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After a few years break Jenny Darren has come back to the Rock scene with a new album AND a 'Heritage' album - the best of 1977 -1980 - called Heartbreaker.  It is on Heartbreaker that Nicko McBrain is heard playing on three of the tracks as they were chosen from the 1980 album, Jenny Darren 2, which Nicko played on ALL the recordings three years before joining Iron Maiden.    The 'Heartbreaker' tracks he appears on are; 'The Grand Canyon on my Dreams', 'Ready Steady Eddie' and 'Sky Diver'.  This is early Nicko at his pulsating best, just as poweful and unique in his stylistic drumming execution, then as now.

Nicko McBrain Iron maiden Drummer circa 1980

Nicko McBrain
circa 1980
Nicko Mcbrain circa 1980 Iron Maiden Drummer

Jenny Darren started her career as a child Artiste at the age of 5 and from the age of 12 was singing in her cousin George's Rock & Roll band "Johnny Darke & the Rocking Phantoms" - later changed to - 'Jennie Melody & her Rocking Phantoms.  Jenny started to play acoustic guitar and write her own songs, she was also performing in ‘The Roving Saracens’. Jenny met her first Manager who stayed for the next three years, journalist Richard Jaffa (Manchester Evening News). Richard turned to drummer Mac Poole and together formed a 'Super Band' behind Jenny, guitars were played by Geoff Lord and Fred Nash, whilst bass was provided by Pete Bickley formerly of the Mavericks. The Band featured early Motown material, though not exactly 'de rigeur' in the UK at this time.   Jenny liked to keep herself busy and also sung in a modern jazz trio once a week and a Trad band.

Richard secured a deal with Fontana records for Jenny who became 'Jenny Wren' for two singles, releasing 'The Merry-Go-Round' and 'Chasing my dream all over town', which went on to become a Northern Soul Classic. Her next band, The Second City Sound, featured the first ‘live’ synthesiser in the country, which was built by the band’s keyboardist Ken Freeman, who went on to compose the film score for War of the Worlds (2005), starring Tom Cruise. The Second City Sound had an album release by Colombia and two singles by Major Minor records.

Stoney End, a Manchester Rock Band, served as a brief interlude before an introduction to drummer/producer Geoff Gill and his musical co-writer partner Cliff Wade.   Geoff quickly became her Co-Manager along with David Beale.   Within a couple of years Jenny was recording regularly at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, near Manchester, for such bands as 10 CC before going on to record four albums with DJM Records and the song writing team Gill/Wade.  The release of the single Heartbreaker, penned by Gill/Wade for Jenny Darren suiting the classic rock career she was forging, was delayed by DJM. The following year Pat Benatar recorded and released the track, it hit number 23 in the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 4 and a half months in the US charts.

Sometime later, Jenny broke ranks with 'Gill/Wade', and went on to be signed up exclusively to DJM as an artiste/songwriter. Teaming up with keyboardist Bobby Webb, they wrote and released an album of original songs. Some of the songs from this collaboration are still unreleased.  Contractual problems saw Jenny part company with both DJM and Bobby Webb in the 80's, although songs were still written with Bobby in the coming years.  Jenny returned to Jazz for a full-time career from 1989 to 2005 and has taken various career breaks since, feeling that Rock and Jazz had, pretty much, been played out for her.

2014 saw all of that change as Jenny decided to re-embark upon her journey of music and take another soirée into Rock.   Things happened quickly and upon deciding to join a local band, she then  followed a friend’s suggestion and re-record Heartbreaker, which saw her assemble a full-on rock band and record an album, with some pedigree. Heard on that album ‘LadyKiller’, which is due for release Spring 2016, are Clive Poole - guitar, Andy Hawkins on drums and Kev Moore on Bass and vocals with guest artists; Graham Oliver - guitar (Saxon), Robin George (Thin Lizzy/Glenn Hughes), Tom Leary – Fiddle (Lindisfarne) and Tony Williams – guitar.

A career retrospective Heritage album containing 19 tracks will be released via Angel Air Records 6th November 2015.

Graham Oliver Saxon guitarist with Jenny darren

Graham Oliver is the Founder member of the Rock Metal Band, Saxon.  And the writer of some of the most memorable riffs in Metal including 'Wheels of Steel' and 'Princess of the Night'.  Graham Oliver has continued to thrill audiences with ODS (Oliver/Dawson/Saxon), plus an acclaimed solo album 'End of an Era'.  Graham has also guested with Italian rockers Twin Dragons and ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli John Roth, in addition to playing guitar for Mickey Finn's T. Rex after performing 'Get it on' with Marc Bolan's son Rolan.

Oliver and Saxon bassist Steve Dawson are currently writing the book, "Saxon Drugs and Rock and Roll - The Real Spinal Tap".  The book will tell the story of how Oliver and Dawson were the inspirations for the film "This is Spinal Tap", and will include stories that never made it into the film.

Andrew started playing drums at the age of 13.
He has been a member of Bjorn Again, the ABBA tribute act, since 2002, playing regular tours and Festival appearances all over the world and the UK including - The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and the main stages at Sonisphere, Isle of Wight Bestival and the V Festival.

A little later on, he began a short stint as the house drummer in Brighton's Soul Reality Collective, then supporting his Brother (Jools) with his Rythm & Blues Collective here in the UK.  Andrew joined Symposium's Wojtek Godzisz in 2007, recording his debut solo album, touring the UK.  In 2009 Andrew joined forces with UK singer Scarlette Fever, on her debut album and he has also undertaken two UK tours with Mike and the Mechanics and Roachford. . He also supported Cher on her European Arena Tour AND has performed at notable UK venues, such as, The Royal Albert hall, Hyde Park, and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, in London

2012 – 2014 saw Andrew concentrate mainly on his Abba gigs and his partnership with Wojtek Godzisz and it was in late 2014 after watching him play with the 'Bootleg BC Sweet' that an impressed Jenny Darren invited him to record with her on her latest album LadyKillers.

In his time away from performing, you can find Andrew at the prestigious London Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Events Techinical Manager

Andrew Hawkins c on drums for Jenny Darrens Ladykillers
Kev Moore  guitarist with Jenny Darren

It was in 1974 hearing Deep Purple's 'Burn It', and the bass and vocals of Glenn Hughes, which inspired Kev to forego drums in favour of playing four strings.   He formed 'Midnight Express' with guitarist Adrian (Fos) Foster and they began to take plaudits on the local scene in Derby by playing a mixture of covers and originals.

Restless with the local surroundings, Kev turned professional in 1979, joining a 6 piece touring band APOLLO. Two years solid gigging in Scandinavia followed, after which Kev returned to the UK to form Tubeless Hearts, a band destined to be together for many years, recording an AOR cult classic album 'Three', which also featured SAXON guitarist Graham Oliver, marking the beginning of a long friendship with the Metal axeman.

Kev first met Jeff Christie in 1978, when Jeff produced and arranged Tubeless Hearts' version of the Christie worldwide Number 1 hit 'Yellow River'.  Following the recording session with Jeff, he soon recruited Tubeless Hearts to 'become' Christie, as Jeff took the band on the road again and toured all over the world including Germany, Belgium, Holland, Israel and Moscow Dynamo stadium in Russia.

In the 90's Kev also fronted Graham Oliver's SAXON for two tours on bass and vocals.  He also guested on several tracks of Graham's solo album 'End of an Era'.  When Tubeless Hearts split , Kev formed the duo Dedication with guitarist Dave Sargent, recording an album with renowned producer and songwriter Clyde Ward  In '98, the three of them toured the U.S.A. as part of Garry Bushell's cult punk band THE GONADS, performing at the legendary CBGB's in New York and eventually appearing on three Gonads albums.

In 2005, following a recommendation from Graham Oliver, Kev joined the late Brian Connolly's BC SWEET (now re-named Bootleg Counterfeit Sweet) on bass and lead vocals, and has now been a member for the past 10 years.  2010 saw him record a solo blues album detailing his trip through the American south and the blues delta.  He also recorded a CD for his beloved Derby County Football club. Diversifying further, he guested on bass on the album 'Songsmith' by folk artist Steve Bonham.

He enjoys writing  and co-wrote the acclaimed comeback album of Danish metal band Witch Cross 'Axe to Grind'.  He also provided 2 original songs for Jenny Darren's new album and and Finnish Prog band Paidarion both due to be released in 2016.  He also provides bass and vocals on both projects.  He has currently joined forces with Jenny in Draco Angelis both providing their song writing, musical and vocal talents, creating a unique blend of Celtic/Rock/Blues/World style.

Tom is a beautifully tender player with a great gift for writing melodic tunes, he is regarded as one the UK's premier fiddle players.  

Over the last 18 years his endless list of credits include; Clem Clempson (Humble Pie, Jack Bruce Band), Steve Gibbons, Phil Bates Trio (ELO) Feast of Fiddles with Dave Mattacks, The John B Spencer Trio (with Graeme Taylor), Little Johnny England, Tanna a new band Zeus with Dave Lambert of The Strawbs and Graeme Taylor and Jon Davie of Gryphon and of cours the mighty Lindisfarne.

Tom formed a new duo with P J Wright and most recently has started working with Lindisfarne and The Gary Fletcher Band.

Tom lives in Oxfordshire, UK, and can also been seen playing with Ian Cutler in Albion Morris.

Tom Leary Lindesfarne fiddle Jenny darren
Tony William Jenny Darren guitar

Tony has played all over the world with many different musicians in many genres of music.

He has also taught literally thousands of people to play guitar, some of whom are now professional guitarists themselves.

Below is a contributing list of names whom Tony has worked with;

Ray Lewis Drifters The American Drifters
Jaki Graham
Angie Brown
Brother Beyond
Katrina & the Waves
Boney M
Afro Blue (jazz Funk )
Nathan Moore Brother Beyond
Gena Gee
Massive Organ Trio (with Steve Watts of Jo Herman,Steve Winwood)
All Things Must Pass (10 piece Brighton based George Harrison project)

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