Deanne grew up on a diet of The Carpenters and ABBA and was soon prancing around the living room floor, singing with hairbrush in hand. Having gone on to learn classical guitar from the age of about 9, she used this as a platform to revisit her earlier love of singing and started performing with others as well as writing her own songs. Progressing from a hairbrush to a real microphone, she then got involved with several groups playing mainly covers in a range of styles, including jazz, blues, pop and rock. Despite also learning piano and bluegrass banjo, she prefers to be the mouthy one behind the mic.
Born and raised in Carlisle in a musical and theatrical family, Nick developed a love of music from an early age, singing In Carlisle Musical Society and playing drums in a few bands around the area. At the age of 19 he moved to Penrith to progress in his career as a chef and has called it home ever since. While there, he found his voice for swing and has never looked back. A new career as a telephone engineer after 19 years in a kitchen has meant he has more time for singing both with the La’al Big Band and gigging solo around Penrith .