The ‘Glitz Group’ family include:
Drums:Mairi Gillanders Newberry
Keyboards and Female Vocals: Kay Gilmour , Amanda Watt, Irene Buchan, Rhianne Armstrong, Rachael Watson, Taylor Sangster and Jennifer Maghee
Keyboards, Keyboard Sampling and Arranging, Dance Calling and MC: Simon Newberry
Saxophone: Paddy Whitehead
Male Vocals and Guitar: Mark Calder
Fiddle: Jenna Main
Accordion: David Bowen/Frank Thompson/Ian Armour
Sound Design, Engineering and Light Show: Simon Newberry and Jack Moore Newberry
Glitz is an experienced party and function band from Aberdeen, Scotland: a dedicated ‘family’ of high quality vocalists and musicians who have created an exciting and energetic band to get your party started!
Whether your choice is the original ‘all female’ band line up, or you prefer our evolved male + female vocal line up, both include a vibrant female drummer as the driving part of the rhythm section. Plus you have the option of adding a brilliant saxophonist into the mix, something clients are increasingly doing when they see the effect this has on audiences!
Glitz also play - and call - all the popular Scottish dances. And should you feel that your event, function, or wedding, would benefit from some traditional Scottish instrumentation, Glitz regularly include a fiddle player or accordionist on request.
Glitz can be hired in the following formats depending on your budget:
GLITZ BAND - the original all-female vocal line up of 2 or 3 female singers plus band including top class female drummer and including optional saxophone.
GLITZ MIXED - mixed vocal line up of 2 or 3 singers (one being a male who also plays guitar) plus optional saxophone.
GLITZ GROUP - a mixed vocal “superband” line up, comprising of 3 female singers, one male singer and guitarist, saxophone, multi-keyboards, fiddle/accordion and drums (8 piece).
ALL GLITZ PACKAGES COME COMPLETE WITH FULL SOUND ENGINEERING, PROFESSIONAL LIGHT SHOW, AND DANCE CALLER.
An eight piece line up of the Glitz family comprising of three female vocalists, one male vocal/ guitarist, flamboyant female drummer, keyboards, saxophone and optional ceilidh instrument. This is the only band of this type in the North East of Scotland. Great for a large party or artist support.
This super energetic line up provides songs from 60s to current day.
Performances are available varying from 45 minutes to 2 X 60 minute sets.
Glitz Band Original
Our Original all female band; the only singing and instrument-playing one of its kind in Scotland.
Arranged by our musical director Kay Gilmour, Glitz Band plays all your favourite floor fillers from 60s to present day, with beautiful harmonised vocals, lots of energy, and plenty of participation with your crowd to fill your dance floor all night (addition of saxophonist highly recommended!)
If our all-female line up is not your preference, we can provide you a mixed vocal band, playing a similar but ever popular set, and this line up offers guitar as standard, and optional saxophone. This show offers the same energy and sound - just with a male vocal for variety, and guitar added in!
Back to our all-female line up! This is a dedicated show to the hits of Motown. Comprising of 2 x 60 minute sets, this is a perfect evening for a great party! You can also opt for a mixed set. Why not have 60 minutes of Motown followed by an hour of hits from the 60s to present day. The choice is yours!
Glitz is unique in offering a 30 minute Broadway Classics Cabaret Show singing classic songs from shows and film before the dancing starts! This is a fantastic option for ‘coffee time’ if you want to entertain your guests before the party starts with our full evening set.
Once Upom A time....
Glitz was founded and formed, and is run by drummer Mairi Newberry, with her husband and musician Simon Newberry, and son Jack who takes care of the sound and lighting.
The band was influenced by Beyonce’s drummer Kimberly Thompson, who Mairi studied under, and consequently Mairi was officially endorsed by major drum brand Pork Pie Percussion. Prior to this, Mairi played within the North East of Scotland wedding and function circuit from the tender age of 12, gaining vast experience in how to lead a function band successfully, whilst also touring the UK and Europe as a session drummer.
Mairi and Simon decided to start Aberdeen’s first ever all female singing and playing wedding and function band, and since 2012 Glitz has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Aberdeen’s favourite party bands. Each member of the band has a strong musical pedigree: as session musicians, international performers, high profile theatre performers, and music teachers.
To top off our wonderful singing and musical abilities (if we say so ourselves!), we also take pride in providing top quality sound with our top of the range Cerwin Vega PA system, full light show and experienced sound and lighting engineer who ensures the sound is perfect for your room. This guarantees our show runs smoothly from start to finish, enabling the singers and musicians to concentrate solely on their performance, therefore maximising the enjoyment for you and your guests!