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John Mccullough - Pianist
John Mccullough. Pianist and keyboard player from Ireland. Worked with many different artists and bands which include: Sinead O’Conor, The Waterboys, Van Morrisson, Declan O'Rourke Sharon Corr (The Corrs) Andrew Strong, Matt Mcginn, Gareth Dunlop, Nathan O’Regan and many more. Toured extensively in Japan, America, Spain, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden ,UK & Ireland. These include Music festivals such as Glastonbury, Summersonic in Tokyo and SXSW in Austin Texas.
Stephen Macartney - Vocalist
Songwriter and vocalist formerly of Farriers has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish music scene for many years. He’s honed his craft in bars, backrooms, and festival stages. Recently, he spent time in the United States drawing on the inspiration of these turbulent times.
Nick Scott - Bassist
Turned professional 1992 and has toured, recorded or performed with these artists: Bap Kennedy, Mary Black, The Phil Coulter Orchestra, Tom Jones, Spiritulised, John Anderson Big Band, Juliet Turner, Sinead O'Connor, Gilbert O' Sullivan, Chip Taylor, Brush Sheils, Henry Mc Cullough, Frances Black, Don Felder [ex-The Eagles], The Adventures, Brian Houston, Kevin Doherty, Mark Nevin [ex-Fairground Attraction] Bob Dylan, Tom Roger Aadland, Paul Casey, Doctor John, Chris Barber, Paul Brady, Lonnie Donegan, Howard Keel, Van Morrison, Brendan Quinn, Frank Gallagher and many more.
Kevin Lawless - Saxophonist
Kevin is an experienced saxophonist and a high-energy entertainer with a gift and a passion for creating music.
He has played for large audiences at concerts, music festivals, theatre performances and radio appearances.
Kevin knows how to masterfully adapt his style and craft to fit in with Artist requests.
Carl Harvey- Bass Guitar
Carl has been playing bass professionally for over 20 years in Ireland and abroad. He joined the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra where he learned to read music and studied jazz harmony. During his time with the UYJO the orchestra won the BBC Junior Big Band Of The Year. In 2004 he enrolled in the Jazz Studies course at Trinity College Of Music in Greenwich London where he studied under bass lecturers Paul Westwood and Steve Watts. When he returned to Belfast he started playing with local artists such as Gareth Dunlop, Simon McBride, Ciaran Gribbin, Peter Corry, Brian Kennedy and the Ulster Orchestra where they performed support slots for acts such as Paul McCartney, Joe Satriani, The Stereophonics, James Morrison, Van Morrison among others.
Stephen Davis- Drummer
Stephen Davis has a career that crosses many different genres. He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Van Morrison, Django Bates, Marc Ribot, Evan Parker, Joe Morris, Duke Special, Eddie Reader, Rufus Read, John Taylor and many others. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the United States of America.
'A VERY EMPATHETIC PERFORMER WITH A STRONG PERCUSSIVE VOICE.' Jazzwise.
Mike Whan- Bassist, Tuba player
Mike is a session bass guitar and tuba player who has worked with an array of musicians across the UK and Ireland. Artists such as Leah McFall, Cormac Neeson, Peter J. McCauley, Amanda St. John and Robocobra Quartet are amongst those named on his CV, showcasing his versatility across multiple genres ranging from RnB/pop/rock to classical.
Colm Mclean- Guitar, Pedal steel
Colm is an established session and touring musician who has worked professionally for close to 20 years. He has worked with acts including Frances Black, Mary Black, Ben Glover and Orphan Brigade among others. Colm is currently guitarist with Gretchen Peters and Foy Vance, he is also a demonstrator for Lowden guitars.
Dave Howell- Saxophone
Dave has recorded with artists within varied musical fields like R&B Stalwart Dave Lewis and Funk DJs Bell Crash & Digital Boogie. Most recently he has recorded albums with Ken Haddock, Anthony Toner, Ronnie Greer, Clive Culbertson, Mari Jackson, Justin McGurk and many other local artists.Gareth Dunlop, Soul Truth (feat Foy Vance) Rob Strong (The Commitments) Stephen Macartney (King Cedar) Brian Irvine ensemble, The Liberals, The Casino Cats, The Merchants, The Big Kahuna, The Guinness Experience, Otis & The Elevators, The Moonshines, Matt McGinn, Amanda St John
Simon Templeton- Piano, Keys
Keyboardist/Pianist. With 25 years experience of studio and extensive live work throughout Ireland and the UK, he has supported acts such as Level 42, Beth Hart, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Wilko Johnson and the Blockheads. With a wide experience in multiple genres, he has worked with Robocobra Quartet on two NI Music Award Shortlisted Albums and featured on HBO's Game Of Thrones Documentary.
Bosky is a Brighton (UK) based keyboard player / songwriter / singer best known for writing, playing keyboards and vocals for ska and reggae band The Hotknives, currently also playing with The Meow Meows. Specialising in ska and reggae, he’s also collaborated with blues, rock, soul, classical, indie, singer songwriter, drum ‘n’ bass and psychobilly musicians. He has 30 years touring experience including Europe, Japan, Russia and the Middle East. This has been given him the ability to pick up songs quickly, and create unique and memorable parts.
Richard "Bosky" Allen- Keyboard
Martay Galbraith- Drummer
Marty Galbraith is a professional touring session drummer and educator, who has worked with many artists in the Irish music scene. Some of the local artists he has performed with include Amanda St John, Alice LA, Cormac Neeson & The Unholy Gospel Band to name a few. He has studied with some of the best drummers in the world including Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), Ash Soan (Adele), Mark Guiliana (David Bowie) and Benny Greb. He has performed in support slots for bands and artists such as Level 42 and Sir Bob Geldof and is an experienced and versatile musician who can cover many different styles.
Emily Dolan Davis- Drummer
Emily Dolan Davies is a touring and recording drummer based in the UK. She has worked with artists including Bryan Ferry, The Darkness, Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Tricky, Cher Lloyd, The Hours, and many more.
Mick Conlon- Violin
Classical Violinist by trade, with a penchant for FX pedals. Experience in many genres, once described as “a poor man’s Stephane Grappelli”. Can provide texturising layers of strings, or rocky shredding solos
Simon McBride- Guitarist
Simon McBride is one of the most exciting electric guitarists performing today. His style fuses timeless elements of Classic Rock and high-energy Blues guitar within a modern power trio continuing the tradition of world-class Irish rockers like Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy.
Ian 'Speedo' Wilson- Guitar
Starting his career with heavy metal giants "Sweet Savage" Speedo has gone on to play with countless rock and blues artists. Currently he is guitarist for Albert Mills LIGHT which he describes as such an honour! "Their founder & original guitarist Jim Armstrong is/was a massive hero of mine"
Nathan Simpson- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nathan is a freelance trumpet and flugelhorn player with over 20 years experience. Playing all styles from Classical to big band, jazz and soul to musical theatre. He is an accomplished session player and horn arranger. Playing with the likes of Andrew Strong, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Stars From The Commitments, Gareth Dunlop, Amanda St John, Brian Irvine Ensemble among others.
Matt Weir- Drummer
Matt has been a touring and studio musician since 2007. During this time he has worked and performed with artists such as; Nerina Pallot, Mika, Billy Ocean, Curtis Stiegers, KT Tunstal, Gareth Dunlop, Nathan Carter and many more
Gareth Hughes has played bass with Elton John, Lionel Richie, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gavin Friday, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Duke Special, Rodney Crowell, The 4 of Us, Kieran Goss, Gareth Dunlop, DogTailSoup, Interference, Juliet Turner and many more. As a member of the Friday-Seezer Ensemble, Gareth performed in the theatrical productions of ’Ice Liebe Dich’, and recorded the soundtrack to ‘In America’.
Gareth Hughes- Bass guitar
Darragh Murphy- Uillean pipes
Darragh Murphy is a musician based in Belfast. He started playing the Uilleann pipes at the age of 13 and by the age of 18 he had won 3 All Ireland titles.
In 2007 he joined Riverdance and played in arenas all over the world.
In 2010 Darragh was asked to join the Sharon Corr band. He had a wide ranging role in this band, also playing guitar and banjo. Highlights of these tours included playing at the Isle of Wight festival, sharing the stage with rock/blues legend Jeff Beck and playing the Avo Sessions in Switzerland. He features in the Sharon Corr Live in São Paulo DVD.
Since 2015 Darragh has been touring with the world famous Celtic Woman show, playing venues such as Red Rocks in Colorado and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Darragh features on numerous artists’ albums, including Foy Vance’s “The Wild Swan”.