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Musicians' Bios

Dan Crisp (vocals/acoustic/bouzouki)  was born in Bournemouth, England and introduced to music at an early age. A keen and talented music student at Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Dan utilised the opportunity to front a college band, playing local pubs and clubs around Taunton, Somerset. In 2001, Dan’s early writing and recording was spotted by Brent Treloar of Upbeat Music, who encouraged him to form a band with friend and bassist Alan Bray and Roger Luxton on Drums.

This collaboration, linked with an introduction to Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) gave Dan the confidence to develop his own distinctive writing and vocal style. A series of acoustic gigs featuring Dan, Martin and Alan followed, including a sell-out performance at Exeter’s Phoenix Theater.

Dan’s debut album, Far From Here, was released in 2008.  Its 12 tracks depict the life and key events of a fictional character tackling challenges such as rebellion, falling in love, getting a grip on life, winning and losing and the realisation of one’s place in the world.  It features members of Fairport Convention and the John Martyn Band, including Gerry Conway (Percussion), Arran Ahmun (Drums), Spencer Cozens (Piano), Alan Bray (Bass) and Chris Leslie (Violin).


Alan Thomson is a bass player in Martin Barre's Band and a long term member of John Martyn’s Band plus an accomplished song-writer. His touring and writing credits include Robert Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Andy Summers, Bo Diddley, Denny Laine and Long John Baldry to name a few.

 

 


Dave Schoepke (Drums) Based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Dave has been holding down the drum throne in the Willy Porter Band since 2002, recording all the drums on his "Available Light"(2006)"How to Rob a Bank"(2009) and "Human Kindness”(2015) albums as well as touring North America with Willy numerous times. Dave also writes/records with his own original music acts and has been active touring the US and Europe with them.

He is also a busy session musician with over 50 albums to his credit in all genres, and numerous instruction cds for the Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world's largest music publishers. Dave also heads up the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio and is the chief recording engineer and producer, curating of upwards of 30 sessions held per year since 2008, recording improvisations in all styles from ambient soundscapes to classical, jazz and progressive rock.

Dave has been a private lesson instructor at Cascio Interstate Music since 1996 and he has done dozens of clinics and been billed with legendary drummers Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo,Greg Bissonette,and Carmine Appice.

He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics and sessions both locally and around the country, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of music making.