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"Intelligently crafted and performed rock that is refreshingly new

yet retains the familiar hallmarks of the best of the genre".

Old Black Whistle Test

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Derecho are a female fronted rock band presenting a powerful blend of alluring melodies, mighty vocals, well crafted musicianship and magnetising stage presence. 

Their music is a fusion of no holds barred vocals, pounding rhythm and soaring guitars and they promise to leave you wanting more.

Derecho were formed in 2010 by songwriter Jo Ash and guitarist Mike Wheatley. Since then the band has made waves on the rock scene with notable appearances at Cambridge Rock Festival, Willow Festival and London’s infamous 100 Club. 

Their music has been likened to the combined rock sounds of Pat Benatar, Evanescence, Blondie, The Darkness, Siouxsie Sioux, Cream, Deep Purple and the Kate Bush Band.

Derecho are proud to have an ever growing fanbase that stretches across the world.

The band have released three studio albums and three EPs and are currently recording their fourth album.

Derecho’s line up includes Mike Ellis on drums and Steve Banks on bass. Fused with Jo’s powerhouse, emotional vocals and Mike’s driving guitars, the band present a highly entertaining and thundering rock sound that captivates its audience.


Jo Ash - Keyboards / Vocals

Mike Wheatley - Guitars

Mike Ellis - Drums

Steve Banks - Bass


Photography Credits:

Home: Angela Stonebridge

About / Music pages: Damien Fulker

Shows / Press pages: Nick Lamb

Gallery: Damien Fulker (Jo and Mike W), Nick Lamb (Mike E) Trevor Cotterill (Steve)





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by Derecho

Some thunderous rockers and an ear worm from our albums 'Coffee & Disruption' and  'Ideal Imperfections'



Derecho - the silence

Official Music Video





Latest News


To round off our summer of shows around the UK we played the fantastic Cambridge Rock Festival on Saturday 6th August - a brilliant gig, wonderful crew and overall superb festival!

We've recorded some new tracks for our upcoming EP, and will be working more on those over the next few weeks.

Our next outing is the Sir William Peel music festival on Sept 3rd in Sandy, Bedfordshire.


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