Crossings Band

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.

Platforma  Crossings Band at Platforma National Conference, December 2011, photo Eli Sadeqi

sharing  Sharing and Fundraising Event in June 2012, photo by Aleksandra Dogramadzi

Hope not Hate gig   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. She and Darwish Abdullah also play as a duo.

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.

Darwish Abdullah

Darwish is a guitarist in the Flamenco style who teaches guitar in Crossings, mainly in the Crossings Open Session. Darwish is a song-writer and he and Chantelle also write songs and play duets together.

Jewan Mohammad

Jewan is a Kurdish musician from Syria. He started playing the saz (tembur) when he was young and now also plays the baglama, the bozuk and the tar. He has played with a number of famous singers and musicians in Syria and plays Kurdish, Turkish and Arabic music. Jewan also performs as a solo artist.

Laurence Bonner
Laurence was born in Northumberland and has a split English/Iranian heritage. He plays the drum kit and other percussion instruments, and first started playing the drums at the age of 12. He currently plays the drum kit for Diddley Squat and Dough Boi and the Souffle Selector, two local bands that play mainly reggae, ska, folk and rock and roll. His involvement with Crossings began recently in 2011.

Lucy Fairley
Lucy has lived on Tyneside for many years. After a successful career in Arts Administration she changed her life by taking a degree in Traditional and Folk Music at Newcastle University, which led to her setting up Crossings. Lucy also plays with the Angels of the North ceilidh band.

Douglas Redfern

Hailing from the North East, he plays the bass guitar in two bands, one of which is Crossings and the other Diddley Squat. He also plays the Indian tabla, guitar and the computer.

He is influenced by an eclectic mix of music, from classical to experimental noise music, but one of his favourite genres of music is world music, especially Middle Eastern and North African. The main thing he brings to the Crossings Band though is his love of dub and reggae baselines.

He also enjoys creating my own music and as a self employed recording studio engineer in a local recording studio called Blank Studios, he records and mixes

Elliott Rush

Elliott is a pianist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter who has been studying and working in the North-East for many years. Having recently returned from 2 years living in Brussels, he is now embarking on a different career as a stay-at-home dad whilst continuing to teach, play live and compose and record music at home. Elliott performs as a solo artist, an accompanist and has spent many years performing in the band Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle.

Andy Warmington
Andy began playing trumpet recently 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!

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