Out Of The Blue formed in 2009. We're having a great time performing at festivals, charity concerts and the occasional private party.
For those of you who are interested here’s how we got together:
Ian Ellis (Lead vocals and guitar), James Stewart (guitar and vocals), and Mark Simms (drums, vocals): These guys go back a long way, having sung together for about twenty years in a number of bands, most notably The Men from U.N.C.L.E. and WoodFace. They write all their own songs and have recorded several CDs of original material together. Latterly James put together a small recording studio and records local artists in his spare time.
Nic Morse (lead guitar and vocals): has been playing guitar since his teens. He performed in bands as bass player/guitar/saxophone and backing vocals, from the 1980's through to the early 2000s, pausing for a break, whilst his children were growing up. Nic, a teacher by day, has also played in bands for many school concerts. As a duo with Debbie, they have performed in many open mic nights and busking events over the last year or so for various charities.
Debbie Turley (lead vocals and guitar/percussion): Since she was 17 (not that long ago) Debbie has performed in numerous musical productions and still plays at the Little Theatre in Leicester and many other venues. She then organised charity events over the next 9 years or so with her friends the “Midsummer Players”.
Debbie began singing with Nic Morse as a duo in 2007. In October 2009, she organised the Acoustic Sounds Charity Concert at Countesthorpe College. … we had so much fun singing together, that we all decided to join forces to become “Out of the Blue”.
Debbie & Nic first met James through mutual friends who recommended him to record some demos for them (just for fun). As the sessions progressed and the material demanded more of a full band feel, James roped in his old band mate Mark to play drums on several of the tracks.
Everyone got on so well while working on Debbie & Nic’s material that James suggested some joint rehearsals with Ian and Mark. There was no goal in mind (until Debbie whipped us into shape for the Acoustic Sounds Concert) but the band just clicked and everyone really enjoyed the sessions. The five of us decided that it would be a shame not to at least perform a few gigs together.
Having had some great reviews and really enjoying our first few gigs, Out Of The Blue became a “proper” band in October 2009. How we got the name is another story........
Out Of The Blue are currently working on a new album of original material which we hope will be released in late 2012 or early 2013.
In the meantime we hope you’ll come and us live.