Band

Clyde Morris - Guitar, and Vocals (see website 'Bio' page) 1966861_10202984821848742_1734008685_n copy_Fotor                         Meyrick Sainsbury - Keys, Bass, Sax FullSizeRender (7)                       Meyrick is a multi-instrumentalist and although his first instrument is keys, he is highly proficient on bass,  drums, and saxophone. He has played all four instruments for many years in a variety of styles in many bands.   Dan Murphy - Guitar, Vocals & Bass dan 3                      

A hugely talented guitarist, vocalist, and bassist. Dan does a dazzling rendition of Purple Rain by Prince as part of the set. Although a real 'Rocker' Dan has played in a variety of bands and styles including funk, and soul. One day this guy will be a star!

 

Sam Jackson - Guitar, Vocals, Keys, Bass

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                Having heard the music of Rufus & Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell in the womb, Sam grew up listening to everything from Elvis and The Beatles, to folk, rock, jazz, blues, soul, classical (ok not that much), and reggae. Growing up in the 80s hearing the pop music of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince, friends who were digging REM, U2 and Neil Young taught him 2-3 chords on the acoustic guitar at high school.

Someone slipped him a James Brown tape at a house party as a teenager, and when something similar happened with a vinyl copy of Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain LP at college, he never looked back. A self-taught player who came up through London’s open mic scene, in his former musical lives Sam made the final of South London’s star search and the national semi-final of the UKs Live and Unsigned. Demo recording ‘Pieces of a Dream’ was subsequently played on both BBC Radio Kent and on Jazz FM.

Sam not only plays music but writes about it, and you can read some his recent musings at the Cocoa Diaries website. His philosophy and approach to music can be summed up, by musical hero George Clinton, in one simple phrase – “the funk is its own reward”.

  John Sutcliffe - Drums, Vocals.

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                John started playing drums at 7 yrs of age in his native Australia where in the early 70's his band appeared on kids TV. In 1973 his family moved to England where he played the club circuit in bands on the same bill as The Police, Dire Straits, U2 at the time all fellow struggling bands muscicians. John also played in bands that supported Georgie Fame in the late 70's and The Thompson Twins in the early 8o's. In addition to playing drums for pop, rock, funk and soul in various bands, John has also played in the percussion section of the acclaimed steel band orchestra called the BT Melodeons at the Albert Hall. Not only is John and gifted drummer and percussionist, he also has a soulful voice and does lead vocals on some songs.   Ashleigh Brown - Vocals & Song writer ash 1                     Ashliegh 'The Queen' Brown hailing from Arlington Virginia USA came to study at University Manchester in 2009. She now has resident status in the uk. A superb vocalist and song writer, Ashleigh, has played in many bands in a variety of styles including jazz, soul, funk, blues. Sure to bring the house down, we love 'The Queen' !