I Love Thunder - the band with #rockability!

I Love Thunder - live in Oslo

I Love Thunder is an inclusive rock band and we first got together in early 2010. Our ages range from 20 to 70 - collectively we're knocking on a bit - a bit more than the Stones but not quite up to the Beach Boys! We have a wide range of musical heros who influence the music we play. Our sets include songs from Taj Mahal, Wilson Pickett, Canned Heat, Steve Harley, Bob Marley, Sha Na Na, Chuck Berry and others. We concentrate on being a great live act and comments received so far would suggest that we're doing just that.

Our current line up consists of Eric Percival on lead guitar, Lee Gentle on vocals, rap and beat boxing, Paul Goodger on vocals, Nick Radclyffe on vocals and rhythm guitar, Dan Highfield on drums, Vince Wise on batbass, Keiron Connolly on bass and Luke Radclyffe (occasionally) on keyboards. Have a look at our Meet the Band page to get to know us better!

We are part of Ealing Mencap who helped us with funding which enabled us to buy our instruments which was brilliant. They also provide space for our weekly rehearsals and look after the money side of things.

We are also proud to be members of the Dissimilis organisation in Norway. They created the colour coding system we use and have a huge amount of experience with helping people with learning disabilities to enjoy and perform music of all types. They have often performed at the Opera House in Oslo!

Socially, I Love Thunder provides a really important focus for all of us and our weekly rehearsals are getting better all the time. The more experience we have playing live, the more creative our sessions become.

In November 2012 we were really amazed to be one of the recipients of a BBC Performing Arts Fund Award! There were only 49 awards in the whole of the UK so to be part of that is brilliant.

In Feburary 2014 I Love Thunder were nominated as Runners Up in England for the EPIC Awards 2014. To come second to Pandemonium, the inspirational group of drummers that first met up at the 2012 Olympics, was a huge honour for us.

In the same year we also managed to play over 18 gigs and record a radio show for Able Radio. We work hard and enjoy playing live.

2015 was another busy year, not so many gigs but we managed to sneak away to Mwnci Studios in Wales for a few days and had a brilliant time finding out about working in a studio, cooking, I know - rock 'n' roll right, and just hanging out - with a bit of yoga thrown in for good measure.

2016 was a hell of a year in all sorts of ways. At the Hanwell Hootie we rolled out 2 of our own tunes Highway Maintenance and The Guest. Then we went to Oslo! That's right, our very first international gig at the 25th Dissimilisfestivalen. So, if you'd like to invite us to your country to come and play then just get in touch. We're sure we could come to some arrangement! We hit a bit of a rocky patch when we returned and a bit later on Anne left the band and Luke headed off to college in Brighton. We ended up the year with a couple of sensational gigs including returning to the Disability Arts Festival up in Harrow for the 5th time. Just one of those venues where we just enjoy ourselves more each year.

So if you would like to come and see us play check out our Gigs page to see where we're playing next. You can also join our Fan Club and we'll let you know when and where we're playing next so you don't have to keep checking the site! Cool huh?

 

Click here to join the Thunderers - the I Love Thunder Fan Club!