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Rollercoaster is a professional live band based in Surrey, UK, specializing primarily in weddings, corporate, and private functions.

We play all relevant genres of music and have the ability to infuse a Celtic twist (with our top fiddle players) wherever needed. Rollercoaster can entertain any crowd, connecting with all ages and generating the perfect party atmosphere.

“I’m Alistair, the bass player and manager of Rollercoaster (you can see me below in the photo at Kempton Park Racecourse).  Yes, we are an ACTUAL band – the core members remain the same, and  we don’t send out clones to play multiple gigs. This commitment to authenticity ensures the ultimate quality, which is paramount to us. When you call, you will speak directly to me, and I will address all your enquiries.

Headlining Irish Day at Kempton Park

We have years of experience, stemming from the 90s alt-rock band Redwood, performing at festivals, playing thousands of gigs, releasing albums worldwide, and appearing on national TV. We now apply this experience to Rollercoaster, blending the raw energy and enthusiasm of a festival band with the professionalism and experience that you, the client, deserve. We love what we do, and we know this passion shines through in our performances.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. Watch our videos, listen to our music, and don’t forget to check out Rollercoaster on Instagram and Facebook. When you’re ready, please get in touch.  Feel free to reach out via phone ( 07958226863 ), email or use the contact form.”

What’s included?

  • 4-7 piece live band – drums, bass, guitar, vocals (male and female) fiddle, mandolin, keyboards
  • Full PA
  • Lights
  • DJ service between sets included
  • Fully insured PATS and PLI


  • Ceremony music
  • Dinner music
  • Cocktail / Drinks reception music
  • Ceilidh section
  • Country / Disco themes / Barn dance


Pop out one of the music players ( click the  ) and browse the site to the sound of Rollercoaster!





Meet The Band

“We’ve been together since the school days… way back when.  We toured up and down the country, as our original band Redwood, got a record deal, released material worldwide, did TV, videos, press… the whole rock’n’roll thing… and played hundreds of gigs.  Around 2000, we started out on solo projects, but also formed Rollercoaster – with the aim of providing a high end professional live band – where quality and consistency were key… the same ethos we had with Redwood.  Since then, we gone from strength to strength… and we’re still talking!” Alistair Cowan, band manager, singer, bass player.

Alistair Cowan

Lead Singer/Bass guitar... band manager.

Alistair the bass player also sings and fronts the band. Having been the singer/song writer of Redwood, signed to Almo Sounds, who toured with Feeder and released two albums, he now pursues a solo career of writing and producing when he is not out playing with Rollercoaster (see www.alistaircowan.com . Radio 2 airplay, Guildford Festival etc). Check out the Redwood site at www.redwood.org.uk

Chris Hughes


Chris Hughes plays drums, sings, and is the technical genius behind the pre-progreammed lighting shows, and slick delivery of sequenced sounds. Previously in Redwood with Alistair, before joining Mindwire, he completes the three part vocal harmonies that you will hear throughout the live set. He also DJs between, before and after the live band sets, playing disco tracks or any other recorded music that might be required.

Holly Cowan


Sang with girl-band SASSKI (who have gigged with ATOMIC KITTEN, LOUISE, BLUE) plus countless radio shows, toured in Europe, videos on TV, playing at THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS, playing EARLS COURT, worked with the writers for HEARSAY’s PURE AND SIMPLE. Holly is also an aclaimed session singer in the studio (bv’s on THE HONEEZ single). Featured vocal on 2013 worlwide release on EMI / KPM – Big Screen Emotional Journeys. Model in a variety of MTV videos.

Jason Dickenson


A full time member of Scottish reels band The Infamous Grouse and the London based Licence to Ceilidh, Jason has found himself representing traditional music and dance in many far flung places. He has also been courted to perform for the rich and famous including being asked to perform for Sting at his Birthday party in 2008 at his home in Wiltshire. Other persons of note or infamy depending on your view, to whom he has performed include, Steven Fry, Robert Downey Jnr, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kevin Spacey, Guy Ritchie, Thandie Newton, Saffron Burroughs, Jodie Kidd, Jemima Goldsmith

Chris Haigh


Chris plays in any style, and has written five books on different aspects of fiddle playing. He has played on over 70 albums, including with artists such as Alison Moyet, Michael Ball, Morcheeba, Bob Geldof and James Galway, and featured on the Steps debut single 5,6,7,8 He has performed with Riverdance, All About Eve and David Soul, among countless others. When playing with Rollercoaster, Chris will also apply his skills to mandolin. In 2016, Chris performed at Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall's wedding. A few months later, he was playing on tour with Bob Geldof's band!

Tim Pearne


Tim is a multi-instrumented, multi talented musician... having graduated from the Royal School of Music, majoring in piano, he was also playing drums for top rock band the Le Brocs, who were gracing the second stage at Guildford Festival. He's played with a few bands, and came to the attention of Rollercoaster... and they asked him to join them... and here we are!


As a professional live band, we have years of experience, and know how to play to all ages crowds… and the set lists reflect this.
Please follow these links to some examples of current song lists.  We will typically work from sets 1 and 2 of the main set lists:

4-7 piece band setlist with male &  female singer

Example of Corporate / Party Set

Standard 4-7 piece setlist (without female singer)

Some example first dances

First Dances


Irish and Ceilidh

90’s and beyond…

70′ and 80’s

50’s and 60’s

You guys were just AWESOME, thankyou so much , you need a health warning – Rollercoaster may seriously damage your feet!!!

Rollercoaster on the road…

Any questions...?

Call Alistair now and chat about your event - 07958 226863