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Once Upon A Time….

Glitz was founded and formed, and is run by drummer Mairi Newberry, and son Jack who takes care of the sound and lighting. At the beginning Mairi’s husband Simon Newberry also became  involved as a producer for the band, completing Glitz as a family business.

Today Glitz is run by Mairi and her son, Jack, as Technical Manager.

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 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 function bands. Now since then Glitz also offers a Male vocal contemporary line up ! 

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 provide 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!

The Original Line-up

Amanda Massie, Kay Gilmour, Irene Johnson

& Mairi Gillanders-Newberry

The Original Line-up Continued

Rhianne Armstrong, Kay Gilmour, Irene Johnson

& Mairi Gillanders-Newberry

Mairi Gillanders-Newberry


Jack Moore-Newberry

Technical Manager