LOL Goodman Band – Rock and Blues

The Band

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Lol Goodman – Guitar & Vocals:

Many years ago in the North of England, a young man called Lol Goodman age 14 first started writing and performing his own material, strongly influenced by the Blues Rock bands of the late Sixties and Seventies and early American blues greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim etc

He has performed consistently in various bands and line ups for over 4 decades, including a 15 year spell working alongside James Horrocks where they have remained loyal to their Blues Rock roots.

Lol is a prolific live performer and songwriter, mixing his own material alongside blues classics, and the current line up of the band with Jon Firth on Drums, delivers a feel to his own material that remains unique to the sound and era of the great blues guitarists.

Lol mainly uses a Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul and Gibson ES335 for stage work and recording.

 

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James Horrocks – Bass Guitar:

Playing guitar from age 13, James was in his first band at 15.  First serious band was the Wild Dog Blues Band which became jazz/rock fusion outfit, Embryo.  A prog rock unit, Gollum came next, all between 1971 & 1973.  Studying to become a doctor intervened until 1989 when music beckoned again by way of “jam” sessions and charity concerts when James met Lol Goodman.

Gigs in the local area followed playing twin lead guitar in a hard rock band.

James acquired his first bass guitar, a black BC Rich, in 1995 but now plays Status Graphite S2 Classic five string and a battered old Fender Precision.  James has now added a Brian Eastwood Custom Fretless Bass Guitar to his collection.

Upon meeting Jon in 2002 there was an immediate “meeting of minds” and musical intent.  Their connection was soon recognised as they were asked to provide a rhythm section for a wide range of performers in a variety of settings and styles.

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Anthony (Crabby) Crabtree:

Tony grew up surrounded by music. His older brother was a ‘club’ organist and Tony started out on drums with his brother backing acts in the local club at the age of 10.  He later toured the UK and Europe with some respected rock / funk bands in the late 70’s before moving to L.A. to work as a session drummer in some eminent studios. Tony and Phil have played live gigs and sessions together for over 26 years and now look forward to taking their partnership to the Lol Goodman Band for many more years.

 

 Phil Barrett  –  Keyboards & guitar

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 Philip Barrett (Doktor Phil) has been a gigging, earning musician from before he left school. He started to play guitar at the age of 5, violin from the age of 7 (in Rochdale Youth

Orchestra), later, he also played tuned percussion in the school orchestra. From the late 70’s Phil spent 14 years in Denmark and became a Multi-Awarded Record Producer, Arranger and

Session Musician with many platinum, gold & silver discs to his name and played guitar for The Jordannaires (Elvis’s vocal backing group) and Johnny Paris (Johnny & the Hurricanes).

.. Done a couple of albums with Tony Sheridan – Plus played on & produced major hits with major scandinavian artists.  He’s also played Roskilde and all other major Danish festivals.

  Since that time Phil has gigged all ov
er the world playing many different instruments and many different styles
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For stage and recording work Phil plays KORG OASYS 88 and YAMAHA TYROS 5 keyboards and guitars by PRS, Ibanez and Johnny Moerch.

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Jon Firth – Band Manager:

1960s Manchester was a hot bed of music, heavily influenced by American blues and soul and it was against this climate that young Jon Firth first got hooked on music.

Jon and three school friends formed a band that eventually became The Powerhouse, a seven piece soul band that turned professional and toured all over the UK & Europe for four years. Two singles were released under the DECCA label and the band topped the bill at the UKs most prestigious venues as well as supporting CREAM & JIMI HENDRIX amongst others.

Over the years Jon has played in a variety of different bands and styles including jazz, blues (including several stints with legendary bluesman, Victor Brox), country rock and the inevitable, cabaret.

Jon and James met about 10 years ago and there was an instant connection, invaluable for drummer and bassist.

Over the years Jon’s love of blues music has remained so it was natural for him to slot in to The Lol Goodman Band almost five years ago.

Jon plays Ludwig drums and Zildjian cymbals.