Dudley Ross started playing the guitar aged 16, inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Shawn Lane, Mike Stern, Pat Methany, Scott Henderson and George Benson. He has toured with bands, theatre shows and as a solo artist around the world. He has regularly performed with bands like Cut The Funk, Sizen, The Blues Bandits and the Noel McCalla Band and has shared the stage as well as many recordings with many great artists like Robben Ford, Imelda May, Andy Fairweather-Low, Pino Palladino, Geno Washington, James Taylor Quartet, Matt Schofield, Jon Noyce and Paul Booth.
In 2007 he signed an endorsement deal with Vigier Guitars, which gave him the opportunity to travel around the world performing at shop clinics and trade shows.
In 2011 he was asked to perform at The Royal Festival Hall as a guest at the Young Guitarist and Guitarist Of The Year as well as judge the competition alongside Pete Callard and Neville Marten.
In 2015 Dudley won the British Blues Kevin Thorpe Award for song writing with co-writer Katie Bradley and was nominated in the best guitarist category.
Dudley is proud to endorse Vigier Guitars, Voodoo Labs and LINE6 products.
Stuart started playing bass with Del Bromham in 1979 when they recorded Del's first solo single 'Who Do You Love' for Gull Records with the legendary producer Chris Tsangarides. Since then they have performed live as The Del Bromham Band, Javelin, The Blues Devils and of course the legendary Stray! In 2008 Stuart and Del were reunited with Chris Tsangarides to record the Stray Album Valhalla which was voted the best album of 2009 by the reviewers of 'Get Ready To ROCK!' He has also played bass with David Cattermole for the past twenty years, firstly as Big Stone which later morphed into The DC Band and has featured many great players such as Kenji Suzuki from Simply Red and Clive Bunker from Jethro Tull. In 2006 they recorded David's excellent album 'Travelling Man'. Stuart has performed live with Gwyn Ashton, Jerod Minnies (who played guitar with Al Green, Dexys Midnight Runners and Womak & Womak), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Dominic Brown (guitarist with Duran Duran, Elton John and Lionel Richie) and more recently with The Spellkasters, a great R&B band formed by ex 'Pirate' Romek Parol with whom he also played in The Soul Band. He has also played guitar with various people including Gail Ann Dorsey (bass player with David Bowie and Lenny Kravitz) and the band Stars who recorded their eponymous album with the explosive Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell!
Paul Jobson is much in demand as one of the top keyboard players around with a CV that includes Chaka Khan, Joss Stone and Sam Kelly among others.
Andrew McGuinness has spent the last few years drumming and acting as MD for the Baltic Soul Orchestra performing with the cream visiting US Soul Artists. A passionate musician and teacher. . His orchestra has performed with over 30 world class soul artists and continues to this day.
Stevie Watts is one of the most respected Keyboard players on the UK Blues circuit, a fact shown by being British Blues Award winner (2014) and runner up (2015).
Among the famous names he has performed and recorded with are Lulu, Jo Harman, Bobby Whitlock, Marcus Bonfanti, Mary Coughlan, Steve Winwood, Jack Bruce, Terry Hall (The Specials), Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Kiki Dee, PP Arnold, Sam Brown, Hamish Stuart ( Average White Band), Marcus Malone, The Honeycombs, Tony O’Malley (Kokomo).
John Altman is quite simply one of the most successful composers, arrangers and musicians in the world. Film work includes helping to create ‘ Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ for Monty Python and the theme to Titanic. He has worked or performed with some of the most famous artists in the world, a list that includes Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac, Kevin Ayers, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Amy Winehouse, Little Richard, Van Morrison, Quincy Jones, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Page, Aled Jones, Alison Moyet, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Simple Minds, Bjork, Diana Ross and Barry White.
John is also a highly accomplished jazz musician and is often guest conductor of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the governing Council of BAFTA.
He was awarded an EMMY for the film ‘RKO281’ and a nomination for ‘The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone ( starring Helen Mirren and Ann Bancroft) , a BAFTA for ‘Hear My Song’ and nomination for ‘The Old Devils’. Other awards include The Gold Badge of Excellence from The British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Monaco Film Festival.