The Freudian Slippz - Guitar Rock Band    
  The Freudian Slippz ...
We are a four/five piece band playing original music. We play melodic rock music with influences blending from rock, Latino, classical, folk, blues and jazz sources. The emphasis is on strong melody lines and chorus with a dancing, toe-tapping rhythm. Originally formed in 2008 this current line up has been together since summer 2013. We are:

Bill Beatroot: Bass guitar and backing vocals
Gordon Fraser
: Drums and backing vocals
Katey Ann Fraser
: Guest Lead Vocals
David Mann
: Guitar and vocals
Roy Nelham: Congas and percussion

You can find out more about The Freudian Slippz here:
Video from Angelfest 4 - May 2015
Videos From The Grey Lady 17/7/14
YouTube Video "Gift of A Day"
YouTube Video "Heartbeat"
My Space

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

Biographies ...

David Mann, “the singing psychotherapist!” plays guitar and lead vocals and 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 Latino, classical, jazz, blues, folk 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 wife, Michelle, who puts the words to the voice of The Freudian Slippz.

Michelle MacGrath, lyric writer, is a published poet. She has been translating Russian poetry and writing her own since her early twenties, initially to record key events, ideas, observations and moods. She has been writing songs with David since 2009 and in that time they have written a large number of songs – ‘and now we know how many songs it takes to fill the Albert Hall’.

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. Bill 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 Slippz rehearsal to see if they would accept me as percussionist in addition to their successful line-up. Fortunately, they agreed.


The Freudian Slippz, Juke Box Rocks!

Recordings by
The Freudian Slippz

All songs copyright Mann, MacGrath
and The Freudian Slippz

The Freudian Slippz, Live Music Summer 2011


The Freudian Slippz Live Music

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


Bill Beatroot on Bass :-)


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With thanks and fond memories to our former bassists:


The Freudian Slippz, David, Gordon, Bryan

Bryan Westbrook (left): Played guitar for many years, took up the bass in 2010, guitar influences include Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, BB King to name a few, bass influences the likes of Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Mel Schacher, Andy Fraser the list is endless. Band experience mostly in the 80's, most successful being the MW Band who once supported a group called the Look with their hit tune being 'I am the Beat'. The MW Band was also featured on radio Kent at that time and one of our tunes called Radio was their song of the year. Played with the Freudian Slippz in 2012



The Freudian Slippz, David, Gordon, Steve

Steve Diver (right): bass guitar and backing vocals, has been playing guitar and bass for a very long time. He has played in other bands from Scotland all the way down to Hampshire. Bass players he hopes to be influenced by include James Jamerson, Jean -Jaques Burnel and Bootsy Collins. Steve's day job is not interesting enough to mention here. Played with the Freudian Slippz from 2008 to 2011



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