D’ukes of Halton Ukulele Band Members

Rick Arnold Chairman of D'ukes of Halton

Rick Arnold – Chairman

Started as a drummer in semi-pro bands from the age of 16 and played in bands all his life. Also plays guitar, bass and over the last two years playing Ukulele.

John Giblin

One of the original members and over the past two years has improved tremendously. John has become our sound effects person, along with his whistle blowing and hand claps!

Irene - Dukes of Halton


Another original! Is a very enthusiastic member. Since taking up the Ukulele in 2013 it has given Irene a new lease of life!!


An original member, one of our mature members who has loads and loads of musical input. Bill travels from Runcorn for all our rehearsals and performances.

Derrick Eaton – Treasurer of D'ukes of Halton

Derrick Eaton – Treasurer

Lifelong interest in music of all types – rock – jazz – country – blues and now star Ukulele player.

Val Newton - Dukes of Halton


A fairly new member, an accomplished musician playing piano and keyboard, turned to the Ukulele about six months ago. Val has been married to her husband Arthur for 65 years. Arthur has accompanied us at various venues with his accordion.

Phil Brook - Dukes of Halton


An original member. Originally from Liverpool Phil worked as a Roadie for lots of Bedfordshire bands of the ‘70’s. Phil took up the ukulele in 2013 and is one of our star performers.


Brian is a returning member who has been absent through illness but has now returned to our group; we are glad to say. This proves you cannot keep a good ukulele player down!

Margaret – Secretary

A newish member of the Dukes and is fairly new to the Ukulele but is quickly improving her musical knowledge.

Jean Loftus - Dukes of Halton

Jean Loftus

An original member and original secretary. Jean did a sterling job for over 3 years. Jean’s musical experience is on keyboard and piano has been a great help to the musical endeavours of our group.


Long standing member and travels from St Helens to performances and rehearsals.

Fast Eddie

Our camera, video and captain of our yacht operator.

Joy – Secretary

New member to our setup. Quickly improving her musical technique and performance.

Frank Fender - Dukes of Halton

Frank Fender

A newish member of the group playing bass and bring the group together musically – Frank is a lifelong bass player playing in top cabaret bands. Originally from Liverpool but now travels from Wigan.


A newish member of the group but her enthusiasm shines through and is helping John his sound effects.