MUSICIANS

 
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MITCH BENN
Lead vocal, 'There Goes My Darling'

Best known for his contributions to BBC Radio 4’s topical comedy series The Now Show, Mitch Benn has released a string of solo albums and is also the author of a series of fantasy novels. He is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival and other mainstays of the club and comedy circuits, where he has created one-man shows paying tribute to musical idols including The Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

 
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BETH CANNON
Lead vocal, ‘Escape To Dream’, ‘Who Knows What Is True?’, ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Broken Trend’

Beth guested on the Nordic Giants’ 2015 single Rapture, and is lead vocalist with Brighton five-piece Written In Waters (described by Brighton Noise as “a music lover’s dream, a genre-definer’s curse”), and festival favourites inSaturn, whose 2016 debut single Lady Lion drew comparisons with the likes of Sigur Rós and Kate Bush.

 
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CASSIDY JANSON
Lead vocal, ‘Eyes Wide’

Cassidy’s stage credits include Wicked and Avenue Q, and she sings with the popular swing band The Jive Aces, but it was her performance as Carole King in the West End musical Beautiful which brought her to a wider audience. In 2017 Cassidy joined forces with Beverley Knight and Amber Riley to create the hugely popular Leading Ladies trio, and 2018 sees Cassidy starring in the West End revival of the classic musical Chess.

 
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JESSICA LEE MORGAN
Lead vocal, ‘Faraway Day’ and ‘Hurting, Sinking’

The daughter of pop royalty (her mother is the legendary singer Mary Hopkin, and her father the no less legendary producer Tony Visconti), Jessica is an acclaimed singer-songwriter in her own right, with two solo albums, I Am Not and Around The Block, released by Space Records. Jessica tours both as a solo artist and as a member of the David Bowie supergroup Holy Holy.

 
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SARAH JANE MORRIS
Lead vocal, ‘Kick On’, ‘Got To Be Seen To Be Believed’ and ‘We All Fall Down’

Sarah Jane’s career has included forays into pop, jazz, rock, R&B, cabaret and opera, both as a solo artist and with bands including The Republic, The Happy End, and most famously The Communards, with whom she scored a global hit duetting with Jimmy Somerville on Don’t Leave Me This Way, the UK’s biggest-selling single of 1986. She remains one of the busiest singers in the business.

 
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DAVID PALFREYMAN
Lead vocal, ‘Dead End Morning’, ‘Love You ’Til Burn Out’, ‘Broken Trend’, ‘Some People Just Get All The Breaks’, ‘Only For A Moment’, ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’ and ‘Standing On The Corner’, plus guitars, backing vocals

To read more about Decades co-creator and songwriter David Palfreyman, click here.

 
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IAN SHAW
Lead vocal, ‘Kick On’

Ian has twice been named Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards. In addition to his singing career, which has seen collaborations with legends like Quincy Jones and Cleo Laine, Ian has also worked extensively on the comedy circuit alongside the likes of Rory Bremner, Jo Brand and Julian Clary. It was on the cabaret scene that he forged a long-running partnership with Sarah Jane Morris, with whom Ian duets on the Decades track Kick On.

 
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ELIZA SKELTON
Lead vocal, ‘Lady Blue’ and ‘Blue Requiem’

Born into a theatrical family (her father, the actor Roy Skelton, voiced the Daleks in Doctor Who for more than 20 years, not to mention Zippy and George in ITV’s pre-school series Rainbow), Eliza has been performing professionally since the age of six. She sings with a number of bands including the popular swing trio The Velvettes, and she is currently working on a solo album of her own.

 

MARTYN BARKER
Drums, percussion

GARY BARNACLE
Saxophone, flute

JACK BIRCHWOOD
Trumpet

DAVID CLAYTON
Keyboards

IAN CAPLE
Keyboards, programmed percussion

OTIS COULTER
Backing vocals

OZ DECHAINE
Bass guitar

KAT DOWNS
Keyboards, backing vocals

TERRY EDWARDS
Saxophone, trumpet

JOHN FORDHAM
Saxophone

RODGER HANNA
Guitar, bass guitar

JONO HARRISON
Keyboards, guitar

GREG HART
Guitar, backing vocals

PAUL MANZI
Backing vocals

ADAM MART
Violin

CHRIS MUSTO
Drums, percussion for the live Decades band

BEN NICHOLLS
Harmonium

ELISKA PALFREYMAN
Backing vocals

NICHOLAS PEGG
Backing vocals

STEVE RUMP
Drums, percussion

CHRISTIAN THOMAS
Bass guitar for the live Decades band

MIKE THOMPSON
Drums, percussion

PAT WATTERS
Guitar