GARY PERKINS & THE BREEZE - NOVEMBER 2008



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GARY PERKINS & THE BREEZE - NOVEMBER 2008

Postby JohnC » Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:53 pm

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Artist / Band Of The Month
November 2008
Gary Perkins & The Breeze



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Gary Perkins & The Breeze
In 1991 Gary Perkins became a self employed country singer; he joined Equity and the Musicians Union and got his first walk on part on the TV programme ‘Making Out,’ starring Margi Clark. He played the part of a drunk staggering through a beer garden; he also appeared many times on the ITV programme Peak Practice.

In 1995 Gary Perkins joined up with a Buxton based band called ‘The Breeze’ and although there has been a few band member changes they are still performing theatres and major country music festivals around the country.


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GARY PERKINS: Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitar

Gary Perkins was just eight years old when he obtained his first guitar, not knowing how to tune it, he learned to play out of tune, and subsequently, at the age of fourteen, had to relearn the instrument. His first experience of performing in front of an audience came at the age of eight, when he played harmonica and sang songs in junior school assemblies. During his time at Dinnington comprehensive school Gary was a very keen sports man. He was a school prefect and games captain. He played County rugby and also represented South Yorkshire at the English schools championships in the Triple jump and could run the one hundred metres in 10.9 seconds. Those were the days!

When he left school he served a four year apprenticeship at Rotherham College of Technology in plate fabrication and structural development. He would sub contract to many different companies working in fabrication shops and power stations around the country.

In 1980, at the age of eighteen, Gary was invited by Harry Quinton to sing three songs at one of his shows at the Ivanhoe Hotel in Thurcroft, a South Yorkshire pit village. He says of that debut performance; ‘I remember feeling quite numb, sick, and very nervous, but at the same time I had a feeling of excitement;’ For some time after that, he found work in pubs and clubs, but he wasn’t finding the fulfilment he craved.

In 1991 he became a self employed country singer; he joined Equity and the Musicians Union and got his first walk on part on the TV programme ‘Making Out,’ starring Margi Clark. He played the part of a drunk staggering through a beer garden; he also appeared many times on the ITV programme Peak Practice.

In 1995 he joined up with a Buxton based band called ‘The Breeze’ and although there has been a few band member changes they are still performing theatres and major country music festivals around the country.

During 1999 Gary had a slight change in his musical direction, and to every ones amazement he became a street entertainer working mainly midweek in different towns and cities, this proved to be a very popular and successful venture, and it also enabled him to have weekends free so he could spend precious time with his two sons Tom and Jack.

2007 hopes to be a successful year, Gary has been offered a record and publishing deal with RCB records in Australia. He will keep you informed on is progress through the UC country magazine, plus is new web site. www.garyperkinsmusic.co.uk




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Andy Motram
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Andy Motram: Lead Guitar

Andy Motram, from the Buxton area, has played lead guitar with Gary Perkins & The Breeze, since the meeting of the two in 1995.

Andy is a switch gear engineer, by trade, and currently works as a 'kettle designer' designing kettles for many different companies.

As a matter of interest, it was Andy playing a few notes, over and over again, on his guitar that led Gary to write the song Free To Love.

He is also a regular member of the Boomer McLennan Band when not pre engaged with The Breeze schedule

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Johnny Keep
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Johnny Keep: Bass Guitar

Johnny Keep, from the Worksop area, plays bass guitar with Gary Perkins & The Breeze. He first met Gary Perkins over 20 years ago when Gary was showcasing as a solo artist. It was Johnny Keeps band Suggestions that backed Gary during this showcase.

Johnny is a fabricator / welder, and Gary Perkins went to work for the firm that Johnny was working for at that time.

They got together and formed a Duo, and performed regularly as a Duo for many years

Gary and Johnny also team up with Andy Motram, from time to time, and perform as a Trio.

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Steve Morris
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Steve Morris: Keyboard

Steve Morris, from the Buxton area, plays keyboard with Gary Perkins & The Breeze. Steve was with The Breeze in 1995 when they teamed up with Gary Perkins

Steve enjoys all genres of music and is well known for his 'laid back - never stressed' characteristics.

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Lee Guyler
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Lee Guyler: Drums

Lee Guyler has been with Gary Perkins and The Breeze for around 5 years. He also contributes with harmony vocals.

Lee is an absolute perfectionist and this is evident in his love of all genres of music, with country music being his first love.

Lee played with some top Irish bands before joining Gary Perkins & The Breeze.

During the day, Lee fills in his time as a senior manager of some very large shopping centres.

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Gary Perkins & The Breeze

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Gary Perking & The Breeze concentrate on performing at Country Music Festivals and more recently they have been promoting their own theatre concerts.

With Gary being a street entertainer, he makes sure that he is performing in the area of the arranged theatre show, prior to the show. This tack-tick has been very sucessful in filling their theatre shows. Some shows being complete 'sell outs'.

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Contact Details:-

Telephone: Gary Perkins: 01437 729038

E-mail: garyperkinsmusic@hotmail.co.uk

Gary Perkins & The Breeze are the featured band on our http://www.bcmi-radio.co.uk November show
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Postby kev » Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:53 pm

No comments for Gary and the lads? Well, they get a big thumbs-up from me!! Always had a great time when I've seen them. And the theatre show at Hunstanton a few months back was fantastic!!
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