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Better known as Pete G and his band the Magnitones, he is now one of the best known harmonica players in the South East with regular gigs in local blues clubs like the "Ain't nothing But", in London's Soho, as well as being a favourite for some of the Blues Weekends. Pete plays a mixture of jump music, West Coast blues and his own compositions, soloing on diatonic and chromatic. His influences range from the pioneers of the fifties - Tittle Walter, George Smith, Walter Horton, and Sonny Boy Williamson II - through to todays innovators such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, Sugar Ray Norcia, Little Charlie and the Nightcaps, and the laste Willian Clarke. In addition to his quartet he also does a few big band gigs a year, and can been seen as part of a duet, if you know where to look.
Pete has a two CDs under his belt - "Take your Pick" and "Custom Built" - which got rave reviews in the blues press. You can get more details on his web site.
Laurie GarmanBorn in 1950, Laurie started playing harmonica in 1965. His first recordings were an album and single with Key Largo on Blue Horizon records in 1970. Subsequently he had quite a few session credits, including Bob Marley and the Wailers on Island Records, blues guitar legend Freddie King on RSO Records, two albums under his own name by record producer Mike Vernon, two albums with blues legend Lightnin Slim, an album track with US soul group Bloodstone, a session with UK singer song wwriter Gerry Rafferty, an album track with UK rock band the Inmates, an album with UK band the Enemy Within, theme music for Mojo Workin on Channel 4, plus many other more obscure recordings.
He has played live with many bands including Michigan Flyers (1971-1974), The Cobras (1980 -1984) and The Yardbirds (1994-1997). Currently he can be seen jamming with Pete Welland and at occasional gigs with singer song writer Richie Milton and his band, as well as at some NHL festivals and events. Laurie is now playing with his band "Jerimiah Marques and the Blue Aces"
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