About Big River

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica & Mandolin
Vocals, Bass Guitar, Sound & Lighting
Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars

Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars

Drums & Percussion 


Big River are influenced by: The Eagles, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Lynyrd Skynyrd,The Outlaws, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blackberry Smoke, CSNY, Pure Prairie League, Tom Petty, The Georgia Satellites, The Allman Brothers, Poco, America, The Steve Miller Band plus many more West Coast, Southern Rock and Country Rock artistes. 

Alan formed Big River midway through 2008 with long term friend Billy.   

Alan used to be with a band called Country Crazy before forming Big River with Billy.  

Aynsley was recruited to give the band another strong vocal and additional Harmony Lead Guitar sound.  

Billy (Drums & Percussion) played with local band Reload for two years and also with Wishbone Ash tribute band Wishblowin' Ash.  

Aynsley ( a.k.a 'Young Neil Young') plays with Tramp Juice every so often but is a solid and valuable member of Big River.   

Kenny (Bass Guitar/Vocals/Sound & Lights), who has been around for a number of years playing bass with the Screaming DT's.   

In mid 2016 unfortunately Billy suffered from serious health problems so sadly and very reluctantly had to give up playing in the band and was replaced by Colin in Dec 2016 on drums. Big River is his first band after gaining experience over many years within buskers bands.   

Mal joined Big River around Feb 2017 and brings a wealth of experience in both vocals and rhythm guitar, throwing in the odd lead break.  He has played in several bands over the years and toured the UK heading up his own very successful Bob Dylan tribute band.  

The band now have a more settled line up but unfortunately very recently Colin had to leave the band. We wish him every success in what he does band wise in the future.

We welcome Mal B, Big River's new drummer and percussionist, into the band. Mal has a wealth of playing experience behind him and has been a semi pro drummer for more than 35 years. He has played with many professional bands on the circuit, the last one being the mighty Beckett. We are looking forward to Mal B settling in and bringing a great sense of rhythm to the band. He has a habit of pulling drum patterns to pieces and plays with impeccable timing, so that should keep us on our toes.

All of the band members have gained extensive musical experience playing a variety of styles of music in bands throughout the UK both in live and recording environments.   

The agreed ethos for Big River was to create a vocally strong band with exceptional harmonies, playing songs that are not usually covered by local bands and after 10 years as an outfit, have a growing number of enthusiastic followers and are growing their fan base rapidly. The band look forward to increasing their appeal during 2019 and beyond...    

Big River gig with a 2.5k PA and full light show. All of the back-line equipment is of the highest quality and produces that great Southern/Country/West Coast Rock sound, and with 3 and 4 piece harmonies makes for 2 great sets of pure entertainment.   

Big River are available for gigs and festivals throughout the North East of England and the Scottish Borders.

For bookings, please click contacts page for information...