Richard Rutherford – Bass Paul Smith – drums and percussion Dave Dryden - Electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals Steve McKye - Piano / Keyboards

The Partoners

The finest Country and Western tribute band in the Newcastle and North East area

Richard Rutherford


Richard has been a professional musician for 20 years. In that time he's played in cabaret, theatre and television situations as well as playing in bands fronted by musicians such as Mick Whitaker, Les Watts, Aaron Bayley and The Crosby Brothers. Richard now runs the band Laughing Jacks and was instrumental in the planning and formation of this new Dolly Parton Tribute Act.


Paul Smith

drums and percussion

Paul is one of the most highly regarded musicians in the North of England. His current touring commitments include Tony Christie, Joe Longthorne and Peter Grant. As well as live work, Paul is an in demand studio player. His past credits include Martin Stephenson, Sting, Jimmy Nail and Prefab Sprout.


Dave Dryden

Electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals

Dave has played guitar professionally for more than thirty years, enjoying a number of high profile and eclectic musical situations, both in the studio and on tour. Dave has worked for the BBC, ITV and several international TV and Radio broadcasters, film companies and major recording studios, as well as artists such as Chris Rea, Tony Christie, Matt Monroe and The Ulster Orchestra.


Steve McKye

Steve is a very experienced player, having worked in numerous different situations including function bands, cruise ships, musical theatre and cabaret.

He's also an accomplished copyist; Laughing Jacks have been playing his arrangements for many years. To view Steve's catalogue, please see

Contact us

For more information contact Richard Rutherford
Tel: +44 (0)774 3817 177