The Jabadaw Hall of Fame

Some old members of Jabadaw who have gone on to better things...

Douglas Black

Drums, Percussion

Photo of Douglas Black © Fiona Fahlin Douglas is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He works as a professional drummer and percussionist.

He was Jabadaw’s secondary drummer from March 1995, and became our main drummer a year later. Due to personal reasons he stopped working regularly with us in the spring of 2003.

He comes from somewhere in Scotland, as far as we can tell.

Douglas also played with Creak.

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Stefan Hambrook

Drums, Percussion

Photo of Stefan Hambrook © Simon Dew Stefan was Jabadaw’s first drummer and percussionist. He studied popular music at Salford University and worked as a professional musician.

A superb drummer, he contributed inventive and original arrangement ideas for much of our early repertoire and played on our first demo tape, which WiggINCEilidhs said was the best demo tape we’ve ever heard.

He had an uncanny ability to get to venues with the bare minimum of direction and ate a lot of polos.

Stefan left Jabadaw when one of the other bands that he played in got signed. He played his last gig with us at Ringheye Ceilidhs in early 1996.

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Simon Heywood

Bass Guitar

Photo of Simon Heywood © Fiona Fahlin Simon first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. In his teens he flirted with intense, introspective songwriting. However, in his early twenties he became a basically contented and happy person, a crippling blow from which his songwriting career never recovered. So he switched to bass guitar and played for several folk dance bands in the North of England before joining Jabadaw in 1995. He left in 1999 to concentrate on his PhD.

He is hugely interested in folk storytelling, and spent years conducting postgraduate research at Sheffield University into the modern storytelling revival. (Was there a huge party when he finished his thesis? To be honest I can’t remember. Must have been good.) He now teaches and performs regularly as a singer, songwriter and storyteller.

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Richard Kenyon

Drums, Percussion

Photo of Richard Kenyon © Simon Dew Richard played for Jabadaw when Douglas was busy. He plays all styles of drumming, performing live and recording. He plays Yamaha drums and Zildjian cymbals. Richard’s other groups are Lazy Eye, Iconic Phare, and The Dean O’Shea Group.

Richard is a self-confessed Sting obsessive. Well, it takes all sorts.

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Guy Lightowler

Bass Guitar

Photo of Guy Lightowler © Cathy Wood Not a character from a Star Wars movie, but Jabadaw’s funkiest ex-bassman. With an amp the size of a small building and a bass with more strings attached than a very stringy thing he more than made his presence felt on stage.

He’s been described as a great bloke, musical superstar and general sex-god. Um, by himself, that is.

After a superb festival season in 2002, we were stunned when he announced that he was hanging up his bass... to get a day job. In an office.

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Pete Lockwood

Drums, Percussion

Photo of Pete Lockwood © Alison Lockwood Pete played his first gig with Jabadaw at Chippenham Folk Festival in 2003 and started working regularly with us in December 2003. There is no truth in the rumour that Simon and Martin asked him to join so they would no longer be the oldest members of the band.

Once described as the RoboCop of the folk world, Pete also plays saxophones and keyboards. He’s played in several rock, pop and soul bands, making appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops.

Pete left Jabadaw in 2006 to concentrate on his work with The Cock and Bull Band and Asha.

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Miranda Rutter

Violin, Viola

Photo of Miranda Rutter © Fiona Fahlin Miranda comes from Sherborne, Dorset and started playing the viola in early childhood. She became interested in the English folk tradition and took up the violin in 1994. She also plays piano accordion. Her accordion teacher was Peter Shuttler of the Yetties.

She joined the band in 1996, when she was studying social anthropology at Manchester University. (She got a first.) A musical perfectionist who always gave 100% in rehearsal or performance, she played with us at several major festivals and ceilidhs and recorded the Jabadaw Trio tape and our first CD with us.

She left the band to go working and travelling through Australia and South America. She played her last gig with us at Bromyard Folk Festival in 2001.

Miranda also played with Fika, Jabadaw Trio, and in a duo with Dave Shepherd. She currently plays in Methera and teaches at the English Acoustic Collective Summer School.

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They Also Served...

Ian Beestin (drums), Adam Courthold (drums), Nicholas Dew (bass / electric guitar), Nigel Holmes (bass), Dave Lawley (drums), Paul Madigan (bass), Mike Salter (drums / percussion), Bill Thompson (bass), Richie Waldock (bass), Simon (drums). Thanks to all of them.

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