Who are Rita Payne?

Rita Payne are one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country’s leading artists to appearing on BBC One’s The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo’s voyage to superstardom is unquestionable.

Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, The L-Fest 2014 award winners use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike.

Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Jon McClure, John Otway and Wilko Johnson on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. “Doncaster’s finest songwriters,” were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue- Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue.

They have released two albums to critical acclaim and appeared on BBC1’s The Voice UK, as well as supporting the likes of Reverend and the Makers and Lucy Spraggan, and appearing on the same bills as The Beautiful South, Big Country, Bellowhead and The Animals. They were also selected by KFC to help soundtrack their new Deep South Menu online.

Wherever possible, Rita Payne use their music to make a difference. They are keen activists and regularly support charities both local and global, using their rapidly growing profile to publicly raise both money and awareness whenever and wherever they can.

In December 2015, Rhiannon and Rita Payne parted ways and other musicians joined Pete to form the 2016 onwards version of the band.

Rita Payne have many hopes and aspirations for the future. Their biggest hope right now however… is that you enjoy this website.


Pete SowerbyPete

There are many strings to Pete’s bow.

1. Ex Professional footballer. (Aged 12)
2. Child actor. (Quit)
3. Former journalist. (Received online abuse)
4. School hearthrob. (Peaked too soon)
5. Retired Cage Fighter. (Went to one class)
6. One time girlfriend expert. (Got dumped)
7. Experienced pot washer. (Got sacked)

Correction. Pete has one string to his bow. He can write and sing songs.

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Robin has great hair. End of story. It’s great and there’s simply nothing you can do about it.
He freely admits that he grew it himself and offers regular seminars entitled “Robin Baker: How To Make Hair Work For You.
In over a decade of playing music, Robin has performed at some of the most reputable venues in the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy at Pete’s Conservatory.

John Redgrave jr

John is an all round great guy with a serious love for food. If you were to enter his kitchen at any point during the day there would be at least 72 pans of food on the go…each boasting an aroma that would make you sell your new puppy for a sniff. John also is highly adept at playing slide guitar with an egg cup.

Sinead Rankin shinto

Shinny’s voice can shatter 12 glass bottles, 3 vases and a garden gnome. It’s been said that the power behind her voice is down to an “Iron Man” style battery pack, located in her lungs, however she strongly refutes this, putting it down to a diet of chilli-peppers and extra strong mints. This also helps her blast the saxophone, harmonica and every other musical instrument ever invented…and some that aren’t.