Origins...

Hope and Glory was formed in 2002 out of the ashes of several defunct Oxfordshire soul groups, when a few ex-band members with a shared love of ska music would meet for ad hoc jamming sessions. These soon became rehearsals as the embryonic group hit on a winning musical formula - covering the greatest hits of Madness! Hope and Glory played its first gig as a Madness tribute band on 13th April 2003 at the Hobgoblin, Bicester to a capacity audience; the band quickly gained momentum and popularity as its reputation grew in the following year, and was soon playing to sold-out venues all over the Home Counties and Thames Valley.


New Horizons...

In 2007 Hope and Glory decided to expand its repertoire beyond Madness covers to include other classic ska and 2-Tone influences, including songs from The Specials and Bad Manners. Now more than just a Madness tribute, the band even supported Bad Manners at the Wimbourne Folk Festival, a sold-out event and possibly the band’s finest performance to date. December 2007 saw Hope and Glory perform to more than 5000 people in Banbury, headlining the Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival with Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale of East Enders fame!). Highlights since then have included the annual ‘Party in the Park’ outdoor concert in Carterton, the Wallingford Summer Festival, and a performance for a capacity audience at Lords’ Cricket Ground in London.


Hope and Glory Now...

After a few difficult years of turbulence with members coming and going, only the bass guitarist remained of the original line-up. However, since mid-2015 the band has been enjoying a well-earned period of stability and now has an established, permanent line-up. Mike is on drums, JB plays keyboards, Johnny is the lead guitarist, Martin is on trombone, Gaz plays the saxophone and John is vocals, with Steve providing the link to the past as he plays bass guitar. The band is a shining example of the power of the internet – its members come from all walks of life and different parts of the country, and have been recruited through website advertising and stay in contact through e-mail. Through tireless rehearsing, hard work, endless patience and a passionate love of music, the band members have forged a deep understanding of each others’ strengths and weaknesses and have built a close and intimate relationship with each other that allows them to act in perfect unison. Hope and Glory now recreates the 'heavy, heavy monster sound' of Madness and the best of classic ska and 2-Tone music, featuring hits from Bad Manners, the Specials and the Beat. The band typically plays two sets, each of 45 minutes, and is entirely self-contained – it comes with its own hugely powerful PA system and a comprehensive suite of front and rear lighting rigs. Find them at www.hope-and-glory.com.


The Future...

Hope and Glory continues to refine its set list to ensure that its audiences receive the best in ska and 2-Tone music. New songs are constantly being rehearsed and added to the set list to keep the band sharp and maintain its followers’ interest. The band continues to move into the corporate entertainment market and is cementing its position on the college and military functions circuit; in addition, it maintains a strong presence at weddings, birthday parties, summer festivals and club functions, although it has yet to break into the funeral wake and bar mitzvah scene! At grass roots level, however, the band never forgets its core following of diehard fans and enjoys nothing more than a hot, sweaty pub gig on a Saturday night where it can get up close and personal with its audience.