North Shields born singer/songwriter Aaron Duff, works both solo and with full band under the name Hector Gannet. The name is taken from a converted fishing trawler Aaron’s grandfather worked on, and which tragically sank off the east coast on November 15th 1968 whilst heroically attending an oil rig, which was on fire after suffering a blow-out. Whilst Aaron’s grandfather was plucked from the raging sea, three members of the crew tragically perished.
Aaron comes from a family with strong tradition in the fishing industry of his hometown of North Shields, and his songs take influence from both folk and rock, being inspired by past great such as Alan Hull, and Joe Strummer. The current political climate would have given those great artists plenty to shout about, and Hector Gannet are not afraid to tackle such subjects, with songs often reflecting the working class struggle, with poignant, heartfelt and witty lyrics.
Having supported Sam Fender on various UK dates Hector Gannet have steadily gained a following and a reputation as a superb live band, plus Aaron has also supported Sam Fender solo on a number of occasions in 2019. The full Hector Gannet band were also recognised as one of the 50 Bands To Watch In 2019 by Louder Than War magazine.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting recorded material to emerge since 2017, when Aaron Duff wrote an original music score to be performed alongside vintage archive film footage of North East England. Commissioned by North East Film Archive as part of a wider project with BFI for their Moving North: Coastal series of events. Ironically the vintage film which Aaron viewed of his hometown, contained footage of his grandfather working at sea and of other family members. The 1959 film also had a soundtrack sung by folk singer Ewan Maccoll, which helped inspire Aaron to write his moving original score for the production which was only performed a handful of times, mostly on Tyneside, and once in London.
As a result some of the Moving North: Coastal songs became part of the band’s live gigging set. In 2019 Hector Gannet were invited into the studio with Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) to record their first single All Hail, All Glory which releases November 15th 2019, a date which respectfully marks the 51st anniversary of the sinking of the Hector Gannet.