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Brit Floyd is a cover band of rock British, native Liverpool. He is trained in 2011 and picks up pieces of Pink Floyd. Their concerts try to recreate the sound and the atmosphere of the concerts of Pink Floyd(1),(2). Damian Darlington started the band after playing with The Australian Pink Floyd Show for seventeen years(3).
Brit Floyd is trained in 2011 under the leadership of Damian Darlington, musical director, guitarist and singer, "simply because he thought he could do better" than his previous group, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and he adds "we pay more attention to the details of each element of the show, from the music to the visuals and the lighting: everything is much more perfect, the passion shows through in the show … It is coherent, it is an emotional journey through Pink Floyd's catalog (4). ".
Darlington started following the work of Pink Floyd after hearing The Wall when he was 13 years old and he saw the band in concert for the first time in 1987, during the tour A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tower (5). "Since then, he has seen the group in several stages, after their separation but also at their meeting in 2005(5). "
Regarding his evolution while listening to the band, Darlington said: "I certainly listened to Pink Floyd. I remember when Another Brick In The Wall has become number one in the UK. It was December 1979. Certainly my first memory of Pink Floyd. I then listened to the whole album and that's what particularly marked me when I was 12 or 13 years old. I was fascinated by a record telling a story and all those sound effects connecting the pieces and also the wonderful work of the guitarist. I was already learning to play guitar and I wanted to be able to play some of these fantastic guitar solos. It was my discovery of Pink Floyd. I was a very young fan (4). "
After playing in many bands for years covering a wide range of music, including country music, the western music and even the jazz, Darlington played with The Australian Pink Floyd Show from 1994 to 2011 (Darlington is not the only veteran of The Australian Pink Floyd Show present in Brit Floyd, "some others of Brit Floyd" were also part of the band (6)). Darlington wanted to take advantage of his experience with The Australian Pink Floyd Show to do something more nuanced: "I felt it was time to do it differently with another group of musicians – to achieve it by myself, I have a lot of experience and I have learned to do it properly (5). Darlington says his group pays more attention to detail, offering a better-crafted show: "If you've seen a concert of Aussie Floydyou will notice a huge difference – a difference for the best, we put a huge effort to recreate the best possible and only the songs: the visuals also (5). "
The band has toured a lot since 2011 and has featured studio musicians from Pink Floyd and bands on tour. The singer and bass guitarist Guy Pratt joined Brit Floyd on stage at Echo Arena Liverpool on November 9, 2013 "and the saxophonist and rhythm guitarist Scott Page joined them at the Orpheum Theater Los Angeles June 17, 2015, to play Money and Us and Them with the group (7),(8),(9) ".
Several musicians have played in Brit Floyd since its inception in 2011. Current members are as follows (10)
Current members(edit | change the code)
- Damian Darlington – musical director, guitar, pedal steel, vocals (since 2011)
- Rob Stringer – keyboards, vocals (since 2011)
- Ian Cattell – bass guitar, vocals (since 2011)
- Arran Ahmun – drums (since 2011)
- Ola Bienkowska – choirs (since 2011)
- Emily Jollands – choirs (since 2011)
- Jacquie Williams – choirs (since 2011)
- Angela Cervantes – choirs (since 2013)
- Thomas Ashbrook – keyboards, vocals (since 2013)
- Roberta Freeman – choirs (since 2014)
- Karl Penny – drums (since 2014)
- Jay Davidson – saxophones, guitars, percussion, keyboards (since 2015)
- Edo Scordo – guitars, vocals (since 2015)
- Gareth Darlington – sound engineer (since 2011)
- Bryan Kolupski – Media, Animation and Video Director (since 2011)
Former members(edit | change the code)
- Amy Smith – choirs (2011)
- Carl Brunsdon – saxophone, percussion, guitar, bass guitar (2011-2015)
- Bobby Harrison – guitar, vocals (2011-2015)
- (in) Tom Szaroleta, " Brit Floyd: Not your average tribute band ", sure Jacksonville.com, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- (in) Kevin C. Johnson, " Brit Floyd creator says his Pink Floyd is right right ", sure St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- (in) Glenn Burnsilver, " Inside Brit Floyd, the Pink Floyd cover band ", sure Phoenix New Times, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- (in) Glenn Burnsilver, " Inside Brit Floyd, The Ambitious Pink Floyd Cover Band ", sure Phoenix New Times, Phoenix New Times, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- (in) Kevin C. Johnson, " Brit Floyd creator says his Pink Floyd is right right ", sure stltoday.com, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- Biography of Damian Darlington
- (in) " Scott Page (Pink Floyd) Money solo sax Live with Brit Floyd (17 June 2015) ", Youtube, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- YouTube link
- (in) Ed Lopez-Reyes, " Brit Floyd joined by Scott Page at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater ", sure Brain Damage – Pink Floyd News Resource, Matt Johns, (consulted the December 2, 2016)
- (in) Brit Floyd, " Brit Floyd Band Profiles " (consulted the December 2, 2016)