'Dance the night away' with The Mighty Aardvark
PUBLISHED: 10:09 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2016
In the latest of our In Tune features in The Guide, profiling the music scene, reporter SIMON WARD speaks to The Mighty Aardvark.
Formed more than ten years ago, The Mighty Aardvark have a wide range of musical experiences and a set list covering songs from artists both old and young, to suit the tastes of all audiences.
Q: Who’s in the band?
A: We have Ciaran Creegan on Lead Vocals (and the odd occasion he plays a bit of Rhythm Guitar); Dean Batchelor on Lead Guitar; Simon Harper on Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals; Andy Woodman on Bass Guitar and Stuart Callow on Drums and Backing Vocals.
Q: Where does your unusual name originate from?
A: Our bass player Andy used to sponsor Aardvarks at the local zoo as they are his favourite animal, so he thought “Aardvark” would be a good name for a band. It’s only the last few years that we renamed ourselves as “The Mighty Aardvark” as we felt a name change was needed.
Q: Where do you come from?
A: Myself (Simon Harper) and Stuart live in Lowestoft, Ciaran and Andy live in Loddon, and Dean lives in Norwich – although he is originally from Lowestoft too.
Q: How did you meet?
A: Myself and Dean are cousins, Stu and Dean used to be in a band together when they were teenagers as they were best friends at school. Andy and Ciaran used to live next door to each other in Loddon.
Q: When did you start performing?
A: Aardvark started around 2004 as a Loddon band having a jam session in Andy’s living room. Dean and Stu were in a band when they were at school together called “City Heat”. I co-formed a band when I was 11 called “F.B.I.” We performed 60s rock n roll and Shadows instrumentals and performed all over the country. I am also in the process of reforming my duo “Matrix” with my mate Matt Crisp (who just happens to be “The Mighty Aardvark’s” sound engineer). I have also recently performed as part of a Blues Brothers tribute act which I’m hoping to take further as well.
Q: Where have you gigged?
A: We haven’t spread our wings too far afield as this band is really just a hobby to us. We have performed in a few places around North Walsham, but we mainly perform in Lowestoft, Loddon and Norwich. We mainly perform at The Lady of the Lake and The Jolly Sailors.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: I would say we play an eclectic mix of rock/pop with a dance twist. We try to avoid the cliché songs that fill the set of other bands and I think we’re good at it - maybe the best ever(ish) haha!
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
A: Personally I love Bon Jovi. I’ve grown up listening to all their albums as well as other bands such as Def Leppard, Guns and Roses, Van Halen etc. We cover songs from artists such as The Sterophonics, Bryan Adams, The Foo Fighters, U2, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, AC/DC, ZZ Top and so forth. We also cover other artists such as Status Quo, The Kinks, Robert Palmer, Cheap Trick and even The Osmond’s!
Q: What can people expect at a Mighty Aardvark gig?
A: You can expect great songs that everyone knows where you can sing and dance the night away and go home feeling you have had a fantastic night. We have great energy on stage and we always try and get the crowd involved.
Q: Favourite song to play live and why?
A: Hand on heart, I absolutely love every song we perform, but if I had to choose one, hands down it would be “Mr Brightside” by The Killers. The reason I love performing this song so much is purely down to the crowd. Everyone goes mad when we perform this number, jumping around and singing their hearts out at the top of their lungs.
Q: Where can readers find out more information?
A: Our website which is www.the-mighty-aardvark.webs.com; we can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/The-Mighty-Aardvark).