THE BAND

// 2021 LINE UP

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EMMA JARRATT

// lead singer

 

Emma has many years of experience working as a singer/songwriter, performing at venues big and small countrywide. One of her proudest achievements is working with the bass player of the 60’s band The Foundations and recording a dance version of their number 1 hit ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’, which went to number 3 in the dance charts.

She has spent many days and nights in the studio working with producers, recording three albums worth of original songs, one of which she performed to 13,000 people at Birmingham’s NEC on the Jasper Carrot Rock with Laughter Show. 

More recently Emma has worked as a professional singer for the Irish Party Band Celtic Clan and can also be found regularly donning her white platform boots and performing as Frida in an Abba Tribute Band.

Emma is delighted to be working with the Bradeney Bunch and is looking forward to seeing you all on the dance floor in the very near future.

ANDY TITHER

// bass player

 

Got my first guitar at the age of 10 and played my first gig at the age of 14, as guitarist and singer.  After a few gigs the bass player left, and I was told, by the older boys in the band, to move to bass!

Played in many groups and bands in the North West around Liverpool and Manchester. I took a 20 year break to follow my work career, and resumed the last 20 years with the Big Swing and Jamie Knight's Manuka band, the last 10 working with John and Steve. 

My favourite musical genres are:- Steely Dan, to Kenny Rogers! I do like to score an arrangement - write all the dots and fit all the instruments in.

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LES JONES

// rhythm guitar

 

MARK CRONIN

// lead guitar

 

Mark Cronin A.K.A The Crow (guitar). Originally from down South has been active musically on the Black Country /Midlands music scene since 2004.

 

Playing in numerous bands (most notably The Bo Dudleys) and co-hosting a successful Jam night for 13 years whilst gigging all over the Midlands playing a variety of pubs, clubs, festivals, weddings and charity events. 

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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.

STEVE STREET

// drummer

 

At the age of ten Steve joined his local town brass band, then through his teenage years performed in school bands progressing to the county orchestra and brass band. It was during these years that his father introduced Steve to big band music, this led to a lifelong love of jazz. Steve studied in London inspired by the teachings of Francis Seriau and Jim Chapin and the drumming of Gene Krupa, Roy Haynes, Buddy Rich and Elvin Jones who he opened for at Ronnie Scott’s. He joined the Jubilee Jazzmen (later becoming Jazz Express) a Birmingham based mainstream/Dixieland band. This brought him into contact with international and UK based musicians visiting the area, he began touring in Europe and recorded for the London jazz label Black Lion and UK’s Next Step label. As a freelance musician Steve has had the opportunity to play in many diverse musical situations from TV/radio award ceremonies, educational workshops and concerts for the CBSO, working in Germany and the UK with Kenny Ball and his jazzmen to jazz tap dancer Will Gaines along with appearing on many recordings.

 

For Many years Steve played with Ralph Allin who went onto work with Van Morrison.

 

Steve also is a passionate jazz guitarist playing in various bands.

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