Michael Scott www.scottydrums.co.uk
Here's what Michael has to say:
"I've been playing cajon live as a drumset substitute in acoustic sessions with a variety of artists for around 3 years now and have used a variety of cajons. I was wowed by Lion cajons when I watched drummer & friend Matt Cowley play one in his acoustic set. I then sent a blueprint of a deep bass cajon size that I always wanted, to Gary at Lion and he was fabulous at creating with skill, the exact deep, strong bass to snare tone separation that I was looking for. Not only does the cajon look very cool and is admired, it plays beautifully.
It is now my regular gigging cajon and it projects wonderfully across busy music pub venues without being mic'd up. I've had no problems accompanying two guitarists/singers and acoustic bass with this cajon unplugged. When mIc'd up the natural resonance and strong bass really kicks out. High quality, excellent instrument".
Michael Scott, drummer & percussionist
Mark Claydon www.myspace.com/claydondrums
Mark is much in demand as a session drummer in the U.K. His flexible skills mean he is comfortable in all styles of music, preferring jazz and funk fusions. As a touring drummer, Mark has visited France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Sweden as well as performing at many UK dates.
Mark has performed and /or recorded with:
Liberty X, James Morton, Linda Muriel, Paolo Negri, Still Time, Paprika Soul, The Gene Drayton unit, Love Jam, UK Jack, Simon Heaththorne, Andy Spiller, D'arcy, Alan Barnes, Urban Clearway, Hakan Tuna, Emma Wilkinson, The Jezebel Sextet, Edenheight , The Deltones, Dubwiser, James Earp, RV’s Big Band, Soultraders, The Matt James Band, The GetUp, Orgestra Koolberg, to name but a few.
Mark has also worked with various record/production companies such as:
2. Virgin Records
3. EMI Records
4. Telstar Records
5. Adelphoi Productions
6. Dreamworks Productions
7. Sound Addiction Productions
Recorded work also includes T.V commercials for clients such as Max factor and Glenfiddich. Mark has also recorded various sound beds for film for such clients as Extreme Music, Sweet Sweet Productions New Zealand and Nu Productions London.
Currently Mark is teaching approximately 50 students a week, which also includes visits to 3 local schools. Workshops and master classes take place regularly.
Equipment endorsements include Premier Drums 97-current, Bosphorus Cymbals 97- current, Protection Racket Cases 08-current,Vic Firth sticks and Remo heads (Arbiter Pro player deal) 96-07 Vic firth sticks and Remo Heads (London Drum Company silver deal) 07-Current.
Mark plays a Lion Cajon Active Drum.
Zac Gribble and Ellie Williams
Ellie Williams is an acoustic singer songwriter from Exeter, Devon. She is fast becoming recognised as one of the UK’s best kept secrets as she wows audiences with her sublime vocals and heart wrenching lyrics at her live shows.
Having gained internet fame for her record breaking stint on fan-funding music site Sellaband, Ellie has released her debut album ‘Unseen’ and is looking for new challenges to get her unique sound heard by as many people as possible.
She is presently playing both solo and full band gigs throughout and beyond the south west.
Zac Gribble regularly plays drums with Ellie as well as with The Alpacas. He is also involved in other projects at the moment. Zac plays one of our Lion Cajon Active Drums.
Zac has been currently working with Ellie on her new album, Hope, out in summer 2012.
Ryan Halsey www.facebook.com/RyanHalseyMusic
Born and raised in the South-West of the UK, Ryan has been playing drums since the age of 14. The inspiration to play came from experiencing a friend playing and the energy and passion that are involved in drums.
After being taught for a year, Ryan spent the early years of his drumming by listening to a wide variety of albums to learn and improve.
Soon after Ryan was playing with a number of different groups including a hard rock band and a 12 piece ensemble, giving a lot of gigging experience. “I realized that the purpose of playing live is to entertain people so I always tried to give an energetic performance whenever I had the opportunity” says Ryan. “Being part of the large ensemble opened my playing to lots of new styles that I was not aware of.”
Ryan soon realized that there was a lot more to learn with music and moved to London, to do a one year Diploma with Tech Music Schools. Being taught by musicians who are successful themselves taught Ryan a lot about how the industry works, and also about the role of the drums as a part of the music. A percussionist by the name of Bosco De Oliveira gave a different view on music in that it comes from the heart and it is felt, not learn from a piece of paper. “ I learned a lot about music as a whole and how it works, which has helped me to develop my playing to suit each style.”
Since then Ryan has returned home to Dorset, with big ambitions to achieve something in his life with music. “ I enjoy writing music as much as I do playing it, if one person takes the time to listen and gets something out of it, then its been worth doing.” He is currently playing with numerous groups, teaching students and is running workshops for young people in Dorset.
With the help of Lion Cajon Drums, Ryan has been able to play with new artists as a more percussive element. “The Simba Stick is a great addition to the Lion Cajon Active Drum, adds another option to my playing and sounds great!”
An update from Ryan:
I have been accepted to teach over a service called bandhappy.
At the moment it has some of the best muscians teaching on it from the metal genre.
There's a quick introduction to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE7-AUbpEik
And here's a link to my profile on there as well: http://www.bandhappy.com/profile/Ryan_Halsey
It's a great opportunity and I cant wait to get started.
Ralph Wyld www.ralphwyld.co.uk
Ralph (DipABRSM) began playing percussion at the age of 7 and achieved a Hampshire Award for Exceptional Ability when he was 12. He is now Principal Percussionist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and has played at some of Britain’s most prestigious concert venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as historic Jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club.
Ralph has been on many tours across Europe, as well as China and most recently Brazil. In 2009, he gained a place on the LSO St. Lukes Academy, a week’s course for 25 young percussionists with top players from the percussion world. Furthermore, he has twice appeared in the BBC Proms, live on television and radio. Having been a member of the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Course Senior Band under Nick Smart, Ralph has played alongside musicians such as Kenny Wheeler, Gerard Presencer and John Parricelli. In addition, he is a member of the National Youth Jazz Collective, which has given him the opportunity to work with great musicians including Liam Noble, Martin Speake and John Hollenbeck. From September, he will be attending the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Jazz Course.
He is also a composer, and this has been recognised through many awards. As well as having his works performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s, at the age of 15 he won the 10-16 Jazz category of the Sibelius Student Composer of the Year competition.
He is currently studying with Neil Percy (Principal Percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra), Anthony Kerr, Jim Hart and Claire Hasted.
Ralph plays a Lion Cajon Active Drum.
Mick Harding - Circus Envy
Circus Envy are an alternative-folk band based in East Yorkshire. Featuring a line-up of primarily acoustic instruments, they add a traditional sensibility to their intricately crafted harmony-led modern songs with use of bouzouki, mandolin and Lion Cajon Pro-Active Drum.
High profile performances alongside artists such as Jim Moray, Megson, Belshazzer’s Feast, Iain Matthews and Jackie Leven have cemented the band’s reputation as a live act.
The band’s 2010 EP, “A New Dawn”, was released to critical acclaim, and received significant airplay, including from Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2 and resulted in Circus Envy being featured on the front cover of R2 Magazine. The year ended with a Christmas performance at the Ropery Hall, Barton-upon-Humber which sold out before Halloween.
2011 sees the release of a new album and the band will announce tour dates and festival appearances in the Spring
Secrets- Circus Envy's new CD is released on 26 September 2011.
Here's an update of what Circus Envy have been up to:
We had a good year, played some festivals and were invited down to play a session at the BBC in London. I can say without hesitation that the sound I get from the Cajon consistently blows people away from audience members to sound engineers. In December I was invited to join the recently reformed Matthews Southern Comfort for a short tour with hopefully more to come next year. Iain Matthews was a founder member of Fairport Convention and MSC had lots of success in the early 70s including a number 1 single - Woodstock. He loved the sound of the instrument, as did the rest of his band.
I'm hoping to get some good YouTube footage of me playing it soon, with decent sound. In the meantime, this is us at the Beeb, please note the cajon was un mic'd! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MBDRC7nBds&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Leigh Hirst – vocals
James Paddison – bass, piano, vocals
Mike Richmond – bouzouki, guitar, mandolin
Andy Clark – guitar, flute
Mick Harding – drums, percussion, Lion Cajon and vocals
Martin is a young up and coming session/freelance drummer and percussionist. He is known for his fun, enthusiastic attitude as well as his passion for music and everything to do with drums.
Originally from the South West coast of Cornwall, he found his love for drums and percussion when he was in Secondary school where he joined, and was involved with, a number of different groups and ensembles playing both drums and percussion ranging from brass bands, wind orchestras, big bands, percussion ensembles and heavy rock bands.
In college Martin was a member of the national award winning Jazz Big Band, Helston School Jazz Orchestra (HSJO), where he played both drums and Latin percussion. With the band he toured all around the UK and Europe and played in venues such as Disneyland Paris (twice), Bob Tinker’s Jazz Café in Normandy, The Sage in Gateshead and The Hall for Cornwall. Also in college, Martin was in the Cornwall Youth Percussion Ensemble (CYPE). When in CYPE Martin had the chance to work with Brass 10 and the London Brass Ensemble.
Martin studied at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford where he studied under tutors such as Mike Sturgis, Pete Riley, Stu Roberts and Toby Drummond. Where he graduated the ACM with a 1st class Honors Degree in Professional Music Performance and was also awarded Outstanding Drummer for his year group.
Martin is currently working, gigging and recording with a number of different solo artists, musicians, and producers working in a range of different styles, artist such as Penny Nicholls, Richard Kennedy, Cat O’ Connor, Seonaid Bowers, Yulia Hauer and Vikki Hewitt to name a few. Also Martin is currently a drum tutor for Store Van Music LTD and involved with a number of different function bands gigging around the UK, Bands such as: The Notes, Fully Functional and Elementary Penguin to name a few.
Martin plays a Lion Cajon Active Drum.
Jason M Smith Cert.Ed Msc.Dip
Jason has enjoyed over twenty five years as a working musician, playing in settings ranging from holiday parks and musical theatre to function and club band work and product demonstrator roles at National Music Arenas.
Over the years he has played on recordings for jingles and sessions whilst juggling teaching and clinics both in schools, colleges and music stores. His experience of a wide variety of both electronic and acoustic drums and percussion helped secure gigs in a range of live and studio applications. Jason is currently in demand for work with his Lion Active Cajon which is finished in black Lacquer. "Incorporating the Cajon into my setup has opened a range of possibilities using both hand and brushwork". It often sits alongside Boss pedals and Electronic percussion.
"My Lion Active Cajon drum offers the ultimate in tone and sensitivity from the resonance of open bass tones to the whip and crack of its snare and slap; the option to create bongo/ conga style character adds to its presence".
Jason is on Acoustic duty with "The Lazy Days", The Chandeliers" and with an Album and tour Schedule secured for the year with Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, life on the road with his Lion Active is anything but Dull.
"Lion Cajon offers innovation and an opportunity to shape your sound and percussive voice".. Oh and not just for Drummers ;-)".
An update from Jason:
Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, the Act I'm currently on Tour with is to have an Album review in the June Edition of R2 magazine with a feature to follow in July. The magazine reports on and reviews acoustic, folk and roots music. This months cover artists are Bellowhead and Steeleye Span.
My Setup for the tour is Lion Active Cajon, Mapex Black Panther Snares, Los Cabos Drumsticks and Brushes with LP percussion.
The Second Album is due for release late 2012.
Lawrence Giles www.lawrencegiles.tk
Having taken up drums at the age of 11 Lawrence has never looked back. With passion and drive
for his chosen instrument that has seen him progress through grade 8 within the first 5 years of
playing. He has trained with top industry professionals helping to round his playing to suit all styles
and situations presented in modern day drumming. From the age of 15 he has sessioned for various
artists and worked with leading producers such as Shaun Lowe of Prism Studios (The Drifters)
Lawrence is currently working for Ents & Liesure on a UK Residency and has plans being set in
place for Dubai and Big Cruise contracts, but most importantly enjoys what he does and feels very
privileged to make a career doing what he loves.”
Lawrence uses a Lion Cajon Active Drum. He also uses: 1989 DW Collectors Custom, Zildjian A
Custom Cymbals, Evans Heads, Vater Fusion Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases, Pearl/DW
Hardware, Shure In-Ear Monitors.