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GIN PIT and 2020/2021 gigs:

Under the current HM Government COVID-19 guidelines, it looks like live indoor gigs are still not allowed. GIN PIT are as keen as anyone to resume live gigs as soon as the guidelines allow it. Please check with your own professional advisors or business association, if in any doubt.

For the moment our GIGS diary page is frozen, with previously booked gigs still showing. We will happily accept new 2020 and 2021 bookings from you, with no liability on your part should the guidelines in later weeks and months not allow them to proceed, or indeed if the circumstances of your business change in these uncertain times.

Dave Shaw

David Shawsinger David Shaw joins GIN PIT March 2020

David has sung with Europe UK (Europe tribute) Blaze Of Jovi (Bon Jovi tribute) Mutha Humbucker & Blood Brothers (Iron Maiden tribute) and several more bands over the last few decades, in a long illustrious singing career primarily covering the rock end of the spectrum. He's performed throughout the UK (even Shetland Isles!) plus Norway, Holland, Belgium, Malta and Philadelphia - and once bumped into Bon Jovi coming out a supermarket in New Jersey. More seriously he worked with Iron Maiden on setting up the CliveAid charity to assist original drummer Clive Burr with his care when diagnosed with MS, up till Clive's death in 2013. Less seriously, he was also accused of nicking all the towels from the Scorpions dressing room at the 2006 Bloodstock festival.

David....."Ever since I can remember it was rock and metal, the cardboard guitar miming to Kiss in the window reflection at 8 years old. The latter years had me thinking - I really should try something different that pushes some boundaries at least - but I really didn't know what direction to go in. The Gin Pit set list was left field to what I'd done previously and I'm really enjoying new vocal challenges and tunes." On joining Gin Pit....."it's a family, everyone is really chilled and most importantly, the music is played with passion and fun. If one of us drops the ball live the rest of us just laugh and point the finger." On fame....."what's that?"

David replaces our much loved Helen, who has been with us for 4 years and done around 200 gigs, and we wish her all the very best to her and her new partner Nick with whom she hopes to continue making more beautiful music - not just that! - but actual music, as he plays guitar and sings.

Date TBA

** CANCELLED/date to be re-arranged **

"Ride with M.E Festival" Fundraiser for M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

At the Drive me Racetrack, Clanford road, Seighford, Stafford, ST18 9QL. For more info see RIDE with M.E

with support from Stafford FM

Feb 8th 2020

4pm till 8:30pm

Bent & Bongs Beer Bash"31st Bent & Bongs Beer Bash" at North West Roller Sports, Bolton Road, Atherton, M46 9JQ. The event is over three days:
Thursday 6th Feb - night: The Hats
Friday 7th Feb - night: The Three
Saturday 8th Feb - 1pm to 4pm: Big Red and the Grinners
Saturday 8th Feb - 4pm to 8pm: Gin Pit

See our Videos page for 2019 footage

Nov 16th 2019


on Saturday 16th November GIN PIT are at the Boothstown Beer Festival, 4 pm till 11pm.

The festival is held at Boothstown Royal British Legion on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th November 2019.

more Festival Information & Tickets at: Facebook

Aug 23rd 2019

- 6pm


GIN PIT are playing outside Eadie's (74 Albert Road, Colne, BB8 0AG) at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne on Friday 23rd August at 6pm.

The festival draws thousands of visitors from all over the world, alongside many, many local and UK based music-lovers. The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival returns to Colne for the 30th year, hosted by Colne Town Council.

more Festival Information & Tickets at:



May 26th 2019

UK BikeFest 2019 : May 24th to 26th


BEC Arena (Bowlers Exhibition Centre)

Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1SN

Promo Video -


Check out the new pictures of GIN PIT at UK BikeFest

May 25th 2019


"EagleFest": GIN PIT are at Eagle & Child, Whitefield for their annual Music Festival on May bank holiday Saturday.

from 3pm Onwards - outside BBQ

“Beg to Differ” - “Katie Rhodes” - “Maria & James” - “ZACKoustic” - “Jennifer Rice”- “MoonCandy”
and Headlining at 9pm “THE GIN PIT Rock Band”

The Eagle & Child, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7EY- Saturday 25th May

Feb 16th 2019


MILESTONES: We play our 250th gig back again at The Punch Bowl, Atherton. Loved it the last time we played there at "PunchFest" on August bank holiday - their annual charity music festival raising money for Dementia UK.

The Punch Bowl, Atherton, WN2 3AY - Saturday 16th Feb.

Feb 2nd 2019


"30th Bent N' Bongs Beer Bash" at North West Roller Sports, Bolton Road, Atherton, M46 9JQ. The event is on Thursday 31st January, Friday 1st February & Saturday 2nd February, with GIN PIT on Saturday 2nd around 5:30 till 8:30 (closes 9pm Saturday). Please check web links for opening times.

See our Videos page for 2019 footage

Sept 22nd 2018


Old Hall Inn & Paper Mill"Beer & Cider Festival", The Old Hall Inn & Paper Mill Whitehough, High Peak SK23 6EJ. From Midday till 11pm. GIN PIT on from 8pm.

August 26th 2018


PunchFest Punch Bowl"PunchFest" - August 26th, bank holiday Sunday, GIN PIT are playing The Punchbowl Atherton's annual charity music festival, Punchfest. This is a FREE event raising money for Dementia UK.

NOTE: GIN PIT are now due on at 7pm

The Punch Bowl, Atherton, WN2 3AY

July 14th/15th 2018


Hale Barns CarnivalGIN PIT are playing on the MAIN STAGE at the Hale Barns Carnival 2018. Its a two day event on 14th & 15th July - with Gin Pit playing on Sunday 15th at 3pm - just before the start of the WORLD CUP FINAL being shown!

Hale Barns Carnival is a community event which features weekend market, animal displays, funfair, classic and super cars, live attractions and amazing entertainment. Last year it had over 10,000 visitors over the weekend, this year they are going even bigger, with BBC Radio broadcasting live from the event.

St Ambrose Playing fields, Hale Road, Hale Barns, WA15 0HF
Watch actor John Challis ("Boycie", Only Fool & Horses) Carnival Promo Video and watch actor Shaun Williamson ("Barry" from Eastenders) Carnival WORLD CUP FINAL PROMO

July 14 2018


Oldham Rugby Union Football Club, Manor Park, OL8 2TJ - family fun activities throughout the day, with GIN PIT playing from 7pm.


June 8th 2018

Birthday Cake"Happy Birthday to me!" Gin Pit are 5 years old in June 2018 and have played 220+ gigs since we played our first gig on June 8th 2013. Many thanks again to all the venues & festivals that have booked & rebooked us.


May 28th 2018 (Monday)


Darwen Live 2018GIN PIT played on the MAIN STAGE at the Darwen LIVE Festival 2018. Its a two day event on the end of May Bank Holiday - with Gin Pit on Monday 28th at 2pm.

Darwen Live is one of the Biggest FREE to Attend Music Festivals in the UK and takes place annually. It presents 100’s of musicians, at many venues in and around the town centre. Last year the police estimated that the festival brought around 30,000 people into Darwen over the weekend and they had 4,000 people at the main stage.

SUNDAY 27th MAIN STAGE (1pm till 10pm) Tarantino Disco, 3 Minute Window, Evil Pink Machine, Bradford, The Laurens, Covered in Punk, Janet Devlin, The Soul Convicts, Lancashire Hotpots, Paul Young.

MONDAY 28th MAIN STAGE (1pm till 9pm) Angels & Bandits, Gin Pit, Kerri Watt, Breaking Waves, Millie Manders & the Shut up, Electro 80's, The Ordinary Boys, Grace Davies (X-Factor), John Powers (Cast, The La's)

Darwenlive Guide Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 3BU

May 27th 2018 (Sunday)

Here we are getting ready to start, back again at the "LostFest" Festival - Lostock St Gerard's Football Ground, Wateringpool Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5UA, Sunday 27th May - Midday till 8pm - GIN PIT on at 4pm - now in its 8th Year, with PR5, Ruth Naylor, Restless Angels, Gin Pit, Deepwater Blue & Outsmarted.

January 2018


Horseshoe bar blackpoolGIN PIT playing at the Horseshoe Bar at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in January! T'was a cold and wintry night complete with hailstorm (and that's not another band). Take a look at the pics on our Pictures Page and video on our Videos Page.

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.

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. 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!

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

April 2017


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

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.

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.


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...

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

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.

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.

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.