A VIBRANT ROCK/POP TRIO
Amethyst are a highly sought after trio of professional musicians who have been wowing audiences across the UK with their carefully crafted two hour show jam-packed with classic rock, pop and soul – a supreme entertainment experience to excite guests at corporate events, weddings, graduations, prom balls – in fact all high-profile functions!
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As a trio of highly experienced professional musicians, they have taken their packed-out classic contemporary music show to event venues right across the UK and Europe. They provide high-octane entertainment and dance focussed hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, ‘noughties,’ and today.
Amethyst combine professional lighting and special stage effects to provide an outstanding visual and sonic experience. Their show is chock full of superb musicianship, dual harmony lead guitar breaks, rip-roaring guitar solos and sparkling vocal harmonies!
Amethyst will get even the most conservative guests off their seats…
…dancing, singing and playing air guitar! Make your enquiry today!
Kevin: Bass guitar, lead and backing vocals, music production, drum and visual effect programming.
Kevin is a professional musician and stage performer with over 30 years experience, touring extensively throughout not only the UK, but Europe and the USA too. Already well established on drums and percussion, Kevin decided to switch to bass: “Having made the decision to step out from behind the drums, holding down the low-end has been my passion ever since!”. He now performs on Status and Alembic basses, using SWR amplification.
Kevin has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, the original Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London (where such bands as the Rolling Stones, the Who and Elton John began their careers) and London’s Nashville Rooms, home to the British punk-rock movement. Originally from Oxford, Kevin cut his teeth in the Oxford music scene, playing with local bands Far Call, Tickled Pink and The Jets.
His musical influences include Slade, the Doobie Brothers, Queen, Eagles, Steely Dan, Elton John, Billy Joel, 10cc, Genesis, Stevie Wonder, coupled with a deep appreciation of Soul and Motown. Kevin tops off with a love of American ‘big production’ bands such as Toto, Journey and REO Speedwagon. Oh and did we also mention The Police and Level 42? “I like music with harmony, melody, musicianship and a rockin’ riff coupled to lyrics that mean something!”. When not out on the road, Kevin can be found in his recording studio, writing and recording and producing most of the music and show effects used by Amethyst in their live show events.
Chris: Main lead vocals, rhythm electric and acoustic guitars
Chris provides the lead vocals in The Amethyst Trio. He also plays Fender and Taylor guitars with Marshall and Laney
amplification. Having years of experience as a performing artist, when not on stage Chris also works closely with musicians from Liverpool’s Philharmonic Orchestra to promote the therapeutic aspects of music, taking his experience as a professional musician into the hospitals and schools in the region.
Chris discovered his love of guitar on his 18th birthday, teaching himself guitar by playing Beatles standards. It didn’t take him long to discover he had a great rock voice too – within six months Chris was performing playing in a duo, securing regular gigs in the pubs, clubs, and wine bars across Sheffield.
Chris’s duo developed into a larger band called ‘Grasshopper’, and they were soon offered the weekly residency slot at the prestigious ‘Under the Boardwalk’ music club in Sheffield. Grasshopper were given the opportunity to record an album of their own songs at Sheffield’s Red Tape Studios, and in the summer of 1999 they found themselves touring across Europe – were they were even invited to play at the wedding of the Mayor of Majorca’s daughter. Returning to the UK, Chris established himself as a solo artist before joining Kevin on the North West circuit, later becoming a founding partner in ‘Amethyst’.
Mal: Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards and backing vocals.
Following a career as a successful recording artist in Scandinavia, Mal plays lead guitar for Amethyst. His guitars include Fender, Fret King and Yamaha, Mal also performs on Roland and Korg keyboards via Bognor, Fender and Gallien Kruger amplification. Mal has played with many famous names including Ian and The Zodiacs, where he performed alongside Les Maguire, keyboard player with Jerry and The Pacemakers, playing the Hamburg Star Club’s 40th anniversary gig held at the Kaiser Keller in 2002. Mal also performed and with Scotty Moore (Elvis`s first guitarist), Tony Sheridan, King Size Taylor and the Dominoes and many others. Starting at an early age Mal was already an RSM grade 8 pianist at just aged 13, having saved up the grand total of £8.00, Mal bought himself an acoustic guitar and quickly established a new musical passion!
Four years later, he successfully auditioned for a job with the Harry Bence Orchestra (later known as “The New Squadronaires”) as a replacement for the now world famous Martin Taylor. This orchestral experience led to studio session work on jingles for the BBC and others. After playing on tour in Scandinavia Mal moved to Norway. There he released two albums with CBS, reaching the number two slot in the Norwegian charts. Regularly headlined on Scandinavian TV, he shared the spotlight with Bob Dylan, AHA and John Martyn. His second European tour found him sharing stages with acts such as Status Quo, Leonard Cohen, Carolla and Mink De Ville. Returning to the UK, Mal diversified into live and studio sound engineering.
A setlist to appeal to all ages!
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love
Beatles – Back In The USSR
Beatles – Eight Days A Week
Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
Beatles – It Won’t Be Long
Beatles – Let It Be
Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Cockney Rebel – Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)
Commitments – Mustang Sally
Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Love The One You’re With
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music
Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling
Eagles – Take It Easy
Earth Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland
Earth Wind & Fire – September
Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – December ‘63
Free – Alright Now
Jam – A Town Called Malice
Joe Cocker (Beatles) – Help From My Friends
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Killers – Human
Killers – Read My Mind
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
Knack – My Sharona (Los Pelicos version)
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
Mavericks – Here Comes My Baby
Monkees – Daydream Believer
Monkees – I’m A Believer
One Republic – Kids
Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen – I Want It All
Robbie Williams – Angels
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Woman
Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
Searchers – Walk In The Room (Status Quo version)
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Status Quo – Caroline
Status Quo – Don’t Waste My Time
Status Quo – What You’re Proposing
Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years
Stereophonics – Dakota
Steve Miller Band – The Joker
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
Take That – Shine
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
Train – Hey! Soul Sister
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Village People – YMCA
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance With Me
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
Zutons (Winehouse/Ronson) – Valerie
- Usual lineup: Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar ~ Backing vocals, Lead Guitar and Live Sound Engineering ~ Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar and Music Production. In the Amethyst setup you will hear sparkling three part harmonies, dual harmony lead guitar breaks (think Hotel California, Thin Lizzy etc.) rip-roaring guitar riffs, and full brass and horn sections. They are professional, highly accomplished musicians who write and arrange their backing using a 24 track studio. Amethyst are a ‘get-up-and-dance’ party band. For weddings and personal anniversary special occasions, Amethyst can learn a couple’s favourite song and perform it live.
- Where are Amethyst based?: Amethyst are based in Southport, Merseyside and travel all over the UK & Worldwide
- Usual performance duration: Set lengths depend on your requirements and/or the venue owners. For a wedding or corporate event, Amethyst typically perform 2 X 60 minute live sets, however they have enough material play for three hours and more (they know a lot of songs!) and the length of their live sets will be reflected in the fee. If Amethyst are also providing the disco (see below), they will provide disco music before, during their live set break and after their live sets. This is by far the most popular for Weddings.
- Stage Space required: Amethyst require a stage space frontage of approximately 6 metres (if possible – if you have a smaller stage please get in touch and we can advise)
- Setup/Soundcheck length required: It takes about one hour to set up their stage. On average, Amethyst can finalise their soundcheck within 20-25 minutes.
- PA & Lighting?: Yes Amethyst bring top of the range professional sound and lighting equipment. The lighting rig includes lasers and smoke/mist machines etc.
- Evening’s Disco?: If you require the evening’s disco in addition to hiring the band (for a wedding, for example) Amethyst can provide this for an additional charge which is extremely cost effective.
“One of the bands booked to provide entertainment to our guests on our Christmas residential packages, was Amethyst. The trio were excellent, providing a wide range of up-tempo pop, rock and soul songs. We received numerous positive comments from many of our guests. Some members of our staff who were working on the night said that this was the best band to have played the Mill Hotel in many years.”
“Amethyst were the main entertainment act at RAF Spadeadam’s Christmas Dinner and Dance on Friday 6 th December. The all-ranks combined mess was rocked with a two-hour show of popular hits from all genres and across several decades; something for everyone.
Everyone was dancing – from the Station Commander to the enlisted ranks. It was a great live show and the band also provided disco dance music between their on-stage performances until 2:00am! Well done guys, a brilliant time was had by all and we’d be delighted if you will come and entertain us again.”
“Amethyst created fun and groovy tunes for all our guests at Brainwave’s charity ‘Snow Ball’ at the prestigious Mere Golf and Spa Resort Hotel in Knutsford. The mood was created with songs from the Doobie Brothers to the Beatles, Stereophonics, Killers and the Kings of Leon.
The guests danced while the band performed countless popular classics. A huge thanks to a trio that created the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful evening”
“Many thanks for playing at the brewery ball. Everyone had a great time and lots of people said the band were great. Very well done, we’ll be recommending you to the Tetley Walkers Social Club for Gala evening performances.“
“Amethyst played the Reigate Club on Saturday 14 December. After the first set, the audience are asked to rate their appreciation of the act, i.e. how much did they enjoy the act on stage? At the end of the first half the votes are put into a computer and the average value is calculated.
Amethyst achieved an average score of 96%. This is the highest ‘appreciation rate’ ever recorded by an audience at the Reigate Club. The band were simply superb. Brilliant harmonies, excellent musicianship and first-class stage craft with well honed songs. Excellent!”
“Brilliant performance – you guys really rock! Love the harmonies and overall sound was superb. Very well done, members are already asking me when you’ll be back… one of the best bands we’ve seen here!”
“Everybody had a great time at our summer Gala night, great comedian and you lot were as brilliant as I’ve seen you. It’s been a couple of years since you last played for us at a Gala night and I had many members comment that you were thoroughly worth the entrance fee!
My fellow committee members were very impressed. Amethyst are one of the best bands we’ve seen in our Club for a very long time. Well done, we hope to have back on again soon.”
“Please accept our grateful thanks for your superb performance at our wedding reception. Amethyst were astounding. We loved your version of ‘All Of Me’ for our first dance as Husband and Wife, it was a very special moment for us. Thank you for everything. xxx”