Played tenor sax with 'Wainwrights Gentlemen' throughout the period that Ian Gillan (Deep Purple vocalist) was with the band. Then moved to 'Jean & the Statesmen' (3 records on the Columbia label). Played Tenor sax in Wilson Pickett's backing band when Wilson toured the UK in the late 60's. Joined 'The Statesides', a 'support' band for many of the visiting American soul artistes and UK chart topping pop groups in the late 60's and early 70's. These included Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame, P J Proby, Manfred Mann, Brenda Lee, Chris Farlowe, Cliff Bennett, Sounds Incorporated, Heinz and dozens of others that had records in the charts. From early 70's spent many years playing sax in Irish Show bands, playing USAF bases, touring Ireland & the UK.
Sax influences: King Curtis, Clarence Clemons, Boots Randolph, Kenny G and all the rock n'roll, soul, raucous 'Honky Tonk' players.
Martyn started playing the violin at the age of seven, and, fingers strengthened by years of goat milking, initially showed great promise. After the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004, he realised that he would never play as well as Nicola Benedetti, so concentrated on the sax. His career has stumbled on meteorically since joining the Soul Traders in 2009. Favourite colour blue, favourite fruit raspberry (one of your five a day).
Graham Miles joined the Soul Traders after usurping the previous drummer (who was a girl!) in a bloodless cagoule. Graham has not been seen near many of us for plenty of years as he spent a long time living in Aberdeen (which is near England). There, he filled his days with some other people exploiting the residue of long dead pressurised cockles and whelks. While in Aberdeen (which is near England) he was the drummer with a popular Aberdeenical Band. Graham is an energetic drummer generous with his complex and sometimes surprising drum fills. That aside, he easily drives the band along with a beat that defies you to stand still. Graham Miles once used the Trevor Sorbie Frizz Free & Shine straighteners tre024.
Eddie has played stunt saxophone for the likes of Sylvester Stalone, Mel Gibson and Judith Chalmers. He has a relaxed style and prefers the foot astride stance when playing to the more restricted heel-toe stance of the be-bop era. Eddie gave up his musical stunt work when the call came to join the Soul Traders at the beginning of the bands life, but his old work still calls to him now and again. He says, "show me a moving van and sometimes I can't stop myself from leaping from its open door sax in hand!" Eddie is married with puppies.
Neil never learnt to play the piano from the age of eight, he was then told to be a drummer. He has always been very willing to pass on drumming tips to any drummers close enough to hear him. Neil was told to start playing the piano again as The Soul Traders prepared for their first gig (they already had a drummer) and later, after spending a tense few hours being probed by wicked aliens in a hired star ship he took up the organ. Neil uses his own hair on stage.
Paula is official dresser to Mr Den Hegarty (and for all you campanologists out there that will be – to the left)
The secret, silent, deadly truth is that Paula is an officer for the supposedly now defunct MI10 keeping a close watch over the technical capabilities of known and unknown brass insurgents within the band.
It is useful to note that Paula's saxophone is not really a saxophone as we understand it
Kay Octigan, the youngest of eight sisters called Kay, was born in a fly blown shanty amongst the steamy boondocks North of The Watford Gap.
Kay spent her earliest days hanging with the old blues men and Bourbon Jazzers of the Tin pans and yard stoops in her neighbourhood, here it was soon discovered that Kay could smell a harmony at ninety paces. Although uncommonly clumsy Kay became a child star lauded for her solo harmonies and improvised Kazoo anthems.
At the age of ten Kay was sold into the dark and seedy world of choral singing where she survived twenty one years of hell through a mixture of practising her technique for kazoo based brain soothing and by breaking things.
Kay likes to borrow Dave the saxophonist's hair straighteners when he's not looking.
The thing that binds the Soul Traders together is our mutual love of music. We have a very diverse repertoire, showcasing the breadth of diversity within our ranks. At the core of our catalogue, some of the finest northern soul there is to be had (as hinted at in the name). Thrown in alongside, a touch of funk and just a tad of good ol' fashioned bebop, blues and rock 'n' roll. You can expect a mixture of superbly executed piano riffs, a heaped helping of pumping bass licks, ear tinglingly grooving percussion, some smooth strumming of the ol' six string and some of the finest trumpet blowing and driving saxophones there is to be had. Weave into this supreme musical mix a cornucopia of the most supremely talented singers there is to be seen for miles around, tying a grand virtuosic bow around the package that is The Soul Traders.