Band Biographies

Here follows biography’s of the bands playing at Jurassic Fields:

[toggle header=”Dodgy” open=”true”]DodgyDodgy are an English power pop rock trio, that rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s. They are best known for their hits “Staying Out for the Summer”, “If You’re Thinking of Me”, and “Good Enough”. The latter was their biggest hit reaching No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. They released their first album in over a decade, Stand Upright In A Cool Place on Strikeback Records in February 2012.

Dodgy were born from the ashes of Purple, a trio from Bromsgrove and Redditch, who had moved to London and was composed of Nigel Clark on bass, Mathew Priest on drums and David Griffiths on guitar. Shortly after their arrival in London in 1988, Frederic Colier joined the band as the bass guitarist, with Clark providing vocals. The new formation first settled in Battersea, using their living quarters as a rehearsal space. The quartet then relocated to a detached house in Hounslow, where they turned the garage into a recording studio. The band played extensively around the London music circuit. It was during that time that the band met their future manager, Andy Winter.

Dissension led to the dismissal of Griffiths, with Clark stepping in as the guitarist. The trio performed several concerts around London before agreeing that a lead guitarist was needed. After placing an ad in the magazine Loot, the band invited Ben Lurie, a guitarist from Australia, to join them, only to see him leave them less than a week later to join The Jesus and Mary Chain. Shortly after, Andy Miller, joined the band. Armed with a new sound, the band decided to change its name. It is during this time of transition and intense songwriting that Colier left the outfit. Clark took back the bass, and with Miller on guitar and Mathew Priest on the drums, they became Dodgy.

The band’s debut album was produced by The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie. During the 1990s the band gained significant popularity for their live performances. The band concerned themselves with social issues by supporting The Serious Road Trip, War Child, the Liverpool Dockers’ Strike, Charter 88 and youth democracy campaigns. The band became the second UK act, after China Drum, to play in Sarajevo after the lifting of the siege, giving a concert at Kuk club in August 1996. They returned to Bosnia in 1997, to film a programme with Kate Thornton in Mostar.

While Clark was absent from 1998 to 2007 to pursue ongoing solo projects, Priest and Miller continued the band as a five piece joined by the vocalist David Bassey; keyboardist Chris Hallam, and bassist Nick Abnett. This line up of the group would record one album, Real Estate, released in 2001, which was produced and mixed with Robin Evans at T-Pot Studios in Scotland. On their “Dingwalls to Dingwall” tour in 2000, the group visited the Hebridean island of Taransay, to entertain the castaways being filmed for a BBC reality television programme.

The original line up of the band, Clark, Miller, and Priest, returned with a live album, So Far On 3 Wheels – Dodgy On The Radio, in October 2007. In the summer of 2007, the band announced a reunion tour, featuring the entire original line up. These plans were abandoned however, when Miller fell out of bed, chipping a bone in his arm in the process. The rescheduled tour took place in March 2008.

The band played two sets at Guilfest music festival in Guildford, Surrey in July 2008. The first set was an acoustic set in the Unison tent where they appeared in support of the organisation. They later played a set with full band on the main stage. They headlined the Sunday night at Scarborough’s Beached Festival in August 2008, and appeared at the ToneFest in September.

In November 2008, the first tracks from new recording sessions appeared online. They played a benefit show in May 2009, as part of the homelessness charity Crisis’ ‘Hidden Gigs’ campaign, alongside The Bluetones.

In 2009, Dodgy played at the Glastonbury Festival, as well as appearances at Bug Jam 2009, Whatfest and Cornbury.

On 29 August 2010, Dodgy played at the The Galtres Festival in North Yorkshire, playing Dodgy tracks such as “In a Room” and “Staying out for the Summer”, as well as a version of Nigel Clark’s solo track, “21st Century Man”.

On 23 April 2011, Dodgy played as the headliners at the Mash Fest Festival in Trowbridge and on 28 May 2011, Dodgy headlined at the LeeStock Music Festival in Sudbury, Suffolk, helping to raise money for the Willow Foundation. Mathew Priest said in an interview with the BBC that they would be playing a mixture of new songs and old favourites and talking of their new material said “If we can just get people to listen to it, they’re going to love it”. on 25 August 2011, Dodgy also Headlined at the Garlic Festival, in the Isle of Wight.

In May 2012 they played at Lakefest festival.

‘What Became Of You’ was the first single to be taken from ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’, the first album of new material from the three original members of Dodgy since the platinum selling ‘Free Peace Sweet’. Rather than following the trend of bands reforming to play their classic albums in full, Dodgy announced that on their recent UK tour, it was their new album that would be previewed live in its entirety. The album was released February 20, 2012 via the independent Strikeback Records, and saw the band receiving rave reviews from the likes of MOJO, the Guardian and Q Magazine.


[/toggle][toggle header=”The Rising” open=”false”]

risingThe Rising are a modern alt-rock band wanting to put their home town of Plymouth,UK on the musical map. Through a blend of chiming guitar, atmospheric synths, stunning harmonies and lead singer Ryan Jenkins’ soaring vocal, The Rising are an experience to behold.

“These guys are good…very good!” Absolute Radio

“Modern soft-rock at its best! These guys could easily fill the boots of much bigger acts such as U2 and Coldplay.” BBC Introducing

“This band is going places, see them whilst you can still get tickets!”

[/toggle][toggle header=”Funky Munks”]

funky munksFunky Munks are a power trio Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band. A force to be reckoned with the band play classic material new and old with an energetic stage show guaranteed to leave the crowd screaming for encores!

They are the UK’s most authentic sounding Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute and they love to do what Anthony, Flea, John and Chad do best and that is whipping up a storm of furious funk, punk and rock that will turn any audience into a blissed out party.

Expect an energetic show and awesome musicianship as well as all the favourites from “Californication” and “By the Way” and all the dirtiest and funkiest jams from the legendary “Blood Sugar Sex Majik” album. There will be the latest classics from “Stadium Arcadium” and the odd few from the early days.


Something for everyone here, a show you won’t forget in a hurry so make sure you don’t miss them.

[/toggle][toggle header=”The Mutter Slater Band”]

Mutter SlaterOnce upon a time, a band called Little Dixie was playing in a pub in Burton Bradstock, a tiny village in West Dorset one night a couple of years back. A newly-arrived resident to the village, one Billy Bragg, happened to be checking out his new local that night and was impressed enough with Little Dixie’s frontman Mutter Slater’s belting blue-eyed soul voice and the quality of his original songs to establish a working relationship that’s lead to Bragg taking the producer’s chair for the Mutter Slater Band’s debut album Riding A Hurricane.

The Mutter Slater Band sees the frontman of Stackridge return to his teenage r&b, soul and blues influences to create a world of songs telling of illicit loves, edgy relationships, train stations and bus stops, temptresses and losers, fame, egos or life in a combat zone. The music behind the bluesy, understated vocals is honest, pared down and earthy yet delivered with a light dexterous touch.


[/toggle][toggle header=”Jonathan Cotton”]

jonathan-cottonJonathan is a package with all the elements that make up a first-class singer-song writer. Although the pinnacle of his gifting is in his song-writing he also possesses strong rustic vocals, which are often compared somewhere between the likes of David Gray and Bryan Adams. He has vibrant performance ability and a hard working ethos. He has made himself a successful full time musician, playing to over 50,000 people a year in various venues around the south.

Jonathan started writing with best mate and co-producer Richard Westall in 1993 and together formed a band, The Fuse. The band was taken on by management, supported by Peter Freestone (PA to Freddie Mercury) when they produced the album, Wait No Longer. But his real jump start was before this, when he played his first public gig backed by Phil Collins at the Princes Trust Concert. The performance was instrumental in pushing Jonathan forward in a direction he had only dreamed of.

Jonathan’s musical roots start in South America, where he was born and lived until he was 14. He is bilingual, and therefore as and when required, he eloquently performs a Spanish/Latin set consisting of big Latino and Spanish spoken songs with passion and soul.

Jonathan’s music is distinct and eclectic in character and can be described as rock/pop/folk. As a writer and musician, Jonathan is both thought provoking and intelligent. His debut album, The Art of Conversation, is a very true reflection of his ability to impress any audience, with its depth in lyrical content and providing a range of melodic sounds that vary, to show a real mature and experimental musical understanding. The album will be out in Jan/Feb 2007.

Jonathan is a marked man, in terms of his musical ability, and is already sketching out his next album expected out in late 2007.


[/toggle][toggle header=”Vanilla Radio”]

vanilla radioVanilla Radio are a Dorchester based 3-piece band playing furious hard hitting funk.


[/toggle][toggle header=”Shelby’s Elbows”]

shelbysShelby’s Elbows are an acoustic duo, made up of Dorset musicians Martin P. Davies and Phil Jeffs. Formed after meeting in various Open Mic nights in 2008, Shelby’s Elbows have developed into a locally well known entertainment duo, playing a variety of instruments and producing an instantly recognisable sound that surprises people when they discover that there’s only two people making it. Starting out as a covers band, they are now writing and recording their own original music from a wide variety of influences gained from their covers set – from Nirvana to Neil Young, Seal to Skynyrd, Dire Straits to Turin Brakes and anything in between.

Shelby’s Elbows are an exciting, dynamic duo, delivering a deep filled sound that punches well above the level which their numeric deficiency should allow. Inspirational lyrics and catchy conundrums for those who like to rock their fun but socially-aware world with guitars, exuberance and honesty, along with the misuse of inappropriate and inaccurate presidential quotes.

‘Shelby’s What?’ – Barack Obama.


It all started in early 2008 when Phil was offered a gig, having played a few Open Mic nights at the bar in which he worked (Number 10 Cafe Bar in Bridport, Dorset). Not having enough material for a whole set, he approached his friend Martin Davies and asked for his help. He instantly refused. Point blank. He hadn’t played in public for the best part of a decade and was definitely not going to start again now. Definitely not.

So several pints of Guinness and an unknown quantity of rum later, Martin agreed, and before he could do anything about it, the posters were up, so there was no going back. So on Tuesday April 29th 2008, Phil and Martin, along with their good friend Simon Wichett played their first ever gig as ‘Phil and Friends’. Playing to a crowd of very understanding friends and family, the gig went well, and a few more followed during the summer of 2008. In October, Simon decided to leave to focus on his solo projects, and the trio slimmed down to a duo. Shelby’s Elbows were born.

Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, regularly drawing crowds in their native Bridport, as well as venturing a little further from home. After a free covers album was produced in 2009, they released their first original music – The Yesterday’s Voice EP – in 2012, and continue to play and entertain throughout the Westcountry.

‘I misunderestimated them.’ – George W. Bush.

What’s in a Name?

One of the most frequent questions asked at gigs, usually after ‘Shelley’s What?!’, is where on earth did the name Shelby’s Elbows come from?

It comes from our very good friend Shelby Foster,
a fine but lanky chap of American persuasion who has the most extraordinarily pointy elbows, which he puts to good use when making a particularly profound point. Shelby usually ‘gets his elbows out’ to emphasis what is usually a very well made and humourous point of judgement…

So there you have it!

‘I never had sexual relations with those elbows.’ – Bill Clinton.

[/toggle][toggle header=”Peter Crawford”]Peter Crawford promo picSolo acoustic singer songwriter from Cornwall performing original songs and select covers with an Americana/Folk/Rock feel.

A survivor of 24 gigs in 24 hours for charity, completed tours of Germany, Belgium and Holland in 2012-13, appearances on BBC Radio and Volksfest 2013. He is appearing at venues across South West England, The UK & Europe and you can catch him at festivals, pubs, and private functions.

Studio work has seen his album of acoustic original songs ‘Six Strings….keep me sane..’ (released in Nov 2011), and there is a follow up album planned for 2014 as well as a release of live cover recordings through his video channel ‘Attic Acoustic Sessions.’

Peter draws his influences from artists such as Ryan Adams, Frank Turner, Neil Finn and Vince Freeman, while bringing his powerful and wide vocal range into the mix. Peter has always attempted to bring a plethora of reaction from his audiences via his songs from the hand-clapping, foot-stomping ‘Hey Lucie’ to the atmospheric ‘Songbook.’

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this South West singer songwriter at a gig near you soon.

“…a musician with a fantastically powerful and soulful voice.” Paul Barnes, Electric Harmony.

“…a great new talent..” Vince Freeman (BBC1s The Voice UK 2012)

[/toggle][toggle header=”Leggomen”]The LeggomenThe Leggomen are an acoustic trio & have developed a large set list. A blend of modern pop & rock as well as older classic songs.

Their large amount of live experience mean ‘The Leggomen’ have developed a very large set list. A blend of modern pop and rock as well as older classic songs mean they are able to provide the right music for any event. They often accommodate requests and are happy to tailor their set for your function. They have full PA and as a result can accommodate most sizes of venue.

Singer song writer Billy Hutchinson has his own material on Itunes and a video with SBTV. Olly Coe & Billy Hutchinson have joined forces and they have tremendous harmonies and an enjoyable attitude which makes you feel involved from start to finish!

[/toggle][toggle header=”The Transitions”]transistionsPerforming some of the best hits from the last four decades, The Transitions are one of the South West’s leading Cover Bands who also write and perform original music. The Transitions consists of two sometimes three members and they are one of the most talented groups around with one of the most varied repertoires you’ll find from any duo/trio. Available for any type of event/function including weddings, birthday parties, pubs and corporate events.

The Transitions have 25 years experience of live performances from small gatherings to corporate events including playing to 5,000 people at The Mile One Stadium in St John’s, Canada. They have delighted many a happy couple and their guest’s as well as providing many a giggle, dance and sing-a-long at birthday parties etc across the South West and beyond. Of course The Transitions are also proven veterans on the pub circuit.

The Transitions are mainly a covers outfit with songs ranging from Cash to The Clash and Rhianna to Outkast now also offering original material..

The Transitions are a band created by men old enough to know better but still young enough to care less. We make a bit of dosh mostly having fun covering great songs you had forgotten you liked, and playing them to poor unsuspecting folks in drinking establishments all over sunny Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. We don’t stick to any genres really so we do have a wide and varied arsenal which is perfect for entertaining varied audiences. When we don’t have our primitive cave dweller Mr Listy tapping out beats on his ca’jon (a kind of drum), Karlos plays bass guitar and a bass drum whilst Fatt’s plays guitar and tambourine with his foot. As a result Karlos and Fatts will both need hip replacements in a few years time. Come and check us out sometime and witness how a band with no real talent manages to trick drunk people into thinking we do. Bare in mind in order to do this you will have to stay sober which may not be worth the prize.

[/toggle][toggle header=”Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer”]Mr B“There has never been a rapper like Mr.B” Sunday Times

On a one-man mission to introduce Hip-Hop to the Queen’s English, Mr. B is delighted to present Chap-Hop.

Having spent the best part of a decade bringing some manners back to popular culture, this dopest of fellows will entertain and amuse you with his ingenious stylings. Aiming to dazzle with dignity, Mr. B takes to the stage with his Banjolele and stiff upper lip to perform ditties of pipe-smoking, high society, Cricket and sexual misadventure, as well as some more well-known pieces from the world of Hip-Hop, re-worked in true Chap-Hop fashion.

Mr.B has fast gained a reputation as an eloquent and entertaining live performer, playing recitals across the UK and into Johnny Continent for the past two years, from the Glastonbury Festival to club NME in Paris, from the club in Surrey to the Edinburgh fringe. His video ‘Chap-Hop history’ has received over half a million hits on youtube and an old skool rave medley entitled ‘Songs For Acid Edward’ has had props from Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and SL2’s DJSlipmatt.

His music has been played by Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music and he has performed live on air for Scott Mills and Rob Da Bank on Radio 1. In the summer of 2010 he appeared on stage with DJ Yoda to perform one of Yoda’s favourites ‘Let Me Smoke My Pipe’, and he has also just guested on banjolele and vocals on US nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot’s album ‘Zero Day’. In addition, he recently remixed and rapped on Rizzle Kicks’ hit ‘When I Was A Youngster’. In 2011 he won ‘best hiphop act’ at the People’s Music Awards held at London’s Scala and in 2012 was nominated for no less than 5 Brighton Fringe Awards.

His latest long player ‘The Tweed Album’ was released in June 2012 and has been described as ‘A Psychedelic Chap-Hop masterpiece’. Mr.B is a true ‘festival favourite’ and was in the Guardian’s top ten things to see at last year’s Glastonbury.


[/toggle][toggle header=”Peter Milson”]PHOTO BY MARK PONSFORD 2013 -- 2013. Mobile phone: 07768 077353. UK.Back in the day… I used to photograph friends and their bands. Took my box of prints up to the NME. Trips abroad; very exciting. Then started doing portraits for The Guardian newspaper. Met lots of heroes of the music world. Published a book of photos called Home Entertainment. The National Portrait Gallery acquired six of my portraits. One of which was of the late Bert Jansch. Moved to Dorset with my family. Found my guitar. Wrote songs like it was going out of fashion. Played hundreds of solo pub gigs and open mics with a few choice supports (Boo Hewerdine, Martha Tilston). Started recording at home. Had some fantastic mixes done by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks). Asked Danny George Wilson (Danny & The Champions of the World; Grand Drive) to produce my first album. He gets the mixture of hope, love, regret and good times just right. He kept my inclination to sweeten things under control. I now have a record that I’m totally delighted with. Currently rehearsing the band and gearing up to take this thing to the people. Gradually learning to have a good time all the time. Sweet The Love That Meets Return.

And, for what it’s worth and in no particular order, here’s what others have heard in my music (recent survey conducted in a pub one night):

Neil Finn; Paddy McAloon; Carpenters; Ron Sexsmith; Lloyd Cole; Boo Hewerdine; James Taylor; Jimmy Webb; Neil Young; Richard Hawley; Paul McCartney; Jayhawks. And from one friend in particular: “The openness of Nick Drake, the melodic tone of Neil Young (a given I know), the soft assuredness of Sufjan Stevens, the emotional reach of Iron and Wine… …all wrapped up in 80′s optimism. Oh and the consonant “stick” of Sparklehorse…”


[/toggle][toggle header=”Daisy Wardle”]To come

[/toggle] [toggle header=”Sam Rich”]

To come