Just like the recipe for her favourite cocktail, Zellah is one very healthy measure of Bajan spirit, with just enough sweet to balance out the zing! Always nice, with a refreshing finish.
Silla's professional music career started in the mid-1990's as vocalist in Minneapolis based soul band, Vanguard. She has fronted both original and covers bands, as well as working as a session vocalist, and has shared the stage with the likes of The Ohio Players, Rick James, Zapp, and Dr. Fink (former member of Prince & the Revolution).
Since relocating to the UK, Silla has performed in several renowned venues throughout London and the Home Counties, as well as singing with London's Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir. She is delighted to be part of "The Chain Gang".
Simon has been singing in bands for more than 25 years, covering a variety of genres such as rock, soul and funk.
In addition, he has played lead roles in several musical theatre productions including “La Belle Helene” & “Chess” at the Hexagon Theatre (Reading), as well as “HMS Pinafore” & “Yeoman of the Guard” at the Buxton Opera Festival.
Simon joined "The Gang" in 2010, and is responsible for arranging all new material, organising set lists and general trying to make sure that everyone else is in the right place at the right time - no easy task :-)
Sam might be the youngest member of The Gang, but he has the funkiest "chops" in town and the most aswesome "sweep picking" lead guitar style you have ever heard...!!!
Funk Fusion at its finest.
Chris toured the college circuit in UK and France in 70s with prog rock band Graphite, playing support to Pink Floyd, ELO, Roxy Music, and Queen. He also played briefly for The Foundations and recorded sessions for Biddu, Tina Charles, Carl Douglas, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds.
In the 80s Chris worked in cabaret with artists including Frankie Howard, Bob Monkhouse, Jim Davidson and Lenny Henry, and after a brief 'retirement' returned to play with Hogan's Heroes (Albert Lee), and at various Steel Guitar festivals backing many artists including Sonny Curtis (The Crickets). More recently he recorded an album (The Blues'll Get Ya) with the moondogs, appearing at Womad and other European festivals.
Dave (bass guitar)
After more than a decade holding down our "Bottom End", we are still waiting for Dave to tell us something about himself.
I guess that when you are Berkshire's very own "Funkmeister General", you can just let your bass do the talking. Nice..!!
Having started playing at 8 years old, Nic is a full-time musician who has gained a wealth of experience in a variety of musical situations ranging from studio and TV recording sessions and theatre to international live touring - playing everything from pop, soul, R&B, rock, funk, Latin, and reggae to jazz-rock fusion and straight ahead jazz.
In the 70s Nic enjoyed international chart success and performed live on Top Of The Pops as part of The RAH Band, providing the groove for their mega Disco hit 'The Crunch'. Also, he has played in concert at The Royal Albert Hall with keyboard maestro Vangelis, and toured the world stage in the highly technical jazz-rock fusion genre with acclaimed Japanese percussion virtuoso Stomu Yamash'ta.
Toddy (tenor & baritone sax)
Toddy started out playing in various Dixieland bands in South London in the early 60s. In 1965 he moved to Salisbury andstarted his own Jazz club featuring his own modern Jazz Quintet. During this time he was also part of the "Bob James Big Band" as well as various dance and jazz-rock bands.
In the 70s he moved to Berkshire and played with the "Park Dance Orchestra", "New Tones" and "Midnight Sun". During the 80s and early 90s he was a member of "Back to Basics", "The Blues Doctors", "Hoodoo Shimmy", "The Pete Hamilton Comedy Band", and "Guilty Party".
Toddy joined The Gang in 1995 and is our longest serving member.
Prin has played the trombone since he was 9, and was brought up on a diet of jazz-funk, big-band, classical and brass band music. During his formative years, he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and toured with the schools' orchestra to Austria, Sweden and Argentina.
Prin joined The Gang in 1997 and has since ended up whiling away the hours arranging brass parts, set lists, and maintaining the PA. His favourite number changes every week, his favourite colour is purple and his favourite food is mango.
Spike (alto sax)
Spike is a true multi-instumentalist. Having played Guitar & Bass Guitar since he was 11, he switched to the Drums at the age of 17 before finally focusing on the Sax in his early 30s. In his spare time he also dabbles with the trumpet, violin and piano.
Not content with the music business, Spike's uncanny resemblence to former England football manager, Sven Goran Eriksson, has enabled him to branch out into the world of acting as a lookalike, working for a variety of clients including the BBC and Madame Tussauds.
James (alto sax)
James travels and plays the world but still manages to get to most of our Funky vibe gigs.