“Heartbeat”, our first EP, was Recorded at
The Granary Studio, Lamberhurst 28/8/11
Engineered and Mixed by Guy Denning.
To buy our EP as MP3
downloads with PayPal please click here
David Mann, guitar and vocals, is actually a Freudian psychotherapist in
his day-job! For more information see his web-site:
At school he played the clarinet but found his true form of musical self
expression when he took up the guitar. His guitar influences are the
usual suspects: Richard Thompson, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Robert
Fripp, Jimmy Page --- but he honestly can’t play half as well as any of
them! His song writing reflects influences from his wide taste in music:
though essentially rock, there are shades, notes, colours, tones and
rhythms from blues, folk, Latino, classical, jazz and world music. He
has always had trouble writing his own lyrics. In his teens he put poems
by William Blake, Lewis Carroll and others to music. These days he
co-writes with his partner, Michelle, who puts the words to the voice of
The Freudian Slippz.
Michelle MacGrath, lyric writer, is a published poet. She has been
writing and translating poetry since her early twenties. She started
writing poetry to record key events, ideas, observations and moods. She
has been writing songs with David for 2 years and in that time they have
written more than 100 songs together.
Bill Beatroot started playing guitar in the eponymous band,
"Billy and the Beatroots", whilst still at school.
At university he played bass in a band named "Blue Smoke" which
supported acts such as "The Ronettes". Bill still enjoys occasional
musical reunions with colleagues from these earlier bands. Recently Bill
has joined the Freudian Slippz, contributing to David's and Gordon's
melodic sound as of summer 2013. Bill’s bass influences include Jack
Bruce and Mark Tobik. You will probably have heard of the former but not
the latter who plays with the incomparable Kate Voegele.
Gordon Fraser, drums and backing vocals, started playing the drums at
school in the 70’s, he was in a couple of school bands and has been
playing on and off with friends ever since. After a period of not
playing but feeling that something was missing in his life he dusted off
his kit and joined the Freudian Slippz in January 2010 and has been
enjoying making music with the band ever since! Gordon is also a
Computer Consultant, for more information his web site is
Katey Ann Fraser, actress and extraordinary singer guests on lead
vocals for us check out her web page on
Roy Nelham, I have always been interested in music from the
rhythm/drumming perspective rarely hearing or remembering the words of
songs. In 1990 I attended a drum and percussion workshop in Brighton
held by Vincent Salzfaaz and was hooked. I was given my first drum, a
Gumbe African drum, as a Birthday present from my wife later that year
with the message “stop talking about it so much and go and do it!”. I
immediately started attending Vincent’s weekly group drum classes in
Hastings it wasn’t long before we were on Hastings sea front giving a
“concert”. Alison Surridge, now ”House of Rhythm”, was in the group and
set up her own drum circle in Waldron and I transferred there. The group
grew and I acquired a Djembe drum and with some core members gave one or
two performances. In the late 1990’s, 7 of us, including Alison, formed
Tricky Beats, a successful Sussex African drum and percussion band. I
preferred base rhythms so I acquired a Bougarabou (African base drum),
Conga drums, Bongo Drums, etc and joined the two others in the base line
up. Tricky Beats gave many performances at weddings, Birthdays,
concerts, Brighton African Night Fever, Heathfield Show and Le Marche
and many others, often with repeat performances. We recorded and
produced two CD’s. In 2012 our lead drummer arranger and drum teacher
decided to return to more instrumental music as well as his drum classes
so Tricky Beats wound up at the end of the year. In 2013 I invited
myself along to a Freudian Slipz rehearsal to see if they would accept
me as percussionist in addition to their successful line-up.
Fortunately, they agreed.
For more original song writing from the duo of David Mann &
Michelle MacGrath please see their SoundCloud page:
Contact David Mann for band availability on 01892 541917
or Gordon Fraser on 01435 866575
Our Gig Dates are listed HERE on
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