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After numerous storming gigs which have brought the house down (almost literally…) throughout the area over the last 6 years, last year’s Jubilee Festival in the Castle Grounds was surely our Knebworth or Shea Stadium!!!, So here we are a year later with our own App!band

‘The Contenders rose out of the ashes of several Mumbles based bands and in the early stages of formation gigged with stand in members such as Mike Ruddock (Wales Grand Slam winning coach) and Stuart Cable (Stereophonics)

They quickly established a reputation on the local party circuit as a rock and soul covers band playing good-time music that makes you want to get up and dance.

For the Jazz and Blues Festival, the band became ‘funked up’ with the addition of the ‘Brass Boys’ horn section who under the watchful eye of Jamie Jones have remained with us! A last but not least the Rick Wakeman of West Cross, the keyboard wizard Mike Gravenor finishes of the perfect line up.

The Contenders are Huw Evans (Vocals, Tambourine!), Nick Farron (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals and feedback), Paul Whittaker (Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals and argumentative inputs), Huw Browning (Bass), John Shapton (Drums, Backing Vocals, Tidy),  and Mike Gravenor (Keyboards, Gardening)

So, if you like your music, The Contenders feature an eclectic mix from Punk to Funk, Rock and Soul both now and then!