The Songbirds play an eclectic mix of upbeat retro and new tunes you’ll love to dance to, from the 60’s to current hits, including but not limited to Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco, Pop, Rock and Country. At their monthly Thatch Pub gig along with private parties and events, this six-piece dance band serves up tight three-part harmonies, lush guitar and bass, and lots of energy.
Jodi Laine (lead vocals): Jodi grew up in musical theatre and conservatory choir, writing songs and singing in many bands in high school and beyond. After graduating from Fanshawe College in music industry arts, she travelled extensively and sang wherever anyone would listen. By chance Jodi moved to Hornby where she met 5 fantastic musicians (Don the guitar player having been her professor at music college) and together they formed The Songbirds.
Betty Nightingale (vocals, guitar, mandolin, ukelele): Has been playing music for as long as she could hold an instrument and singing with her family on the long trips to cottage country. She’s played guitar, mandolin, ukulele and sung in several bands but more seriously since arriving on Hornby Island. Betty is The Songbirds’ costume director, creating different eclectic looks for every gig.
She is also a member of The Rosehips folk band.
Cath Gray (vocals): A lifetime of singing in choirs instilled her love of making harmony with various groups on Hornby (the Dr. Laura Choir, Rosehips and Songbirds) and elsewhere. Cath also plays cello with various groups including The Rosehips.
Don Geppert (guitar): Played guitar in many pop bands and club show bands in Vancouver during the 60’s. Professional Sound Recording Engineer (45 years, Vancouver, Toronto,) and College Professor (26 years teaching audio engineering) returning to his musical roots playing guitar and producing with the Songbirds on beautiful Hornby Island where he visited from boyhood and has lived for 6 years.
Larry Lingle (guitar): Touring/session guitarist/vocalist with over 40 years pro experience, most recently touring with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in 2015-16. Also producer, singer/songwriter/composer of RnB, Soul, Rock, Smooth Jazz, Pop dance, EDM and other modern electronic based genres.
Brian Pannel (bass): In high school when he started playing professionally Brian would get to gigs on his bike; amp strapped to the rat trap, guitar across the handle bars. After graduating, the band toured North America in an ancient school bus playing smoky bars and got a recording contract with Quality Records. Since moving to Hornby he has had the honour of playing with numerous fine musicians at countless community events.