The EasyBeats UK Musicians
The EasyBeats musicians are all seasoned professionals who have played sixties music for most of their musical careers. The EasyBeats musicians include:
Geoff Thomas – Lead Singer / Guitar
A former member of the Voodoos who recorded `Little Brenda` for the legendary record producer Joe Meek, Geoff has appeared with many stars such as David Essex, Gerry Marsden, Frank Carson, Chas and Dave, The Searchers, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes, The Supremes to name just a few. For many years he worked as a solo artiste in holiday parks and clubs around the country and he has appeared at prestigious venues including Ceaser`s Palace, Luton, Arsenal`s Football Stadium and Talk of East Anglia.
Recently Geoff was invited to be lead singer with the sixties hit band The Honeycombs on their short celebration tour of `Have I the right` reaching No. 1 in 1964. He also recorded for them as lead singer on `Something better beginning` a song that was written especially for The Honeycombs by Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks. This was released on The Pete Quaife Foundation Label as part of a 5 CD Collection. Geoff has performed all over the UK and in Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Italy and America.
Philip Butler – Keyboards and Vocals
Philip started taking piano lessons at the age of five and played and sang his way through school as well as playing gigs in local halls with bands no one has ever heard of since.
Through his university years in Manchester Philip played in various bands including touring Holiday Camps and Bierkellers in the North of England with “Willie Schneider’s Rollicking Rheinland Band” – in full Bavarian costume of course.
More recently Philip has played in several Oxfordshire based covers bands performing in local pubs, clubs and Wedding venues. Philip has also worked with local singer songwriters as well as playing in a blues band before joining the EasyBeats to play keyboards and background vocals
Anthony `Ant` Atkins – Bass Guitar and Vocals
“Ant” Atkins has played nationally/internationally supporting original bands from the 1960’s and 1970’s. He is a seasoned performer at theatres, concerts, festivals including “The Cavern” and the Beatles Convention in Liverpool.
Ant started playing guitar at the age of twelve with school friends who went on to join the early line ups of The Small Faces, Uriah Heap, Steeleye Span,The Baron Knights and T Rextasy. Ant played for many years with the fun/party band Fat Old Dad and other bands on the cabaret circuit and “Festival of The Sixties” weekends.
Ant has for the past few years returned to his 1960’s roots playing live and recording with “The Honeycombs”, the band originally discovered by the legendary producer, Joe Meek.
Allan Gifford – Drums and Vocals
Al has played in concert halls, theatres and many quality venues across Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London. During seven years with Fat Old Dad, the UKs premier sixties music fun band, Al played in support of many of the stars of the sixties, and at the Butlin’s Festival of the 60’s weekends. He then moved into freelancing before joining Essex-based Knuckles and then Revolver.
Keith Taylor – Guitar and Vocals
Keith grew up on a diet of 60s Mersey and Brum Beat music and counts John Lennon and Jeff Lynne as his biggest musical influences.
In the 60s and 70s, Keith learned his musical trade singing and playing in a number of harmony covers bands including ‘Rum & Butter’, ‘Cargo’ and ‘Cartoon’ playing the clubs and air bases around the UK. During this period ‘Rum & Butter’ played residencies with Billy Fury and Tony Christie and played support to a number of artists including: ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘The Troggs’, ‘Sweet Sensation’ and ‘McGuinness Flint’. In the 90s, Keith moved to Berkshire and after a short time with ‘The Soul Band’ he formed the successful ‘Revival’ function band.
In recent years, Keith has played and sung in a successful touring Mersey-sound band and a Foundations tribute band before taking the guitar and vocal role in ‘The EasyBeats’.