Pictures and Information courtesy of Masters of Mellow
The Band Members from left to right are:-
Ady Howard - Keyboards
Don Sanders - Vocals
Chris Warriner - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Bob Bettsworth - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Sometimes a venue needs live music that's
different from the normal full-on power band presentation.
Sometimes a mellower approach is required - music to sing along to -
or to just chill to.
Music which is driven by high
quality musicianship and tight harmony - not the volume switch.
Masters of Mellow fill this bill, with a wide range of material,
from the sometimes haunting tunes of Simon and Garfunkel, the
finger-picking punch of country music, to the classics of Bob Dylan, Mark
Knopfler, James Taylor, Ricky Nelson, Don McLean to name but a few.
Add to these a bunch of home-grown numbers, and the audience can
expect to enjoy a mix of songs which trigger fond memories, or create
The band has three permanent members : Bob
Bettsworth , Don Sanders and Ady Howard.
Bob is the
band's organiser, acoustic guitarist, and vocalist. He started his
performing career in the early 60's as a member of a folk group and
stayed with folk music, with a little acoustic blues, until the mid 80's
at which point he decided that it was time he got to play a lot of the
music that had been going on around him for so long. He also penned the
'home-grown' items in the song-list.
Don is the band's
prime vocalist, taking the lead wherever his smooth Castleford/Glasgow
tinted voice hit's the spot. He's been singing in public for over ten years,
but has much more public performance experience, having for many years
been a professional bingo-caller. His favourite music is country and
western, and his influence on the song-list is considerable.
Ady - the baby of the band - is the band's keyboard (and stompbox)
specialist. He is classically trained, and a qualified teacher, and has
a vast range of musical styles under his belt. He spent quite a few
years as backing keyboards player in pubs and clubs, which brought him
into contact with all kinds of music. He is also , as a complete contrast, a
church organist, so he's always got at least one gig per week !
The band has a frequent fourth member - Chris Warriner - who was
part of an earlier band of Bob's and who provides extra vocals and
guitar, especially when more upbeat material is planned for special
events. he band's gigs are more often than not private parties, be it
Birthdays, Retirements, Wedding Anniversaries, or very often Garden Parties
or Barbecues, but they are also regular performers at local pubs, which
gives the general public access to their music.