The Band


Duncan

Having toured the clubs of the UK for 8 years with the guitar band ‘Bonetti’ without any level of success, a chance acoustic band set up on the side with two other members of the band spawned 10 years as Folk band ‘The Queensberry Rules’ releasing 7 albums and signing to Fellside Recordings.

Duncan
They toured all over Europe and North America including high profile supports to the likes of Fairport Convention & Levellers, before finally splitting in February 2011.

Almost 12 months to the day later ‘The Jake Leg Jug Band’ were formed to finally convert a lifelong ambition to again breathe life into the country blues and jug band songs of the 1920’s and 30’s in the style they were originally played.


Neil

Not long after receiving his first guitar aged 11, Neil was cutting his musical teeth playing to crowds at local folk clubs, songs by artists such as James Taylor and
Neil
Paul Simon and quickly developing a taste for ragtime and blues guitar with influences such as Blind Blake, Rev Gary Davis, Robert Johnson and some of the more contemporary players at the time such as Stefan Grossman, as well as playing in a variety of rock and folk bands.

Neil went on to teach guitar at the former Cauldon College (now Staffordshire University) in addition to continuing to play in various bands, including a period guitaring for top R&B vocalist Ephraim Lewis, most recently Haymaker/Boneshaker. After recently ending 25 years as a committed professional press photographer he is now able to devote more time to his first love of music and his new role as guitarist for The Jake Leg Jug Band. Neil is also a partner in production music company All4One Music.

Toby

Toby received his first guitar at the age of four - a present from his folk singer father Bob, who was touring the folk clubs back in the late 60s. He grew up on a smallholding in the Staffordshire Moorlands
Toby
where it was quite the norm for there to be rehearsals and impromptu music sessions going on into the wee small hours.

No wonder perhaps that he therefore started a band in high school and then went on through his teens to 'graduate' from 60s bands to touring cabaret bands eventually studying music at Leeds College of Music.

Toby fell in love with the banjo and dobro (resonator slide guitar) in the late 90's and soon after this met up with local musician and songwriter Graham Breeze and they have been performing together as a duo ever since. The Jake Leg Jug Band has set Toby on a brand new course into previously uncharted musical territory - and he’s enjoying every minute of it!

Sarah

Sarah Miller started her career at seventeen, recording her first studio session with the Climax Blues Band. Having caught the bug, she joined her first band (signed to Chrysalis) a few months later,
Sarah
widely touring the UK. Her versatile voice and extensive range has secured her place on many popular recordings, including sessions for Candy Flip, Altern8, the Lotus Eaters, Pete Wylie & the Mighty Wah, and members of Simply Red. She appeared on Oceanic's number two hit 'Insanity' and the Christian's album, 'Prodigal Sons'.

You can currently see her performing solo, as a vocalist/guitarist in her duo with Dan Machin, as vocalist with funk & soul outfit, Papa Funk & the Soul Dividers, and in her function band, The Licks. Sarah's other performances include a Joni Mitchell review show, Both Sides Now, her extremely popular duo with Mr Will, her jazz quartet, SMJQ, and in all-female acoustic harmony trio, Grace. She also appears as vocalist/percussionist with popular Steely Dan review, Nearly Dan and is a longstanding guest with Midlands Rhythm & Blues outfit, The Barflys.

Her recent recording credits include a featured vocal on the Robbie Williams track ?Break America?, BV?s for the critically acclaimed Long Dead Sevens CD 'The White Waltz & Other Stories', and B.V's on the two well received Blues albums, "Chris Bevington & Friends" and "You'd Better Start Cookin".

Sarah's musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Kate Bush, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Chrissie Hynde, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and Patti Cathcart.

Liam

Liam grew up in Cheshire in a family of musicians and - after flirting with proper jobs - fell into the family trade. Spending his teen years sitting in with anyone foolish enough to let him,
Liam
he developed a soulful and heartfelt approach to harmonica playing across a range of genres, and a genuine love for the instrument. Between gigs, Liam puts this passion into running LearnTheHarmonica.com and giving harmonica masterclasses across the UK and beyond.

Liam front his own electric blues band, playing original and classic '50s R&B, and has worked with acoustic trio The Rumblestrutters since 2013, allowing him to add vocals to his arsenal. With the Rumblestrutters he picked up the jug for the first time, falling in love with the accessibility and feel-good sounds of jug band music. The Jake Leg Jug Band gives Liam the chance to further explore the territory of the genre, and he feels right at home!