North Shields singer/songwriter Aaron Duff, works both solo and with full band under the name Hector Gannet (named after a converted fishing trawler his grandfather worked on, and which sank off the coast of England in 1968).
The full Hector Gannet band were recognised as one of the 50 bands to watch in 2019 by Louder Than War magazine. Having supported Sam Fender on various UK dates Hector Gannet have steadily gained a following and a reputation as a superb live band. They support Sam Fender again on Dec 21st in Newcastle.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting recorded material to emerge since 2017, when Aaron Duff wrote an original music score to be performed alongside vintage archive film footage of North East England. Commissioned by North East Film Archive as part of a wider project with BFI for their ‘Moving North: Coastal’ series of events.
As a result some of the Moving North: Coastal songs became part of the band’s audio live set. In 2019 they were invited into the studio with Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) to record their first tracks.
The first track to be publicised with a soft release was the nine and a half minute (live set closer) ‘The Haven Of St Aidan’s’, slipping out quietly on digital platforms but organically reaching a wide audience and gaining radio play on local stations who were brave enough to allow it tem minutes of valuable airtime.
Their first release proper on November 15th was All Hail, All Glory, a paean to those who have suffered in the struggle for peace, recognition or justice. A welcome burst of energy glorifying suffragettes, young people and genuine heroes of times past and present.
On announcing the release of All Hail All Glory, the simultaneously announced a live show in the concert room of a local Working Men’s Club in Tynemouth which sold out in 48hrs.
Sam Fender: “I just want to thank Hector Gannet (for supporting), he was a couple of years below me in school and he’s a f*cking great songwriter”
Hilton Valentine (The Animals): wrote on Facebook about the track ‘The Haven of St Aidan’s’ – “Please don’t listen to this until you have 9 1/2 minutes of quiet time to give it a shot. It’s not a pop song; it’s a journey. Back in the late 60s-mid 70s progressive rock bands like The Paupers and Caravan had lengthy songs that took the listener on musical journeys changing style and tempo along the way. Hector Gannet does this in their own style which is pure Geordie 2019. Great job lads!”