ABOUT US

 
 
Reg Kielty's history as a singer/songwriter goes back to the 1970's and illustrates a long term commitment to the love of the art. From Irish immigrant heritage but raised in the  North of England, the Irish and Celtic cultural and musical spirit are an ever abiding travelling companion. In this great tradition he has continued to work with a range of talented musicians who collaboratively bring something different to the table. Major diverse influences too have played their part across the decades from early 60’s / 70’s British, Irish and American rock and contemporary artists through the heady days of 70’s rock glam and punk, electronica and onto the great narrative songwriters. Travelling extensively throughout the world and having lived in 3 separate continents have provided a greater songwriting palette to draw inspiration from. As a frontman and vocalist Reg Kielty led several bands in the past  with a primary focus on anthemic melody, lyrical imagery and theatricality. Today he continues to perform as part of the band "TRUE NORTH" based in central Lancashire, presenting cross genre original and cover songs of quality. 
Reg Kielty is a member of PRS for Music and PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd)

Reg Kielty

GREAT SONGS ACROSS ALL GENRES CAN HAVE GREAT  EMOTIONAL  MEANING FOR US ALL AND PROVIDE A RESONANT LINK TO OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. 

Al Davis

Hailing from glorious North West England, Al Davis began his musical apprenticeship in a bedsit in 1987. Aided by a trusty Akai 4000 reel to reel, he and a friend crafted and recorded songs until daylight beckoned. Influenced by The Beatles, The Doors, 60'S Garage and the sonic landscapes of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield they formed a band and pedalled their self-written gems on the "toilet" circuit of the UK, and later Europe. Dipping toes in the Britpop wave, they shared dressing rooms (toilets) with Suede, Blur, Muse, Oasis and The Verve. A reformation of the Band in the early 00's saw a sojourn into rock and signing to Psychophonic Records.They recorded an unreleased album at Revolution Studios Manchester, and toured support slots in the UK, Europe with brief USA dates. Following the usual wrangles, Al took a sabbatical from the whole band "thing". With a taste for all things Americana and aided by the holy trinity of Telecaster, Precision Bass and AC30, he re-kindled his longstanding songwriting affair, with a chance meeting over a beer with Reg Kielty in early 2017 culminating in a new songwriting partnership....al la Regal Songs, and in addition playing a pivotal musical role in the band "TRUE NORTH". Creating a song from a few scrawled notes and a nagging tune floating around ones head still provides  the same buzz as it ever did in that damp Northern bedsit in 1987. I wonder what happened to that old Akai 4000?

Daz

 

Daz Smith - one of the most experienced and talented musicians in the North of England owes much of his historic and ongoing musical dedication to the early influence of 50's skiffle and guitar  and yes - harmonica (Max Beldray, Larry Adler). Daz somehow also cites "The Goon Show" as having an early impact ??, but also a range of luminaries such as Lonnie Donegan ( the King of Skiffle) who would create such an impact on The Beatles for example, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Jaco Pastorius, Oscar Peterson, James Taylor and American guitarist Duane Eddy.  First band venture with The Dominators, and on to an appearance on UK's Opportunity Knocks talent show with The Loon St.Gas Band, bass guitar with Bob Johnson & The Bobcats and later Bush Country, Daz continues to provide a sophisticated level of musicianship to the team at Regal Songs apart from playing the odd gig in a Ceilidh band and of course as a key part of the the new band "TRUE NORTH".

Chris Southworth

One of the most widely respected musicians in the business, Chris provides a knowledge and theoretical base thats hard to surpass. A multi - instrumentalist who has played every type of venue on the circuit one could name. 

Pete Morris

Steve Hesketh
 
Anyone who has witnessed this man play guitar will tell you of his incredible ability and technical prowess. Apart from possessing a formidable talent, Steve has an established reputation as an interpreter of great blues guitar playing. He started aged 10, mainly inspired by his dad who worked next to a music store where Steve would gaze longingly at the guitars on show hoping to one day acquire one ( At the last count he had about 15 classic models). His first guitar was a 1960's Vox stroller and with a mentor locally in the shape of the late great Eddie Entwistle,Steve went on to master his craft. Internationally he took inspiration from Hendrix and Clapton and gigged consistently from 1970 up to 2002 when collaboration with fellow musicians then focused mainly on recording. Some examples of his work can be found on Soundcloud. His words of wisdom for any up and coming guitar player - " always try and play in a band with people better than yourself then milk their brains for all they're worth "
Norm Helm

Regal Songs are happy to welcome on board one of the most in demand bass players in the North West of England. Norm Helm has played as a member of jazz fusion guitarist Gary Boyle’s Band as well as working with many of the local area jazz greats such as sax legend Harold Salisbury, renowned drummers Paul Burgess (10CC), and Phil Eaves, and guitar afficiado Lee Wharton.

Not only a great jazz player he is well versed in blues and rock styles and brings a versatility hard to match.

“…….. soul searching funky in your face bass guitar a brilliant musician who goes by the name of Norman Helm, and he is not too shabby as a backing vocalist to John (Morana - Midnite Johnny band ) either”. Keith Blackledge – Music Reviewer for the North West of England

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