the band are sounding better than ever!

After February, we had to take a little bit of time off for personal and Covid reasons (blasted thing is still with us), but we sneak a Birthday Party in the middle of April. Amazing to see the great photos of the birthday girl all-round the Rugby Club and terrific to see so many people out having a lovely time.

In May, we turned 10 Years old! A huge thank you to not just all the extremely talented band members that have been with us over the last ten years but also to all the wonderful people who have come to see us over 250 gigs and 10 years. It would be so much harder to do this without you, so a great big THANK YOU!

At the end of May, we finally got to play at a wedding reception which was booked all the way back in 2019. Delayed because of Covid but the couple stuck with it, got married in the meantime, and held the reception just a little late. Congratulations to them. Nice venue too.

At the beginning of June, the UK celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The first part of that, for us, was to play at the prestigious Live at the Farm. Last on the Salisbury Live Stage and sandwiched between AC/DC and Bob Marley (tribute acts obvs), we got to play to 5,000+ people having a tremendous time in the sunshine. A glorious time was had by all.

What happens in the UK when the sun comes out
We are much sweatier than we look

Sadly, the Salisbury Council celebrations were cancelled halfway through the last day of the Jubilee. Big thanks to the British weather there.

Following the disappointment of being rained off, Tidworth the following weekend, was absolutely glorious! To celebrate, we played to a rammed Clarendon Club audience, who requested a record breaking five encores!

Some silly behaviour (not us for a change) at the Clarendon

The last gig of June sees the band make a return to The Barford Inn in Barford St Martin, just West of Wilton. This pub always lays on great entertainment and this night was no exception. A superb country pub with a great clientele, a superb evening with a great atmosphere.

Too hot for formal wear. Simon & Tel messing about all casual like.

Early in July we get asked to jump back into FiggleFest. One of the bands is not well and they are a band down to close the night. Although Terry is away, we enlist our old friend Lea Truckle on guitar duties. Despite a moist day the skies clear and we play into the night to an, as always, appreciative crowd. The following week, it’s Simon’s turn to be ill (yay Covid!) and the band do a Simonless gig in the White Hart in Salisbury.

The hardcore crowd that stayed until the end at Figglefest. A great party was had.
No Simon, but Amber in a dress to make up for it

August 2022 and the relentless heatwave continues. In 33 degrees heat we set up at The Penruddocke Arms in Dinton, where we are joined by Gray Smith, a handful of bees and wasps and about a million midges. It’s Amber’s turn to be poorly, so for 90 minutes we play an all-boys set and Simon insults the crowd halfway through (not really – but the raffle was entertaining).

Stop annoying the crowd and play more music. Seriously. Stop it.

Far the August Bank Holiday we have a double header. First up is the always enormous fun Bear Inn Beer Festival. This has become a regular event for us, since that first gig in 2013 and it never disappoints. A great crowd, enthused by some terrific beers, always gives us a warm welcome. One person even described us as “very Excellent”. What more do you need?

The audience at the Bear also being very excellent

On to the second event of the long weekend and the dry weather of 2022 continues to be kind to live music at the Salisbury Live Summer Splash in Salisbury Market Square. With only 45 minutes to play we get the opportunity to let our hair down and the crowd lights up accordingly. A really special evening with the crowd in fine voice. Salisbury Live is most definitely back!

After an enforced break due to university assignments, various job changes and well, just life… in November we got to play, hopefully the first of many, gigs in Brown Street, a new live music venue for Salisbury which has the potential to be really special. We had a great crowd who were up dancing from the first song and who really threw themselves into it. Fun was had by all.

Break Cover lit up all pretty at Salisbury’s swanky new venue!!

Just like busses, nothing for a couple of months and then two come along a week apart! The last weekend of November sees us playing at the last Salisbury Live NHS Fundraiser of the year at the Music Den in the Avon Brewery. A truly wonderful crowd lifted the night into a bit of a special one. Lots of dancing and singing along. Love it when the crowd throw themselves into it.

The crowd made it all hot and sweaty. Fantastic fun!

December kicks off with two private parties. The first one is held at Salisbury and South Wilts Cricket Club for a 40th Birthday and ends with exactly the kind of mayhem we enjoy. The second one coincides with “the football” but is held in a lovely venue in Sixpenny Handley. This one is for a 50th Birthday Party and we are joined by a member of the audience (thanks Hannah) who does an amazing job for a couple of songs.

View from the stage does not include the abuse some microphone stands came in for!

To close the year, we see New Year’s Eve at Qudos. Sadly, minus Simon due to Covid (again) but the rest of the band and the audience had an amazing night to welcome in 2023!

Qudos being Qudos!


Straight back to it in January for a fundraiser to support Salisbury & District Cats Protection. With all funds going directly to the branch, this was an opportunity for us, and our new friends the P45s, to party the night away while raising funds for the kitties. A huge thank you to Brown Street for hosting the event and to the audience for coming out and donating. Simon even got to do the raffle again. He didn’t insult anyone this time though.

Not sure that banner is 100% accurately describing the band there chaps!

In February we are asked to play at the relaunch of the party room at the Woodfalls Inn, in Woodfalls, near Redlynch, near Downton, near Salisbury. A beautiful pub on the edge of the New Forest. But make no mistake, this is not a quiet country pub – it was rammed and the clientele were well up for it. Much noise was had. Hope to be back here again soon.

There was room to move and everything!

A week later we are back in Brown Street, Salisbury but this time a full set on our own. So lovely to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones. We also never get bored of folk coming up to us after the show to tell us how much they enjoyed the show. A big thanks to Dave Hitchins (back again after an absence of a few years) who stepped in as it was Rich’s turn to be the keeper of the lurgy.

Dave. Not a sensible person.

January and February are normally quiet months for us, so in a pleasant break from the norm, we play a third gig in February. We are delighted to be back at the Durrington Club for the first time in many years. A few things have changed but the crowd are as enthusiastic as ever!

Gibsons looking pretty at Durrington. Shame about the players tho

Just the one gig in March but an important one. We get to play the first gig at the inaugural Wilton Live, Salisbury’s Live’s little brother.

More importantly, it marks the last ever gig for Rich Watts on Bass and vocals. After 52 months and 72 gigs, Rich, our longest serving bass player, has decided to stop doing live music. He will continue with other projects and may one day venture out into the wild again. Rich has been a huge influence on us and was always looking to improve our songs, playing and performing and we will be sorry to see him go. All the best Rich and thanks for the great music.

Rich at his first gig with us.
And Rich at his last gig with us at Wilton Live!

First gig for April is an exciting one so, strap in for a longer than usual post. On Saturday 7 April we came out for a Salisbury Live fundraiser at the Salisbury Rugby Club. It was notable for a number of reasons. Firstly, we got to show off Dave, our new bass player to the world. Say hello to Dave everyone!

Say “Hello” to Dave!

Simon and Terry got to show us their guitar muscles in two other bands too. Simon played with The Dusk Hounds – a 60/70s dirty old rock band.

The Dusk Hounds playing at the Salisbury Live Fundraiser. Our Simon on guitar.

And Terry played with Southbound, a recreation of the original sounds of Thin Lizzy.

Southbound playing at the Salisbury Live Fundraiser. Our Terry on guitar.

Then we got to play a set, which felt noticeably short although it wasn’t, right at the end of the night as the new lineup. Great to be back!

Us playing at the Salisbury Live Fundraiser. Our Terry and our Simon on guitar. Dave obscured.

Later in April Dave gets to play his first full gig with us at, another first for us, the Stonehenge Campsite for the VW Campout. A bit like playing inside a spaceship (no bad thing) a great time is had by all.

Great vibe at the Stonehenge Campsite
Dave in all his splendour

April also saw one final gig on the very last day, Sunday 30 April, before the May Bank Holiday. Billed as a fundraiser for the Salisbury Live Picnic in the Park later in the year, this turned into a regular little festival all of its own. On the bill were Sour Apple, Lucy Loves Liquor, Ribble, Southbound (yes, again), Somehow I’m Home and we got to round the night off! Wow what a thing that turned into. An amazing audience really showed up and made an amazing night of live music. Someone was heard to say “without doubt, one of the most enjoyable, full on, Salisbury Live events of recent years“. Quite the statement. Thank you to Colin for organising and all the lovely people who showed up and made that really quite spectacular!

Blurry, smokey and sweaty. But enough about Amber!! What a night at Alderbury Club.

The first gig of May is a celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III at Wilton Club. Due to illness, we were without Amber, so the boys, especially Terry, really just Terry, took on singing responsibilities. As result, we decided not to be very serious. This was aided and abetted by the very silly audience who joined in with great enthusiasm. Here’s a picture of Dave looking cool before the noise!

Another long weekend, with another Bank Holiday and this time the weather gods shine on everyone, and a beautiful weekend lets everyone lie around in the sun. What a perfect weekend for outdoor gigs. So, we play inside at Brown Street on Friday 26 May and inside the Enham Club in Andover on Saturday 27 May. A huge thank you to those that braved coming inside at Brown Street and an equally big thanks to those that joined us for the first time at Enham Club. Great to see some familiar faces and some fresh faces too. A grand time was had by all!

Amber doing her thang at Brown Street!
Pete poised and ready for action in front of a sign advertising Break Cover being poised and ready for action!

June kicks off with a private function at the Royal British Legion in Tidworth. We didn’t invite you. It was private. That’s how that works. Big thanks to Anna for organising such great hospitality.

A rare photo of an unbehatted Simon. No Simon, it’s your turn to plug in all the leads!

On the last day of June we return to Qudos to celebrate 5 years of Amber being with the band. The audience shows her their appreciation in their usual quiet respectful way!

Qudos being Qudos for Amber’s 5th anniversary.

July and for the first time since 2021 we are back at Ebblefest in Nunton. Ebblefest is one of those events where, regardless of the weather, the sun always shines. A village fete during the day and then, like Dr Jeckyll, an incredible transformation into music festival in the evening. We also had the incredible Andrea Penna take some photos for us and you can view the whole album here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.726200939513562&type=3!

Ebblefest: A great range of people having a great time. The audience enjoyed it too. (Photo credit: Andrea Penna)

The second weekend in July was also another double header for us, starting with a return to the Woodfalls Inn in Redlynch. The hospitality at this pub is off the chart and we are always super looked after. The audience are always really enthusiastic too. We are back in December and looking forward to it.

Baby we’re ready to go! All installed and ready to make noise at The Woodfalls Inn.

Second gig of the second weekend of July and we are back at The Avon Brewery where we very nearly got to play in the beer garden next to the river. Nearly. The weather, so kind the day before, had other ideas. All squeezed in with a little less kit than normal, the audience seemed to have a lovely time.

What you can’t see is all the people in the beer garden. Thanks weather, thanks so much!

Third weekend of July and another double gig weekend but this time something new. Thanks to the Radnor Arms for asking us to be part of the anniversary celebrations. Thanks to the Deloreans for the lend of the PA too. As not all of the band were available, 60% of the band went and played acoustically. An interesting experiment.

Acoustic is not the same. Terry and Amber are clapping really hard but still don’t sound like Pete!

The second gig of the weekend sees us return to Antrobus House in Amesbury for a private gig. All had a great evening. Thanks to Spencer for the lovely photos. An example of which is below..

Revellers are revelling!

After a record number of gigs in a summer month (six in total) July rounds out with an all-day festival at ChitFest in Chitterne. Most of the day is populated with an acoustic duo (Ben and Tim) who play for an amazing three hours. We then get to play 90 minutes before the glow people get all the ladies in the audience to exercise for 30 minutes. Then a more rock and roll 90 minutes from us to finish the night. The weather was great, and the feedback was amazing. Thanks for having us – we had a blast!

We are hidden in the massive tent. Everyone else was in the sunshine!

August kicks off with a private party in Mere. A triple birthday celebration meant 3 birthday cakes! A truly amazing night with the pub absolutely rammed. 3 Encores and then a request to do a whole extra set as it is going down so well. Tired but happy bunnies at the end of all that!

Next up Wiltshire Motorcycle Rally. The weather is lovely, and the tent soon fills up with a crowd which is appreciative from the start. THe next day is headlined by Hells Bells who we last supported at Live in the Farm in 2022.

Field filling up with bikes, tent filling up with bikers. Thank you weather gods for the lovely day.

The third gig in August is the first of three gigs over the bank holiday and sees us make a welcome return to The Bear Inn Beer Festival in Wilton. This is our fifth time of playing there and marks the tenth anniversary of the first time we played there. And what a spectacular night it turns out to be. Busy from the off, this was an audience that was absolutely out to have a great time. The weather mostly held off and our three hour set went down an absolute storm!

A beautiful thing> audience and band in complete chaos!

The second gig of the Bank Holiday weekend sees us in Amesbury for the afternoon at Super Fete III. Aptly named as it was huge and extremely well attended. Lovely to see so many familiar faces and thank you all for the kind words. We love these big open-air things because we can be loud!!

The lovely folk of Amesbury – clouds were not putting them off! Note: cheeky carbonated beverage with Dave!
Look, we are in the sunshine!

And then the third gig of the weekend, and the second of the Sunday, we are back at Shrewton Cricket Club’s annual Beerex. Last here four years ago, the new layout is fantastic, and we nearly play into Bank Holiday Monday on the encouragement of the very enthusiastic audience. Thanks for having us and see you next year!

We are not tired, and the audience keeps dancing!! Cheers Shrewton for a good one!

As the summer festival season draws to a close, we get one last hooray in the sun. At the beginning of September, we play at the inaugural Good Mood Festival in Larkhill. The weather is stunning, and we play just as the sun is setting. Initially plagued by technical issues, once we are through those, we are off and a wonderful time is had by band and audience!

It was also Amber’s 30th Birthday! We were subtle about it though and she only got a cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to ger!

The very last outdoor gig of the summer sees us back at the magnificent The Bear Inn to celebrate a double birthday party. They must be popular people because a lot of people turned out to help them celebrate. Happy Birthday both!! A great, (but warm and sticky) night was had by all!

Through the mists of the Louisiana swamp, the audience…. oh wait, sorry, it was Wilton in Summer!

For the last gig of September, we played at a private party at the Salisbury Rugby Club. One of our favourite venues! Alcohol certainly helped the celebrations, but we were told we helped too! And Simon got to play his new amp before delayed holidays give us a month off.

Very nice Simon, but couldn’t you have gotten one that matched with Terry’s? It’s not like you didn’t know what colour it was?

In October, we were asked to perform at RayFest, a celebration of the life of Ray Musselwhite and in aid of The National Autistic Society. A magnificent event featuring music from Luke Hall, Sock Puppet Jukebox, Lump, CLS, Love Is Enough and yours truly. Another exceptional Salisbury Live event which was extremely well attended and raised some great funds for NAS. We got to really rock out, as Ray was a huge rock fan, and even managed a jam of Freebird, his favourite song. A privilege to be part of this joyful event.

A typically great Salisbury Live audience, enjoying original music from Love Is Enough

October also saw another private party at the Salisbury Rugby Club (don’t talk about the score). We were pleased to be able to step in after their previous booking was not able to make it due to illness, and we got to play to for a friend of the band’s 50th Birthday, where we got looked after with food and drink and everything!

Amber says “Hi, sorry you couldn’t come to the private party, but we are having a lovely time”.

Just one gig in November, before the full-on chaos that is December. A first time for us in the Salisbury Arms on Endless Street, Salisbury. A little quiet at the start, but it ended up being a great night with a crowd that was extremely appreciative. Time to get some new songs in before December!

Squeezed into a small space, so we played two up front and three in the back. Whatever that means!

First gig in December and we are back at The Woodfalls Inn in Redlynch. A superb pub, that does lovely food by the way. Terry was away with work so we were joined by the awesome Jola who took turns on bass and keyboards, yes you read that right, while Dave alternated between bass and guitar. Something very different but still excellent fun. We continued this unusual line-up on the Saturday at The Stones Hotel at the High Post.

What witchcraft is this!?

Next up we are at Bath Rugby Club in the Swift Half on 9 December. See you soon.

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The Music You Love – Rocked Up. Award winning covers band playing music from the sixties through to the present-day. For bookings, please call Simon on 07968 967906