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December 31st 2017


VW new years eve campNew Year's Eve 2017 found us doing a Carry on Dubbin! Playing at the VW New Year’s Eve Camp in Cheshire. T'was well organised inside a large greenhouse and we had a great time. Take a look at the photos on our Pictures Page.

VW carry on dubbin

December 8th 2017


MILESTONES: We play our 200th gig back again for the 4th time to Hogarths, Bolton.

September 2017

Neil drummerHere's introducing our newest band member, drummer Neil Tomlinson. In the late 70's, Neil recorded with Chris Sievey & The Freshies (later known by his character "Frank Sidebottom"), and was on the 1982 record "Jilted John" and the 1986 Richard Derbyshire song "Living in a box". In 1984 he played with the Eurythmics for 5 shows when their regular drummer was ill. After a spell with a few tribute bands - AC/DC, Kiss & Free - Neil was in more recent years with 5th Element, The Wrangling & Zero Gravity. Neil replaces Allan, our founder drummer, who leaves to pursue other music projects with his passion for playing original music. All our best wishes and thanks to Allan, who is a truly brilliant drummer.

And thanks also to drummer Simon Moore, who has played with us at quite a few gigs recently. Simon is a professional drummer who tours regularly with Ruby Turner, and has worked with artists such as Jools Holland, Ian Brown, JLS, The Christians and Jocelyn Brown. He also used to be the resident drummer at the Manchester Ritz about 15 years ago, working with our singer Helen!

August 5th 2017

Well, when we got a very polite text from Frank Knight asking if he could come along to our Whittles, Oldham gig and sing some AC/DC songs with us, we where hardly likely to say no thanks! Singer/songwriter Frank has toured with AC/DC's drummer Chris Slade, and has performed all over the world with many great bands.

Many thanks Frank, you made our night/week/year! See pics here.

...and here's a great clip of "Alto Voltaggio" featuring Chris Slade & Frank Knight

July 15th 2017

Winwick CarnivalWinwick Carnival, Winwick Leisure Centre Grounds, Warrington, WA2 8LQ. Midday till 5pm, with GIN PIT on around mid afternoon. Come along for fun for all the family, acts, fairground, live music! Entrance is £1.50 in adv, £2 on gate. Kids under 10 are free!

...and later that evening around 9pm we are then at The Eagle & Child in Billinge!

June 8th 2017

Birthday Cake"Happy Birthday to me!" Gin Pit are 4 years old in June 2017 and have played 170+ gigs since we started June 8th 2013. Many thanks again to all the venues that have booked & rebooked us. It's probably about time we enrolled in the School of Rock - where did I put that Jack Black's phone number...


May 28th 2017

"LostFest" Festival - Lostock St Gerard's Football Ground, Wateringpool Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5UA, Sunday 28th May - Midday till 8pm - GIN PIT on around 4:45pm - now in its 7th Year.

Desolation Row - Chasing Crows - Off The Rails - Toca Bonito - Gin Pit - Deepwater Blue - The Outsmarted

May 2017

600 facebook LIKESThanks for over 600 LIKES on our Facebook Page.

April 2016


AllgatesYou may remember the launch of GIN PIT beer in 2014 by AllGates Brewery. Well, GIN PIT's now also become a new "Imperial Russian Stout" available from Manchester micro brewery Beer Nouveau - at 8.9% proof it should hit the spot!

If you want to see more about our band's name see About the Band's Name

January 2017

Happy New Year! Looks like being another good one for GIN PIT with over 20 gigs booked already.

December 3rd 2016


MILESTONES: We play our 150th gig this weekend, back again for the 6th time at The Queens, Leyland, and booked back there again for another 3 dates in 2017 already.

August 29th 2016
Bank hol Monday

Glaston-BuryGIN PIT to play Glastonbury! Not quite - its "Glaston-Bury" - that fine annual fund raising event in Bury which raises many thousands for Bury Hospice. This years target is £100,000! August Bank Holiday Monday 29th June - watch out for more details soon.

[click here to see enlarged poster] and look hard to see Gin Pit!

August 21st 2016

Cogheads MCCSunday midday on 21st Aug - at the “Cogheads” MCC - Bike Club Fun Day, in the car park at the rear of The Arndale Centre, Accrington. "Thank you so much for playing at our Cogheads MCC bike show and family funday. You were fantastic." - CB, Accrington - facebook

June 17th 2016

George & Dragon, LeighLooking forward to Friday 17th June at the George & Dragon, Leigh. Nice outdoor stage, on from 9pm.

June 8th 2016

Birthday Cake"Happy Birthday to me!" Gin Pit are 3 years old today and played 128 gigs since we started in June 2013. Many thanks again to all the venues that have booked & rebooked us.


April 2016

Thanks for over 500+ LIKES on our Facebook Page. Our new "My Sharona" video also got loads of shares and has now had 1100+ views on facebook, with another 570+ via YouTube.

April 30th 2016


Beer & Music Festival at The Railway Inn, Chorley, PR6 0RD. Runs from 29th April till 2nd May, with GIN PIT on Saturday Night from 9pm on the 30th April.


March 2016


See the latest LIVE videos of Gin Pit featuring our new singer Helen!

Check them out on our Videos page


October 31st 2015


MILESTONES: We played our 100th gig this weekend, back again for the 5th time at The Blue Bell, Warrington. Just missed this happening the week before at Iain & Shelly's The Hindley Arms (99th gig) where we played our 50th gig milestone last year! It would have been spooky if it could all have happened on Halloween night too! The old "out-by-one" error that Dave keeps managing to find on his guitar too...

August 2015

Facebook 400Thanks for over 400+ LIKES on our Facebook Page. Just shows the power of silver surfers like Grandma!

August 2015

HelenNew singer Helen joins Gin Pit at gigs from 15th August 2015 onwards. Sadly Dee has had to leave the band due to health problems. Dee was a founder member and really popular, helping GIN PIT get well established over our first two years. We wish Dee all the best and hope her throat problem gets sorted over time so she can fully sing again, as she really loves to do.

Helen has been a professional singer for over 20 years as a solo singer & in bands. She was a resident singer at The Ritz Night Club & Jumpin' Jacks Manchester & also at The 1080 Wakeboard & Water Ski Club Staffordshire. She sang on 'Running Late' which was filmed live at the BBC studios for the Commonwealth Games. Other TV shows Helen has done include 'Arrange me a Marriage', ' The Bachelor' & 'Must be the Music'. She has played at Haven, Butlins, Pontins & Centre Parks, sang in Spain, France, Belgium & Switzerland & has done many weddings & corporate events.

June 22nd 2015

Listen out for Gin Pit on Monday 22nd June between 10pm and 11pm the "featured band" on the Moorlands Rock show on Moorlands Radio 103.7fm

June 8th 2015

Birthday CakeGin Pit are 2 years old today. We've played 87 gigs since we started in June 2013 - many thanks to all the venues that have booked & rebooked us.


Febuary 2015

FacebookThanks for over 300+ LIKES on our Facebook Page since we started it in June 2013. There were 299 from Dee's mum but we don't know who the other one was!

January 2015

Bolton NewsThanks to the BOLTON NEWS who wrote an item on Gin Pit on 22nd January 2015, having spotted that we are playing at The Brass Cat Churchgate, Bolton on Sunday 1st March. The article was also published in the BURY TIMES and the LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH the same week.

[click here to enlarge paper]

December 13th 2014

Boulevard WiganGin Pit are back again at The Boulevard, Wigan on Sat 13th December - one of our favourite venues with an excellent in-house PA, sound engineer and lights. It's their 8th Birthday Weekend (must take a cake), and we are already booked back at The Boulevard for more dates in 2015.

October 18th 2014


PrideathonPendle RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) once again hold a 24 hour sponsored ride on "Pride" - the mechanical horse. Last year this charity raised £3324.63 at their first event. This year they have the Guinness Book of Records in attendance. Starts Saturday 18th October through till Sunday 19th. Gin Pit play early evening on Saturday 18th.

YouTube "Pride" Video

Much love to all the members of Gin Pit who played an awesome gig for Pendle RDA, you were fabulous, thanks - Event Organiser, Pendle RDA

August 29th 2014


Gin Pit are on at the Wigan Live Festival at The Tudor, New Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1SE.

August 24th 2014


MILESTONES: We play our 50th gig this August weekend, and a good one for this to happen is at Iain & Shelly's new pub The Hindley Arms! Pretty good in little over 1 year since GIN PIT started up June 2013. Many thanks to all those venues that have booked and rebooked us, some now 3 and 4 times.

July 2014


Widows Sons MBASat 19th July - Gin Pit play the Widows Sons MBA National Biker's Rally, Canberra Club, Samlesbury Aerodrome.

"Saw you last night at Canberra and you are excellent lady you have one hell of a voice and the band can play brilliantly. When I normally hear a band announce they are about to play hendrix I normally head for the exit, what great rendition female vocals against your top man on the axe you did that song and Jimmy proud. I'm from London so if you ever get down this way I want to know." BGB (facebook)

"You were brilliant." AB (Event Organiser, facebook)


June 2014


Leigh RUFCGin Pit played at the Leigh RUFC Beer Festival on Friday night 13th June between 7 and 10pm - outdoor stage.


May 2014


Gin Pit played at the NW Triples Biker's Rally held at the Coast Riders Diner, Blackpool, on Sat night 10th.

"Cheers David, Dee and the rest of the band for providing the music at the NW Triples Rally last night. Great night had by all!" - TB, NW Triples.


May 2014


Fri 2nd May - Gin Pit play the Burnley Blues Festival, New York Stage at the Pavilion Cafe, Queens Park, Burnley, BB10 3EF, 7:45



April 2014

Easter weekend with Gin Pit at The Boulevard, Wigan - excellent live band venue with in-house PA. Playing Saturday night, with The Troggs there on Sunday, "Wild Thing", "Love is all around".Back at The Boulevard for more dates in 2015.

"I'm really glad you enjoyed your gig with us last night and it was a pleasure having you. We received brilliant feedback from the customers whom demanded we get you back. Please can I confirm the dates that we gave to you last night" - Email - The Boulevard.

March 2014


Our weekend world tour of Accrington has got us 2 more gigs there, and to celebrate we may sink a pint or two of the latest beer from Allgates Brewery in Wigan called "GIN PIT" - a saffron coloured ale, with a smooth malt balance and floral aroma with a twist; a dry spicy finish from the added Juniper berries.

See About the Band's Name

October 2013

Our singer Dee is in the music news, having sung on Steve Hooker's new album. The album's PR saying “Mockingbird has local blues belter Dee Shine Eye trading verses with Hooker on the 1960s soul classic". See this review of Steve's "Smoking Guitar" album.

August 2013

Things starting to move - all Saturdays in September now booked. Also re-booked back at The Avenue following our first gig there in July and another two from playing at the The Cavendish.

June 2013


Cevendish Beer FestivalThen later on Sat 8th June 2013 evening we were the last band on at the Cavendish Beer Festival

Our First Gigs!
June 8th 2013

BlackpoolStarting off with a good one! Sat 8th June 2013, we were at The Lancashire Rock & Bike Show, Blackpool, with the excellent AC/DC Tribute band "Heatseeker" on later.