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bloody time you played that guitar to raise money for the comfort fund" which is when the Bradeney Bunch was formed, originally made up from staff at Bradeney House.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 EVANS

// keyboard

 

John has been the Musical Director for Bob Monkhouse. he has played for Diana Ross, Ronny Scott sax in Dubai in 1993 and worked for the BBC in club 2245 in the south west  as Musical Director. He has also played on the QE2 cruise ship many times, and preformed in London for six years with East Lenders, Like Reed and the Barron nights on the London scene.

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.

ROGER WALL

// lead guitar

 

Roger Wall Roger originally played the guitar with cult Cheltenham band, One Over 237. Best described as AC/DC meets ZZ Top and all points in between, the band played its distinctive brand of heavy blues boogie to packed houses across the county.

 

Roger moved abroad and spent several years touring Germany and going to gigs. An acoustic tour then followed that took him across an entire continent. He spent some time in Turkey, jamming with local musicians before travelling through Iran and Pakistan to India and Nepal.

 

Soon after his return, he met up with guitarist Andy Raglan and together they formed Hurricane Eddy which kicked up a storm before blowing itself out. The debris from 'The Eddy' went on to form popular rock and soul outfit, The Business. The Business enjoyed much local success culminating in a headlining show at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

However, the lure of the rock lifestyle proved too great and he was soon ba·ck as a founding member of Stourport classic rock band, The Barefoot Serpents who rapidly became the stuff of legend playing virtually every venue in Stourport.

 

Roger joined Slick Chick and the Rhythm Roosters  A chance encounter at a Roosters' gig led to the formation of Hopstoned, an acoustic trio featuring Roger on guitar, Roosters' skinsman, Nigel James on cajon and Carole Westwood on vocals. Hopstoned received some of the best reviews to date of Roger's musical career and continues to play its eclectic mix of music at venues across the West Midlands. 

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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Email: Louise.Carter-Sheckleford@Bradeney-House.co.uk  

Phone: 01746 717920

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