Gin Pit - About

GIN PIT formed in 2013 and have played around 400 gigs all over the North West of England - at Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events

The popular covers we play are a near 50/50 split of songs from the 60's & 70's and songs from the 80's to 00's

Max Cottam


Max Cottam - Vocals/Guitar - Max fronted the Hard to Handle band for the last 20+ years, along with running Jam Nights around the North West. As our lead singer and joint lead guitarist, Max lends a new twist to Gin Pit

He has his own guitar tech business as well, noting customers such as the Courteeners, Oasis' Bonehead, The Ting Tings and The Lottery Winners - check him out at


Jon Kelly - drums - Jon started playing the drums when he was 7 after hearing Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love on the radio. He played at school in orchestras, school plays and young rock bands. As an adult he started as the resident drummer in a Social Club in Widnes, playing there for over 7 years. In 1989 joined Mel C's mother in her band T Junction (mum also did a Tina Turner Tribute), then with Fat Al's Attraction from Warrington. From 2003 Jon was with the excellent SwampStompers blues/rock band for 10 years. After which he joined the Hydra rock band in 2019. Some drummers that really influenced Jon are Ian Paice, John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd and Dave Weckl


Dave Isherwood - guitar - has been playing in bands since the 60's, and appeared on Granada TV in 1968 with the trio Agapus (a spin off from Spirogyra) - so Dave's still not famous yet then! From 1999-2002 he was with the Robbie William's Tribute Band Robbie's Angels and from 2003 till 2013 was with top 6 piece function band Spy Candy, playing all over the UK and abroad, including being flown out to Dubai just for NYE events. Gigs such as Liverpool's Mathew Street Festival - Coronation Street Christmas Party - Coors Brewery - Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst - NATO headquarters - Thruxton/Catterick/Haydock Racecourses - many RAF & Army bases - Manchester Academy - ITV Studio 1 Party and several hundred more... some videos of previous bands are on our YouTube channel


Steve Woods - bass - has been playing the pubs and clubs since the mid 70's in cover bands such as Portland Bill, White Noise and then Hi-Fire. Like Dave he's still not famous yet...