Shades of Blues Brothers to play in Grantham

Grantham band The Commitment Brothers
Grantham band The Commitment Brothers
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A group of Grantham musicians have built up an enthusiastic following after giving themselves a radical makeover two years ago.

Members of the former group Monkie Jamm decided it was time for a change when another member of the band opted to call it a day.

And with the changes came a new lease of life for the line-up, who ditched rock for RnB and a snazzy line in dark suits and sunglkasses.

The busy five piece have two major dates this weekend.

On Saturday, The Commitment Brothers play at Kesteven Rugby Club’s Beer, Music and Sausages festival and on Sunday they have another festival date, at Tabbyfest in Swinderby, near Newark.

Keyboard player Steve Winter explained the transformation, from rock band to soul and rnb tribute act, who draw their inspiration from the classic The Blues Brothers and The Commitments movies.

He said: “Monkie Jamm lasted about ten years and when there was a change in the line-up we decided it was time to do something completely different.

“We needed a change, and we didn’t want to keep doing the same stuff as everybody else, so we came up with the idea of putting a full tribute show together.

“We’ve given it the full works, with screen clips, dark suits, hats and sunglasses and a lively stage presence to match the excitement of the music.”

The members of the band between them have more than 100 years experience playing in bands and their ages range from early thirties to early fifties.

They are a versatile bunch as well. Steve also plays bass guitar, while the rest of the line-up is Darren Taylor (vocals), ‘Tango’ Matt Ellerby (guitar, harmonica and keyboards), Phil Lovell (drums) and Mark Hickman (bass and trumpet).

Steve added: “The main difference between the two bands is that with The Commitment Brothers, by the second song the audience is up and dancing and they don’t stop. Everyone seems to love the music.”

The Commitment Brothers are scheduled to be on stage at 8.30pm at the rugby club festival at Woodnoock, off the Old Somerby roundabout, tomorrow night.

Then on Sunday they have a 7pm slot at the day-long Tabbyfest at Tabby Road Studios, Halfway Farm Cottage, Newark Road, Swinderby (

And next Saturday they play Chameleon Music Bar, Grantham.

** A wide range of music and food and drink will be on the menu at the second Kesteven Rugby Club Beer, Sausage and Music festival tomorrow, Saturday.

As well as the energetic soul and RnB of The Commitment Brothers (see profile right) There’ll be pop hits from guitarist CJ Hatt, traditional Irish music from Gor Jus Rex and classic rock from Vertigo Tarts.

Revellers will be able to try a range of 20 beers and ciders by brewers including Oldershaws, Newby Wyke, Brewsters, 8 sail and Jollydale cyder.

Ancaster Butchers will be providing local varieties of award winning sausages.

There will also be a full range of other drinks and entertainment for the family.

Tickets are available for £5 in advance at the Guildhall Box Office 01476 406158 or £7 on the gate before 7pm (children are free but must be accompanied by an adult).

Gates open for the event at the club’s Woodmook ground at 2pm.

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