The Soul Flyer Band is a rhythm and blues cover band that throws in a smattering of rock and roll tunes. The band came together in 2009 and are not just musicians who play in a band together, they are all friends. This camaraderie comes across during performances and that communal bond shows when they hit the stage.
The band prides itself on four elements which contributes to them being a memorable ensemble. The band grooves with a funky rock and blues beat that gets people up on the dance floor, their strong vocals and harmonies set them apart from other bands, diversity in the songs that they play from five decades and several different genres and at the end of each show, the audience approaches the band and says that the band looks like they are having a great time.
Examiner: How did Soul Flyer come together?
Lynch: "Soul Flyer came together five years ago after I asked a friend to place an ad for a bass player on a local corporate internet site. John Coffey responded soon after he saw the ad and said that he worked with a drummer, Lloyd Ilsley who had played with for several years.
Bob Vivona and I got together with Coffey and Lloyd, jammed a bit and agreed that the group had potential. A little over a year ago, Brice Buchanan, my fellow band member in Becky and the Hit Men, joined us when our former guitar player left the band. We've had various keyboard players sit in with us from time to time, but the core remains constant."
Examiner: How often do you get together to rehearse?
Lynch: "We practice weekly, which is a great way to not only cement the tunes, but to get to know each others' inflections and habits. When you perform, it helps to know the nuances that communicate what's happening next with a song; from the sweep of a hand or to a drum fill. We learn to read each others' signals. Being well rehearsed keeps us tight and allows us to relax and have fun on stage!
Examiner: Who are the members of your band?
Lynch: "The band members are all local working musicians who have played in the Boston area for fifteen to thirty years. Rebecca Lynch is on lead vocals, guitar and harmonica, Brice Buchanan on guitar and vocals, John Coffey on bass and vocals, Llyod Ilsley on drums and Bob Vivona on vocals, guitar and harmonica."
Examiner: Who are some of your biggest influences in the world of music?
Lynch: "All of us have our own influences so I'll group them together. Jimi Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Mowtown, Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Buddy Rich, Stuart Copeland, Neil Pert, Jaco Pastorius, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, Clancy Brothers and Johnny Cash. I could go on and on. There were also many local artists that were influences and inspirations including Wolf Ginandes.
Examiner: What are some of the venues where you play?
Lynch: "We've played an array of clubs and events in the Metrowest Boston area, including regular gigs at The Chicken Bone in Framingham, Main Streets Market and Café in Concord, Dante’s/Fireflys in Marlboro, The Bolton Street Tavern in Marlboro, Speakers Nightclub in Marlboro, and several annual summer festivals.
We play songs made popular by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rare Earth, Badfinger, Black Crowes and many, many other bands from the sixties decade on."
You can find the Soul Flyer Band on Facebook where they post their upcoming dates.