Famous Bands from Bolton

Famous Bands from Bolton

Bolton has a great music scene and we always encourage our guitar students to get involved. You can learn so much from watching local bands gigging or finding out about how musicians have made it into international stars after starting in Bolton. Their stories are often really inspirational, demonstrating the hard work that goes into making it big. Artists like Danny Jones of McFly, Damon Gough of Badly Drawn Boy and Anie Haslam are just three examples of some of the amazing musicians Bolton has produced - hopefully you will be next.

Danny Jones (McFly) was born in Bolton in 1986 and auditioned for the boy band V in 2003, a band he had mistakenly believed to be Busted. During the process, he met Tom Fletcher and the two decided to form the band McFly, the band rapidly grew in prominence over during 2004 supporting Busted during their A Present for Everyone Tour. Their debut single, 5 Colour in Her Hair, shot to number 1 in the UK singles chart with their second single, Obviously, also making it to number 1. Mcfly has gone on to sell over 8 million records worldwide, with 5 studio albums and 18 singles including 8 number 1s.

Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy) grew up in Bolton, recording his first EP in 1997 and giving it to family and friends. Their warm responses encouraged him to press more copies of his next two EP's before moving into the mainstream with the release of The Hour of Bewilderbeast, selling 455,000 albums and winning multiple awards, including the 2000 Mercury Music Prize. However, after Gough's recording of the About a Boy soundtrack the band began to fade into the background losing the mainstream audience they had once attracted - with Badly Drawn Boy's 2012 album, Being Flynn failing to chart in the UK album charts.

Annie Haslam, born in Bolton in 1947 had a long a distinguished musical career using her gifted five-octave vocal range to enchant audiences all around the world. Releasing Annie in Wonderland in 1977, she rose to prominence in the UK and beyond with her band Renaissance. Renaissance, most famous for their 1978 UK top 10 hit "Northern Lights" helped Haslam to break onto the international scene. Making a big impression in countries like Brazil where Haslam grew a large fanbase, her almost superhuman voice made her quite distinct for her time. Recording over 16 albums over forty years, with her last as recent as 2006 she remains on of Bolton most successful recording artists - although few people today might know of her.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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