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PONDLIFE PRESENTS: The Dana Ali Band + LewRey / Live Music, RnB, Soul

Fri 1May
7:30 PM

Note: This event has finished


The Dana Ali Band is a neo-soul band based in Honley, near Huddersfield. Formed by husband and wife Dave Hewitt and Dana Ali, the band takes elements of Blues, Jazz, Soul, R&B and Funk to create a fresh and distinctive sound.

Dana Ali (Lead Vocals)

Taking her influences from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy and Roberta Flack, to name but a few, Dana started singing Gospel music in the churches of Atlanta GA. With experience singing in front of large audiences in churches, conferences, choirs and plays, Dana decided to take her performing career to another level. Collaborating with Dave Hewitt and Alan Shacklock (from the British band Babe Ruth), Dana Ali started recording material in Nashville for her solo project. After moving to the UK, Dana now performs and tours with her new band.

Dave Hewitt (Bass)

British musician and engineer Dave Hewitt found fame in the 1970s with blues rock band Babe Ruth before moving to the USA in the 1980s. Hewitt has worked with the likes of Eddie Offord, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones to name but a few.

John Sunter (Keyboards)

John had early success in the band Remember This, who were once promised a tour with Elvis Presley! He spent time living in Denmark and touring Europe extensively with the band in the 1970s. He has since featured in local bands Crown Jewels and Higher Ground.

Marc Layton-Bennett (Drummer)

Having studied Music Technology in his hometown of Huddersfield, Marc began his career at the age of seventeen as part of the band Beggars Bones. He went on to play with Shri and Jah Wobble as well as being involved in various session recordings. Marc is also an independent drum teacher.


LewRey are an alternative 2 piece band from West Yorkshire covering a wide a variety of instruments including Piano, Vocals, Saxophone, Drums, Synth, Guitar, Cajon & Percussion. They have been further described as ‘pop with a dark edge’. The band have recently finished their debut UK tour with great success under the Coffee House Sessions banner which has seen the likes of Hudson Taylor, Gavin James & Kwabs.

The pair who have been best friends since their early school days have played over 100 gigs since LewRey officially began back in February 2014.

They have played with the likes of DJ Fresh, Huw Stephens, Josh Kumra & Mike Dignam They are hoping to add more celebrated artists to this list. The bands Debut EP ‘What’s Up? can be found on iTunes & Spotify etc.

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