CAST

CAST & CREATIVE

COLIN SMITH

Guitar and Lead Vocal

Turned professional at 19 after his band was spotted by Tony Hatch playing at a nightclub in North Wales. The band signed to Pye Records after being turned down by Decca (where have you heard that before)? Managed by Norman (Hurricane) Smith who was one of The Beatles sound engineers, the band appeared on Top of the Pops in 1975 the song charting at No 27 in the UK with some top ten’s in a few European countries.

Colin moved to Germany between 1975 and 1979 and signed a recording contract with EMI Electrola in Cologne. He released an album and two singles with moderate success, wrote for other artists and his compositions were released in Germany in the late 70’s early 80’s and some have since been re-released and to this day still generate royalties. Whilst in Germany Colin performed on stage with many artistes including Suzi Quatro, Hot Chocolate, The Tremeloes, Boney M, The Zombies and appeared on many TV shows.

In 1993 Colin formed The Bandit Beatles and from a steady start rose to become one of the world’s premiere Beatles Tribute shows, travelling extensively throughout the world. They headlined the IBM tour which covered the globe and made many appearances in Germany, France, Spain, USA, Japan, South Africa, Middle East etc.

Colin formed ELO AGAIN in 2011 and the show has seen instant success and received wide acclaim with live appearances at many well known UK venues.

Colin has his own recording studio and continues to write and produce songs for his own releases and on behalf of other artists..

Andy Smith

Keyboards, Synths and vocals

Andy studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Before entering the world of music, he worked for a while in radio and eventually joined the music profession in 1989. He freelanced as a viola player in many orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dolye Carte Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra but was very loyal to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's for over 20 years. It was here that Andy first met ELO's Louis Clark when playing the many Hooked on Classics gigs throughout the years, including backing strings in ELO concerts. Andy also played on many albums, films and tv recordings over the years. In 1996 he played and recorded for Gwyneth Paltrow's Hollywood hit film 'Emma' which included an unexpected cameo appearance as part of a string quartet in one of the party scenes! 

Andy fell in love with the rock side of string playing with the music of ELO and Louis Clark being a huge influence. In the 1990s he formed the English Pops Orchestra which in 2011 took on KTel's Hooked on Classics when he bought back this legendary show 'live' at the Bournemouth International Centre to celebrate 30 years of the Hooked album releases. The EPO now promotes this timeless music under the baton of maestro Louis Clark. The EPO always manages to sneak in some ELO songs at their Hooked on Classics gigs including the Eldorado Overture and Mr Blue Sky. When Andy isn't playing he produces live music videos but still loves the buzz of being on stage. "It's a privilege to play for ELO Again. The band is true to the sound of ELO and is keeping the legacy alive"

Mike Mcgibney

Bass and Vocals

Born in Belfast, and now based in the South-East, Mike is an in-demand electric and double bassist playing all over the country. As well as managing his own functions and jazz band ‘
Red Shift’, he can be found playing with ‘ELO Again’, the UK’s premier ELO tribute band, ‘Crocodile Mock’, an 8-piece Elton John tribute band, as well as many other function bands, musical-theatre orchestras, jazz ensembles and recording sessions.
He is the electric bassist for the nationally-renowned English Pops Orchestra, and has toured with them performing the multi-million selling ‘Hooked on Classics’ with Louis Clark (ELO). He has performed aboard the unique international ship ‘The World’ twice, playing double bass with the Joy Ellis trio. He can also be found with various ensembles in prestigious London venues such as the Dorchester hotel and the Kensington Roof Gardens.
As well as having a busy playing schedule, Mike is also a highly sought-after teacher at several schools, academies and further education colleges. He delivers Music and Music Technology A-Levels, BTECS and diplomas as well as GCSE composition lessons and instrumental tuition in electric bass, guitar, piano and musical theory. He also teaches privately from his home studio in Essex, as well as playing on remote recording sessions, engineering live recording dates, mixing, sound-design and composing.

He can be found online at www.mikemcgibney.com and www.redshiftparty.com.

MATT WESTON

Drums and Percussion

Since graduating from Salford University having studied music, Matt has been playing and teaching professionally for over 15 years, working in various genres of music from Irish Rock to Jazz, Salsa to Funk, Drum’n’bass to Pop/Soul and Folk to Country Rock.

For nearly half his playing career he ran a touring covers show band, which gigged up to 7 nights a week, up and down the country as well as in Germany and Israel. The freelance portion of his playing career included supporting a variety of artists including Dina Carrol, Incognito, 2 Unlimited and The Grumbleweeds. He has toured Ireland and the UK and played on local Irish radio stations and BBC radio. Matt also performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland), Beachdown Festival (Brighton), Birmingham’s NEC, London’s O2 IndigO2, 100 Club and worked with renowned producer Richard Flack (Queens Of The Stone Age, Robbie Williams, Take That).

He runs his own private teaching practice from his home studio and teaches in various schools around Essex.

Sion Dawson

Cello

Siôn Dafydd Dawson - Versatile Musician equally happy performing acoustic and electric gigs as Cellist, Baroque Cellist or Guitarist. Relishing the freedom of improvisation and the discipline of classical music. Since graduating from Bangor University in 2012, Siôn has been enjoying building a varied career as a performing musician. In addition to touring extensively with ELO Again, Siôn manages and performs with Aderyn String Quartet, who are in steady demand for public and private events in Wales and England. Aderyn carry an extensive repertoire from Beethoven to The Beatles, Elgar to ELO and enjoy performing to a variety of audiences.
Siôn is also a collaborating artist in ‘In:Audible - the Baroque Cello Project’, a sound-led collaborative experimental project following the making of a Baroque cello. Based on artistic quality and conceptual strength the project received major Arts Counsel England and Arts Counsel Wales development funding leading to presentations in Cardiff and Abergavenny in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Siôn never ceases to widen his musical horizons in constantly learning new music and honing new musical abilities both independently and under guidance of field-leading musicians.

Ruth Alice Potts

Violin and Vocals

Ruth Alice Potts (b.1994) has recently begun her postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is specialising in violin performance and studying with Lucy Gould. At RWCMD she has performed as part of The Royal Welsh String Soloists and has co-lead the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in a side-by-side with Welsh National Opera and has won a place on the BBC National Orchestra of Wales placement scheme. Ruth previously studied at The University of Aberdeen where she achieved a BMus with upper second class honours. Under the guidance of her violin teacher Guera Maunder, she won the Chris Cadwur James Concerto Competition (2014) and was a finalist in The Ogston Music Prize (2014). She led The University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra (2013/14), the Marischal Chamber Orchestra (2013/14/15) and the Opera Society Orchestra (2014). Ruth was principal second violin of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (2015) and has played as a part of NYOS Futures (2015) and Aberdeen Sinfonietta. (2013/14/15).
Ruth is also a librettist and singer. She began writing libretti after winning Scottish Opera's 'Encouraging New Opera' scholarship, where she was commissioned to write a libretto for a fifteen-minute opera. She won the award twice and both of her operas, 'Solace' (2014) and 'The Angel Maker' (2015) were premiered at The Sound Festival in Aberdeen. She is currently working on her third opera and on a series of poems for vocal works. Ruth also enjoys choral singing and was a choral scholar at Aberdeen’s Kings College Chapel Choir and of the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir.

Pete Burrows

Piano Keyboard and vocals



Pete started playing piano at age 7 and has been playing and writing music in various forms ever since. During his studies at Bangor University he gained regular gigging experience with the reggae group Salomé, as well as playing weddings and functions with the student jazz orchestra.

Since graduating with a BMus + international experience in 2015 he has returned home to the south-west of England, during which time he has enjoyed the challenge of replicating Richard Tandy's sounds and performances as a part of the ELO Again production, as well as continuing to pursue his long-held interest in songwriting.

ELO Again

The Ultimate ELO Tribute

The British Rock group The Electric Light Orchestra epitomised the 70s with their unique symphonic rock style and unforgettable classics. Pop masterpieces such as Mr Blue Sky, Livin
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