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What people have said about The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican...

"The best thing to come out of Barnsley since the A61 to Sheffield"
Jarvis Cocker, Pulp

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are very, very funny... one of the hardest working bands on the planet."
Mike Harding,
Comedian, Folk Musician
Author & Broadcaster

"A ridiculous family of genius, hilarious, irresistible music makers, currently crowd-surfing to the bar all over the great county of Yorkshire and beyond, into the venues and music festivals of the UK. They're quality."
Eliza Carthy MBE,
Folk Royalty

"The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican are one of the hardest working bands around, great entertainers, and the best pastiche outfit I know of."
Maartin Allcock
& former member of Fairport Convention & Jethro Tull

"Titans of Tomfoolery. They have without question added a dimension to the cultural life of Barnsley."
Dave Burland
Barnsley Folk Legend

"Great guys. They ROCK!"
Graham Oliver,
from Saxon

"They look mental!"
Tony Wright,
from Terrorvision

"They're a lot of fun, and bloody nice chaps to boot."
Erica Nockalls,
from The Wonder Stuff

"BS/VD put Barnsley on the map!!"
Dan Donnelly
from The Wonder Stuff

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican stepped up to the main stage and proved to everyone that they are fully capable of holding big crowds. They probably stole the day with their tongue-in-cheek pastiche songs, hand-knitted tank-tops, ironic wigs, and outright sense of fun. (9/10)"
Virtual Festivals Review

"Banging out Barnsley based ballads in front of an absolutely rammed main stage seemed to encourage the mop topped tank toppers to up the ante, and the noise from the audience at the end of every song was not only deafening, but also proof that they deserve the reputation they have earned as one of the festival scenes hottest bookings."
UK Festival Guides Review

"I couldn’t fail to mention a gig by The Bar-Steward sons of Val Doonican that left even them speechless at the sheer size, volume and enthusiasm of the audience. The impact these boys have wherever they go is utterly phenomenal. I suspect the trees are still creaking now from the aftershock."
UK Festival Guides Review

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican proved more than capable of holding their own. The Barnsley boys left the audience in stitches with exquisitly crafted parodies. A kind of Yorkshire answer to Weird Al Yankovic. (5/5)"
Heather Kincaid
Wolverhampton What's On Review (Levellers support)

"A true sight to behold"
Derby Telegraph Review

"It would be hard to watch these guys and not have a good time."
Anthony May Review

"The Bar-Steward Sons do not try to make out that they are anything other than a bit of good old-fashioned fun and they take having fun very seriously"
Alan Ewart
'Louder Than War' Review

"The last time I laughed as much was watching Jasper Carrott"
Russ Hunt
'The Wonder Stuff' Roadie
& Miles Hunt's brother

"Legend has it that no human being in the British Isles is ever more than five miles away from a Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican concert at any given time"
Mike O'Brien
Pop Star
Out of Pocketful O' Nowt



The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Put on yer finest knitted gladrags, quaff your barnet, put on your dancing shoes and bring your finest singing voices, as we cordially invite you to witness the Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops).

Hailing from Barnsley Rock City in t'North, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboard and kazoo.

To complete their squeaky-clean image, estranged brothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of knitwear.

Farmer Phils 1

The Bar-Steward Sons have, in their 10 year history played over 750 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury.

They continue to wow audiences with a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of “Jump Ararnd”, “Tarnlife”, “The Lady In Greggs”, "Nandos", “Fight For Your Pint”, "Bono Bloody Bono", "Since You've Been Ron", "She's From Dodworth", "Walking In Manp**s", and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.

They have written and recorded seven studio albums, released countless live recordings, and also five independent vinyl releases and a book of their collected lyrics funded completely by fans, played on top of mountains, wowed-festival goers across the length of the UK, had two Acorn Brewery beers brewed and named in their honour, sold-out a show on a 100-seater Mississippi paddle-steamer on the Norfolk Broads in less than 30 seconds, written & performed in their own musical, and are the recipients of six different individual awards, as voted for by the public in the Barnsley Music Awards!
Not bad for a daft little comedy band from Barnsley, eh?

Brown Cow 3-Band

They have also had the pleasure to collaborate with, support or play alongside many top live acts from a wide range of genres, including The Levellers, folk legends Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, comedian & folk guru Mike Harding, Chas 'n' Dave, Roy Wood (The Move/Wizzard/ELO), Simon Friend (Levellers), Mark Chadwick (Levellers), The Blockheads, 3 Daft Monkeys, Graham Oliver & Steve Dawson (Saxon), The Lancashire Hotpots, Dreadzone, Maartin Allcock (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull), Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff), Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Chumbawumba, Peter Donegan, The Sweet, The Wurzels, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Carter USM, Hugh Whitaker & Ted Key (The Housemartins), Dan Donnelly (The Wonder Stuff) and Jon Sevink (The Levellers), John Otway, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Dutch prog-rock legends Focus, Merry Hell, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Nizlopi, The Danse Society, Dave Burland, Ferocious Dog, Dave Burland, Gaz Brookfield,
Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs... and even The Bay City Rollers!

The Bar-Steward Sons can’t wait to bring their shindig to a venue or festival field somewhere near you and they promise that they WILL rock you… but gently!

Next 3 Shows (click TOUR for more)
3rd Dec - The Maze, Nottingham with Black Thorn & Please Y'Self Skiffle Band 8pm
9th Dec - Scott Doonican @ The Boot & Shoe, Whitwell 7pm
10th Dec - The Continental, Preston, Lancashire 7pm SOLD OUT!!




The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are the winners of:

Favourite Band
Favourite Live Act

Barnsley Music Awards 2014

Favourite Band
Favourite Single
Favourite Album
Outstanding Contribution
To Local Music

Barnsley Music Awards 2015

Outstanding Band
(Public Vote)
Outstanding Songwriting
(Public Vote)

Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards

Outstanding Band
(1st place public vote)
Outstanding Songwriting
(1st place public vote)
Outstanding Contribution
to Music - 3rd Place Award for Scott Doonican
(1st place public vote)

Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards

"When you entertain the public it's no good just having good music or singing, you must also have entertainment value, so people will go home having a good time."
Val Doonican

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