About the Band

The Band

  • James Purcell

    James Purcell

    Vocalist

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  • Ruth Minhall

    Ruth Minhall

    Vocalist

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  • Tommy Trinder

    Guitarist

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  • Andy Whitnell

    Bassist & Manager

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  • Tim Pickering

    Tim Pickering

    Saxophone

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  • Rob Cliff

    Rob Cliff

    Trombone

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  • Jack Whitnell

    Jack Whitnell

    Percussion

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James Purcell - Vocals 

James is a classically trained musician whose influences include The Blues Brothers, Neil Diamond and the Divine Comedy.
Aside from singing, James also plays the French Horn, Piano and Percussion

Ruth Minhall - Vocals

Ruth sings the lead vocals and fronts the band. She has been singing solo and with bands for many years, and has a distinctive and enjoyable vocal style.

Tommy Trinder - Guitar

Tommy has been playing guitar with the band since it began, and has been playing in bands for over twenty years.
His guitar work is a recognisable and distinctive feature in the band.

Andy Whitnell - Bass & Manager

Founder member of Loose Change, Andy also handles all bookings, tour arrangements, general logistics, sound control, band finances, the van etc etc. He's generally the man to speak to.

Andy has been playing with working bands since the 70's and has acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the music industry. Andy started his musical career with school band "Benn", moving on to Sittingbourne based rock band "Village" in 1975. He also played with dance band "The Peter Burt Quartet" and in the late 70's started playing in "The Jack Whitnell Music", his father's local and well known dance band, with whom he continued until his father's untimely death in 1993. (In 1982 and 1983 he played with The Brian Wales Big Band, a spin-off from the Come Dancing House band). He then spent time playing with jazz band, The Muscrat Ramblers alongside guitarist extraordinaire Bob Pluck.

In his spare time Andy has played with The Medway Dance Orchestra and also been known to play in the orchestra pit for Danny-la-Rue. Determined to continue making people dance, Andy decided to form a soul and blues band in 1997 the result of which is Loose Change.

Bill Lott - Keyboard

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Tim Pickering - Saxophone

Tim has been playing the saxophone since he was tall enough to hold an alto! Tim enjoys playing a wide range of music, from Big Band Jazz, through to Rhythm, Blues and Soul. Tim has played in a variety of set-ups, from Jazz Quartets, through to Function Bands and Big Bands.

Rob Cliff - Trombone

The newest member of the band, Rob first picked up the trombone at age ten and hasn’t been able to put it down since. Over the years, he has been apart of many different groups, injecting his distinctive blues inspired licks into rock and roll, bebop and big band collectives.

Jack Whitnell - Percussion

Jack started playing drums at the age of 4 and has now progressed to playing in his fathers band. He studies at Canterbury High Academy, which specialises in sport and music. As Jack's other talent is playing for East Kent District Rugby, he feels it was probably the best choice in his life.

Repertoire

We cover a wide range of genres, such as Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Reggae, Ska, Disco & Funk featuring hits from across the decades.
If you'd like a specific song played at your event such as the first dance at a wedding reception, we'll be glad to perform it for you if possible - just make sure you request it when booking!

Our repertoire includes:
634-5789 - Eddie Floyd
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Jools Holland & Rumer
Alice - Smokie
At Last - Etta James
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Big Bad Handsome Man - Imelda May
Bright Side of the Road - Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding / Blues Brothers
Come On Over To My Place - Drifters
Dance The Night Away - Mavericks
Dancing In The Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Dark End Of The Street - James Carr / Commitments
December '63 - Frankie Valli & the Four Seeasons
Delilah - Tom Jones
Disco Inferno - Trammps
Do You Love Me - Contours / Blues Brothers
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Domino - Van Morrison
Everybody Needs Somebody - Solomon Burke / Blues Brothers
Everything - Michael Bublé
Geno - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group / Blues Brothers
Greatest Love of All - Witney Houston
Handbags & Gladrags - Stereophonics / Rod Stewart
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding / Commitments
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Help Me Make It Through The Night - Kris Kristofferson
Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon / Blues Brothers
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Hold On I'm Coming - Sam & Dave / Michael Bolton
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
I Don't Want To Talk About It - Rod Stewart
I Just Want To Make Love To You - Muddy Waters / Etta James
I Only Want to Be with You - Dusty Springfield
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett / Commitments
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd
Lady Marmalade - Labelle
Land Of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett / Commitments
Le Freak - Chic
Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
Love Shack - B52s
Love Train - O'Jays
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Monkey Man - Maytals / Amy Winehouse
Moondance - Van Morrison
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Mustang Sally - Mack Rice / Commitments
My Girl - Temptations
Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John / Fleetwood Mac
Never Loved A Man - Aretha Franklin / Commitments
New Orleans - Gary U.S. Bonds / Blues Brothers
Night Boat To Cairo - Madness
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin / Beverley Knight
Proud Mary - Tina Turner / Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Respect - Aretha Franklin
River Deep, Mountain High - Tina Turner
Rudi, A Message To You - Specials
Saturday Night At The Movies - Drifters
Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters
Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Sex Bomb - Tom Jones
Shake A Tailfeather - Ray Charles
She Caught The Katy - Taj Mahal / Blues Brothers
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Soul Man - Sam & Dave / Blues Brothers
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson / Blues Brothers
Tequila/ Lambada - Champs / Kaoma
The Tide Is High - Blondie
Think - Aretha Franklin
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding / Commitments
Valerie - Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse
Walkin' On Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
Walkin' The Dog - Rufus Thomas
Will You - Hazel O'Connor
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
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