If a band of renegade sky pirates have a captain then Mark is it. This whole crazy project was his idea. He plays keyboards, and sings a bit too. Currently his favourite keyboards are his Roland Gaia and Roland Fantom G. But the nature of keyboard players is that they are naturally prone to Gear Acquisition Syndrome and the next shiny thing with keys is just as likely to make him come over all excited and then frustrated as he realises he can’t afford it.
Mark also assumes songwriting duties for the band so he’s the one you have to blame.
Maggie-May has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her musical interests are diverse from Tori Amos to Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac to Amy Winehouse, Metallica to Ella Fitzgerald.
As well as singing with the Renegade Sky Pirates, Maggie-May also sings with bands Battery Point and Federal Monkey Policy. When she is not singing Maggie-May can normally be found pumping weights in the gym!!
“Music was my first love and it will be my last.” Not just the words from a classic 1970s song by John Miles, but also a reflection of Brendan’s life. Excited by music from an early age, Brendan started playing music soon after starting school. Aged eighteen he took up the guitar (as it seemed far cooler than the oboe), and since then he has played in many bands, across a wide range of musical genre. Brendan continues to search for that illusive of guitar sound ingredients, that often used 4 letter word: Tone. This has led to relationships with many guitars (as well as amplifiers and pedals); Brendan’s GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) only being controlled through the wise counsel and control of his ever-patient wife…
Elliot has been involved with music since the age of 8 years old when his parents threw him into classical guitar lessons at school. At 16 he picked up the bass guitar and has not been able to put it down ever since. Since then he has developed into other instruments and has gone on to finish a Bachelor’s degree in music. Elliot was also a finalist in the 2010 “Live and Unsigned” battle of the bands and played on the Colston Hall main stage
Paul has been playing the drums since the age of 9 when anything that stayed still long enough to be tapped got hit whether it was a saucepan or a cardboard box. Since then he has gone on to actual drums. For many years he favoured Premier drums but recently switched to a Mapex Meridian maple kit and Paiste cymbals, (which are a vast improvement on the original cardboard boxes of years gone by!)
Over the years Paul has played in an eclectic range of genres from rock to classical to dance band and had even in his teens as lead side drummer in the Boys Brigade band.
Paul has played in various bands playing in venues as diverse as a tiny youth club through to The Colston Hall in Bristol to outdoor festivals.
In his day job Paul runs a busy bespoke furniture company which mainly makes furniture for churches.