"Encouraging The Loony" is a band with a difference... Well, several differences...

For a start, there are only two band members: Genius drummer Neil Scott and myself on the piano.

We mostly play tunes everyone knows, but in an outrageous style, mixing comedy with musical pyrotechnics! 


Everything from Queen and Madness to Rachmaninov... Loony will take you from the gentle jazz of Nina Simone’s ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ to the full-on Boogie assault of ‘Night Train’, and from the dark beauty of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Ten Years Gone’ to ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ and ‘Play That Funky Music’! 

NOBODY HAS EVER BEEN SEEN LEAVING A LOONY GIG WITHOUT A BIG SILLY GRIN ON THEIR FACE!!

In the band, we go under the aliases "Lord Loony of Percussion" and "Captain Loud". There's not often much singing, and if there is it's certainly not to be taken seriously!
We are both professional musicians and teachers, but Loony is essentially what we do in our spare time!

Occasionally we can be persuaded to play festivals and private parties, but really this band is 110% for the sheer fun and love of it!!

We don't believe in rehearsals, and at least 50% of every gig is improvised on the spot without a safety net!

This very silly duo has a big and ever-growing regular following in York, and we play a free public gig once a month, and once only!