Barry Jones - vocals
John Shaw - guitar
Mike Booth - guitar
John Gerald - bass
Dave Spilsbury - drums
Rick Howells -
I bought my first guitar from a record
shop in Manchester when I was 17, got together with a few mates, and
learned a few songs to play at a street party on the Queen’s jubilee
day, we went on to form a gigging band which went through a few changes
and names including...V.S.M, The Puzzlers and No Sweat.
I have had a few lessons including, rock, fingerstyle and some
classical, but I am mainly self-taught.
My influences include....Genesis, Deep purple, Pink Floyd, The Beatles
and E.L.O to name but a few.
My guitars include...A Suhr Pro Strat,
and a T.C Ellis Mantis, and I play through a Laney 212 V.C 30 combo.
"First memory of playing guitar, I was
about 11 yrs old and had a cheap out of tune acoustic with only
5 strings, me and my mate Terry Mac stood on a mound of earth
trying to impress 2 girls, singing the Beatles, "She loves you".
First proper playing band, "Tramp". Messed around in other bands
until I joined the Kevin Lamb band, Kevin was a singer
songwriter who had an album out and I remembered being huddled
around a little transistor radio listening to his single "Who is
the hero" being played on Radio One. Nearly went on tour to
America but that's another story. Had a 27 year break, started
playing again with a band called "Smithy Yard" and am now with a
great bunch of lads in Mind The Gap."
"I have 2 x Fender Precision bass
guitars, one with Seymour Duncan pickups and a white '65
replica, I use an Ashdown 250W Combo with a
Boss TU3 tuner and a Boss OC3."
to learn to play when I was eleven, joined my first
band when I was thirteen, “Nursery Rhymes”. from Marple.
Hopped from one band to another until I joined “The Blue’s Venders” from
Hazel Grove, we were together five or six years and played all over the
"After Thirty odd year break, my wife Sue, who had
never seen me play drums suggested I got a drum kit for a
milestone birthday, I did, a seven drum Pearl Vision with
Zildjian ZHT cymbals and soon wanted to play in a
again, searched tinternet and here we are,
Rick is the newest member and the baby of
the band. He is a bit of a mystery man, at gigs he always dresses in black
and seems to appear and disappear at will, I