The Band

About the band

Big River were formed early in 2016, by Kent-based session guitarist Damo Fawsett. They captured hearts instantly with a live radio broadcast session on a local station that made people sit up & say "Who the Hell was that?".

Comparisons to Early Zeppelin & Free helped them on their way and they were offered support slots with Dr Feelgood and Frankie Miller's Fullhouse, including a very successful appearance at The Half Moon in Putney. Our passion is to keep the spirit and passion of British blues and rock, bands such as Free and Bad Company, alive adding the the modern influence of Rival Sons, Vintage Trouble and Clutch.

Their first single "Hometown Hustler" had over 5000 download clicks within a week of release and made the Hard Rock Hell Radio Top 20 in the same week. As well as regular radio play in both the UK and the US.

A very successful appearance at The 2017 Cambridge Rock Festival attracted attention from the mainstream Rock Media and professional management.

Joining Damo in the band is Adam Bartholomew on vocals, a gentle giant of a man who can out-soul Paul Rodgers and scream like Glenn Hughes in the next breath.

Ant Wellman, on bass, had previously played with Damo in the Reagan Browne Band & currently tours UK and Europe with The Lambrettas. With a style of Jaco Pastorius and Andy Fraser, Ant was the perfect choice to lay down the bottom end.

Joe Martin on Drums is both a musical multi instrumentalist and solid providing a great anchor for the band.

Big River has recently been joined by Joe's twin brother Paul on guitar providing great second guitar, both rhythm and lead, breathing a new dimension into the band.

The band has attracted the attention of a number of well-known artists including members of Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies, Cats in Space, Bad Company, The Quireboys, UFO, Back Street Crawler, and Absolute Radio DJ Leona Graham.

Adam Bartholomew - Vocals

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Damo Fawsett - Guitar

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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 (see elsewhere) bought a cheap Jazz bass from Freeads somewhere (on the Isle of Sheppey no less, cost £5!, still have it!: Paul) and an electric (a Woolworths ‘Top Twenty’: Paul) 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.

Paul Martin - Guitar

Loving playing guitar with the Big River chaps. I love the groove and grit, we feel like a freight train. People seem to love it (which is the best part of it).

Much like my bro music started on recorder, then piano lessons with a lovely old lady teaching songs from a book covered in Cowboys and Indians. Good to learn the stave! I remember her trembling fingers tapping dryly on each key as she played examples. She was lovely.

I went through a range of brass instruments playing with Bowaters Band in Sittingbourne. I loved the packets of Nik Naks in the break, thanks Colin!. I can only remember that and county 44 bar rests as I played 2nd Tenor Horn.

The musical touch paper was lit however. My dad gave me his child nylon strung guitar, a BM, from when he was a boy. He gave that to me and I learnt all the melodies to famous movies from a Casio VL-Tone music book (after crying that I couldn’t tune the guitar – dad to the rescue).

My bro learnt bass and we started jamming out every Iron Maiden and Queen song we could (I still have the cassette tapes from 1986!). This progressed to school bands, function bands at Uni and writing material.

I’ve played many gigs and in various bands over the years; guitar, bass, vocals. Blues, rock, pop, jazz. There’s something to love in all of it.

Its now great to be playing with my bro in Big River. I initially met the BR boys as I leapt on stage on bass for a festival in Sussex in the summer of 2017. Its fun!.

Ant Wellman - Bass Guitar

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