The Generals were formed in 2008, when Austin (lead vocals) and Adam (Guitar & Backing Vocals) decided to expand their duo act of ten years into a full band. Ben and Paul who had played with Adam for 9 years in an original band were added, and The Generals were formed.
From the start, The Generals have worked hard to build a solid repertoire of anthems, which is guaranteed to get the dance floor full and singing all the well known tunes they play.
With all four band members knowing each other for so long, there has always been a great friendship & bond between them from the many gigs played in both the UK and abroad, which comes across in their performances.
About Austin Barber
His vast experience ranges from working in nationwide theatres and festivals, through to high profile corporate events, by fronting both Liquid and The Essex Blues Brothers, as well as performing in shows such as “Stacks of Soul”. Over the years he has had the privilege of working with legendary musicians and singers such as Neil Robinson and Johnno from the "James Taylor Quartet" and Dave Finnegan from “The Commitments”
About Ben Rudge
Ben has been playing drums for 15 years. He was taught by the infamous Bob Armstrong and has also been privileged to receive tuition from some of the drumming world’s big names such as Harold Fisher, Ian Thomas and Russ Gilbrook. This has given Ben the opportunity to develop into great player he is today.
About Paul Beddow
Like the other band members, Paul has already had vast experience in the music industry from playing all over the country in a number of function and originals bands. He has been performing since the age of 14, playing festivals, theatres, clubs, pubs, and more recently venues such as The Shepherds Bush Empire.
About Adam Wright
Adam has been playing guitar for over 20 years and is currently working towards Grade 8 Classical Guitar with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He has played guitar in various covers and original bands including over 10 years in bands with Paul and Ben, which makes them a super-tight backing band to Austin's powerful vocals. Adam also currently plays bass guitar in a blues band and is also proficient at music production and creating backing tracks.
Adam enjoys playing and listening to a wide variety of music genres including jazz, soul, pop and especially blues and rock. His favourite artists include The Black Crowes, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Free, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Cry of Love, Philip Sayce and The Temperance Movement.