The Band

Richard Jones

Richard was bass player and founder member of the Climax Blues Band. After graduating from University, he joined the ground breaking multi-media group Principal Edward's Magic Theatre. Richard later rejoined Climax Blues Band on keyboards, and toured extensively, mainly in the USA. The band enjoyed worldwide success with the single Couldn't Get It Right. He is a prolific composer and brings both his bass grooves and accordion skills to the band.

Steve Brayne

Steve has been singing and playing since the Blues Boom of the ‘60s and blues, funk and soul have been his main influences. Steve is also a songwriter and was a member of the pop-psych band Fox. Following many years of gigging on the club, pub, college and festival circuit with blues bands Big Road and Sonic Blue, he now provides the main vocals for Southern Aces

Bruce Knapp

Bruce has played in many different bands and genres, from various acoustic settings to full on electronic styles. Mainly known in Blues, Jazz and world music circles, he has toured the world with the likes of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, and pan European band The Bluesmasters.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin is a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, playing saxophones, keyboards, flute and harmonica. Full time professional musician since 1972 with a variety of line-ups and styles including Rock, pop, soul and jazz. Lived in Switzerland for six years playing with multinational Rock/pop band Pyranha, returning to England in 1978 and forming several 4 piece bands. Married to drummer/vocalist Polly, with whom he has enjoyed a successful duo career from 1986 until 2013, producing many recordings. Since 2013 has focussed mostly on saxophone, playing tenor, alto, baritone and soprano.

Tim Richards

Critically acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Tim Richards joins us on keyboards. Tim has been a presence on the UK jazz scene since the 1980s, also playing the blues with UK and US legends such as Otis Grand, Earl Green, Dana Gillespie, Larry Garner, Joe Louis Walker and Mojo Buford. He has released over a dozen albums as a leader (featuring many of London’s best jazz musicians including Pete King, Gilad Atzmon, Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford, Ed Jones, Dick Pearce and many others), and toured all over Europe with line-ups ranging from duo to nine-piece

Geoff Nicholls

Since the 1970s Geoff has toured and recorded extensively with Principal Edwards , Astra/Dave Ellis, Electrotunes, Regiment, G T Moore, Hugh Harris, Cliff Bennett, Chicago blues artists Carey Bell, Mojo Buford, Mississippi Red and Nappy Brown - plus many others. In the 1980s Geoff was drummer/presenter on BBC2's 'Rockschool' TV series. He has written several music series for BBC Radio 3, winning a Gold Award at the New York International Radio Festival. He writes regularly for Rhythm magazine and has published several definitive books on drums and drumming.