The River Rea Band Biography


The River Rea Band is an electrifying 6 piece Party Occasion act both in sound and performance.  Consisting of Lead and backing Vocals, Lead Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keys and Alto/Tenor Saxophone you will be totally inspired, immersed and mesmerized, making your event truly memorable in every way. The Rea's personal style and unique audience interaction will take you on a journey through your past and future with energetic tunes from the 50's to present day and beyond.  Guaranteed to make you dance, cry, scream and laugh hard, this party band will have you swinging from the rafters all night long.  And of course there's always room for more.

H Otoole (Vocals)

H has been performing, singing and songwriting for over 20 years and has mainly been treading the boards in original bands in his home town of Coventry.  New to the covers scene he loves the challenge and diversity of using his vast vocal range to entertain the masses.  H is best known for his humour, infectious personality and understanding of what an event singer/compare should offer. His personal style and audience interaction is truly unique. 

Steve Curtis (Bass Guitar)

Steve has been a Bass man for 18 years and knew that was the instrument for him at first glance. Across this rhythmic period Steve has payed in a range of diverse bands from metal to reggae and most genres in between.  Steve Joined the band in 2013 and really added a steady edge to proceedings. His unique melodic and creative approach to the tunes we play adds an incredible dimension that ensures continual originality. Steve is a floor layer by trade but suggested that when he's not laying floors he likes to be laying down tracks wiv his homeboys!!!

J - (Keyboards) Backing Vocals

James is a Birmingham lad. He is self-taught, and  a perfectionist  by nature. He is the youngest member of the band, although he has over 20 years playing experience. In 2011 he joined a UB40 tribute band that became the current River Rea Band.  As H (singer) puts it, 'the only member of the band who looks like he could be in One Direction.' 

Mark - (The Beast) Drums

Arguably the soul of the band Mark is quite simply an animal behind the kit whilst maintaining composure, skill and finesse of a soul, funk skins-man. Inspired in 88 by Sheila E, he discovered a passion for rhythm. After digging out his dad’s old kit he began his journey by mastering Rock n Roll and Swing styles and playing in his Dads band. Mark has played in a variety of original and covers bands. From this onto country rock and then a 10 piece Coventry soul band (Soul Circle) Mojo Pin was his next endeavour trying his hand at the blues whilst in a UB40 Tribute band. This band eventually morphed into the enigma that is the River Rea Band and Mark has simply not looked back.

Tony Eastman (Alto/Tenor Sax) - Backing Vocals

Paul Buxton - (Lead Guitar)

Paul's musical career has spanned 30 years and seen him work and record with the likes of Rick Grech from The Family and Blind Faith, alongside TV and Radio performances with his band Eclipse in the 90's.  for the past 7 Years Paul has worked the pro circuit with soul bands until becoming the newest member of the River Rea in 2014. Paul's unique blues, rock, funk and soul fusion has added a silky and powerful edge to the band.