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THE DANA ALI BAND / Blues, Jazz, Live Entertainment, Live Music, RnB, Soul

Fri 30Jun
9:00 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.

Sarah Layton-Bennett (Backing Vocals and Percussion):
Sarah, Marc’s sister, gained her musical experience in choral settings before joining the Dana Ali Band as a backing vocalist and percussionist. Sarah has really come into her own alongside Dana, providing the harmonies that give the songs their full, soulful sound.

Martin Chung (Guitar):
Martin is a freelance composer and technician as well as a talented guitarist. He is currently studying Music Technology at Huddersfield University and has had success with local bands Extra Curricular, Nu Popes and Kava Kava.

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