Unearthed from the depths of Salisbury Plain, driven by rhythms as old as the hills, Stone Donkey Pilots emerge drenched in the music that inspires them.
Their roots are firmly embedded in the Salisbury open mic circuit where they stayed in relative obscurity gathering a form and followers.
Bursting on to the scene in the beginning of 2012, they rode a wave of their own success, all the way to the Salisbury Music Awards where they won all three categories they were nominated in. It would be fair to say that the Stone Donkey Pilots ended 2012 on a bit of a high.
As a band the Stone Donkey Pilots are unrestricted and free in their approach to music. This makes them exciting and unpredictable which has been the main ingredient in their success. The band started after Paul Blake found himself without a band and Steve Gee bought a Djembe having never played one before. Together they headed to an Open Mic night where they met Pete Leonard and discovered that they shared the same taste in music. From there on in it was all down to chance encounters and decisions that formed the band you see today, which may be slightly different from the band you saw yesterday and probably from the one tomorrow too.
2012 saw the Stone Donkey Pilots pick up Best Blues/Folk Band, Best Live Act and Best Salisbury Band in the Salisbury Music Awards
‘We're just here for the dancing and the free beer (There will be free beer, won't there?). I hope that this will come across in our playing.’ Stone Donkey Pilots.