Madcap Phil blows Saxophones of various types, Clarinet, Recorders and Penny Whistles
in various local ensembles. Phil received his somewhat unusual musical training as
a Pioneer Student on the City of Leeds College of Music Jazz Diploma Course in the
Phil teaches and arranges Jazz for all age groups, and is available for school and
private tuition. 01258 452 657
Colin has been on the fiddle since he was eight years old, having started off on
the piano at six. Classically trained, he ended up in the Guards orchestra at Chelsea
before seeing the light and founding the Crazy Rhythm Boys with Phil.
Asked what his influences are he candidly replied "achohol and Grapelli", the link
between the two being the word "grape".
His musical ambition is to have fun and just keep playing the violin.
I learnt to play piano at an early age and haven't progressed much. I had a hand-made
guitar made for me from a scrap body and a pair of mis-matched front panels by a
mad chemistry boffin at school and have trummed away happily ever since. Joined the
CRB in 2003 and have never looked forward. Influences are gypsy jazz, Vivaldi, Johnny
Winter, Bonzo Dog & Carl Orff. I believe that music should be fun and listening to
my lack of virtuosity you need a sense of humour to enjoy it. The highlight of my
musical career was playing gong in a symphony orchestra at Dartington International
Graham also dabbles in photography, especially what he calls "Photographic Art".
You can see his work, as well as his wife Sara’s, on their web site at www.artgilbert.co.uk,
The King of Transatlantic Cool. His hard driving rhythm and searing bass lines have
been known to shatter granite blocks and to melt the hearts of young maidens at the
An obsessive compulsive musician, he started playing granny’s piano before he could
reach the keys. First clarinet, then sax-a-ma-phone, then on to sousaphone for a
stint in the school band. Dennis then discovered stringed instruments, and plays
a silly number of them - but not in The Crazy Rhythm Boys!
Dennis has an insatiable appetite for learning musical genera. From a false start
in the school marching band playing J.P. Sousa dross, he moved on to playing acoustic
and electric guitar for Blues, Rock, Rockabilly, Folk, Ragtime and Bluegrass styles.
Moving to Ireland expanded both his musical and instrumental horizons and he is a
founding member of seminal contemporary Celtic band Pumproom.