Biography

Dave Burns - Lead Vocals

Dave singingBurnsie has been with Top Banana from day one, having started singing in public by joining the Holy Mac's Soul Band on stage at his own wedding cos he enjoyed the experience. Growing up with older brothers, his early musically influences were from one brother's love of folk music (including Steeleye Span and Planxty), and from the other brother's love of Deep Purple and Status Quo. Quickly getting bored with such music, the Beatles were a refreshing change, but not quite as refreshing as Wire, The Dammed, 999 and other punk bands which exploded previous music thinking.

It was at an Ultravox concert with John Foxx that there was another conversion – this time to synthesizer-based music, including Japan, who started influencing styles in many areas...and wearing make-up. Musically Burnsie's likes continued to change, and after a spell in Manchester the Stone Roses and Joy Division moved in to become a lasting feature in his playlists. So, on his iPod today are a wide range of old and new bands - recent additions enjoyed include Starsailor, Ed Harcourt, Cherry Ghost, and Tom Baxter. These eclectic tastes have led to the eclectic style of the band and he says "long may it continue".

Ed Smith - Lead/Rhythm Guitars

Ed Guitar

First started to play the guitar at age13, a Nylon strung half size classical guitar, (which he still has!) and started to strum along to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Chuck Berry Songs Inspired by his Dad's contemporary taste in music!  working for Mobil Oil, Ed was chatting to a strange young man called Dave Burns. "I'm singing in a band at the office, I heard you play a bit, fancy coming along?" and that's how Ed came to be a Banana. The first gig on the 18th September 1996 at the Rugby Club in Leighton Buzzard was a great moment, so much so that he didn't play with Top Banana again until 2006! 

Mark Joseph - Lead & Rythm Guitar & VocalsMark guitar

The latest member to join TB, Mark is a great tallent and adds a new sound to the band. Playing a mixture of lead and rythm guitar, backing vocals and even taking the lead vocals on some songs too. A successfull musician in his own right, and a natural performer. 

Pete Jelfs - BassPete on bass

Pete has been playing the bass guitar in various formats for a very very long time. Orriginally from the Midlands and friend of the stars - a solid part of the Top Banana rythm section.

 

Cris Thomas - DrumsCris on drums

Cris has played the drums for many years and has a great distinctive ROCK style! No fills are too big for Cris. A great asset to Top Banana.

 

John Browning- Lead/Rhythm Guitar

John Browning - Lead/Rhythm GuitarJohn first picked up a guitar at 18 after he left school and was on the dole with nothing better to do. He learned his first few chords in a couple of weeks - that was over 30 years ago and he reckons he never really progressed from there (but we know better!) His first band was with his brother Andrew (bass), friend Chris (vocals) and next door neighbour Guy (drums). A guy called Tony Noronha sent an email round the company asking if anyone fancied starting a band for something to do in the evenings - Top Banana was the surprising result - and TB's first very nervous gig was on 18th September 1996 at the Rugby Club in Leighton Buzzard.


 

 

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