Bowie is the soundtrack of my life.
I grew up not listening to the music of the day but to the music that took me somewhere else lyrically. I didn’t relate to big budget production and videos.
I played guitar when I was very young but couldn’t get on with it. Then I saw The Song Remains The Same with John Bonham masterfully playing beats that were out of this world. So I started the drums, which I still play to this day.
I’ve Played in many, many bands. Had lessons from John Shearer at Talking Drums School. I probably did over a hundred sessions for all sorts of bands, some named some not. I always wanted to sing though, slowly I picked up the guitar again and started writing.
We’ve put together a band that I feel is capable of recreating the music of David Bowie authentically and with passion.
A guitar man for 45 years Jay was first aware of Bowie in 69 with the inimitable “Space Oddity” and a year later the slightly obscure original version of “Prettiest Star”. His first guitar at age 14 paved the way towards playing with Rattlesnake Shake, then with Gypie Mayo of Dr Feelgood and Yardbirds fame I’m The Pedantics through to three years with Billy Boy Miskimmin in Mercy Lounge.
Not to forget Burger and The Beast playing Zappa tunes and Dr Dash and The Pebbles playing down home American blues. A musical sojourn in Dallas from 82-89 added some tex-Mex spice to this vintage guitar slinger.
Piano, Synthesizer and Organ
Sally was inspired to play the piano by her grandmother, a concert pianist, from the age of 7. Her classical piano lessons gave her a musical lineage to Clara Schumann, wife of the composer Robert Schumann.
She became a fan of prog rock and Bowie as a teenager, acknowledging the revolutionary and avant-garde piano/keyboard performances of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson respectively, as early influences.
Sally has played piano and keyboard as an accompaniment for GCSE music students, plus a variety of other musical productions, ensembles and cover bands. Her favourite Bowie albums are Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane.
Keith Robert Svendsen
Keith started playing nearly 30 years ago and has pretty much done most things since – from clubs to festivals – holiday parks to weddings – and loads more in between with well over 1,000 gigs under his belt. Was part of Reading’s largest late 80’s band Elvis Has Left the Building, then pushed for record deals with Portabello in the 90’s and played Festivals alongside the likes of Babybird and Jamiroquai, he’s also gigged all of London’s major venues including The Meanfiddler, The Garage, The Rock Garden and tons more. Capable of playing most forms of music including blues, funk, rock and Jazz.
Tim Trotter -
Tim began playing almost by accident at the tender age of 10 when his school needed a new drummer for their brass band! Aged 19 he finally realised his childhood ambition and turned pro with South African band ‘Amersham’ when they signed a 5 album deal with BMG and had a No.1 hit with ´Matchbox´. Tim has since achieved a wealth of educational, recording, live and worldwide touring experience with many artists including multi-platinum UK band ‘Feeder’