Meet The Ambersons at their ‘Winter Songs’ show


by Glen Screeton

Following a sell-out gig at The Irish Club on Orford Lane I caught up with popular Warrington band ‘The Ambersons’ for a chat about their forthcoming event on December 1st at The Pyramid & Parr Hall Studio Centre.

I have seen the band perform several times but during a busy summer of venues and reviews I didn’t manage to track them down, so the opportunity to meet up with one of the founder band members – Andy Fairnington at The Cheshire Cheese pub was perfect timing. However, before discussing the new show I wanted to take a brief step back in time and hear how The Ambersons began.

The original 4 piece band formed in 2006 and had a very successful run up till 2013 and was signed by Manchester Independent label ‘Spiral Scope’. Taking their musical influences from the likes of Super Furry Animals, Blur and the Beatles they proved very popular all over the country and drew the attention of Chrysalis Records USA, but sadly they didn’t manage to clinch the deal. This would have been deflating for any band and having chased the dream so hard they decided to take a break from performing in 2014, although the creative songwriting and studio sessions continued.

Roll forward to 2018 and after a few changes to the line up they came back re-charged as a six-piece and are no longer ‘chasing the dream’ but enjoying the journey instead. The band are:

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Band member Fairnington

Andy Fairnington – Bass and Songwriter.
Ben Ashton – Lead Guitar and Songwriter.
Phil Bond – Rhythm Guitar.
Richard Dowling – Keyboards.
Rick McLaughlin – Drums.
Midge Fairnington – Lead Vocals.

and they are currently in rehearsals for their one-night show. With support from Culture Warrington it promises to be a musical extravaganza of electro-acoustic/electric songs accompanied by a string and brass section, and with a catalogue of 60 songs and some familiar covers to choose from it really is something to look forward to. Tickets are selling well but with a generous ticket donation by the band to the Room at the Inn, The Salvation Army and Pathways to Recovery, I would book them now before it sells out and they can be purchased at the following link:
In the meantime, you can follow The Ambersons on Facebook and Instagram.


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