P Posted by Micky on March 8 2012 0 Comments McFLY, News

A musician from the Sevenoaks area will be lining up on the bill alongside the top band McFly at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on 14 March.

Bass player James Luke, who works in Sevenoaks for insurance company Markerstudy and lives in Hildenborough, plays in the Kent and Sussex-based band Virgin Soldiers.

The band was picked from over a thousand others after taking part in a three month on-line competition. They received votes from all over the country and their reward was the opening slot on McFly’s ‘Keep Calm and Play Louder’ tour. The news follows an earlier announcement that Virgin Soldiers have also been invited to support the legendary Joan Armatrading at the King’s Theatre, Portsmouth on October 8.

With male and female vocals the six-piece band mixes contemporary with classical instruments. Acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboard combine with violin, viola and cello to produce a set that ranges from high energy songs to harmonious ballads, creating a unique sound that Virgin Soldiers labels Strock.

The band hopes to repeat the success that they achieved in a busy 2011, when they appeared in festivals right across the country including SkyFest and Lounge On The Farm.

Virgin Soldiers has also released two EPs and received airplay on a number of radio shows. They will be releasing their debut single, Moon Song, later this year.

The band members are Hannah Masson from Bromley; Georgia Morrison from Orpington; Mike Parkin from Hastings; James Luke from Hildenborough; James Beeny from Hawkhurst and Gina Georgio from Battle. James Beeny who started the band went to Tonbridge School.

For more information on the band go to: www.virginsoldiers.com

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