G2 are, Collectively...
Chris Cawte - Guitars, Vocals
Chris has (like all of us) played in many bands. Most notably, he and Jeff Walker were with the Gutter Brothers, a band that busked and played hundreds of gigs around the world. Their version of "Summer in the City" featured in the "Only Fools and Horses - Miami Christmas Special" and they were the first live band on MTV Europe. Chris composes full and incidental music for Advertising, TV Themes and Film Scores.
Favourite pieces to play:
All of it, but I suppose - Watcher, Cinema, Firth, Supper, Wot Gorilla. Blood & Entangled especially, for the acoustic delicacy.
Pre-aged Les Paul Jimmy Page model, with coil taps and phase switching
Fender Acoustic 12 String (Dean Markley Magnetic Pick-Up)
Crafter Nylon Electric
Zoom GFX707 Guitar FX Unit
Boss GX700 Guitar Pre-Amp/FX & Unit/Amp Modeller
Line 6 DM4 Distortion Modeller
Lehle 3at1 Signal Switching Box
Roland FC200 MIDI Board Controller
Peavey Classic 50/50 Valve Power Amp
Marshall 1912 Cabinet
Jamie Vale - Bass, Guitar, Pedals, Vocals
Jamie co-founded a Beatles tribute band out of university and until now had been pretty much been stuck in 'Macca mode' ever since (he even learnt bass left handed to silence the critics!) playing with most of the tributes in the country (20 at last count). As well as playing with many cover bands (including Rick Parfitt Jnr's) he's supported Stereophonics with an original 3 piece, recorded a bass demo for Simon Webbe (Blue) and played on a charity single that actually made the Rock charts! After brief brushings in Genesis tribute land in the past he reckons he's finally settled with the right team! Based in Manchester, it's often grim up north but when you get to be a TV extra on Coronation Street and kiss Maria, none of the above matters whatsoever.....
Alembic Mark King Bass (1997)
Yamaha BB614 Bass
Tanglewood Custom 12/4 Twin neck ('Frankenstein')
Stagg 12 String Acoustic
Aria 6 String Acoustic
Moog Taurus Mk I bass synthesiser (What else? Can anyone date these?! Serial 2297)
Bespeco Volume pedal
Behringer Effects pedals
Vox AC50 Amplifier (1966) with Foundation 1x18 cabinet (older than Genesis!)
Jeff Walker - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Jeff has performed live at Midem, The Brit Awards and several times on Top of the Pops for name artistes. He linked up with Chris for the first time in 1987. Chris's analysis of Jeff speaks volumes, "When I first met him he had acquired his grandad's banana-yellow Hillman Hunter. In the Gutter Brothers, he played a hilarious assortment of soda siphons, Chinese dinner gongs, llamas toenails and broken bits of metal, whilst balancing on one leg and singing backing vocals - backwards. A truly talented man, he hears in colour, sleeps one inch off the mattress and can hit all the drums in front of him whilst barely moving a muscle. Just don't ask him what day it is."
Favourite pieces to play:
Mad Man Moon, because it facinates me how Piers navigates fourteen keyboard parts with just two hands and a lick of whiskey, and Cinema Show for it's deeply sexy arrangement.
1987 Scandinavian Birch Sonorlite Drumset
~ 10,12,13,14,16 inch Toms
~ 22X22 Bass Drum
Ludwig 400 and Premier Signature Snares
17" Zildjian A Custom Crash Cymbal
Paiste 18" Crash Cymbal
Sabian 14" Crash Cymbal
Sabian 20" Leopard Ride Cymbal
Wuhan 20" Chinese (mounted) hand Cymbal
Paiste/Zildjian 13" Hybrid Hi Hats
All mounted on assorted hardware stands
Special thanks to Lou and Co at Supreme Drums for their laid back support and advice for as long as I can remember.
Piers de Lavison - Keyboards
Piers first ran into Kudos (before it mutated into G2) at the New Cross Inn, some time in late 1998, blissfully unaware that he would start playing in another homage to Genesis within a matter of weeks. Prior to that he'd been doing an odd selection of sessions and playing Jazz in a Yugoslavian Goth Metal band (yes, honestly!). It wasn't long before countless sleepless nights spent watching old footage of Tony Banks led to probably the most authentic combination of head nodding and scowling the live music circuit has ever experienced...
Favourite pieces to play:
One For The Vine, Can-Utility & The Coastliners and Riding The Scree
Kurzweil K2600, with the Vintage EPs expansion board (MkII Mellotron strings & brass, acoustic and electric pianos (CP-70, Pianet, RMI), school children, tubular bells, cats and fat controller)
Verghese Pro-Soloist Rack module (midi controllable ARP Pro-Soloist clone, most of the lead synths on SEBTP, The Lamb and Trick)
Korg X3 (various synths, strings, choirs, guitars)
Roland JV-1080, with the Vintage Synth expansion board (various synths, RMI Electrapiano and Mellotron strings, choirs & flutes)
Digitech Studio Quad multi effects unit (phaser/chorus for the Hammond, delays or reverb for the ARP)
Yamaha MW12cx mixer
Assorted volume and sustain pedals
Terry Day - Lead Vocals, Percussion
Terry was in his first band at the age of fourteen, but not as the singer at that time he played the drums behind a couple of school friends one of which, Peter Fenton who would soon become guitarist with Souxsie and The Banshees.
At seventeen Terry turned to guitar and having learned 6 chords and found he could actually play 3 advertised for band members including a singer. Following a little local success for the band it soon became clear that he was never going to be a great guitarist and was promptly sacked. When the singer became unwell somebody suggested that Terry knew all the words and maybe he could fill in as a dep until the singer returned. Well, that was the shaky start of his singing career and although the original singer never got his job back, Terry continued singing with bands around the Southeast for the next 20 plus years released 2 singles on vinyl in the 1980's and still has 200 or so in the cupboard under the stairs not to mention all the ones melted into flowerpots in the garden. In 1999 a good friend of his saw an advertisement. Singer required for Genesis tribute band. The rest is part of G2 history.
Favourite pieces to play:
Probably the instrumental section in Cinema Show and Blood On The Rooftops.
Shure SM58 microphone
Roland Electronic percussion pads
Yamaha and Trevor James Flutes
Meinl percussion, maracas, triangles orchestra chimes, tambourines duck Calls woodblocks, cow bells, claves, castanets, rainsticks, bongos, bells, whistles, cymbals and throat lozenges.
Dave Austin - Presentation, Atmospherics, Lighting
Dave was introduced to the band by yet another Dave (Dave Grove, who used to man the lights with him). As a former BBC sound engineer Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. The early lighting for the project was never adequate enough to evoke the memories of forty-eight aircraft landing lights burning through a wall of silver smoke! Dave's impetuous folly was to go out and buy a major lighting rig & stage effects system. Any who have seen us live can testify to that! Couple this with his sense and understanding for the music and you truly get a Genesis lit experience.
Favourite pieces to light:
Afterglow is the one that gets the lighting pulses racing. Building chords, signature white downlights, smoke, end of first half climax ...fab!
1x Zero 88 Fat Frog desk with SVGA monitor
2x Martin Mini-Mac Profile moving heads
2x Martin MX-4's
4x Martin Pro Colour spots
30x PAR lamp cans
2x Betapak2 dimmer packs
3x 500 watt minute lamps
1x Jem33 Smoke Machine
1x Le Maitre Star Hazer
This entire light rig is available for hire! If you are interested then contact Dave Austin...
Tel: 07787 508769
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