Are you students, then?
With the exception of Nathan Steele (who is currently studying jazz guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), no. Laurence Marshall, James Ure, Michael A. Grant, Robert Schmuck, Alastair James and Steve Sidman are all professional musicians working in a variety of musical disciplines. Ben Sarney and Dan Wackett have proper jobs.
What tuning do you use on the banjo?
Don’t be silly – we never tune the banjo.
That’s a big violin.
No, it’s a double bass. See here for more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_bass
Where did the band name come from?
The band is named after ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton, a pianist, composer and bandleader who was responsible for much of the development of early jazz, and who wrote many standards that are still played to this day.
How much do you charge?
Our prices vary depending on factors such as travel time, type of performance and how far in advance it is. As a rough guide, for a trio performing two hour-long sets, our fees would generally start at around £400. For a more precise no-obligation quote, get in touch with us via the ‘Contact’ page.
Do you require a deposit?
We don’t usually ask for a deposit, as we confirm our bookings via a written contract. This contains the payment terms and cancellation policy. Most of the time we are happy to accept full payment on completion of the engagement.
Where are you based?
The band members are all originally from Scarborough and the surrounding area. However, in recent years they have spread out across the country, allowing the band to fulfil bookings in locations as diverse as London, Darlington, Hull and Warwick.
Do you have public liability insurance (PLI)?
We can provide PLI if requested.
Do you do requests?
We certainly do. If you have a particular song or piece of music you’d like to hear at your event, let us know and we’ll add it to the set list. Have a look at our ‘Repertoire’ page for a list of the pieces we already know, or if you have something more offbeat that you’d like to hear just send it our way and we’ll see what we can do.
Can you play outdoors?
Yes we can. The band is entirely acoustic (and weatherproof!), as attested to by our regular busking sessions.
Can you play indoors?
Yes we can. The band members are all accomplished musicians so are capable of playing at a volume sensitive to the size and acoustics of the room.
Do you need a power supply?
The band usually performs completely acoustically, so has no need for new-fangled modern technology such as an electricity supply.