Hector Gannet

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Alternative

Location: North East

Website: hectorgannet.com

Hector Gannet (aka Aaron Duff, working solo and with full band) Writing and performing original material. Alt 'Harcar' rock with folk influences.

The full band Hector Gannet were recognised in Febuary as one of the '25 bands to change your life in 2020' by Louder Than War magazine. Hector Gannet (solo and full band) has supported Sam Fender on numerous dates around the UK and have steadily gained a reputation as a superb live outfit. Fans have been eagerly awaiting recorded material to emerge since 2017, when Aaron Duff wrote an original music score to be performed alongside vintage archive film footage of North East England. Commissioned by North East Film Archive as part of a wider project with BFI for their ‘Moving North: Coastal’ series of events. As a result some of the Moving North: Coastal songs became part of the band’s audio live set, and in 2019 they were invited into the studio with Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) to record material, and subsequently three tracks have emerged to date. The first a ten minute epic (live set-closer) The Haven of St Aidan’s, followed by 'All Hail All Glory', and more recently Dead Nag, which was well received in press and gained Hector Gannet their first national radio exposure.

Hector Gannet is/are:
Aaron Duff – guitar/lead vocals
Jack Coe – drums
Joe Coady – bass
Martin Wann – guitar/vocals

I have been working hard writing material and taking it to the studio with the band since 2017. It feels right, both from a timely perspective and artistically that we release the material now, and Help Musicians and made a massive difference in facilitating that process and allowing us to stay on track with our plans since lockdown massively impacted our plans for summer 2020, seeing us lose the chance of playing 6 festivals and more gigs supporting prominent artists, as well as playing our own shows. The funding means we can now stay on track, release our album as planned later in 2020 and look to get back playing live for fans old and new when its safe to do so.