Classic rock & blues

The Official website of The Sidevalves


The Sidevalves are a 5-piece band playing classic rock, blues & R'n'B, based in the Witton Gilbert/New Brancepath area of Co. Durham (England). 

The band play mainly covers from ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Free, Bad Co., Gary Moore, Doobies, Joe Walsh, Santana, Stones, Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Joe Cocker, Dylan, Neil Young to name but a few, in their own style, with two guitarists, bass, drums & lead vocalist.

The Sidevalves were formed late 2002 by 'retired' (but not old!) musicians. After years of playing the north east clubs in various bands, the musical instruments were put away, supposedly for good, or sold! Or so we thought!

However, four friends, three of whom are members of Durham Classic Motorcycle Club (hence the name), decided to form a new band, to play for fun, maybe do a few bike club bashes and birthdays, and The Sidevalves were born.

The band started off doing a few 'friendly' gigs just to ease back into giggin', gradually playing more regularly, although not usually more than once per month, as work & personal committments allowed.

We've enjoyed networking with musicians we used to know from years ago at gigs, catching up on what everyone's doing now. We also get out to watch a lot of others bands play, and we can be seen regularly in the audience at The Daisy Hill, nr. Sacriston, which is now a well established music venue, with bands on every Friday night (9pm). Get along if you can.

We'd like to thank Pete at EBGB music shop in Durham City for his assistance with guitar amplification, the helpful staff at Sound Control & The Drum Centre in Newcastle, Colin & Isabel at Sornel in Horden for their help with lighting (great shop, great service), & John at Soundslive for his help & advice with the P.A. upgrade.

Please click on the links below to access the following websites which you may find useful 

Durham Classic Motorcycle Club   promoting the use & appreciation of classic motorcycles

Davys Rockpage   comprehensive guide to live music in the north-east

The Daisy Hill   leading live music venue in Co. Durham

RiffsOnline   fanzine dedicated to publicity of live bands playing in NE

North East Music   another guide to live music in the north-east

Sound Control   UK's No 1 Musical Instrument Retailer (Newcastle)

Soundslive   The UK's No 1 Internet Music Store

The Suspects        Pete & Louis' other band!!



How to contact the band