Berkshire Mini Band's Metallica track is hit on internet

A group of Berkshire children aged between eight and 10 have scored an internet hit with a performance of Metallica's Enter Sandman.

Footage of the Mini Band at the Bucklebury Beer Festival on Saturday was put on YouTube and received more than 350,000 hits in four days.

There has also been interest from a US TV network.

David Emmonds, father of drummer Charlie, 10, said: "People are totally thrown at the quality they kick out."

He continued: "I think it's because they are so small - it's really odd to watch."

The six band members have been performing gigs around Berkshire since the spring.

'Cute factor'

The youngsters have been playing instruments from as young as five and are pupils of Let's Play Rock music school in Thatcham.

Mr Emmonds said his son was "absolutely mad" on playing the drums.

"We're all really proud. Who knows how far they can go? They can go all the way if they go on at they pace they're going.

"They've certainly got talent between them."

The band's repertoire includes hits from other rock bands including Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

They have played at venues including local schools and the Waynestock music festival in Reading.

Elizabeth Fell, mother of guitarist Kieran, said: "They've definitely got the cute factor. They do it for enjoyment and they all love performing."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites