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Lee-Ann Richards, Reporter
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Musician Daniel Connolly is living proof that when one door closes another one opens.
When Daniel, 22, was made redundant from his job as a stockbroker in April, he saw it as the opportunity to pursue his dream of starting his own band.
Now Romford band Sisteray, who describe their music as indie/rock, have more than 1,500 followers on Twitter, including Tom Clark from The Enemy and Bonehead of Oasis.
Guitarist Daniel said: “I was really sad when I was made redundant, but I am happy because it has opened the door to so many things. I have been playing the guitar for most of my life and I always wanted to be in a band, but I just never had the time to do it, but this has given me the perfect opportunity.
“We have got really big in a couple of months and it is amazing how many followers we have.”
The band consists of Daniel, his brother Ryan, 17 on drums, singer Niall Rowan, 21, and Michael Hanrahan, 21, on bass guitar.
The band cites their influences as Oasis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Daniel, who writes the songs said: “I wrote some of the songs when I was growing up. Some of them are love songs, but others are just about growing up and having a good time.”
They have played at a range of venues in Havering and London including the Oxjam Festival and Water Rats in King’s Cross.
Daniel added: “We have had lots of interest from some record labels and they have told us to get in touch with them again when we have recorded our EP.”