Four talented young musicians have combined forces and are preparing to take the West Norfolk music scene by storm despite only performing their first gig together last Thursday at a Lynn nightspot.
Gifford are a feel-good jazz, funk and easy-listening group that are looking to bring their collection of classic covers to festivals, weddings and gigs near you.
Luke Palmer, guitarist, said: “We just try and play upbeat covers that people know – the sort of songs you hear at weddings. Our set list covers everything from Elvis and The Beatles, to Daft Punk and Michael Buble, but we try to put a jazz spin on songs.
“We’ve all done this sort of thing before but we’ve never played together before this summer.”
The four-piece band is led by singer Brendan Gifford, 18, from West Walton, who first took to the stage aged 14 at a school talent show where he wowed the audience by singing a Frank Sinatra song. Seventeen-year-old bassist Adam Whitby, of West Lynn, joined him after impressing with his perfect rendition of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, and his experience in everything from funk to grunge.
Drummer Aaron Birt, 18, lives in Lynn, and boasts a unique sound by using an electronic drum kit which enables him to jump from replicating the sound of a jazz drummer from the 1960s to an 1980s electronic drum machine sound at the push of a button.
Luke Palmer, 18, from Upwell, completes the set. He is a bass player who has transferred his skills to play guitar for the band, which he keeps simple, but effective.
Luke said: “I have been searching to find reliable musicians with the same goals and dedication as myself since I first went to the College of West Anglia in 2011. I finished this summer and have been working towards putting the band together ever since.
“I wanted to start a band that would tick all the boxes. We wanted to play music that would suit any age, for any occasion.”
After finalising the lineup, the band played their first gig at Kudos, in Lynn’s Norfolk Street, last Thursday.
Luke said: “The gig seemed to go well and we received fantastic feedback from everyone who attended. After our performance, we were also invited to play at a wedding fare by a promoter who happened to be watching.
“We already have a month ly gig at the Five Bells Pub in
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