Ian Richardon – Vocals/Guitar
Neil Ashcroft – Guitar
Glenn Minnikin – Bass
Ben Mummery – Drums
Hailing from Durham, Jnr. Voodoo were formed in 2012. Having grown bored and frustrated with the every day, week in week out grind of the local covers/tribute, cabaret-like band scene of the northeast, and having played almost every single workmen’s club concert hall and “live music pub” in the north east, Ian Richardson and Ben Mummery were sick of the Hendrix, Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Cream songs they thought they’d never get sick of, and embarked on their long time ambition to write, record, and play their own songs.
Having toyed with the idea for years, but never having had the time to properly dedicate to their idea, Ian and Ben made the conscious decision to leave the covers scene for good in 2011, and got together with Glenn Minnikin, bass player with another local band In which Ben and Ian had both had spells, and their long time friend who they’d known from school, Neil Ashcroft, they moved into Ben’s parent’s loft and began to write, write, and write some more – as thus, in early 2012, Jnr. Voodoo was born.
Within the first couple of months, Jnr. Voodoo were ready to play their first few small gigs round county Durham. Small outdoor festivals with half hour sets, and small audiences were what made up the first few shows, mostly to test the water with their new material, which was well received.
Drummer Ben, had played for several years with Ian, and had played with Glenn on bass for a reasonable amount of time. Having played together in the past, the main roots of the band were there from their origins, meaning musically, the members had always been familiar playing with each other. This had made starting a new project a lot easier, and bringing in Neil on guitar, meant there were 4 friends who’d known each other a long time, which helped form the chemistry of the band enormously, and can be heard in the composition of their tracks, as well as the numerous influences that have helped form the creative flow of the band’s writing.
After a very positive initial reception, the band worked hard to put together enough material to be able to play up to an hour and a half set, comprising of original songs that the band were very happy with, ready to play and to be received by audiences. Gigs began immediately, and since early 2012, Jnr. Voodoo have played with dozens of other bands, from the northeast and beyond, in venues all over the north of England, including winning their first ever battle of the bands competition in Northumberland. This month they will appear at the Cluny as part of a battle of the bands winners gig with other winner of various competitions, as well as Durham and Northumbria universities over the summer.
In Late 2012, the band moved into the studio to begin recording their first EP, “Fools and Nobodies., and the EP will be released in June, and a soon-to-be-announced EP launch party will be held in Durham – check out www.jnrvoodoo.com for details, including gig dates, many new dates are being added at all times. A small UK tour is also planned for summer 2013, hopefully, Jnr. Voodoo will be appearing in a city near you soon!
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