Ed Williams, drums & percussion

31 March 2012

Ed Williams, drums & percussion

I started playing the drums when I was twelve. I had been naughty in class and was told to sit next to the other naughty boys at the front. One of them already played drums and guitar and invited me to the music at break time. From playing my first beat I became completely obsessed with drums, tapping everything in sight annoying the hell out of my mum and sister!

I had violin, recorder and piano lessons for many years as a child but none of them really grabbed me. I’m now learning the pandeiro (brazilian tambourine) and hope to eventually learn the bass guitar.

I have been in the band since 2005 I think! My first gig was down in Bude for the jazz festival – in at the deep end!

Costa, bass & choreography

31 March 2012

Costa, bass & choreography

1. So Costa – when did you first start playing the bass? 13

2. Do you play any other instruments? Double bass and guitar

3. How long have you played with Red Stripe? 3 years

4. Can you remember some really funny gigs? All of them

5. What do you do in your spare time? Do you really want to know that?

6. Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? No

Erica Clarke, Baritone sax, flute & swanee whistle

31 March 2012

Erica Clarke, Baritone sax, flute & swanee whistle

I started playing when I was 15. Think I needed to escape the shackles of the classical cello and singing I was doing. Oh dear, not much of a rebellious streak! I am also the proud owner of a flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and bass guitar. Not sure I can play them yet, but my swanee whistle solos are coming on a treat. I have been playing with the band since 2007. The first gig was in France and it was warm so I am guessing it was summer. We arrived at 11am and did not play until 11pm. The Champagne started flowing at 12pm and did not stop. Memories of the gig are a touch hazy, but I do remember thinking that this was my sort of band.