About the Band

Find out more about Dancin' Easy and each band member

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Dancin’ Easy has been thrilling audiences for the past 20 years playing at Weddings, Dinner Dances, Balls, Corporate Events, Music Festivals and Parties all over the UK. During that time, Dancin’ Easy has built a reputation for providing first class entertainment in a professional and friendly manner.  In November 2014 Dancin’ Easy was voted Regional Finalists in The Wedding Industry Awards ‘Best Band’ category for the South West region.  This title was achieved through anonymous voting from wedding couples who booked Dancin’ Easy to perform for their weddings between Oct 2013 – Oct 2014.  The voters comments submitted to the Awards team can be viewed on our Testimonials page.

Dancin’ Easy clients include Lloyds TSB, Ministry of Defense, MG Rover Group, Royal Mail, Endsleigh Insurance, Gloucester Rugby, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire County Council, Bath Pump Rooms, Rotary, Lions Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Masons, as well as many hotel chains and private clients throughout the UK.

Dancin’ Easy consists of top class musicians who, between them, have appeared on ITV’s ‘Don’t tell the Bride’, Sky TV, BBC’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’, National Radio, plus many prestigious events including performances for Royalty and alongside ‘Britain’s got Talent’ finalists. To find out more about each individual band member, please read below :-

STUDIO2-4916_757x600Kim Cypher – Band Leader, Saxes & Backing Vocals – Kim Cypher is one of the most versatile and experienced female saxophonists in the South West, having developed her own unique ‘funky’ style of playing, built upon influences by great players such as Gerald Albright, Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Dean Fraser, Courtney Pine and Grover Washington.  Kim trained alongside American saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (saxophonist with James Brown and Van Morrison) and her continued tuition and support from the amazing internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard allows Kim to continue to develop and improve her playing style and technique.  Kim recently performed alongside Andy Sheppard and his band The Pushy Doctors as a featured artist at The Fringe Jazz Club in Bristol.  Kim started playing saxophone at age 9 and achieved Grade 8 practical and theory of music with distinction by age 14.  She studied Expressive Arts at St Paul’s & St Mary’s College in Cheltenham where she was awarded a First Class Honours for her original musical composition for saxophone, clarinet, Peruvian pipes and percussion.  Prior to turning professional as a musician, Kim was Head of Music at a primary school in Gloucester for 17 years. She has also been a saxophone tutor at the Cheltenham Boys College and is currently a tutor at the Cheltenham Rock School.  Kim has appeared on national TV and Radio and is featured on various recordings as a session musician.  Kim formed Dancin’ Easy, one of the South West’s busiest and most popular party bands, along with her husband and drummer, Mike, over 20 years ago.  In addition to Dancin’ Easy, Kim leads her own jazz quartet, ‘The Kim Cypher Quartet’, 6 piece jazz/funk band, ‘The Kim Cypher Band’ and sax and guitar duo, ‘Just The Two of Us’ as well as performing as ‘The Wedding Saxophonist’.  More recently, Kim has been training as a jazz vocalist and has performed some great gigs combining her saxophone playing and singing.  In December 2014 Kim was selected to be ‘Artiste In Residence’ at prestigious venue The Daffodil in Cheltenham based on the popularity and appeal of her vocal and saxophone performances.  Kim’s debut album is due for release later in 2016 and will include some original saxophone and vocal compositions.  For further details and regular updates please connect on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/KimCypherDebutAlbumTo find out more about Kim please visit: www.kimcypher.co.uk

tumblr_luvlwu9bBP1r2fa4oLaura Popperwell – Lead Vocals - Laura (‘Lolly’) is a highly experienced and incredibly talented young vocalist. Having undertaken  a degree in Popular music at Leeds College Of Music, Laura brings with her a wealth of knowledge, expertise and stage charisma.  Laura is originally from Essex, currently living and working in Cheltenham. In just under 10 years Laura has built up an impressive list of experience working as a session singer and lead vocalist. People who have worked with her have said “she has a great understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm, she undertakes any task set without getting stressed, and completes it with the professionalism that you would expect from a seasoned session vocalist” – Graham Dee, professional Session Singer (BV’s for X factor and Peter Andre’s Album).  Following her degree in Popular Music Studies at the prestigious Leeds College of Music (LCM) Laura has embarked upon many exciting musical projects.   Not only has Laura provided backing vocals for successful singer songwriters such as ‘Tom Gee’ and ‘Jen Armstrong’, she also kept herself busy providing BV’s/guide tracks and vocal melodies for production students.  Venues that Laura has played at include, The Elbow Rooms, The Wardrobe, The Library, Mr Benn’s, The Roadhouse in Manchester and The Albion and The Beaconsfield in London.  Laura has extensive experience in function singing and has performed with some of the UK’s best function band, including Dancin’ Easy now!  Laura also toured with the UK’s newest and biggest Blues Brothers act as their regular backing singing, playing theatres all over the UK.  To find out more about Laura please visit her website at: laurannemusic.tumblr.com

 

13133151_10154854727098012_7989165945259831886_nJoanna Rust – Lead Vocals - Joanna has been singing from a very young age and has a love for singing Soul, Power Ballads and Disco.  After moving to Southampton in 2010 Joanna joined the fabulous Love Soul Choir, a super talented choir of over 50 members specialising in Soul, Pop, Motown and Gospel, performing for all kinds of events including backing vocals for X-Factor finalist Daniel Evans and YouTube sensation Amir.  From within the choir Joanna was selected as one of a small number to compete on Channel 5′s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ in 2010.  After moving from Southampton Joanna performed within the pub circuit and for all kinds of events including weddings, festivals and as a solo artist.  She has also performed lead vocals for a variety of original song writers.  Joanna’s other band work includes ‘Binominal’ and the ‘Boogaloos’.  Dancin’ Easy is delighted to welcome Joanna onboard and the option to have two lead female vocalists now is certainly proving to be very popular.

DANCIN EASY PS 2-5579_800x498David Smeaton- Guitar & Lead Vocals – David has been playing guitar for more years than he cares to remember and has been playing in function bands for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience playing different styles of music. For many years David played in bands around the London area before joining one of Gloucestershire’s most popular party bands ‘The Dance Band’ when he moved to Gloucester. David has been playing guitar with Dancin’ Easy for nearly 10 years now and also takes care of the sound engineering side of things for the band. David also plays guitar in the Kim Cypher Quartet, Kim Cypher Band and her duo Just The Two Of Us.

20141117-IMG_5524-2_800x511Steve Trigg – Trumpet & Percussion – Born in Bristol, Steve cut his musical teeth on the brass band circuit and by the age of 12 was representing his home county on numerous Youth Music tours to Europe as well as contesting successfully at Championship level.  In 1979 Steve moved to live and work in Berkshire and was invited to play trumpet with a local big band.  Having had an interest in Jazz as a youngster (inspired by a primary school music teacher who had worked as a musician on the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth I) Steve soon found that playing the trumpet gave him far more satisfaction than did the cornet and soon after this quit the brass band scene to explore the jazz and dance band scene.  Another move, this time to Gloucestershire saw Steve looking for new challenges musically and, following a chance meeting with saxophonist Patsy Gamble, the pair formed their own section and made themselves available as a freelance horn section. This was the beginning of one of the longest established and hardest working horn sections in the UK – ‘The Little Big Horns’ – touring the UK, Europe and the Middle East extensively to this day.  Very much in demand both ‘live’ and in the studio, Steve’s credits include albums with Eddie Martin, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Andy Leek, The Firebirds and Mike D’Abo and prestigious support slots with Zoot and the Roots, Dr Feelgood, John Mayall, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, The Lambrettas, Petula Clarke and the legendary Peter Green.  Steve is a regular touring member of ska legends Bad Manners and has also found time to work on a number of charity events appearing in bands with Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Jess Roden, Jim Capaldi and Robert Plant Steve has worked in horn sections alongside Pee Wee Ellis and the late great Dick Heckstall – Smith as well as featuring on a number of recording projects including several sessions for Mick Jagger and a charity single under the banner ‘Mod Aid’ where Steve performed alongside Ronnie Wood, Art Wood, PP Arnold, Reg Presley, Steve Craddock and Chris Farlowe.  Steve joined British mod heroes DC Fontana in early 2007.  Hard working and massively popular both in the UK and abroad, the next 4 years saw the release of four critically acclaimed albums and a number of cult videos as well as extensive UK and European tours.  Steve also helped set up and became a director of an independent record label; DCTone Records.  In 2011 Steve and DC singer Karla left the band to form The Karla Milton Collective with Steve and Karla emerging as highly talented songwriters. Steve is currently recording, mixing and producing The Karla Milton Collective’s new album and writing, arranging and scoring the orchestral horn arrangements for a Prog Rock spectacular with the band IO Earth.  Steve joined Dancin’ Easy in the summer of 2014 and brings with him this wealth of experience and talent together with his incredible energy and stage charisma!  To find out more about Steve please visit his website at: www.stevetrigg.co.uk

DANCIN EASY PS60 2-5294_800x464Dave Lewins – Keyboard – Dave has played with a variety of bands of various styles and has been a ‘professional dep’ for many years on a variety of  London and UK touring musical theatre shows ranging in styles from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and Phantom of the Opera to Saturday Night Fever, Jesus Christ Superstar and Fame, and is currently depping both Keys 1 and (‘The Nightmare’) Keys 2 on the UK ‘Zebra’ tour of the Lion King.  He has played with a variety of function bands over the years, including the very popular and successful Manchester-based ‘Disco Daze’ under Geth Griffith, and ran the 9-piece covers band ‘Menai Straits’.  He moved to sunny Cheltenham from the frozen north a couple of years ago, and is now delighted to be playing with Dancin’ Easy!

DE STUD 60D-3-5304_800x476Mike Cypher – Drums – Mike started playing the drums from a very early age and has played with many different bands in the area playing jazz, pop, blues and funk. For many years, Mike played in various Championship brass bands (including the Polysteel band as it is now known) and regularly competed in the National Brass Band Championships at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Central Hall and Colston Hall in Bristol. Mike was principal drummer with the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra where he met his wife Kim. Over the years, Mike has played with some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, played in many musical theatre productions, music festivals, appeared on National TV and Radio and has appeared on various recordings as a session musician. Mike is a professional drummer and in addition to running Dancin’ Easy along with his wife Kim, appears regularly with various other bands both locally and nationally, including Pete Gill (pianist/vocalist), Gary Grace (international vocalist), Steve Franks (guitarist) and Joe Martin (vocalist).

20141117-IMG_5219_800x533Neil Humphris – Bass – Neil has been playing bass guitar for over 30 years and has a huge amount of experience playing a wide range of music including jazz, pop, funk blues and Latin.  During the last 30 years, as well as playing blues festivals in the UK and Europe, Neil has played with various people including trumpet ace Bryan Corbett and played many Jazz festivals Including the main stage at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.  He also recorded three albums during this time and has also played with Snake Davis and Gilad Atzmon.  Neil has  performed on live TV and Radio and has appeared on various CD’s as a session musician.  He has also recorded under his own name with the Neil Humphris Trio.  As well as Dancin’ Easy, Neil also plays bass in the Kim Cypher Quartet and Kim Cypher Band.