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Barney Strachan (Guitar & Vocals) has recorded albums and played and toured in USA, Holland and extensively in the U.K. Won the MTV ‘In The City’ Unsigned Band of the Year award in 1997 and subsequently signed a two single deal with Boy George before securing a large album deal with New York-based label ‘Roadrunner Records’. He has an honours degree in Sonic Art, DJs and also does music and sound design for adverts, theatre and dance.

Richard Kass (Drums & Vocals) graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a 1st class honours degree in music, and now plays regularly across the UK and further afield. Recent artists he has worked with include number 1 boyband The Wanted, number 1 girlband The Sugababes, Grammy nominee Muhsinah, African Jazz Singer 'Somi' (number 2 world music artist works with John Legend, Paul Simon, Dave Gilmore), number one selling artists The Noisettes, Scottish rising star Carrie Mac, electronic act Homework and critically acclaimed Jazz/Fusion group The Discordian Trio. He has performed on BBC1, 2, ITV and Channel 4 and as well as radio stations across Europe and played in the multiple award-winning show 'Hamlet! The Musical'.

Pat McGarvey (Banjo & Vocals) was born in Belfast and has lived all over the UK. As well as playing the 5 string in The Banjo Lounge 4 he plays in and manages Edinburgh based independent folk/bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union and London based soundtrack maestros The Incredibly Strange Film Band. An experienced touring and recording musician, Pat has won many awards, performed on national radio (Radio 4's 'Loose Ends') TV (Saturday Night Live) and in theatres and venues all over Europe and USA.

Craig Macfadyen (Double Bass) has a degree in music from Napier University in Edinburgh and has spent time in New York City performing and studying at The New School while also studying privately with bass masters such as John Patitucci and Felix Pastorius. An experienced and versatile musician, he has shared the stage with modern jazz/fusion group The Discordian Trio, contemporary folk singer Jake Cogan, 60's French pop revivalists Jackandthe', African jazz singer Somi, and New York based improvised comedy group The Vigilante among others. He has performed live on national radio shows and toured the UK on a number of occasions as well appearing at major events including the Cheltenham Jazz festival.