Crossings Band is drawn from members of Crossings, a cross-cultural music group based on Tyneside. The band creates songs and performs regularly at community events, local venues and festivals.
“A vibrant mix of reggae, African and world music guaranteed to get any party started.” Adam Collerton, Boss Sounds.
Hope not Hate gig, at The Monument in Newcastle
Crossing Band Profiles
Our band members come from all parts of the world. Some are refugees or are seeking asylum, others have settled here as practising musicians and yet others are local musicians. All are united by their passion for making music, and want to share their traditions and learn from each other.
Chantelle Warden From a young age Chantelle has been involved in music, mainly in a gospel choir. She is currently one of the lead singers and song writers in Crossings Band and also provides backing vocals. Chantelle is a graduate of Crossings’ Diversity Facilitation Training Programme and is currently developing her facilitation skills through jointly leading the Women’s and Children’s Crossings group.
Fred Phethean Fred is the facilitator of the Crossings Band, where he plays the trombone and raps. He also plays with a number of other bands and outfits such as the Backyoard Rhythm Orchestra; Diddley Squat, Verbal Terrorists and others.
Andy began playing trumpet with Crossings band in May 2012. He began playing trumpet aged six and has played for regional junior orchestras in Northern Ireland. He has gigged and recorded with several North East bands on trumpet, guitar and occasionally drums. His musical interests lie mainly in jazz, blues, classical and of course learning new tunes and rhythms from the musicians in Crossings!