‘Groovelator’ finds freedom and elation in the groove!
The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums and Mark Lawrence on guitar plus occasional guests on saxophone. Our repertoire is taken from funk, blues and soul classics, pop hits, sizzlin’ fusion, gospel and jazz.
John Paul Gard studied at Coventry University where tutors included Jason Rebello and Dave Buxton. He performed with Andreas Öberg at the IGG Festival, has appeared with Alex Hutchings at Musikmesse and Glastonbury Festival and is well known for his work with Eddie Martin, Mike Britton and Esmond Selwyn across the United Kingdom and in Europe. John Paul is endorsed by The KEYB Organ Group and the Ketron Music Group. www.johnpaulgard.com
“John Paul is able to elicit the almost indescribable excitement and groove associated with the jazz organ.” Pete Fallico KCSM FM91
Mark Lawrence has a playing style of “vocalising guitar that hints at Hendrix via George Benson” and has performed at various festivals and club dates in the UK including the London Jazz Festival, The Vortex, Bristol Harbour Festival, ‘Secret Garden Party’ and at Oxford, Cheltenham, Teignmouth and Bude Jazz Festivals. Mark has appeared at the ‘Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show’ with ‘Monkey Chuckle’ and played support for The Apples and the Haggis Horns. Mark is an endorsee of the UK music products company Sonnus, Scuffham Amps S-Gear and Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar. www.markjklawrence.com
Tom Gilkes has studied with a who’s who of rhythm masters including Dave Dicenso, Aaron Comess, Dave Weckl, Mark Pusey, Jason Bowld and Robert Brian. Tom is a graduate of BIMM and performs regularly with Eddie Martin, Monkey Chuckle, Elles Bailey and many others. Notable other live and recording credits include Glastonbury, the Bristol Jazz and Blues festival, support for Brother Strut, working with producer Clint Murphy and Brian Banks (who performed on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album).