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Keyboard, Background Singer.


Thanks for coming and checking our Bandmix page out ...

ABOUT US ("The Silk Road")

We're a brand new ORIGINALS band, based in the north of England and with a 110% professional outlook. So far it's Mark (vox / guitar), Derek (guitar), Ricky (bass / bvox), and Andy (drums). We're all really good, experienced musicians. But now we need a really hot KEYBOARD player to complete the line-up.


Ideally, you're based somewhere in the MANCHESTER / WEST YORKSHIRE / SOUTH YORKSHIRE / NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE or NORTH DERBYSHIRE area, as we intend to rehearse in STOCKPORT which is about an hour drive (max) for any one of us.

Perhaps you're already gigging but have become jaded with playing endless covers? Perhaps you're in one of these ubiquitous 'tribute bands', paying (arguably) pointless homage to bands from the past instead of doing YOUR thing today. Or perhaps you're a creative songwriter yourself, and would like to be in a band committed to playing ALL ORIGINAL material?

Whatever your background is, if you're a keyboard master just aching to play with a REALLY good band, are willing to commit to gigging / rehearsing once or twice a month, and ideally more or less sane, then we really DO want to hear from you.


We now have a lead vocalist (Mark) and one backing vocal (Ricky), but we'd LOVE to have one more backing vocal to call upon too, if we can. So if you can sing, even better, though it isn't essential.


Male or female, and perhaps around 40-60, is great with us, as long as you take a professional pride in what you do.


The plan is simple. To rehearse our entirely ORIGINAL set of blues / R&B / rock tracks until we're as tight as a duck's proverbial, and then play our REAL proverbials off LIVE... likely to be around one or two gigs a month.


You would probably call the songs "Blues / R&B / Indie" and perhaps even "Rock" on occasion. There is now a near-completed album's worth of great material, and the plan is to have this new band to get out there and PLAY it all (and whatever else we come up with together creatively). Plus of course we want to distribute our stuff all over YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and (if we can) radio too.

Some of the rough mixes of the album songs are already on here, as are two of our videos ... just to give you a rough cross-section of the overall feel of our music. Go ahead... have a listen.


Clubs, pubs, festivals ....we don't care as long as we're out playing live at least once or twice a month.


The intention by the end of 2019 is to have ALL the songs published on the usual platforms (Spotify, iTunes etc). And the same goes for accompanying videos on YouTube in the future. The focus NOW is to finish putting this great band together, start rehearsing with the full line up and get on stage!


Cool. We're very open - in fact REALLY keen - to listen your original material too (if you have some). If it kind of ties up with roughly where we're at, that's where we want to be. If you don't write, that's perfectly fine too.


We've a great little recording studio here in North Manchester and BAGS of production experience. It's pretty much broadcast standard and with good gear too (iMac, Logic Pro X, Apollo 8p interface, Genelec monitoring).


We have all our own backing gear, transport and a vocal PA for live work as well. (Not a heavy duty P.A. or lights but that can always be arranged).


If you play great keyboards, want to gig twice a month, and want to help us to leave audiences truly AMAZED, then we want to hear from you. And if you can sing backing vocals too, even better, but it's not essential.


If you're the keyboard player we've described, what are you waiting for?

Just get in touch ... !

Mark James Ross,
Manchester, England
T: 01706 345648 / 07944 814297
E: info@markjamesross.co.uk

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Jul 04 2018
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Gigs played:
Over 100
54 years



It would be rude not to bow down to the FIRST division wouldn't it? Beatles, Dylan, Floyd, Zeppelin, Hendrix, CSNY and The Stones. (Glad we got all that out of the way). Oasis, the LA's, Stone Roses, The Mondays, Richard Hawley and of course "The Almighty Blues Supreme Bluesman" himself, John Mayer.

But almost ANYONE can get under our skin with the right tune... The Dead, Louis Armstrong, Simon & Garfunkel, Paddy McAloon, Glen Campbell, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Mark Knopfler, Syd Barrett, Adele, Amy, Sinatra, Doris Day ... you know?

Members Of Band

Vox / Guitar / Songwriter - Mark James Ross
Guitar - Derek Mellor
Drums / Percussion - Andy Yates
Bass - Ricky Campbell
Keys - YOU?


Full wet/dry/wet stereo guitar amplification
Vocal PA
iMac / Apollo 8p recording studio with Logic