Grant Naylor, Percussion

Grant Naylor, Percussion

Grant Naylor has performed in over 25 different countries, performing the European festival circuit extensively (including Glastonbury, Womad, Edinburgh, North Sea Jazz, and Pepsi Seiget Budapest.)

Grant has performed to audiences of up to 30,000 and more, he is truly a seasoned professional, astounding the crowd where ever he performs. Grant Naylor has performed mainly throughout Europe and Asia, performing with bands of all styles with DJ ‘s and theatre companies.

Grant first played with DJ’s in London @ the infamous club “Heaven” and has toured the electronic music circuit extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe.

Headlining a lot of festivals with trance techno outfit “Tribal Drift” (who were number 3 in the charts in eastern Europe) Grant has been heavily involved with African music for many years and has toured the big festivals of the U.K. and Europe, performing with an array of West African bands and drumming and dance troupes.

In Australia Grant performs with Bands, DJs and African Drumming Troupes You can catch him in Sydney clubs, high prole corporate events or anywhere from coast to coast touring with some of Australia’s best acts.

Dan McMurray, Drums

Dan McMurray, Drums

Dan is a Sydney based Drummer with an extensive background of influences and experience. Starting from a young age and growing up with a gospel background, he was playing live in front of crowds from as young as the age of 6. It wasn’t long before his keen ear for diverse styles and genres fuelled his fire for music, in particularly drumming.

He is a member of Australian indie rock band Battleships, who have been travelling nationally playing with bands including Boy and Bear, The Paper Kites and The Preatures. Dan is also currently playing for X Factor artist Cat Vas and The Voice’s Nick Kingswell. He brings a natural rock edge to his playing and an energy to the stage that is sure to capture the heart behind the music.

Jan Bangma

Jan Bangma

Jan has been working as a professional musician in Sydney for the last 10 years, playing, touring and recording with a diverse range of artist both locally and internationally.

These include Boy and Bear, Josh Pyke, Lisa Mitchell, Tin Sparrow, Lachy Doley, Christine Anu, Mitch Anderson, Amali Ward, Casey Donovan, Clare Bowditch, Georgia Fair The Widowbirds and more.

Matt Smith, Guitar

Matt Smith, Guitar

Matt Smith began playing guitar at the age of 8. After high school, he went on to study music further at Southern Cross University under the teaching of Jim Kelly, whom he later recorded a duo guitar album with called ‘Onwards and sideways”.

Matts has always loved a wide spectrum of music, from the most contemporary jazz to rock and pop music.

He was a finalist in the ‘National Jazz Awards’ for the guitar at Wangaratta jazz festival in 2007, and supported George Benson last year in Australia. Matt also plays regularly as James Morrison guitarist.

Matt is a founding member of Reggae/Afrobeat/Hip-hop band “The Strides” who have released 3 albums and toured Australia widely. They also receive airplay on JJJ and have a release overseas where they have found themselves climbing the reggae charts in France, Italy and other parts of Europe.

In 2009 Matt was hired by Warner to play the guitar on Thirsty Merc’s 3rd album ‘Mousetrap Heart’ which was recorded at ‘Sound City Studios’ in LA under legendary producer Matt Wallace. After the album, Matt was asked to join the band.

Since then Matt has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas with Thirsty Merc and performed alongside many great acts.

While Thirsty Merc has taken the best part of a year off Matt has been touring internationally with Pete Murray. Over the years Matt has also performed and recorded with many other artists including Darren Percival, Karise Eden, Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Hunt, Ngaiire, Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano, Wendy Mathews, Steve Kilby, Jonathan Zwartz, Katie Noonan, Ray Beadle, Phil Slater, Simon Barker, The Vampires, Cameron Undy and Terapi Richmond.

While supporting Meat Loaf recently Matt was asked by Meat Loaf to play a guitar solo with his band during his Australian tour.

“…Matt’s a world class guitar player” – George Benson

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