FLAGSHIP is an East Yorkshire based band that mixes Folk music with Prog Rock and an eclectic mix of other styles. The 5 musicians are all “experienced” having played in bands for well over 200 years between them. Originally set up as a vehicle for the songs of Beverley musician and songwriter John Brien, it has evolved into a group of friends who all have input into the arrangements. The idea is to interpret the words of the songs with the style and sound of the music.
Flagship have been together in their present form for about 4 years but a few health issues within the band, followed by one that affected quite a few more people around the country, have transpired to reduce the number of concerts played to a very few. But we’ve been practicing together and generally enjoying ourselves for a while now and are as ready as we’ll ever be to bring you a selection of our songs. Most (but not all any more) have been written or co-written by John who likes to write songs about particular subjects or stories. As Mike often says, “John writes the songs and I paint the pictures”. But it’s more than that now – we all have input and the songs have evolved with everyone’s contributions so hopefully people will see and hear that the music and the sounds portray the subject of the lyrics.
The ERT Team: We have a committed Board, comprising of professional theatre-makers and business experts. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance Ambassadors: John Godber & Richard Bean Associated Artists: Mark Addy, Berwick Kaler, William Houston, Anna Maxwell-Martin, David Bradley Directors of the Board: Adrian Rawlins – Artistic Director Vincent Regan – Creative Director Chris Wade – Music and Comedy Programming Anne Cooper – Planning and Funding Sue Kirkman – Manager John Merrylees – Technical Production Tom Wilders – Finance