Category Archives: Dusty Special Events

Live Band : Whizzkid



Award winning super group Whizzkid are firmly established as one of the North’s top attractions. This sensational band incorporates guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and phenomenal vocalist Colin Robinson.

Classic Rock from Foreigner, Journey, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Free and many more…

Whizzkid first began life in 1980 when vocalist Colin Robinson put together the cream of Wigan’s music scene. Various original projects followed with a single registering in the indie charts, a UK tour supporting Marillion and the formation of a quality covers band, Whizzkid was born.

Hard work and attention to detail, as well as an appearance on TV’s Opportunity Knocks, made them firm favourites over the next 10 years, both on the domestic club scene and regular tours
throughout HM forces bases in Europe. This first phase ended in 1991 when members of the band emigrated to Australia, Denmark and Bolton-on-Dearne!

Meanwhile, drummer Paul Andre, guitarist Neil Duty and bass player Pete Harriman had been playing together in various bands on the Yorkshire club circuit and were looking to replace their
departing vocalist in Buster. Having already experienced Colin and
Whizzkid showing all of the attributes of a band they aspired to be, the Yorkshire lads were amazed to find the “Lancashire
Lungmeister” living in their backyard. Once contact was made it was inevitable Colin chose these as the best of the bands
clamouring for his services, and Whizzkid was born again.

 This line-up continued until June 2002 with occasional
contributions from keyboardist Steve Glover (ex-Dragonfly, Statetrooper). Neil decided his time was up and his replacement was local guitarist John Oxley (ex-Alcatraz, Africa, Jagged Edge, Suite Revenge, Impossible Dream). Again with Steve popping in for an occasional gig the line-up stayed together until 2005.

John’s replacement was the excellent Mark White (ex-Pure Fantasy, The Word, Teaser, Sam Sorono, Tina Turner tribute).

With Steve having decided to re-join Statetrooper for the European festival circuit (although staying in touch with the band), Whizzkid continued as a four piece maintaining their legendary high standard.

Steve returned in 2007 and stayed for a further three years until leaving for a final time in September 2010. After another six month stint as a four piece; keyboard duties were taken up by former Harry Coffey Band maestro, Brendan Greaves, from Castleford. Brendan’s start date was delayed by a series of operations following a bad skiing accident, but he has now been gigging with the band since March 2011.

By this time, there was a further input of new blood with Mark’s
departure and the arrival of our very own “Whizzkid Ginner Junior”, Liam Stevenson; fresh from his experiments with Dream
Theater-esque original band, Retention Method.

The most recent change sees John Oxley return to reclaim his
position as “resident Rock God”! Fresh from a four year stint with renowned tribute band “A Foreigner’s Journey”, John puts his years of experience to good use for Whizzkid once again! This
completes the current line-up of the band.

The latest update in personnel is keyboard player Craig Brown,
taking over just before Xmas 2015. Craig was well known to us; having played with two of our guitarists in previous bands… with Mark White in Teaser, and with John Oxley in A Foreigner’s
Journey… making him an ideal choice to replace Brendan on the latter’s departure.

Craig also joins Col and Pete in the lineup of the aforementioned “Lovehunter” band, along with Ginger Liam, Jack Kirton and Lee
Ellis Burton.

New Years Eve Pre Party with The Acoustic Angels




The Acoustic Angels have been established for close to 16 years now. They have a wealth of experience playing gigs up & down the country at a wide array of different venues & functions.

The band is made up of front man JOHN REILLY (Lead singer and singer songwriter & the voice of Boy on a Dolphin), CARY BAYLIS (Guitarist and writer for Take That, Spice Girls etc), STEVE BEIGHTON (Saxophonist, session player, producer and also
a member of The Paul Carrack Band), JULIAN JONES (Fiddle, guitar, vocals and singer song writer in his own right), DARREN FORD (Drummer, also with Boy on a Dolphin and John Reilly Band) and SHAUN PERRY (Bassist).


Pre New Years Eve party with canapés on arrival and luxury buffet. Two performances from Acoustic Angels – before midnight
and after midnight.

Tickets only £50 per couple or £30 for a single.

Tickets on sale now – don’t miss out!


Welcome in the New Year with Us and The GoodFellas!

Celebrate the New Year at The Dusty Miller

This year we will be welcoming in the New Year alongside
Doncaster’s premiere Band ‘The GoodFellas’, who will be
performing hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s to present day.

The Goodfellas - Dusty Miller

As popular as the evening will be, this event is strictly a ticket only event so buy your tickets now to avoid any disappointment. Tickets are £30 per couple or £20 each which includes buffet and one FREE drink (beer, lager, cider, 175ml glass of wine or soft drink).

On sale now, you’d be mad to miss it – come along and enjoy the most talked about party in the area!

Call 01246 810507 or email: to
reserve your tickets!

Why not book one of our en-suite bedrooms and stay over
for your night out?

Flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, Breakfast
available and Free Wi-Fi.