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Band Members

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    Dylan Boddy

    Lead Vocals, Guitar & Synthesizer

  • Sam Hennerley

    Drummer

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    Charlie Brooks

    Bass Guitar

  • George Bowles

    Lead Guitar

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Videos

Live Dates

  • 15
    Jan
    2016
    Marrs Bar
    Worcester
    23
    Jan
    2016
    Sunflower Lounge
    Birmingham
    12
    Feb
    2016
    Cap n Gown
    Worcester
    20
    Feb
    2016
    Worcester v Sale
    Sixways, Worcester
    26
    Mar
    2016
    Worcester v London Irish
    Sixways, Worcester
  • 27
    Mar
    2016
    Rainbow Club
    Birmingham
    5
    May
    2016
    EP Launch - Marrs Bar
    Worcester
    28
    May
    2016
    The Victoria
    Birmingham
    30
    May
    2016
    Pershore Carnival
    Pershore, Worcs.
    2
    July
    2016
    Milefest
    Hartpury, Glos.
  • 7
    Aug
    2016
    Drunken Monkey Rock Festival
    Upton-upon-Severn
    20
    Aug
    2016
    Morton Stanley Festival
    Redditch
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Plum Festival
    Pershore
    28
    Aug
    2016
    Feckfest
    Feckenham Cricket Club
    18
    Sep
    2016
    Worcester Music Festival
    Pig & Drum

2015 Gigs Archive

  • 7
    Feb
    2015
    O2 Academy
    Birmingham
    18
    Apr
    2015
    Pershore Town FC
    Pershore
    24
    Apr
    2015
    The Parsons Nose
    Melksham
    26
    Apr
    2015
    O2 Academy
    Birmingham
    8
    May
    2015
    Nunnery Wood
    Worcester
  • 16
    May
    2015
    The Oobleck
    Birmingham
    24
    May
    2015
    Feckfest
    Feckenham
    25
    May
    2015
    Pershore Carnival
    Pershore
    27
    June
    2015
    Rugby Club
    Bromsgrove
    28
    June
    2015
    Acorns
    Worcester
  • 3
    July
    2015
    O2 Academy
    Birmingham
    4
    July
    2015
    Droitwich Spa FC
    Droitwich
    24
    July
    2015
    Marrs Bar
    Worcester
    7
    August
    2015
    Sunflower Lounge
    Birmingham
    22-23
    Aug
    2015
    Morton Stanley Festival
    Redditch
  • 31st
    Aug
    2015
    Pershore Plum Fest
    Pershore
    5
    Sept
    2015
    Welfest
    Welford on Avon
    18
    Sept
    2015
    Monroes Cellar Bar
    Worcester
    19
    Sept
    2015
    Worcester Guildhall
    Worcester
    20
    Sept
    2015
    Worcester Arts Centre
    Worcester
  • 25
    Sept
    2015
    Evesham Arts Centre
    Evesham
    27
    Sept
    2015
    Rainbow Club
    Birmingham
    17
    Oct
    2015
    Oxjam
    Praha, Hinckley
    31
    Oct
    2015
    Marrs Bar
    Worcester
    6
    Nov
    2015
    Arts Centre
    Newhampton, Wolverhampton
  • 14
    Nov
    2015
    Worcester Warriors
    Sixways, Worcester
    27
    Nov
    2015
    Monroe's Cellar Bar
    Worcester
    27
    Dec
    2015
    The Bull
    Fernhill Heath, Worcester

About

The Purple Shades are an unsigned, Midlands based, four piece, alternative pop punk band.

The band was formed in 2011 by Dylan Boddy & Sam Hennerley whilst at Pershore High School and they first performed together under their own names that year at “Peopleton’s got Talent”. They were joined in 2012 by Bass player and school friend Charlie Brooks and after much discussion and deliberation they decided on the name of The Purple Shades. From those early days they were regular players at the Wednesday night “Jam” sessions at the Marrs Barr in Worcester and were taken under the wings there, by owner Brian Marr & Vince Ballard. The whole band and it’s growing number of followers, still love Wednesday nights at the Marrs Bar.

The first gig the trio played together was to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee at The Crown, Peopleton. As the band’s sound evolved, so did the numbers. Tom Adams joined in mid 2012 as another guitarist, playing several gigs until leaving later the same year. He has, however, since guested on several occasions at Shades gigs. Three became four again early in 2013 when Jack Seckham joined as a guitaist and vocalist, bringing a different sound to the group before he left later in 2013 to go solo.

The bands current line up was complete in early 2014 with the edition of lead guitarist George Bowles.

In September 2014 they released their first album “Wit of the Staircase”. The album was self produced by Dylan Boddy & George Bowles with all 12 tracks on it being originals. It is available to download on most of the recognised online retailers including itunes, Amazon and Spotify, and several tracks have been played on BBC Hereford & Worcester introducing.

The Purple Shades are supported by the M.A.S RECORDS music development programme. M.A.S Records, who were founded by Kevyn Gammond (ex-Band of Joy), with Robert Plant (ex-Led Zeppelin) and Karl Hyde (Underworld) as its patrons, provide the band with rehearsal and recording time, experience and advice.

During 2014 they played at numerous gigs and festivals. They played at the o2 academy, Birmingham, in February 2015 and have an exciting programme of gigs planned for 2015, as well as working on a lot more new original work.

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