about the moon loungers

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It was 20 years ago today... (not really)

Cousins Chris and Steve originally formed the Moon Loungers back at the start of 2006. Having attempted in vain to conquer the world of music as original artists, they had finally decided life as a covers band might not be so bad after all.

The duo quickly became established on the wedding scene across the South West, the combination of accomplished musicianship and a polite, customer-focused attitude (a rare blend!) proving popular with clients, venues and other wedding industry suppliers alike.

In 2007 the virtuoso talents of Stu the drummer were secured, providing the Moon Loungers with the power and versatility required to deliver an outstanding evening package in addition to the acoustic duo.

Since then the boys have honed their set lists, developed their wedding package to include a free disco and lighting, and also established a successful YouTube channel that has proven popular not only with potential brides and grooms but also music fans all over the world...

To date, the boys have played at over 400 weddings, taking in more than 100 different venues across the region.  They continue to deliver the goods pretty much every weekend, whether it is a delicate ballad during the ceremony or a dance floor filling rock anthem at the end of the night!

Steve

Steve Groves the Moon LoungersSteve plays acoustic rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals for the Moon Loungers acoustic duo. He continues his lead vocals when on evening band duty, switching deftly from guitar to bass without you even noticing.

He also looks after the disco playlists, keeping everyone up dancing when the boys aren’t playing live (and turning down requests for anything too rubbish...).

Steve is a Beatles obsessive, reflected in his ownership of no less than three McCartney-esque violin basses. Ask him any obscure Fab Four question and prepare to be disappointed by how nerdy he is!

Chris

Chris Parker the Moon LoungersChris plays lead guitar for the Moon Loungers. As one half of the acoustic duo he specialises in dexterous finger picking, whilst in the evening band he combines solid rhythm playing with some mean guitar solos.

Amidst all this axe-wielding he also adds harmonies and even sings lead on the odd occasion when he is allowed!  And let's not forget the occasional between-song witticisms to keep everyone amused...

Chris’ musical love is Led Zeppelin (in particular the legendary Jimmy Page) and he has also been influenced in recent years by two-fingered gypsy jazz hero Django Reinhardt.

Stu

Stu Englefield the Moon LoungersAs if being a virtuoso drummer wasn’t enough, Stu also brings to the Moon Loungers a powerhouse voice - perfect for those rockier evening band numbers.

When he isn’t singing lead, Stu completes the band’s rich vocal sound with his trademark high harmonies.  And when the boys aren’t playing music, he keeps them amused with some uncanny impersonations (Ken Bruce, Tom Jones, Mick Jagger, Gary Barlow, you name it...)

Stu loves the music of the 80s, with Squeeze and Level 42 (yes, Level 42) particular favourites. Musos will be delighted to hear he has a fine collection of snare drums!