Charlie ‘Doc’ Inskip (guitar and vocals)
Prior to doing his PhD and teaching Information Studies as a professor at UCL, Doc spent the early part of his career managing a punk rock band in London. He has infused punk and indie tunes, and their related angst, to the band’s eclectic, and certainly non-traditional repertoire.
Crispin Wright (mandolin and vocals)
Crispin is an architect and an actively (too actively?) practicing grandfather. While bluegrass is relatively new to Crispin, his musical background is in Irish music, where he plays in regular pub sessions in London. He also really likes Ry Cooder and digging around in allotments.
George Dallas (banjo and vocals)
George is the band’s token American (one is enough), having grown up in Georgia. He has had a long career in international finance and currently writes about and teaches corporate governance and sustainable investment in business schools and as executive education. In addition to playing the banjo, George also sings in London based Orlando Chamber Choir, focusing on a cappella Renaissance sacred and secular vocal music.
Maurice Wren (guitar and vocals)
Maurice is former CEO of the Refugee Council, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh. He is a talented vocalist and accomplished choral singer, and currently sings with the acclaimed London chamber choir, Londinium. He also has a house full of guitars, a Leonid Brezhnev memento and has compiled an impressive collection of books about Twentieth Century British composers.
Ned Philips (harmonica)
Ned is also an architect, as well as a keen sailor, spending much of his weekends on his boat on the briny on the East Coast. Ned’s core grounding is in the blues, which distinctly flavours the band’s sound and gives us longer notes to contrast with the banjo and mandolin. Ned wants it known that the little metal box he carries with him to our gigs does not contain cash or contraband. It contains a bunch of harmonicas, one for most keys, Blues Brothers style.
Richard Harrison (bass and vocals)
Richard is a partner in a City law firm, where he specialises in corporate and financial disputes and intellectual property. He is a multi-instrumentalist, also playing guitar and keyboard, as well as a six-string banjo, tuned like a guitar, that should not exist. When not playing with the Lightnin’ Boys or profiteering from the disputes of others, Richard can often be found with his ‘other’ band, Rangoon, the blues, jazz, rock, folk group that plays prolifically throughout London.