Meet The Band
We are a 7 piece, swing, jive, and rhythm & blues band. We perform music from across the decades in our distinctive, vintage style. Appealing to all, our shows are packed with high energy Swing and Boogie, balanced with smooth romantic ballads – sure to entertain and fill any dance floor. Our members include……
Angie Jean – Vocals
As one of the founder members of Cranberry Flick Angie is thoroughly enjoying being part of the amazing team and singing with the band. With her singing influences including Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones and with a very wide taste in music from Jerry Lee Lewis and Otis Redding to Bon Jovi and Nirvana, Angie brings her own style to the standards and more contemporary numbers performed by the band.
In addition to singing with Cranberry Flick Angie has also been collaborating with the brilliant songwriter and guitarist Rob Hartley and has co-written and recorded her debut album ‘Reflecting Echoes’
Sean Garavan – Guitar
At aged 7, Sean began playing the guitar after dabbling on the piano first. He enjoys playing in a blues/rock and roll style but listens to every type of genre possible. Sean was a member of The Harmonics, a local ‘pop and roll’ band. With this band he travelled up and down the country playing hundreds of shows over his 4 year career with the band. Sean now looks forward to his next performance chapter with Cranberry Flick, diving deeper into the understanding of the Jazz/swing genre.
Recently graduating with a first-class honours from the University of Derby, Sean decided to pursue a career in composition and sound design for video games! He hopes that his passion for music can lead him to success. You can check out Sean’s work here.
Ken Morrell – Sax
Ken began playing clarinet around the jazz clubs of Derby and played his first paying gig in 2005 when he was a mere thirteen (well maybe the timeline’s slipped a little there). After buying his first saxophone, which he still owns and plays occasionally, he spent the next few years (well maybe that’s decades) gigging the clubs, pubs and dance halls (yes a few still existed then) of the east midlands, the east coast and London with a short stint in Germany thrown in for good measure. He also somehow found time to work as a freelance writer and arranger for a London publishing house and built up a small local teaching practice.
Instrumentally, Ken’s first influences were Sydney Bechet and Bernard ‘Acker’ Bilk. He then went on to discover the great Blues saxophone players such as Eddie Vinson, Buddy Tate, Jimmy Forrest, Arnett Cobb, King Curtis, Junior Walker, Sonny Stitt, Hal Singer, Plas Johnson and Illinois Jacquet, to name but a few The influences of these true giants have, in recent years, been enhanced by a rediscovery of swing and the often overlooked music of the fifties and a tentative exploration of electronic music and the smooth jazz sounds of the likes of Dave Sanborn, the great Jim Horn and Kenny G. Oh, and not forgetting the amazing Jan Garbarek.
Roy Varney – Trumpet/Flugel Horn
Roy taught himself to play at age 13, when he discovered his dad’s pre-world war two trumpet in the loft. Moving through school bands to a local youth orchestra, his early playing career continued into the big band world and university orchestras. Roy took a break from playing while living abroad, but picked it up again after his return to the UK in his mid-twenties, starting off on cornet with brass bands.
Alongside Cranberry Flick, Roy now plays regularly with a brass band and a big band, together with other occasional brass ensembles, on either cornet, trumpet or flugel horn.
Professionally a linguist, Roy’s day job is in the travel trade, and he has sent many a band on concert tours to Europe and the USA, on occasion travelling out with them, so his lyrical trumpet or dulcet flugel horn tones have been heard at venues such as in the Netherlands, the Black Forest and the Rhineland.
Leon Wade – Keys
For nearly 35 years Leon has been trying to get all the right notes in the right order! At the tender age of 5, he took to the keys and from there has developed a love of music ranging from Prokofiev to Pink Floyd, Mozart to Muse and Elgar to the Eagles.
Although he is classically trained, Leon has been an accompanist and musical director of local theatre productions for 25 years and has performed and arranged almost all genres of music. Leon has been Chairman of the local Arts Council for 14 years and is the director and co-owner at Fugue Music Ltd, a passionately run music shop in Long Eaton, Nottingham. Please visit their website here.
His 3 most influential music figures are Bach, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Rick Wakeman and would, someday love to perform alongside any of them… although we can see 1 small problem with Bach!
Although he trained as a design and service engineer, for the last 9 years, Leon has been a freelance music tutor, specialising in the Piano and Voice.
Glenn – Bass/Trombone/Vocals
Glenn was born at a very early age.
After watching the Glenn Miller story at age ten he started playing trombone in local big bands.At age 20 he joined the army and spent 17 years with the 9th/12th royal lancers military band. He now plays trombone in the Stapleford big band and the Ockbrook big band and anyone that will have him really.
In November 2012 he woke up one morning, leapt out of bed and decided to buy a bass guitar and teach himself how to play it.. In November 2013 he joined cranberry flick as an apprentice bassist.
Glenn’s day job is as an undertaker. So if you see him approaching with a tape measure…….keep moving!!!!!!
Mike Bufton – Percussion
Mike has been setting the beat for almost 40 years now although this was “off and on” he did have a bit of a break for 30 years! Mike’s first band was “City Limits” in the 70’s – they played college gigs and supported bands such as “The Tourists” (Eurythmics), Aswad, Third World and also a little known band called “The Police” – I wonder what happened to them. Mike later joined the Gerry Foster Big Band where he met Ken Morrell.
Saving up for his tuition, Mike was trained by Alan McCullough, a well-known and well respected tutor. He then went on to study with Joel Rothman in London who also taught Alan White (Yes) and Phil Collins.
Mike’s first kit was a Premier kit and he still plays Premier today – he also worked for Premier as Director of International Sales for a number years. Mike has always worked in the Music Industry and has been able to travel the world. He’s heavily influenced by Buddy Rich, Vinnie Colaiuta, Keith Moon and Todd Zuckerman to name a few.