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Alchemista are a Coventry-based five-piece band playing their own original songs in a style best described as melodic rock.
Caroline Luxton-White (lead vocals), Bob Fisher (Guitar and harmony vocals), Paul Jayes (Piano and Guitar), Mark Nisbet (Bass) and Colin Halliwell (Drums) were magically brought together through their passion for well-crafted songs with big choruses, hooky grooves and poetic lyrics. Originally formed with a family nucleus of partners Caroline, Colin and brother Ray Halliwell, the band reached a temporary hiatus when Ray died suddenly in 2015. However, to their delight, a one-off Bandmix advert for a guitarist was answered by a full range of musicians including keyboards and bass, and a ‘bigger-and-better’ Alchemista was re-launched in October 2015. June 2018 brought a change of guitarist when Bob Fisher left and was replaced by Pete Garelick who has helped lift the band to a new level.

Who do we sound like? Some say we sound a little like Fleetwood Mac :) But we don't really try to sound like anyone and aim for an eclectic mix of songs.

Screen name:
Member since:
Dec 05 2014
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
50 years


Influences across a range of genres.

Members Of Band

Caroline Luxton-White - lead vocals
Pete Garelick - guitar and harmony vocals
Mark Nisbett - bass
Paul Jayes - guitar and keyboard
Colin Halliwell - drums

We are all very experienced musicians, giggers and performers.


We have all the gear for gigging - full PA (and lights).



Past Events

Join us at a new monthly open-mic starting Thursday 19th May, at the Heart of England Social Club, Meriden from 8.30 – 11.00. Monthly open-mics will continue on the third Thursday of each month.

Anyone who wants to come along and strut their stuff will be welcome - from solo singers to full bands.

Run by folk-pop band Alchemista, the usual sort of routine will apply, e.g. sign up for a slot on arrival (usually 3 songs), Alchemista will start the evening with three songs then it’s over to you. You’ll get a quick sound check, you’ll be announced on and off, and we’ll be on-hand at all times to support you and make sure that it’s a positive experience.

Just turn up on the night, or get in touch beforehand: Phone Colin on 07815 076775 or e-mail Caroline on info@carolineinfo.co.uk

Full PA, stage monitoring and experienced sound engineer.
Drum kit available for bands. Plenty of space on stage.

Here’s a link to a map of the location in Meridon.

Easy to find – just behind the duck pond.

Plenty of parking and very pleasant venue.

FREE ADMISSION for the first two months