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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

"They're quality"
Eliza Carthy MBE,
Folk Royalty

"You 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

“Like a South Yorkshire James Joyce, they make Barnsley a definite candidate for the next Capital of European Culture."
Mark Clarkson
Our stalker from Keighley

"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

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

What some other people may or may not have said about The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican...

"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

"They do for popular music what the 'Sound Of Music' did for hills"
J. Andrews

"Nobody does it better"
Carly Simon

"The Bar-Steward Sons' legend will live on long after a lot of living legends have died"
Keith Richards

"Simply the best"
Tina Turner



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 their acoustic geetars, ukuleles, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and accordion.

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.

Brown Cow 3-Band

The Bar-Steward Sons have, in their short history played over 680 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences all over the universe
(well, mainly England, but Doonimania is spreading!)

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

They have written and recorded six 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, 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?


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), Graham Oliver & Steve Dawson (Saxon), Simon Friend (Levellers), Mark Chadwick (Levellers), The Blockheads, 3 Daft Monkeys, The Lancashire Hotpots, Maartin Allcock (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull), Chumbawumba, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff), Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Peter Donegan, The Sweet, The Wurzels, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Carter USM, Hugh Whitaker & Ted Key (The Housemartins), Dan Donnelly (The Wonder Stuff), John Otway, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Dutch prog-rock legends Focus, Merry Hell, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Ferocious Dog, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Gaz Brookfield, The Leylines... and even The Bay City Rollers!

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

Next 3 Shows (click TOUR for more)
21/05/16 Scott Doonican @ Ye Old Nags Head, Castleton, Derbyshire 9pm
28/05/16 The Tea-Tent Bearded Theory Festival 2pm
29/05/16 The Woodlands Bearded Theory Festival 2.20pm




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

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