Julie July – Singer & Songwriter

“The Lady she had, a silver tongue, for to sing she said, and maybe that’s all”

In 1996 I went to my first ever folk festival – ‘Fairport’s Cropredy Convention’ in a small village in Oxfordshire – where I camped and was captivated by an amazing collection of musicians & songs.  On the Saturday night I won the top prize in the raffle – a guitar signed by every performer at the festival.  I took it home and started playing “Who knows where the time goes?” (very badly…) It took some time but eventually I worked out the chord sequence and cracked it.  Then I tried other songs like “The Sea”, “Farewell, Farewell”, “Crazy Man Michael” and “One More Chance”.  I was hooked, I fell in love with the romantic and haunting songs of Sandy Denny.  They catch and hold on to you: the loneliness, the storytelling, the emotions, taking root in your soul.  Little did I know then that, 23years later I would be performing her songs at festivals and theatres around the country.   Her songs aren’t for everyone, they don’t have ‘mass appeal’ – they touch just a few…..but I feel so humbled and privileged to be one of them and singing evokes real feelings in me and I am moved and the audience that come to listen feel it too and they thank me for keeping her memories and stories alive. 

But that’s not all: concert audiences and fellow performers have often asked whether we perform material of our own work.  The answer is Yes! – I’m honoured and delighted to be working with such amazing musicians and songwriters.  Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies, together we have written ‘Lady of the First Light’ – the band’s new album of self-penned originals.  From dreamy acoustic folk songs to driving progressive folk-rock with passing references to psychedelia and country.  We’re very proud and excited about the Album, and about the songs….. and hope you will be too!

Don MacLeod – Acoustic Guitarist & Lead Guitarist

Don Mac joined us in February 2018, bringing with him a wealth of talent and experience, an intricate fingerpicking style and an unflappable character!  He’s been immersed in folk and blues all his playing life and brings these influences to the band as performer, co-writer and contributor of all our acoustic guitar arrangements.  He’s well known on the folk circuit, as an accomplished solo performer as well as contributor to duos and bands for well over 20 years.

Barry William – Acoustic Guitarist

Singer-songwriter Bas is returning to the band he co-founded with Julie to provide acoustic/rhythm guitar along with additional vocals and harmonies.  Bas brings his own individual style of songwriting and playing combining a dynamic rhythmic feel and a subtle picking technique.  “I believe that the most important aspect of playing in a band is that each member is able to express their personality and creativity but at the same time everyone works together for a good musical structure and balance…what I enjoy most is to combine with the drive of the rhythm section but also interact with the lead guitar to help creative affecting melodic moments within a song.  It’s really about listening to each other and the overall sound and responding to what you hear…I’m excited to be back”.

Garry Low – Drums, Percussionist, Sound engineer & Producer.

Garry spent his formative years as a trainee sound engineer in Sirocco Studios, one of Scotland’s top recording facilities. The early 80’s Scottish band explosion saw Garry working with many well-known cutting edge artists and musicians. Relocating to England, he continued his career recording and producing music from many genres, whilst maintaining his reputation as a top class drummer / percussionist. In recent years Garry has concentrated on the development of his percussion skills. His combination of drum kit and percussion playing has provided much of the driving force behind many notable projects, such as the “Headhunters” a collaboration with Andy Garbi, Their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Millennium Time Bomb’ featured, among others, Nigel Kennedy, Kadir Durvesh and Martin and Aine Furey. Headhunters toured extensively, headlining both The Avalon stage at Glastonbury, and the Big Green Gathering. Garry has also performed throughout the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, with Suns of Arqa, Celtarabia, Royal Shakespeare Co, Bohinta and Martin Furey. He has worked on many projects alongside Martin, including the album “Belladonna” recorded at Gabriel’s Real World Studios with producer Stuart Bruce. More recent live performances include tours of, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, Glastonbury and other festivals in the U.K.Garry now runs his own recording studio and is working as a session drummer and percussionist for many projects.

Nick Lyndon – Bass Guitarist & Songwriter

Nick has been playing Bass in bands since the late seventies covering various genres from Rock, New Wave Rhythm and Blues Funk Soul and Country. In more recent years he played Double Bass with the Fabulous Boogie Boys touring and recording ,he was also the main songwriter for the Sarah Warren Band and more recently the Haunted Souls in which he plays Guitar and Mandolin , Currently also playing guitar and Mandolin and co writing with Americana band Stone Mountain Sinners

Dik Cadbury – Bass Guitarist

Dik started his musical career as the only boy in the school choir at the age of 5. Took up violin at 9 and discovered the Beatles at 13, which derailed attempts to learn classical guitar! As school bands developed he moved from guitar to drums and finally settled on bass. He also played first violin in the Reading Youth Orchestra, trained as a counter-tenor and chose his universities by cathedral to sing the wealth of church music on offer. Arriving in Norwich, he also joined his first ‘folk-jug’ band Totem and then moved to Cheltenham to join ‘prog-folk’ band Decameron. When they disbanded in 1976 he opened Millstream Recording Studio before being recruited by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on bass to form his first touring band. They recorded 2 albums: ‘Spectral Mornings’ and ‘Defector’ before disbanding in 1980. He then formed a retro-‘60s band ‘The Teenage Idols’ with Decameron’s Dave Bell, formed The Mighty Quintet with Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) and then moved on to play with international party band Top Catz. He now joins Decameron’s Johnny Coppin for an annual Christmas show ‘All On A Winter’s Night’ alongside Paul Burgess and has a pub band ‘The Connection’ with D’Abo guitarist Steve Degutis, playing Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues and Reggae standards.
Dik has recorded two solo albums: ‘About Time’ and ‘Winds of Change’ plus a duo album ‘C-H’ (Cadbury-Hicks) with former Hackett vocalist Pete Hicks.
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Carol Lee Sampson – keyboards

Jersey born Carol Lee Sampson is a recent addition to the band, bringing melodic keyboards & backing vocals into the mix. A gifted singer/songwriter herself, with many years experience of live gigging, playing a whole variety of venues….ranging from 4,000 capacity filled Christian conferences, local pubs/clubs, and Dementia Units & Care Homes! 
She has recorded three solo albums over recent years,  and has also helped raise a significant amount  for Cancer Research & St. Richard’s Hospice through her Christmas Charity EP’s. 
Carol also had the privilege of featuring vocally on Gordon Giltrap’s ‘Peace Will Fall’ 2015 album. Many of her songs have been played on BBC H & W, & she has twice been featured as ‘Introducing’s Artist of the Week. 
‘I feel really privileged & excited to be part of this venture, playing these great songs,  alongside such lovely & talented people!’
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