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The Lerryn Sessions

The Lerryn Sessions

The Hoodle

The Hoodle

Songs from the Folk, Country Blues & Country Rock genres, with rich vocal harmonies and superb musicianship.

"Good rootsy stuff, with good sounds & classic tunes – really well played" (Albert Lee)

THE HOODLE were formed around 10 years ago and the four members have many years of touring, performing & recording experience under their belts, including collaborations
with Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and with singer - songwriters such as Ralph McTell, Al Stewart & Kirsty MacColl.

Steve Turner - Guitars/Slide & Vocals

Started in music with his Dad, Ken Turner who was a celebrated band leader in Blackpool in the days of the dance bands and first played the bass on a bandstand at aged 12. He is now a celebrated slide and lap steel guitar picker and has featured with Kirsty MacColl, Ralph McTell, and Kneehigh Theatre as well as appearing with Simon Latarche and Viv Rod.

Tim Renwick - Acoustic guitar & Vocals

His work in the '70s and early '80s with bands and artists including Eric Clapton, Elton John, David Bowie, Dionne Warwick, The Bee Gees, Kenny Rogers, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Mike & The Mechanics and Pink Floyd ensured that he developed a fan following all of his own.

Tim was part of the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. They wrote some of the best songs of the seventies including the hit single "Lying in the Arms of Mary". Tim then went on to play with Pink Floyd on tours for “Delicate Sound of Thunder” and “The Division Bell” and “Live 8”.

Emma Spires - Acoustic Bass & Vocals

Started off playing classical guitar then moved on to bass. She has played on the Cornish music circuit since age 14. Emma was part of the band Blues Connection who played supports for Wilko Johnson, Larry Miller, and Little Feat. She has also played bass on UK tours with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat, and occasionally with Phil Beer of Show Of Hands.

Willie Wilson - Drums, Percussion & Vocals

Also part of The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, his early work had been with Cochise, who produced two fine albums, before he moved on to Quiver. After SBQ, Willie worked with the touring version of Pink Floyd, performing on the concerts and film sound track of “The Wall”, as well as playing on David Gilmour's first solo album and on “On an Island”. He has also performed and recorded with Lonnie Donegan, Syd Barret, Hank Wangford, Joe Brown and Ralph McTell. More recently, he worked with The Coyotes, an award winning country music band.


Martin Dale

Martin Dale

Martin Dale is a member of the London based group “Sax Appeal” led by Derek Nash and toured South America with the "Jack Bruce Blues Experience".

He has worked on the Q.E.2 as lead alto player, backing such artists as Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark, and Tom Jones.

Martin makes regular appearances at UK Jazz festivals, where he has performed with Lee Gibson, Alan Barnes, and Mark Nightingale, and has played at Ronnie Scott’s Club; The 606; The Bull's Head, Barnes; Pizza Express, Dean St.; and Lostwithiel Jazz Café.

Derek Nash

Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra since 2005, has led Sax Appeal for over forty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, the Latin band Picante , the "Some Kinda Wonderful" show and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion.

At the forefront of the British Jazz Movement, Derek is "one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today" (the Guardian).

Derek Nash

He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano.

As a member of the JHR&B O Derek performs approaching 100 concerts per year, including for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival.  He has appeared live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, Gregory Porter, Tom Jones and many more.  

An award-winning performer – John Dankworth Award and British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal; Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, and again Best CD of the year in 2012 for Joyriding with his Acoustic Quartet. He has also been nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation and voted in the top 4 alto saxophonists in the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions.

Derek Nash

He has recorded five solo CDs, Setting New Standards, 1998, alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth and Graham Harvey and Snapshot, 2009, with Jan Lundgren, Geoff Gascoyne and Steve Brown, Joyriding, in 2011 and featuring Dave Newton (voted top UK jazz pianist on 14 occasions), Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom, You’ve got to Dig it to Dig it, you Dig in 2015 and Down on Frenchmen street in 2019 with the same line up.

Sax Appeal (British Jazz Award Winners in their own right) features some of the leading saxophonists in the UK including Mornington Lockett, Gary Plumley, Bob McKay, Scott Garland, Simon Allen, Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O’Higgins, Paul Booth, Tim Garland and Matt Wates.  They are supported by top rhythm section Phil Scragg (bass), Mike Bradley (drums) and Pete Adams (piano). They have recorded seven CDs, Flat Out, 1991, Let’s Go, 1994, Outside In, 1997, Take No Prisoners, 2000, The Flatiron Suite, 2006, Funkerdeen 2012 and Big Bad Trouble in 2018  

Derek NashProtect the Beat performs original, contemporary funk/groove material, following in the steps of the great Morrisey Mullen and The Yellowjackets.  Playing at jazz festivals all over the world, the band features  Darby Todd, Winston Blissett, Arden Hart and Tim Cansfield who have played with, among others, Massive Attack, George Clinton, Buddy Whittington and the Bee Gees. They have two CDs, It Ain't Dinner Jazz, 2002, and Intrepid, 2007.

As a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion he performs regularly at the world-famous club alongside blues great Tony Remy, Paddy Milner, Frank Tontoh, Paul Newton, Winston Rollins and Nic Cohen.  They feature top blues guests, one of which was Jack Bruce.  He was so impressed with the band, that he invited them to become his regular European touring band for the last 5 years of his life.

As much an arranger/composer as a performer, Derek has composed virtually all the Sax Appeal repertoire.  His Setting New Standards CD was a collaboration with his father, Pat, and his forthcoming CD will include seven new compositions.  He has also composed TV and radio.  As an arranger, he has written for Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Mavis Staples, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Ruby Turner, David Sanborn, Dave Edmunds, Martha Reeves and the Vandelas and Jools Holland R&B Orch.

He has appeared on CDs with many other artists including Don Grusin, George Melly, Bob Dorough, Jools Holland, Tom Jones, Peter Green, Shakatak, Lulu, David Sanborn, India Arie, Geoff Gascoyne, Alison Moyet, Digby Fairweather and Trudy Kerr.  

He has performed with Don and Dave Grusin, John Etheridge, Ray Gelato, Russell Ferrante, Nelson Rangell, Snake Davis, Bob Dorough, Oscar Castro Neves, Lillian Boutte, Clare Teal, John Etheridge, Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lyttelton, Alan Barnes and Eddi Readier.

He has also worked with boogie-maestro Ben Waters, appearing on his CDs, Shakin’ in the makin’, Hurricane and Boogie for Stu (alongside Keith Richards) and performing a series of dates with Axel Zwingenberger and Charlie Watts.  

Derek owns and operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios.  As a record producer and engineer, he has worked with such musicians as Jamie Cullum (where he received a gold disc for Pointless Nostalgic), Bobby Wellins, Stan Tracey, Martin Drew, Georgie Fame, Alan Barnes, Tim Garland, Geoff Gascoyne, Tony Remy, Dave O'Higgins, Eric Alexander, Kirk Lightsley, Clark Tracey, Tom Cawley’s Curios, and Trudy Kerr. 

He is a co-director of Jazzizit records, a UK independent Jazz label.