Wham! star’s praise for Colne band

Andrew Ridgeley (centre) is joined by members of the band CRASH from Colne (from l-r) Paul Yates, Ryan Meachin, Kay Trayford, Rachel Yates, Sam Bisset and Lydia Harris. Pic: Nicola Holding, Create Studios in Colne.
Andrew Ridgeley (centre) is joined by members of the band CRASH from Colne (from l-r) Paul Yates, Ryan Meachin, Kay Trayford, Rachel Yates, Sam Bisset and Lydia Harris. Pic: Nicola Holding, Create Studios in Colne.
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It was a case of “Wham!” for the band CRASH at a charity gig when they had a brush with an 80s pop sensation.

The six-piece band from Colne were invited to perform at this year’s Dallaglio Cycle Slam Ball in Leeds, a charity event organised by former England ruby union star Lawrence Dallaglio, where they met Andrew Ridgeley who was a special guest.

The band which consists of Rachel Yates (vocals), Kay Trayford (vocals), Paul Yates (guitar), Ryan Meachin (drums and vocals) Sam Bisset (bass) and Lydia Harris (keys and vocals) have been together for three years and play classic pop/rock covers from the 60s through to present day fronted by two female singers.

And their music was loved by Andrew who later tweeted the band praising their “great set, perfectly pitched” which “had the dance floor hopping”.

Although meeting Andrew might not take the band to the edge of heaven, he may well prove to be their man.

Rachel said: “We were excited to learn shortly before the event that Andrew Ridgeley would be attending as a special guest.

“It turns out that Andrew himself is a keen cyclist and feels passionately about the work the Dallaglio foundation are doing and took part in the 2014 Cycle Slam when we also played and were invited back.

“Andrew was absolutely charming and loved the set, the band, and commented how he thought our song choices were genius.

“He loved our image and loved the set up; particularly with two female lead vocalists. He said that he thought we had an edge that he has rarely seen with function bands these days and that we stood out from the crowd.

“We are aged between 23 and 48 and juggle full-time jobs, family and children along with band life. We have primarily played local pubs and clubs but we also do private functions, weddings and birthdays are doing a bit more further afield now.

“As well as being overwhelmed at the overall success of the evening during which over £10,000 was raised, we are also really proud to have had the opportunity to play in front of such an influential person from the music industry. We’re keeping in touch and hope that maybe more will come of it.”

Visit www.facebook.com/thebandcrash to find out more about the band.