Meet The Band
Rod was born in the year of Rock'n'Roll and has been a fan of 60s music for as long as he can remember. He's the proud owner of 7 well used guitars and enjoys using the right guitar to suit the song.
A self taught guitarist, Rod started singing in public at a very early age. At 6 he entered a talent contest in Lewis's Manchester. He came third and won 3 guineas for singing 'Bachelor Boy'! Since then he has done numerous charity events, including participating in a world record busk. A retired civil servant his 4 main passions are: family, music, travelling and Bury Footbsll Club.
Rod is a natural performer with a rhythmic guitar style and a 'gravelly' voice which allows him to replicate the 60s sound.
Bev is a classically trained viola player who played in the family quartet as a child. She joined the local youth orchestra at 13 and later became a member of the Northern Junior Philharmonic having gained a distinction at grade 8.
Her interest in playing 60s classics began many years later when she met her future husband Rod. Musically her life changed in 2014 through a chance meeting with Carol Jason who introduced her to many musical genres which broadened Bev's musical horizons. Through Carol, Bev met Angela who began writing viola parts so that Bev could fully participate in her musical arrangements rather than busk along.
In 2016 Bev acquired a rare, limited edition, electric viola. Her - now - enhanced string parts give the Silhouette Band a unique perspective whilst fully retaining its musical authenticity.
Bev is a keen and accomplished artist who enjoys travel, walking her dog and watching live music.
Lead Female Vocalist
In her own words, Carol is a 'Yorkshire Lass born 'n; bred - but don't hold that against me.'
She has been active in the music industry, singing with bands, trios and solo for over 25 years. Initially Carol learned her trade through working prolifically in cabaret and working men's clubs - but eventually she was adding session work at the BBC to her list of musical activities.
Carol has been fortunate enough to perform as soloist at some of the country's most prestigious concert venues including London's Royal Albert Hall. She also sang during the northern tour of the hit musical Evita.
Carol's dynamic vocals and warm personality add a significantly appealing dimension to the Silhouette sound.
Back to her own words... 'Singing is so much fun and to continue singing with a bunch of such enthusiastic musicians - as Silhouette are - is a dream come true.'
Carol’s musical family background ranged from Bach to Beethoven, Big Band to Beatles and beyond. Daddy played drums, Mummy played piano and little Sister sang and played clarinet.
Carol became an accomplished professional musician having studied piano and guitar in her teens before discovering the bass guitar which became her first passion. Her early career took her all over Europe touring with rock and pop bands, followed by cruise ships and cabaret venues with television appearances at home and abroad.
Settling down in the 80s brought Carol closer to home and there were plenty of gigs with function bands, big bands and jazz ensembles. Carol is currently recording her second Jazz CD with well known standards and songs she has written. The proceeds of the CD will be donated to Cancer research.
Being part of Silhouette is like being in a family with love, care and camaraderie, but above all great music!
Keyboard - Arranger
Angela was born in Dunfermline in Scotland and took up piano lessons at the age of six.
Throughout her teens she was fascinated by film scores and began to study basic orchestration. In later years she was influenced heavily by her cousin who had been a professional musician and sound engineer throughout the 60s and 70s. As a direct consequence of this Angela took up performing professionally - and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Orient. This gave her an understanding of the music of other cultures.
She later obtained a first class music degree at Leeds University where she majored in composition and the use of music used subliminally in film. She has written two musical plays - one of which was shortlisted for workshop in Oxford.
She is an avid lover of cats, interested in astronomy and enjoys cruising in her narrowboat.
Clarinet - Backing Vocals - Ukulele
The little Sister of Carol (bass player) with the same musical background, plus the added bonus of a big Sister who taught her to play guitar!
Johanne went on to study piano, clarinet and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. She worked in music publishing and at the BBC before finally settling into teaching piano, clarinet, flute, guitar and ukulele!!
With a passion for all things creative Johanne enjoys writing, arranging, recording and performing music of all genres, as well as having a love of textiles and fashioning garments via knitting, crochet and sewing.
Johanne is delighted to be a part of this talented band of musicians.