Hector Gannet is led by former leader of the Middens, Aaron Duff, whose family is steeped in fishing fleet history.
The band’s name is taken from a ship that his grandfather sailed on and which tragically sank in 1967 with the death of some of his bandmates.
The band’s debut album, Big Harcar, named after one of the Farne Islands off the east coast, was released in October 2020 with song topics such as Northumbria’s geographical and geological formation ‘The Whin Sill’ and the history of the area ‘The Haven of St Aidan’s.
Their latest EP “Into the Deep” is a haunting track about whales and reflects their love of nature and the environment.
Their distinctive sound combines folk and rock, drawing inspiration from nature, industry and underrepresented sections of society.
The band also struck up a unique friendship with the widow of Tyneside music legend, Hilton Valentine, the original guitarist of The Animals.
She put them in touch with some of Hilton’s professional contacts in the United States and the band will be heading to America in April to take part in radio interviews, a video shoot, spend time in the recording studio and perform at some live dates.
She said: “Helping Hector Gannet goes beyond granting Hilton’s wish. I have no choice when it comes to the music I love; it makes me do those things. Hector’s music Gannet drives all of this.”
Aaron said: “We were honored when asked to perform songs at Hilton’s Blue Plaque unveiling event in North Shields, where we performed a few songs from The Animals and one from Hilton. also.
“Then when Germaine asked us to go to the US, we thought we could use the time wisely to promote the band and gather material for the next album.
“We are extremely grateful and extremely excited.”
The band will head to the United States shortly after their biggest North East gig to date, at Newcastle Students Union on March 19.