Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie Lane's band - Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O'Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.
The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated: Jim Cregan, Colin Davey, Alun Davies, Des Horsfall, Malcolm Hoskins, John Lingwood, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Jim Russell, James Walbourne and Graham Walker.
Ronnie Lane always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie's musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.
The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie's later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.
A unique and prolific songsmith that draws influences from the very roots of folk and blues Matthew cites heroes such as Townes Van Zandt, Cohen and Dylan as his lyrical guides. Demanding listeners to take their ears out of the cities and back into the flatline skies of the fens. A songwriter of 20 years with as he puts it “truths to write ”. His debut album entitled Matthew James Aylett and produced by legendary producer Gordon Raphael travels across the lands of audio perception wandering through Matthew's mind, following his frustrations and embarked elations. Wrap your heart and mind round this unique and warm album.
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