Five piece live band, based in Carlisle, Cumbria


Highly Strung are a five piece live band, based in Carlisle, Cumbria.
Founding members Andy Whitaker and Dave Mason both strive to stay at the top of the scene. They have performed at so many weddings over the years (averaging 40 a year) and always receive an amazing response. They have also performed at various festivals, supporting Little Mix and Dr & The Medics.

12th Jul 2014
Luke Bell & Alix Holliday

Just wanted to say thank you soooooo much for playing at our wedding (12th July 2014, Armathwaite Hall). You were absolutely 'AWESOME'!!!! Everyone commented on how fantastic you were and how you made our wedding one the best they've been too. Really enjoyed the mixture of swing and more up to date music! Little bit for everyone. Everyone was on the dance floor! Cannot recommend you enough!

Thank You

Alex and Luke xxx


Band member bio's

Laurence Blackadder Bass Guitar

Plays both electric and double bass. As well as being a proud member of Highly Strung he has played and/or recorded with the following: Robert Strauss, The Claude Werner Quartet, Elaine Davidson, Zoe Gilby, Lauren Housley and Tom Dibb, The Blofeld Experiment, The Alan Glen Trio, The Mac Francis Quintet, The Ben Gilbert Trio, Paul Martin’s Fever Octet and Quartet, Swing Thing, The McCredie/Blackadder Acoustic Duo, Elbow Jane, Ewen McClennan (BBC Horizons Winner), Chris James, Ros Sluzman, Adama, Steve Brookfield's Dracula Project and guitarist Jay Myerson

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