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Gary Williams – Lead Guitar

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Born in 1974, Gary Williams grew up in Cardiff amongst the music of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Bach, his parents having an eclectic taste in music. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Gary got his basic music education learning the organ, starting at the age of 7, but turned to the guitar as a teenager, preferring the expressive possibilities. After mastering all the basic rock posturings, he felt something deeper was needed.At this point two albums in particular from his Dads record collection stuck out and grabbed his soul by the throat and told him to pay attention. They were the complete Robert Johnson recordings, and Djangology, by Django Reinhardt. After immersing himself in the Blues for a decade, in his mid-twenties he started learning his arpeggios and 3 string chords, and tried his hand at the now less daunting task of playing Manouche music.

Gary has been actively involved in the music scene since he started gigging in rock bands at the age of 15. Feeling limited by the South Wales music scene at the time, he moved to Moseley in Birmingham, where an abundance of musicians flourish. Since moving to Moseley, Gary has played and written for : Carlton Curtis & the Roamers, a reggae/ soul band Gary formed with Carlton after they appeared on the same bill, the rock band Seven Spirit Deep, the multi-functional Katlama, whose vast repertoire of styles would (and does) challenge any musician, and, most recently, the Blues band Dr. Dan’s Blues Remedy. As well as playing solo gigs mainly on acoustic guitars including dobros and lap-steels, he also regularly jams with local funk, jazz and latin musicians.

In his spare time Gary composes, records, performs and produces a wide variety of music at his home studio, clients include film-makers and computer games manufacturers.

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Phil Oakley – Rhythm Guitar

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Phil was born(1975) and bred in Birmingham and was also introduced to the world of performance at an early age. From the ages of 4 -11 Phil could often be found on stage, sporting some delightful top hat and tails number trying to master the footwork of Fred Astaire performing tap dance.

His lust for the limelight changed focus on attending secondary school where at age 11 he took up the alto saxophone and discovered Jazz. He has performed in many bands / venues over the years from packed concert halls to open-air festivals covering a plethora of genres. His performances have been as a solo artist, within a saxophone quartet, numerous jazz and big bands, and later many rock /ska/blues bands. Phil first met Gary through the auspices of Katlama and a wonderful musical synergy has developed ever since.

Phil began playing the guitar in 2005 and has dragged himself up from the depths of straight 12  bar blues in C, through various basic Flamenco techniques through to the wonderful world of Manouche.

A glimpse of  Phils sax abilities can be found here.

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Pete Hartley – Violin & Mandolin

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Pete is a professional violinist, based in the West Midlands UK, since 1980, his background includes a wealth of experience, from playing in bands like “Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia”, sessions for TV and Radio, to thousands of gigs worldwide at venues such as The Savoy in London , Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London , Zurich Jazz Festival and many weddings, family and corporate events.

More about Pete at his website.

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Silas Wood – Bass

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Born in Oxford in 1965, Silas learnt to play the piano and violin whilst at school. He then took up the guitar and moved to Banbury to attend the North Oxfordshire School of Art; it was at this point he started messing around with a reel-to-reel tape recorders, and playing in bands.

Having acquired a Higher National Diploma in Mural Design at Chelsea School of Art, Silas developed an on/off love/hate relationship with the guitar; and started writing for and playing in a few jazz and jazz fusion bands. Silas moved to Birmingham in 1992 to work at the Midlands Arts Centre as an exhibition technician. He had ignored the guitar for years, with only the  occasional burst of activity, and from 1997 to 1999 spent his time making B movies and parodies of adverts.In 1999 Silas got serious and decided to stop messing around and take the guitar seriously, then also took up the electric bass, then the double bass.In 2002, he started setting up a recording studio. Recorded two albums, one with South African musicians, and various smaller projects.In 2007 he started looking for soundtrack work.Silas also plays with Birmingham bands the Heels (instrumental ska/latin/funk), and the Acoustic Theatre (ska and urban folk). He is now working on music production for the bands with whom he plays, and a few other musicians. You can find out more about him at his website soundofsilas

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Abigail Seabrook – Vocals

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Abigail Seabrook is currently studying singing with Pauline Alder and has also attended part time courses at Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham School of Acting.

She had been a singer and songwriter for several years in the rock/pop genre, fronting a variety of bands, before broadening her musical horizons to include classical, early music and musical theatre.

She also performs with 18th century music group Lady Georgianna and musical theatre ensemble “Stardust Cabaret”Writing projects involve her as a songwriter with producer Ian Wallman and lyricist for a new musical theatre production. As well as performing, Abigail also works as a community musician, devising and running workshops that engage a variety of people in music-making.

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Richard Adey – Accordion

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Richard Adey born in Birmingham …