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Born in Liverpool 1952, started playing accordion at the age of four and when he was seven years old, Steve graduated to his first guitar, cocktail sticks for frets, fishing line for strings and pickup made from an old mic. At the age of nine, his Dad bought him his first acoustic guitar from Frank Hessys in Liverpool. As seven string guitars were the same price as six, his Dad thought it was a bargain.
Scouse logic! Steve joined his first band aged fourteen and by the time he was sixteen, he was playing in The Chris Carma Road Show supporting Motown Artists, Charlie & Inez Fox, The Crystals etc. In 1970 Steve joined Pepperbox and toured Scandinavia and Germany and by the time he was twenty one, had started doing Sessions in various Studios across the Country. Throughout 1970’s he worked with a great variety of people from Detroit Emeralds to supporting Johnny Guitar Watson Watson. Steve was in the resident band at The Cavern Club, Liverpool playing heavy rock with The Klubbs/Wardog for 18 months supporting all the major bands at the time. In the late 70’s Steve put together a funk band Faster Faster playing at many of the Clubs on the London circuit, The Marquee, The Nashville Rooms, Dingwalls etc. In 1980's Steve was writing and producing Commercials for T.V. and Radio Barratt Homes, Peter Pan and Mattell Toys to name but a few. He also produced an Album "Soundwaves" creating all electronic versions of "Star Wars", "Close Encounters", "Chariots Of Fire" and various other film themes. In 1981.
Steve joined the Big Band at The Grafton in Liverpool where he gained a lot of experience and a great insight into Big Band arrangements. In 1982 he wrote the theme for Brookside and not long after joined Mersey Television as In House Composer and continued to write and produce all music featured in the programme and any related Videos and DVDs until it finished in 2003. Three one hour parallel dramas of the programed Damon & Debbie were made in 1987 which Steve composed and produced the theme and underscoring together with the release of a single "Talk To Me" featuring Dani Ali and Annabel Lamb. In 1986 Steve Produced and co wrote 5 tracks on the Grange Hill Album with Phil Redmond. Then in 1989 Steve also co wrote the Grange Hill Musical again with Phil Redmond. The Musical was a Bill Kenwright Production for The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. Also in that year Steve wrote the theme and underscoring for Waterfront Beat which was a major Police drama series for the BBC. In the early 90's Steve composed the music for Science Fiction a drama sereis for Yorkshire Television, And The Beat Goes On a series set in the 1960's for C4 and in 1994 the official Ian Rush Testimonial Video. In 1996 he composed the Hollyoaks theme and incidental music and continues to be Head of Music for Lime Pictures part of the All 3 Media Group looking after their projects on a daily basis. In 2004 Steve composed the theme and underscoring for the legal drama series The Courtroom for C4. Along with Studio work Steve has continued with his live work including until recently 2 Charity Shows a year with the cast of Brookside and Hollyoaks acting as Musical Director fronting a twelve piece band. Steve is fortunate to be able to work from home in his fully Digital Studio with ISDN Link which enables him to send music direct to anywhere in the Country. The Blues Gang is Steve’s current live project and after a successful appearance in 2006, the Band made a welcome return to Pacific Road on the 8th November headlining at The International Guitar Festival Of Great Britain 2007...................................................................................................................
ALAN LYNCH BIOGRAPHY ......................................................................... Alan Lynch : Bass Player : Instruments : Ibanez BTB405M 5 String / Squier Jazz 4 String Fretless. Gear : Yamaha BBT500H into custom 2x10” & 1x 15” cabs I have been involved in live music both professionally and as a hobby most of my life, I started out as a ‘Roadie’ with local bands in Liverpool and progressed to some famous and infamous world renowned artists. Much of the time I was a Sound Engineer but spent many years as a Guitar Technician which in the early days just involved keeping them clean and making minor repairs, string changes etc. today’s techs are far more skilled and often can play as well if not better than some of the people they work for ! Because I was around instruments a lot I picked up a lot of what I know watching some of the top players who have become friends and heroes, people like Pino Palladino, the late great John Entwistle both of whom I got to know personally and even got to play there instruments, not as well as them of course. I didn’t really play that much till well into my 30’s and now find myself in a band with some of my oldest ( sorry guy’s) and closest friends, I have known Steve & Phil for more than 30 years and at some point have assisted both with their equipment. Looking after other musicians still gives me a buzz but playing in this band is by far the best musical experience so far and believe me when you have worked with acts as varied as Slade, Paul Young , Adam & The Ants as well as tours with The Who, The Stray Cats, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and many more you see a fair bit of ‘Life’ So here I am at the age of 55 surrounded by great musicians and wonderful people enjoying what we all feel is a fantastic band, come and see The Blues Gang. BR, Al
PAUL BELL BIOGRAPHY ................................................................ After going through the obligatory piano lessons as a child Paul joined his first band Blue Moon at the age of 14. Being the youngest member by some 7 years he gained vital experience playing with his older peers. Paul moved to the Wirral and having got rid of his Vox Continental in favor of a Rhodes 88 (after much saving) he joined Wallasey based band Tampico a Latin Funk/Soul Band. Tampico went through many transitions and name changes and eventually Sidewalk was born, a vehicle designed to earn a living for its seven members (and it did, just!) Playing all the usual suspects, Air Force Bases, Holiday Camps, Social Clubs, Pubs and Prisons etc. from residences to the far flung corners of Europe. Having survived the Cabaret Circuit and Paul’s musical integrity exhausted, there was only one thing for it, an original Band Transfusion Jazz/Funk Fusion. Unfortunately this was short lived as Paul’s writing partner, best friend and truly remarkable guitarist Dave Noble was tragically killed in a car crash at the tender age of 21. The next twenty years were taken up with Paul’s Music Shop ‘Fusion Music’ based in Birkenhead. After 10 of these years Paul joined Liverpool Band North West One and later Herbie Pops Out. After a three year period of being half of the Comedy Duo So and So Paul teamed up with close friend and writing partner Mark Lacey and wrote a Musical adaptation of the James Cagney Classic ‘Angels with Dirty Faces.’ In 2004 Paul had the privilege of being invited to Rimini, Italy to do some recording with August Darnell (Kid Creole) and later in 2005 had the pleasure of playing keyboard with the full band in Santiago. Paul is now having a ball with the guys known as The Blues Gang ........................................................................................................................
ROY MARTIN BIOGRAPHY.................................................................. Playing in the clubs and pubs of Liverpool, England between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Roy paid his dues before joining one of Liverpool’s top bands, Motion Pictures. After securing a management deal in New York with the Beatles’ famed promoter Sid Bernstein, Roy travelled there to record and fell in love with it - the city, the music and the drummers! After the band split, Roy relocated to Manhattan with the help of a great friend and even greater engineer/producer Ron Saint Germain. There, he auditioned, played in bars, studied with Kim Plainfield at Drummers Collective and became friends with one of his drumming heroes: Andy Newmark. Eventually he started to pick up sessions and tours and ended up doing The Whole range of playing from jingles, library music to album sessions. This was balanced out with touring, with amongst others platinum selling Indie popsters Modern English, undertaking a 3 month 98 date tour across the length and breadth of U.S.A. Recordings with Aretha Franklin, Cock Robin, Fatback Band’s Gerry Thomas and soul diva Regina Belle were also highlights. With the birth of his first child Roy moved, with his family, back to England and started again, to build a second chapter in his career on that side of the Atlantic. After recording an album and returning from another exhausting American tour with Modern English, Roy soon began working with singer/songwriter Colin Vearncombe - aka Black and did an album with him, produced by Robin Millar and two European tours. In 1991 he recorded a film soundtrack with Liverpool band, The Christians for the Dudley Moore film Blame It On the Bellboy. Platinum selling Australian artists, Johnny Diesel and Jimmy Barnes also used Roy’s expertise in the studio and touring in the early 1990’s, as well as Irish artist Gavin Friday, Bonzo Dog’s Vivian Stanshall and Jack Bruce. There were many sessions and shows with new and upcoming artists such as Nut and Oui3 and Roy was even the drummer for Ant and Dec as they brought their pop careers to a close with a UK tour, culminating with a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall. In 1998, Roy started working with French superstar Patricia Kaas and for the next 10 years completed 4 world tours with her, playing in 24 countries to millions of people playing arenas from Paris to Shanghai, Moscow, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Roy played on 5 albums for Patricia, who is France’s biggest selling female artist worldwide, having sold 19 million albums. During breaks in Patricia’s schedule, Roy also took time to tour in Europe with Barclay James Harvest and in the U.K. with critically revered singer songwriter Thea Gilmore, with whom he has also recorded several albums. This relationship continues to this day, Roy just having played on her forthcoming release Murphy’s Heart. Since 2008, Roy has been working extensively with Thea and other singer songwriters such as Denmark’s wonderkid Teitur and new Anglo/Greek singer songwriter Athena, as well as various other artists. In 2010 he began the year by joining legendary guitar player Snowy White’s new band The Snowy White Blues Project and has been touring with them for much of the year. In September their album In Our Time... Live is released.
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