THE BAND

ALAN MORLEY

// drums

 

Alan has been playing the drums for most of his life! Along with Paul Dunbar on bass guitar, they provide a solid, dynamic, rhythm section for The Bradeney Bunch.

Alan has deep roots in drumming -initially playing with The Redcaps, signed up by Decca in 1963

{by the man who famously missed the Beatles!) and the resident support band for the famous Ma and Joe Reagan (owners of Plaza Handsworth, Plaza Old Hill, Ritz Kings Heath and The Brum Cavern Club in Small Heath. Being the resident support band they were privileged to support many of the big names like The Beatles, Gene Vincent, The Rolling Stones and so many more. Recording 3 singles -one of which was Shout {before Lulu and after The Isley Brothers).

After the Redcaps disbanded Alan went on to be the original drummer with Chicken Shack, with Stan Webb, Andy Silvester and then Christine Perfect (now McVie).

In more recent years Alan has played regularly, often with Paul (Bass Guitar) giving a solid pulse to a number of blues/rock/soul/ line ups in Shropshire and The Black Country.

LES JONES

// rhythm guitar

 

At the mere age of 53, I elaborated on my entertainment world of dance, by coming across an old guitar which intrigued me to begin lessons with a gentleman called Bob Key of Wolverhampton.

I continued to have lessons one day a week regardless of bank holidays, Christmas etc. Even taking my guitar away on holidays with me including America, Italy and Devon.

 

After having.a few days away I was approached by our activities co-ordinator at Bradeney House, who went on to tell me the disastrous time she was having trying to raise money for our residents comfort fund, and in her words she said to me "it's about bloody time you played that guitar to raise money for the comfort fund" which is when the Bradeney Bunch was formed, originally made up from staff at Bradeney House. Which is now 4 years ago.

Over that time the band has reformed on several occasions and we now have 5 very professional musicians with us.

CAROLE WESTWOOD

// singer

 

Carole Westwood is more widely known as a jazz singer, performing at venues throughout the Midlands. She won Shropshire Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006 and also the Birmingham Music Awards 'unsigned jazz' category. 


A versatile singer, she is enjoying a move away from jazz to sing songs from the 60's with The Bradeney Bunch who she joined just over a year ago. 


Reviewed by the late great Humphrey Lyttelton on his BBC Radio 2 jazz programme as: " having a good vocal quality, a good range, and an ability to take a song and 'make it right'." 

JOHN HODGETTS

// keyboard

 

John Hodgetts began his involvement with music at the age of 7, when he started to play the electronic organ, launching a musical career which has taken him to many countries and many musical performances. It was obvious he was becoming a gifted musician from that early age, and had developed “perfect pitch”, meaning that as soon as he listened to a new song he instantly knew how to play it without needing to see any sheet music first.

At age 16 John formed local band “Mondo Carne” with some of his school and college mates, becoming full-time musicians by age 18. The band toured the UK social club circuit at first, performing hundreds of shows a year and gaining valuable gigging experience, as well as writing, recording and performing their own original material. They also toured British Army and American Air Force bases in Europe which was a wonderful experience, but it was their involvement with official Elvis Presley Fan Club events in the UK and Europe that really saw things begin to take off. John has had the privilege of playing alongside all the members of Elvis’s original “TCB” touring band over many years, all across Europe and in the USA: world-famous musicians including James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt and Jerry Scheff, The Sweet Inspirations, The Stamps Quartet and The Imperials. He was invited to join with Electric Light Orchestra members Kelly Groucutt and Mik Kaminsky on a UK theatre tour, and has played at events alongside artists such as Roy Wood and Suzi Quattro and at many Butlins 80s events. A career highlight was playing Ronnie Scott’s with James Burton, with Robert Plant in the audience yelling for more!

As well as his extensive gigging experience, John has over 30 years experience as a music teacher privately, in Yamaha Music Schools where he also became a grade examiner, and with county music services in a variety of schools in Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Solihull and has many pupils of all ages who have been successful in examinations, some becoming performers and teachers themselves.

John has continued to enjoy playing both solo and with several groups and singers, covering a wide variety of styles, from tributes to Duran Duran and Neil Diamond, to rock, pop, funk, blues, soul, jazz and classical music. He is equally at home in large concert halls and festivals as he is in small intimate venues, wedding receptions and recording studios. John is delighted to become part of the Bradeney Bunch and is looking forward to playing many live shows together.

PAUL DUNBAR

// bass

 

Paul started playing in local bands around the east of London back in the late 60's early 70's. I then moved to the Midlands and got out of the circuit of bands.

 

I carried on collecting guitars and began playing in bands again in late 8O's early 90's and this is when! first started playing in bands with Alan, Texas Flood, Crawling King Snake and the Fabian Five, everything was covered in Fabian back in the 60's. In recent years f have played in Big Fat Shorty, a blues band in the Worcester area, the Lazy Sunday's and the Barrel House Blues Band.

GEOFFREY BATE

// lead guitar

 

Geoff has been a guitarist and vocalist in bands since the age of 14, His first band being ‘The Young Ones’, covering the hits and tunes of the day in clubs. That band then changed musical direction completely performing blues and R&B (John Mayall, Peter Green, Pretty Things) under the name of ‘Buzz The Jerk’, which instigated Geoff’s love of the blues.

 

In the late 60’s and early 70’s Geoff entered the club circuit in a band called 'The Moods Of Midas’ for Wolverhampton agency ‘Astra’. That Band progressed into a rock band ‘Gingham’ featuring a lead vocalist from the USA.

 

Mid to late 70’s saw Geoff involved in a three piece rock band ‘Eazy’ who were signed to ‘Graduate’ records, performing on New Faces at the London Palladium. The band recorded a cover of Chris Spedding’s ‘Motorbikin’. This band then evolved into ‘Eazy Ryder’ and toured as support for ‘Slade’ in 1978-’79.

 

The early 80’s saw Geoff join Birmingham heavy metal band ‘Quartz’ as guitarist and lead vocalist, and was involved in recording an album ‘Against All Odds’ which listed in the heavy metal charts.

 

Late 80’s to mid 90’s and Geoff was again playing blues and R&B in the Midlands pub rock circuit.

 

1996 to ’98 Geoff entered the clubs again with a terrific ‘70s covers band called ‘Empire’.

 

In 1998 he began a full time professional career with partner Colin Fidoe in the country/linedance duo ‘Easy Rider who in 2001 combined that with a tribute to The Everly Brothers, ‘The Everlys Experience’, Geoff playing the part of Phil Everly. In 2007 performing at a 1950’s show for TV2 Netherlands

At Spant Theatre, Bussum, Holland supported by the 50 piece Metropole Orchestra. Also touring the UK from 2002 to 2010 with three theatre shows 'Country Legends’, ‘Red Hot Country’ and ‘Rocking on Heavens Door’.

 

Now performing as a solo artist singing and playing guitar, performing music from the 1950’s to present day, including pop, rock & roll, rock, blues, soul (Drifters, Four Tops etc), Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles, Blues Brothers and  country music.

 

Also playing country music as guitarist and vocals with Dee D. and the James Gang country Band.

STEVE MILLINGTON

// producer

 

Steve has worked in the music industry for many years. His career started as a teenager, working in Northern Studios as a session keyboard player and programmer. From there he went on to produce, write and arrange for records, TV, film and live touring shows. 

 

Steve has created music for various BB1, BB2 and ITV shows throughout his career. As well as creating musical scores for live touring theatrical shows such as Carmen, Cirque de Glace, Phantom of the Opera and Cinderella. 

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