Sarah Jane Morris: vocals
Tony Remy: guitar
Marcus Bonfanti: guitar
Henry Thomas: bass
Sarah-Jane Morris is the British soul, jazz and r&b singer who topped the UK pop charts for a month in 1986 (with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’) and then eloquently and joyously sidestepped the mainstream ever after. Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power would have brought multiple Grammy awards and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive. But for over 25 years of a unique career, Morris has steered by her own star, not the music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted audience, inspired by her belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds.
In 2019, Sarah Jane will be celebrating her 60th birthday by touring Europe with “Sweet Little Mystery”, celebrating the music of the legendary singer songwriter and guitarist John Martyn combined with “Best Of” which features her hits over the years. She will be accompanied by the outstanding musicians Tony Remy, Marcus Bonfanti and Henry Thomas.
John Martyn produced a canon of music that is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its complex, atmospheric beauty. Martyn’s music influenced a generation of his peers, friends and fans alike. His contribution continues to resonate many years after his passing. He has picked up endless acclaim worldwide from those fortunate enough to be seduced by his unique voice and instrumental mastery; and his music will live forever in the annals of popular music history. Sarah Jane Morris, through her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, has picked up this torch to shine a light on this great musical maverick, illuminating his life's work, in her inspirational new show.
Tony Remy is one of the world's most exciting guitar players of any genre. His hard-edged rhythmically driven approach is enriched with jazz intuition and bluesy soul. Live on stage, his relentless invention and incredible raw energy can set the crowd on fire. The reputation he has gained within the jazz community worldwide is fast making a legend out of this North London musician. He has toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians which include: Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Freddy Hubbard, Jean Toussaint, Steve Williamson, Lonny Liston Smith, Lenny Whit, Omar, Steps Ahead, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, US3, Cleveland Watkiss, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronny Laws, Nelson Rangell, Connor Reeves, Maysa Leak, Down to the Bone, Matt Bianco, Karen Ramirez, Noel McKoy, Annie Lennox, Craig David, Icognito, M-People and many more.
Marcus Bonfanti - “He will knock you out” Huey Morgan BBC 6 Music. A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories, Bonfanti has toured the world with many artists as well as his own band and released 3 critically acclaimed albums. His growing reputation as one of the top performers in the UK and Europe lead to him being asked to front the legendary Rock & Roll band Ten Years After; which he has done since early 2014, co-writing and producing their latest album ‘A Sting In The Tail’ released in 2017 and featuring on two live albums including the 50th anniversary of Woodstock Festival release. He is into his seventh year of fronting the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion who hold a monthly residency at the prestigious London venue and have had special guests join them over the years including Jack Bruce, Eric Burdon, Joe Louis Walker, Sarah Jane Morris, Hamish Stuart and John Nemeth. He has toured, written & recorded with Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, PP Arnold, Dave Gilmore, Nick Mason, Shuggie Otis, Ronnie Wood, Phil Manzanera, Johnny Hates Jazz, Jason Donovan & Heather Small.
Henry Thomas has played for endless International Artists, gigged and recorded on countless hit records, tv and film soundtracks. He is regarded as a leading exponent of electric bass guitar in the UK, as well as being most widely known as a co-presenter of the highly successful BBC TV series Rock School, about playing in a band covering the basic elements of popular music. The list of bands and artists he has played with since is like a Who’s Who of popular music in the UK and the US. Here’s a selection: Randy Crawford, Gloria Gaynor, Paul Weller, Omar, Leon Ware, Labi Siffre, Jim Capaldi, Errol rown, Billy Ocean, Van Morrison, Justin Hayward, Bros, Keni Burke, Heatwave, Hot Chocolate, Ginger Baker, and The Crusaders. Henry has also worked with many jazz artists including Alan Holdsworth, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Tim Whitehead, Barbara Thompson, and Didier Lockwood.