To contact the band for live events, mental health ward sessions & workshops please email us here
refuge is a 4 piece acoustic/rock band, specialising in the field of mental health & wellbeing.
The band is made up of:
Pete Hirst – lead singer, Phil Seaman – lead guitar, keys, Backing vocals, Sam Munton – bass guitar & Doug Jenkinson – Drums
Mentored by: Mark Morriss of ‘The Bluetones’ and previously Gaz Birtles of ‘The Beautiful South’
Featured on: BBC Introducing, with tracks from albums Moving InWards, Within & their latest album Perception
Latest Album: Perception mentored by & feat vocals from Mark Morriss all sales of this album support the mental health hospital ward work that the band provide.
Current project: refuge are collaborating with a mindfulness coach to create a second album of relaxation & body scan practices set to music #MindfulMeds
Current hospital ward work: on the older people’s mental health wards in partnership with Leicestershire NHS Trust, LPT as part of ‘Moving InWards’ + Staff Training for Devon Partnership NHS Trust for the implementation of live music on wards
The band focus on supporting positive mental health and wellbeing work and are one of the bands that create the music for www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk, a project created by lead singer, Pete, as a result of his own personal experience of mental health challenges and bipolar diagnosis.
In addition to ward performances & workshops; the band are also available for hire to play at events, conventions and training sessions, their latest offering is called the ‘Big Yellow Workshop’ and you can find out more here: www.developinsite.com
The next live performance’s will be supporting ‘The Bluetones’ in Birmingham and Nottingham and refuge look forward to seeing you there!