Heather Findlay Band Line-up

Time to share great news with you concerning the line-up for my forthcoming HEATHER FINDLAY BAND tour this NOVEMBER!

It is with much excitement that I can announce that this November, lead guitar duties will be skillfully crafted by the awesome Simon Snaize!
Simon is a very old friend of mine and Chris’s too so not only will the band be enriched with the grace, power, beauty and utter shreddabilty of Si’s musicianship, we will also be blessed with even more of a family vibe than ever before! Next up is to announce with glee, that Stu Fletcher, one of the most incredible bass players I have had the pleasure to watch and listen to, will also be joining The HFB in November! Again, Stu is part of a biiiiig family tree of musician friends in York and it is a great honour to be working with him!
If you think I sound excited, then come see why in November! And bring spare socks! ;))
As we all know, nothing stays the same forever and I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks to Dave Kilminster and Steve Vantsis for their valuable contributions thus far in the HFB.
For now, other commitments take them elsewhere for which I wish them well. They are great friends of mine and should the opportunities arise, I will always welcome them back through the big ol’ revolving front door on the HFB house! 🙂
By way of introduction, for anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of experiencing their work, I have included a brief biography for both Simon and Stu, and a couple of lovely pics too.
Simon Snaize

Simon Snaize

Simon Snaize is a York based Singer/Songwriter. As a solo musician he has released two albums ‘Surface Chatter’ (2001), recorded in Boston Massachusetts, and ‘Heartland’ (2006) recorded in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He began his musical life as a guitar player in the band Wooden Horse which also featured Chris Johnson (Halo Blind, Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay Band) on keyboards. Simon and Chris collaborated in 2004 on the alt-country album ‘The Northern Country’ and Simon contributed many of the lead guitar parts to Halo Blind’s first album ‘The Fabric’. Simon most recently spent ten months in New Zealand recording an album with Horizon Award finalist David Shanhun and Petra Bullock entitled ‘Live At The Lab’.

As a session musician Simon has played with Chris Helme (The Seahorses, The Yards), Brian Gottesman (Chucklehead), Fish, Peter Moore (Count Zero), and has supported bands such as Dodgy, The Muttonbirds, Grand Drive, The Cavedogs, Mieka Pauley and Deb Talan (The Weepies). As a producer Simon has worked extensively around the USA, and won the New Mexico Music Awards in the categories of Best CD and Best Producer in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Simon’s next solo album ‘The Structure Of Recollection’ is due out later this year and features Heather Findlay on vocals, Angela Gordon on Flute, Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) on vocals and piano, and Chris Johnson as engineer.

Stu Fletcher

Stu Fletcher

As bassist with The Seahorses, the Geffen-signed band formed by guitar legend John Squire after the demise of The Stone Roses in 1996, Stuart scored a UK number one album produced by Tony Visconti, whose credits include David Bowie, T Rex, Morrissey and Kaiser Chiefs. The album spawned three UK top 10 singles, and saw the band tour extensively throughout Europe, America and Japan, landing support slots with The Rolling Stones, U2 and Oasis to name a few, as well as making TV appearances on Later with Jools Holland, TFI Friday, MTV, Top of the Pops, and main stage appearances at all the major festivals.

As a session bassist for the Happy Mondays, Stuart toured with Oasis for the second time in 2000, including two nights at Wembley Stadium to 125,000 people each night, as well as Glastonbury’s main stage and the Witness festival in Ireland. He’s played two sell-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom, New York with Saint Etienne as a performer on their American tour and later the Smash Hits Poll Winner’s Party with The Calling.

Work followed with Shed Seven vocalist Rick Witter which culminated in an album release and UK tour. Featuring on 11 albums to date as either a session player or band member for various signed artists, Stuart’s currently working on a diverse range of material including live bass on house records and working with Jeff Buckley / Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas.

He’s now also recording and writing with his own band We Could Be Astronauts, which features Channel 4 / Orange Unsigned finalist Dave Hartley on drums. Nominated to play on the terrace at the House of Commons in support of intellectual music property rights and a performance at this years T in the Park festival have been highlights. Having reached the International Final of Surface Festival 2012 at London’s Indig02 arena and received extensive airplay on BBC and internet radio, their debut release in October is hotly anticipated.

Stuart has recently returned to his roots, performing with fellow Seahorse Chris Helme on his new solo album, The Rookery. The album is currently receiving rave reviews from music magazines Uncut, Q, Tuppence and Classic Rock etc. and after 16 years in the music industry, it’s fair to say, Stuart’s been there, done that, and still doing it.

Well, after reading those rather impressive resumes, you may now understand why I sound giddy! 😉

I can’t wait to catch you on the road. We will be beginning on working on a blinding set list for you this month, where you can expect a few surprise inclusions! 😉

 With The Raggy AnnsJulia Jenkins AND an Odin Dragonfly reunion as part of this tour, November is going to be a very special month indeed!
 Check the tour page now, grab your tickets now and get there early!!!

Lots of Love,

H xxx