photos by Stuart Steele, Steven Verhoeven & Robert Tooms
Paul Cuff: double bass
Paul’s quiet unassuming presence belies a highly experienced musicianship gained from many years of playing. His superb timing, phrasing & touch effortlessly handles everything from jazzy swing to boogie to rockin’ blues. His background includes a wide variety of bands not least the respected blues outfit - Pete G & The Magnitones.
‘Solid backbeats from drummer Roy Webber & Paul Cuff on double bass
soon had the dance-floor packed, & it stayed that way all night!’
Blues in Britain
‘The Cadillac Kings have one of the finest rhythm sections to be heard anywhere’
Roy ‘Uncle’ Webber: drums, vocals
One of the best blues, shuffle, swing (you name it) drummers around. Roy has occupied the drum stool in some of the very best UK bands including Big Joe Louis’ Blues Kings, Little George’s band, Steve ‘West’ Weston’s Bluesonics & The Marques Bros. Together with Paul’s double bass, Roy completes one of the finest rhythm sections on the blues & swing scenes either side of the pond.
‘Dangerously accurate drumming!’
Ken Smith, Red Lick Records
‘Drums up a storm- what a great rhythm section’
‘Keeps things throbbing like a V8 engine’
Mike Thomas: vocals, slide guitar, harmonica, percussion
Lead vocalist and main songwriter for the band, just occasionally he gets the chance to show off his blistering Elmore James-ish slide playing. The ‘veteran’ member of the ‘Kings, Mike spent much of the ‘80s & early ‘90s fronting Camden’s ‘Poorboys’, which, together with Diz & the Doormen, & The Balham Alligators, made up London’s very own New Orleans musical mafia.
‘An absolutely cracking vocalist’
Phil Wight, Blues & Rhythm
‘Sounds like he's having a natural ball on each and every tune’
Ken Smith, Red Lick Records Review
‘A gutsy, characterful singer & frontman’
Doug McPherson, Classic American Magazine
Mal Barclay: guitar, vocals
Mal moved back to London, the city of his birth, in 2002, after playing in various Edinburgh bands. The Monday night jam at the ‘Ain't Nothin' But’ in Kingly Street reignited a life-long passion for blues and roots music, and heralded the start of a long hard climb up the ranks of London’s blues guitar league. He’s now right up there having played with a whole mess of people, including appearances with Jeremiah Marques’ Blue Aces, Steve Weston’s Bluesonics, Pete G & the MagniTones, et al.
Mal’s style & attack reflects the influence of artists such as T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian, the 3 Kings, Johnny Gtr Watson, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters and Hollywood Fats. He is also a great fan of Scotty Moore & Cliff Gallup. Contemporary influences include Ronnie Earl, Jimmie Vaughan, and Junior Watson.
Tim Penn: piano, accordion, vocals.
The Cadillac Kings are delighted to welcome onboard keyboard & accordion virtuoso, Tim Penn. And after 25+ years Mike’s especially pleased to find himself playing alongside another former ‘Poorboy’.
Tim’s been one of the most ‘in demand’ keyboard players on the roots, songwriter & blues scenes, going as far back as the 1970s when Tim was a member of the Kevin Coyne band alongside Andy Summers (The Police). After a spell in the ‘80s with The Poorboys Tim returned to the live stage as a member of ex Eclection singer Doris Henderson’s band. Since Doris’ death in 2005 Tim has hooked up again with members of the west London blues scene including his old partner from Kevin Coyne’s band, Gordon Smith. Nowadays you can often find him in the company of Alan Glenn, Papa George, Paul Cox and other blues stalwarts, as well as occasionally hosting New Orleans jam nights in Soho alongside the growing NOLA lovers of London. Plus, not forgetting his forays as frontman of his own band, Tim Penn and The Strange Sins.