The Powwow Rock Orchestra is a group of distinguished musical friends brought together by composer Simon Webb to record Everybody Powwow!
THE POWWOW ROCK ORCHESTRA
Singers – Robert Hart, Emma Pears, Steve Stapley, Stella Betton, Bernie Marsden, Kevin Short, Lorelei King (Narration)
Guitars – Bernie Marsden, Jay Stapley, Wes McGhee, Gary Grainger and Peter Jagger
Drums – Jimmy Copley
Bass / Percussion – Simon Edwards
Keyboards / Conductor – Simon Webb
Violin – Bob Loveday
Bass Clarinet / Saxophone – Alan Stewart
Saxophones – Simon Clarke and Tim Sanders
Trumpets – Roddy Lorimer, Paul Spong, Steve Sidwell and David Plews
Trombones – Pete Thoms, Roger Williams, and Simon Wills
French Horn – Daniel Emond
Composer / Conductor / Keyboards
Simon Webb is a Composer, Musical Director, Keyboardist and Arranger. His credits include music for UK and US films, all the major UK television channels, The Edinburgh Festival, London’s West End, and The Royal National Theatre. You can read his full biography here.
Robert Hart is a singer of international acclaim. He has been the front man of choice for a number of top bands over the years including Bad Company, The Jones Gang, The Distance, Company Of Snakes, and currently Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. He is also a successful solo artist in his own right.
Lead Guitar / Vocals
Bernie Marsden is a rock and blues guitarist with a string of albums to his name, the most recent being his highly acclaimed, Shine. He is widely known for his work with Whitesnake, having written or co-written many of the group’s hit songs, including the evergreen “Here I Go Again”.
Jimmy Copley is a session and live rock drummer who has worked with many leading rock and pop acts including Jeff Beck, Tears for Fears, Seal, and Paul Rodgers. Jimmy has been the drummer with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band since 2007.
Bass / Percussion
Simon Edwards is a top session player. A former pop star, having been a member of chart-topping band Fairground Attraction in the late 1980s, Simon has since recorded and toured with numerous artists including Beth Gibbons, Afro Celts, Kirsty McColl, Talk Talk, Billy Bragg, Julian Lennon, Brian Eno, and Roy Orbison.
Emma Pears is a singer / songwriter whose beautiful clear voice can be heard on many recordings for television and radio. Here she steps forward into the limelight.
Soprano Saxophone / Bass Clarinet
Al Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist who has played alongside many singers and bands including Joe Strummer, Imagination, Tom Robinson, Cliff Richard, Go West and George Michael.
Guitar / Banjo
Jay Stapley has worked with artists as diverse as Roger Waters (post-Pink Floyd), Mike Oldfield, Suede, Scott Walker, and Westernhagen. Fans of the cult movie Withnail and I will also be familiar with Jay’s playing: his guitar work features on the soundtrack of this classic movie.
Stella Betton is a session singer with an awesome voice. She has the ability to free-style the most amazing ad libs.
Steve Stapley is a prolific and gifted singer-songwriter. Emotive, intelligent lyrics and beautiful melodies are the hallmark of Steve’s work that includes the French number one single ‘Casualty of Love’.
Gary Grainger is a rock, blues, jazz and pop songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with Rod Stewart. He has also worked with Paul Carrack, Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend, and Ronnie Wood.
Wes McGhee works on both sides of the Atlantic and is a leading proponent of Tex-Mex music. He has released ten solo albums, and has appeared as guest artist on many others including work with Willie Nelson, Roxy Gordon, Townes Van Sandt and Billy Swan.
Peter Jagger is a singer songwriter who plays and records original songs, guitar instrumentals, and classic folk covers; and travels the world doing so.
SIMON CLARKE / RODDY LORIMER / TIM SANDERS – KICK HORNS
The Kick Horns have toured extensively with Eric Clapton, and played on his albums From the Cradle and Back Home. Other notable work includes live stints with The Who, The Waterboys, and Baaba Maal. Also recordings on Steel Wheels by The Rolling Stones, White City by Pete Townshend and About Face by David Gilmour.
Bob Loveday, rock violinist, recording session and performing artist, has worked with a myriad of artists, including Van Morrison, Bob Geldof, Jeff Beck, and Kirsty MacColl.
POWWOW ROCK ORCHESTRA – Core Production Team
Producer, Mixer and Recording Engineer – Ian Tompson
Recording engineer and producer Ian Tompson was Chief Engineer at the Workhouse Studios in London before setting up his own Humber Road Studio, where Everybody Powwow! was recorded. He first worked with Simon Webb in 1992, and they have continued their productive working relationship ever since.
Mastering Engineer – Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson is a British recording engineer best known for his work with the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He is the owner and operator of Tube Mastering specializing in recorded music mastering.
THE POWWOW ROCK ORCHESTRA – LIVE
There are plans afoot for a live version of Everybody Powwow! performed by The Powwow Rock Orchestra.