Meet the band:
Mr Barber (Vocals, guitar, mandolin, spoons...
Mr Barber (seen above in characteristic pose) is the eldest, tallest and wisest of the trio but that doesn't stop him from talking rubbish a lot of the time. A habit he describes as "witty banter". Some would say this is far more entertaining than any of the musical endeavours he undertakes; others do not concur. A veteran of the folk 'scene' and pub gigs too ugly to bring to mind, he holds the band record for playing to the smallest audience; just the barman of the Queen's Head in Brighton when heavy snow prevented anyone from entering the pub all evening. We played 30 songs and still got paid.
Mr Taylor (Vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, harmonica, ukelele, melodica, stylophone.....
I've been playing the guitar since I was about 12, the other instruments are more recent obsessions, in fact, I hear that I was a quiet child, which explains why I try to make such a variety of pluckings and slidings now.
My Dad took me to my first concert, BB King, around that time. I remember the excitement of hearing his guitar before he even walked on stage. Life changing stuff.
I've been in bands that played soul, punk, Brazilian music and avant garde noise, but ultimately, I'm a country boy.
I think there are few sounds sweeter than the pedal steel, few things more white-knuckle thrilling than bluegrass fiddle.
My favourite musicians? I love Bill Frisell's guitar playing and he's a fine composer too. I've always wanted to be able to play like Richard Thompson, or even Steve Cropper. On the mandolin I like David Grisman. There are too many singers and writers to mention but I think that I would take songs by Lucinda Williams, Cole Porter and Neil Finn to the desert island.
Amy Brightling-Reed (Vocals, violin....
Despite having the longest name Amy is the youngest, smallest and best looking of the trio and plays the violin with great aplomb. (She also uses a bow sometimes as it gives a better sound)
She started playing the violin at the age of seven and quickly progressed through Brighton’s youth orchestras.
At the same time she got used to hearing her father’s band, The Taverners, rehearsing and was soon playing along to their folk and bluegrass albums. She made her first public appearance with them at the age of nine in front of over 300 people. Since then she has become a mainstay of their line-up and has also played on some of her Dad’s solo albums.