Who are the band?
More band members and friends are listed at the bottom of this page.
The main band line up is:
- Neville Staple: Lead Vocals & Original Rudeboy!
- Joe Atkinson: Keyboards & Additional Vocals
- Sledge: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
- Matty Bane: Drums
- Spencer Hague: Trombone & Backing Vocals
- Christine Sugary Staple: Manager & Additional Vocals
- Billy Shinbone: Guitarist & Backing Vocals
- Gareth John: Trumpet & Backing Vocals
From Bath in Somerset,Matty Bane has been playing drums for over 30 years, currently playing Premier drums. He first toured with Neville as part of the Special Beat tour of Japan and Australia in 2005 and has been part of the Neville Staple band for 7 years and has drummed on 2 of Neville’s albums. Matty has played with Bad Manners for over 10 years and also toured with a host of other Artists including Max Splodge, Eddie Tudor-Pole, John Otway and Paul Foxes Ruts.
Matty also has his own Band in Bristol called The Transpersonals and likes trains, real ale and conspiracy theories.
Steve Armstrong aka Sledge
Took up guitar at the age of 12 and started playing bass at the age of 18. Influences . Sting, Stanley Clark and Geddy Lee.
Joined The Neville Staple Band in 2005 and co-wrote several tracks from the last Album SKA crazy.
Previous band experience includes Bad manners, Special Beat, The Beat and The Selecter.
Quote. “You can never have to many basses”
Joe has been playing organ and piano with Neville since 2003. He also takes on backing vocals duties and a bit of harmonica. He loves vintage keyboards (Vox Jaguar, Elka x-55,Hohner Pianet) but is usually seen onstage with his trusty Roland VK7 organ. As well as the Neville Staple Band, Joe plays for Flipron (who released a single “The Comet Returns” with Neville in 2012) and has also toured with many other acts including Donovan, The Selecter, Chris Jagger and Bad Manners.
Spencer has been playing the trombone since the age of 6. After playing in brass bands up until he was 16, he then moved on to guitar based bands and joined a rock/soul outfit recording on multiple albums and even playing on The Specials 2011 UK arena tour with the same band as one of the support acts. Then going on to play internationally including touring Tokyo, Japan and Europe. Since leaving that outfit in 2015 and now gaining a name for himself, Spencer now plays for bands over multiple genres including reggae, ska, New Orleans style jazz and soul. His most memorable moment so far since branching out is being asked to be the trombone player for the Neville Staple Band!
Christine ‘SUGARY’ Staple
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Events & Entertainments All-Rounder (pivotal creater & founder of the much celebrated Skamouth Weekender). Christine provides additional and B-Vox, plus co-writes / co-produces songs with husband Neville, as well as managing the Neville Staple Band, including the Artwork, PR, web content and promotions for the band. See her story at www.sugarystaple.com
Singer, Songwriter, guitarists who is also frontman of Flipron (who released a single “The Comet Returns” with Neville in 2012), alongside Joe Atkinson.
(More info to follow)
Regular Deps, Recording Musicians & other Neville Staple Support
David ‘Davo’ Edwards
Daddy Woody (aka Nuff Lyrics)
Trevor ET Rockers Evans