The Band

About the band

Big River are a melting pot of varied influences that can be best described as “Alternative Blues”. This creates a distinctive sound which has heard the band being given the title of “The new Bad Company” by a number of people who’ve seen them play. Heavy, powerful, melodic and raw, they can make you pump your fist in the air one minute, sing along the next or hear a pin drop the next.

They are a team of established musicians with a shared passion for the music they create. Big River started life in 2016 as a Blues Rock covers band.

They played all over Kent in pubs and clubs gaining a solid reputation. It wasn’t long before the guys knew they could write a catchy tune or two. This lead them to move away from the pub circuit and receive global radio play of their single “Hometown Hustler” which to this day remains an audience favourite.

Successful appearances at Cambridge Rock Festival, the Half Moon Putney and Camden Underworld followed and the band attracted attention from the likes of Dave “Bucket” Colwell (Bad Co / Humble Pie), Laurence Archer (Grand Slam / UFO) and Leona Graham (Absolute Radio). Notable supports include Little Caesar, Marco Mendoza, Dr Feelgood, Frankie Millers Fullhouse Band, Kris Barras, Dave “Bucket” Colwell & Friends.

Late 2018 saw the addition of a new vocalist and the band will be completing work on their debut album due for release in early 2019.

2018 has been a great year for Big River; penning new songs, playing great gigs. A year in which we have welcomed a new singer and strengthened our sound with another guitarist. We very much look forward to finishing our album and taking it on the road!

Damo Fawsett - Guitar

I spent my early years playing a cardboard home made replica of Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” guitar, miming to his albums, dreaming I was on stage in America somewhere, playing to thousands of people. I used to fall asleep listening to my Walkman to the sounds of Led Zeppelin & Deep Purple, I studied VHS videos on freeze frame to see where my favourite guitarists put their fingers on the guitar neck & I lingered over album covers & library books at pictures of guitars and rock stars.

From the age of 4 I was playing Air Guitar in front of the TV & copying the star man’s dance moves on The Old Grey Whistle Test, so it was meant to be that one day I’d own a real guitar and entertain people.

I've been around the block a while, played all kinds of music from Ibiza dance tunes to NWOBHM, but it’s on stage with Big River that I really come to life, I love every moment I’m on stage with these guys, we make great music, we make a great sound, I like the way we look, and it’s FUN. The journey has only just begun!!

Joe Martin - Drums

I play drums in Big River which is real honour. I started this musical journey as most people, early piano lessons with an old lady who smacks her lips. She was very good but apart from learning “Horses and Cows” I didn’t really get anywhere. My interest was piqued though when I got the chance to learn to play brass in a local 40-strong band that did regular concerts. They lent me a cornet, gave me lessons and before long I was counting bar after bar of rest before my big 2 notes in a piece. Such is the job of the 6th Cornet. I also tried trumpet and trombone. Trombone turned out to be my favourite.

By early teens my twin bro bought a cheap Jazz bass from Freeads somewhere and an electric and very soon he was learning guitar, I was learning bass and we were both learning every Iron Maiden song we could. From then on it was a steady progression into all things rock and sometimes rock-ish:- Meat Loaf, Whitesnake, Rush, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Queen, Wishbone Ash and then on into Foreigner, Asia, Yes, Journey etc

Then school bands came along and I played bass with various people in the school, none of them gigged. I think the first band that gigged was “SLAM G” (Shaggy Lama and the Mountain Goats” )which played various peoples parties and functions etc. I played bass and did some singing. After that various bands and musical situations arose in which I played bass, double bass, drums, guitar, vocals etc

Big River takes me back to my roots of ballsy blues rock (not Horses and Cows though), I bass depped a few times, then played rhythm guitar but am now happy to be on the drum stool.

Nick Schultz - Vocals

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Ant Wellman - Bass Guitar

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