Band

“Check out the calibre of the Michael Sykes Band. This is dirty blues at its finest” – BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall.

“Get ready to be swept away by the rolling beauty of ‘The River’, the magical new song by the Michael Sykes Band” – BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall.

Creating an original sound that peers into the past and reaches into the future, The Michael Sykes Band combines instrumentation old and new. From raw cigar box guitar, catchy blues harmonica, slide guitar, vintage drums, warm bass tone and rhythmic didgeridoo, to the cutting edge midi polyphonic expression of the Roli Seaboard. Michael drives his Seaboard through anolog effects pedals, software and valve amps to create his own signature hybrid sound, somewhere inbetween a Fender Rodes, a vintage synthesizer and a lap steel guitar. Lead by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Sykes, the band create an earthy, bluesy, ambient sound with roots in blues rock, folk and jazz. From timeless songs to edgy captivating improvisation, they achieve an eclectic, dynamic and unique sound which echoes the diverse musical nature of the Michael Sykes Band.

James Shipway (Lead guitar & backing vocals)

Delivering lush textures, stomping slide guitar riffs and blazing solos. James, a professional musician for the last 20 years, has worked as a composer and session musician. As a live performer James has worked in many different outfits, performed at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Vibraphonic Festival and featured at many other music events and venues.

Hugh Lea (Bass guitar & backing vocals)

Providing tasteful thumping bass lines and melodic vocal harmonies. Hugh has performed at many events, venues and festivals across the country, and is a long standing band mate and musical collaborator with James Shipway. This connection built over many years really shines through in live performances where the musical chemistry is clear and electric on stage.

Matt Pittori (Drums & percussion)

From a feather light touch of ambient cymbal shimmer to a thunderous dynamic rumble on the drums. Matt has many years experience within the music industry and is a
graduate of the Guildhall School of Music BA (Hons) jazz and classical composition. This lead to session and touring work with artists such as Tears for Fears, Bobby Wellins Quartet, Basement Jaxx, Fiona Apple, Tricky and many more. Matt’s genre stretching percussion vocabulary make him adaptable to the varied music situations thrown at him in the industry.