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Dan from The Llamas

The Llamas

The Llamas are a six-piece band, who are all involved in the world of teaching, apart from the bass guitarist who's a techie. Find out more about their disgusting spittle valves, and their rare air-guitar performances!

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The Llamas are Daniel Childerley on drums, guitar, and vocals; James Andrews on trombone and vocals; Chris Brown on saxophone; Roger Cawsey on drums; Simon Cook on bass guitar; and Gloria Lawrence on vocals.

Where in Somerset are you from?

Watchet, Glastonbury, Bridgwater and Minehead

When did you form?

The Llamas
Chris from The Llamas on saxophone

January 2005. Some new members were added in September 2005.

How did you get together?

James and Daniel have been working in the same school for three years, and have been writing and jamming regularly.

Chris showed an interest in the band, and started jamming and gigging with us
in 2005.

Then recently, Dan's drum teacher, Roger the Boy Wonder, joined, and brought along Simon, Gloria, and Mick the Roadie for the ride.

How would you describe your music?

For the most part, it's lively two-tone stuff with strong melodies throughout. On occasion, we will delve into funk, blues, and even swing etc, but the two-tone thing is really our sound at the moment.

How did the band gets its name?

We were discussing ideas and talking about how disgusting James' spittle valve on his trombone is.

This led us to liken the act to camels, who spit, and then llamas. It was like "The Llamas" -  that'll do!

Who are your musical influences?

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James from The Llamas on trombone

Dan: HHH, Lightyear, Evil Macaroni, The Beat, The Specials, and Madness aka The Danger Men.

James: David Bowie, Pulp, Divine Comedy, The Killers, and Mighty Mighty Boss Tones.

What is your most memorable gig so far?

Playing at the Watchet Football Club on the 15 October 2005 to a capacity crowd. I've never seen so many people dancing to our music - it was great!

Where would you most like to play?

Bristol on a regular basis. The Louisiana, and The Fleece and Firkin.

We are have just finished our debut album, Ancillary Control, and it's currently selling in Martian Records in Taunton.

Hopefully we can play the carnival next year, if our other Watchet gigs go down well.

We have already been asked to play at the football club again in Watchet, and we are looking forward to a return visit.

We have secured some more dates in the autumn and new year. We should be playing the Stroud ball this Christmas if all goes to plan, and we have just secured the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre for April 2006.

The Somerset Arts Council also want us to play at Blenhiem Gardens in Minehead next summer.

So, all looks very rosy for The Llamas right now.

Finally, tell us some interesting facts about yourself:

The Llamas
Dan and Gloria from The Llamas

James Andrews is the cousin of a member of Keane, so we have seen them really take off over the last few years.

We are all involved in the world of teaching, apart from Simon who is into computing.

We treat our music the same as our teaching lives - we like to grow and help others to develop as well. Music is great for bringing people together, and to share the same experiences with others.

Don't worry - the youth of today aren't being taught by Jack Blacks. We rarely perform any air guitar in our workshops!

last updated: 05/03/06
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we love fish and chips its a great song

Well done Dan, well gud music you got goin, best of luck 2 yaz all!!! WOHO!!

wat???? trombone and guitar!!! OMG! Hey mr A hear ur afta a von twist demo to listen too. dont have one at mo but we have a gig in the new year at weston. b gud to see u there

Miss S
The llamas have a truly unique sound, trombone with guitar? Who'd of thought it possible? But it so works! Go and buy the LP, it makes for interesting listening! When's the next gig?

Just heard 'Snow Day' - Best Christmas song I've heard for a long time. Very radio friendly. Is it being played on Somerset Sounds?


number 1 fan
just heard two new brilliant tracks from the unofficial website!! snow day and ska bells, brilliant stuff!

marcus wells
it was really good i liked thier website mr andrews is my favorite teacher because he teaches me maths.

George and shana
We're still waiting for those graphics matierials danny boy!!!!!!!! lol

A brilliant rocking night at Watchet FC - a great live band and can't wait for their next gig

guys any sign of a tour, or even a visit to plymouth!

Roz Meikle
The Llamas are an exciting new band - full of fun and enthusiasm. They certainly had everyone up on their feet and dancing at their gig in Watchet last Saturday night. We will be looking out for their next gig and recommending them to everyone who likes live music!

absolutely amazing--enjoyed by one and all in watchet last night ..from kids to grandparents!

Just to update you. The album, 'Ancillary Controls' is out in the next few days,featuring new songs 'Flasher Mac', 'Who Ray?', and 'Equimultiple'. If you enjoyed 'Island in your Arms' you'll love these. We are also gearing up for our gig at the football club in Watchet. We will be performing a 2 hour set as a 6-piece on Saturday 15th October. The gig is free and kicks off at around 9pm and will go on till about 11pm when a DJ will take over. If you would like further info on upcoming events or on where to buy the album, contact us through our official site - the link's at the top of this page. Again, thanks for your support folks - hope to see you on the 15th.

Best live band I've seen in years. Cracking beats, funky tunes. I've heard the first EP is becoming a collector's item.

becky holley
they are brilliant, they played at my prom i e known them for a while, james taught me maths in the last 2 years and helped me get B in G.C.S.E maths, and i know dan and stu from school too! they are a great band and good luck to them!

Thanks for all of your kind wishes. Just a little update for you all. It has been a very busy few months. James & Dan have just emerged from a mammoth recording session at Bullrush Studios in Minehead, and will soon be releasing their debut album. Watch this space for more info. On the live front. We will be playing at Watchet Football club on the 15th of October 05. Watch this space for further updates.

Three of my teachers, wow! As well as being great techers their music is fabulous, it's surprising to find out teachers are real people!!

jade harper
this sounds rocking i love music i love childers he is well fit bud

Well if they like Rachel Stevens they must be fab!!!

andy m
After being forced to listen to there EP by stu the day after recorded. Yeah its good very different sound!!!

Island in your arms rocks.

Fantastic band, great EP and more great stuff coming at ya soon....

Fantastic live sound, especially the trombone - very unique! The EP is well worth listening to.

Come and hear them in Watchet Boat Museum, 6 Aug sometime pm

i've seen them live! their first gig rocked!!!

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