Chris O’Connell

Chris O'Connell

Chris O’Connell

When you buy tickets to our show for the first time, we are under no illusion that the reason behind it is the music of the main man, Phil Collins. Whether you are a fan of the Genesis era or the solo material, you need convincing at a tribute show that the musicians feel the same way you do about the notes they sing and play.

Within seconds of seeing our ‘Phil’ you will realise that your fears are unfounded. The vocals, the mannerisms, the passion of the telling of the story and each heartfelt word, Chris O’Connell perfectly captures our hero. From the sad ballads to the rocking pop songs, it’s obvious that Chris has spent a lot of time watching Phil perform. Watch his antics with the tambourine, see him interact with the band and then take to the drum stool or keyboard to finish the job of proving he has it all to capture the essence of Mr Collins on stage.

Chris is a lifelong Phil Collins and Genesis fan from Liverpool. He has a background in theatre and acting, skills of which are shown on stage in abundance! Chris comes from a musical family of multi instrumentalists. He started his stage career as a guitarist, with Dave Gilmour a major influence. At 19, a friend persuaded him to listen to the Genesis albums ‘A Trick of The Tail’ and ‘Wind and Wuthering’, and the young Chris’ love of Genesis and Phil Collins began. Come to chat to him at the end of a show and hear his knowledge of the hero he so naturally portrays….once you get him chatting though, you might never get home….

Favourite Music: Oh you mean apart from Phil and Genesis? The Beatles, Steely Dan, Yes, Supertramp, Elton John, Whitney Houston.
Chris’ favourite Phil Collins song to perform is ‘In the Air Tonight’
His favourite Phil album is ‘Face Value’ and he feels Phil’s most unrated song is ‘Don’t let him steal your heart away’.

The And Finally Horns

And Finally...Horns

And Finally…Horns

Tom Lark – Trombone

The charisma of our resident Trombonist is something that most of our fans comment on when they first see our show! There is no doubt that Tom loves to be on the stage, playing directly to the audience with his infectious style at every opportunity. Watching Tom up there, you can’t help but smile with him!
Tom began in local Big Bands in Somerset, before progressing to the professional circuit playing Soul, Funk and Latin nationally to great acclaim. Tom holds a BA Hons in Band Musicianship, which led him to become a founder member of our band, and the leader of the And Finally Horns.
Favourite Music: Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Incognito, Fred Wesley
Previous Projects: Tom has worked with performers such as Yazz, Omar, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, The Drifters, Jamie Johnson and Natasha Watts.
Tom’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘Misunderstanding’.

Sam Adams – Saxophone
Sam provides the cool, laid back vibe of the horn section, and indeed the band! His joy of playing the sax in Phil’s songs is a thing to behold, and those big sax solos where he takes centre stage, leaves the audience in awe at his reproduction of those original beautiful sounds that Phil created.
Sam’s early passions were Hip Hop and Funk music but he fell in love with Jazz and the Alto Saxophone as soon as he heard the first few notes of a Charlie Parker Album. He built his early reputation in a West London band called The Guvnors, before embarking on a BA in Music (Jazz Studies). Sam is a qualified Music Teacher in the South of England.
Favourite Music: Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker
Previous Projects: Sam has worked with performers such as Yazz, Bad Manners, Omar, Jamie Johnson, The Dualers and Natasha Watts
Sam’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘Against All Odds’

Michael Maddocks – Trumpet
Being the youngest member of the horn section, and having to deal with the huge character of Tom Lark alongside him, you would think that Mike would stand by and let the show revolve around him. But certainly not! Mike is a force of his own on stage, and you only have to hear the high notes on the trumpet and see him taking centre spotlight to realise that! The fun that the horn section has relates to the personalities, and Mike draws the laughter from both Sam and Tom with his on-stage antics!
Mike studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and now plays trumpet professionally and teaches both trumpet and piano.
Other projects: Sincerely Yours: Vera Lynn at 100 years theatre tour, musical theatre including Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sister Act, and recordings for the BBC, most recently the Daphne Sounds Expensive radio series.
Favourite Music: David Sanborn, James Brown, Maceo, George Clinton, Memphis Horns
Mike’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘You’ll Be in my Heart’

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Tim Harper – Drums

Tim Harper - Drums

Tim Harper – Drums

Tim Harper – Drums
Known as ‘Mr And Finally’, Tim is the Show Producer and Director of the company that founded the band. But much more than that, he is the main man behind the kit in a show that showcases one of the world’s best-known drummers! Phil’s most famous on-stage drummer is Chester Thompson, who takes the main role while Phil is ‘up front’. Our Tim leads this immense role with the power and thumping sound of one of Phil’s own gigs. Playing throughout the night on the main kit, and then locking in with our Phil for that unique soul pounding sound of the double drum extravaganza, Tim can be heard in the show, shouting instructions, leading the band, and generally pushing the whole thing along from beginning to end. With 45 years’ experience, you can guarantee the main drumsticks in this show could not be in safer hands.
Favourite Music: Toto
Tim’s favourite Phil Collins song to perform is ‘Easy Lover’

Marco Fresi – Lead Guitar

Marco Fresi - Lead Guitar

Marco Fresi – Lead Guitar

Marco Fresi

As you watch Marco play the famous guitar leads that everyone knows in Phil’s songs, you won’t believe how effortless he makes it look. Quietly going through his paces, when the time comes, he steps up front and blasts the audience with the riffs they know so well, whether it’s the iconic first few notes of ‘In the Air’ or the rocking centre piece of ‘Easy Lover’, Marco’s guitar plays a pivotal role in our show.
Affectionately nicknamed our ‘Italian Stallion’, Marco now lives in London, studying for a BA in Music. Each year, Marco returns to his family home in Sardinia, where he spends the summer performing in clubs with a DJ friend or as an acoustic act.
Other Projects: Marco has worked with many tribute and function bands as a session guitarist
Favourite Music: Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Genesis
Marco’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘Sussudio’

James Higginson – Bass

James Higginson - Bass Guitar

James Higginson – Bass Guitar

James Higginson – Bass
Taking the role of Phil’s famous bass player, Leland Sklar, we have London based player James Higginson, known to the band as ‘TC’. The other musicians comment on how James’ natural feel drives the songs along creating an infectious groove. James puts this down to his bass playing hero Pino Palladino, who played bass on ‘I wish it would rain down’. James has been a professional bass player for the last decade.
Other projects: As a session bass player, James has been in function bands, performed on cruise ships and played in various shows at theatres around the UK.
Favourite Music: Steely Dan, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder
James’ favourite Phil Collins song to play is Easy Lover

Kev Armstrong – Keyboards

Kev Armstrong – Keyboards

Kev Armstrong – Keyboards

Kev Armstrong – Keyboards
The solid foundation of our group, in the middle of everyone, stands Kev on keyboards. The complexities of each song for the keys is difficult to explain. To switch from the ballads that showcase his skill in a faultless elegance, to the rocking speeds of the pop genres and then the unique sounds of the Genesis tracks, Kev quietly fulfils his role with no fanfare or spotlight. But just for a moment, watch his concentration, and listen to what his instrument adds to each song. Keyboard plays a massive part in every Phil Collins track, and Kev is up there with the best who have ever played them.
Kev has played guitar and keyboards in venues all over the world and spent many years working on cruise ships.
Favourite music: Steely Dan, Toto
Kev’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is Invisible Touch

Eddie Harper, Backing Vocalist

Eddie Harper, Backing Vocalist

Eddie Harper, Backing Vocalist

 

Eddie Harper – Backing Vocals
Eddie takes on one of the hardest roles of them all! The famous backing vocals of the many Phil Collins hits we perform. With her grace and elegance on stage, Eddie, like many backing vocalists, can easily be overlooked by the audience. Until, that is, we reach the massive hit that Phil had with Philip Bailey, ‘Easy Lover’. When Eddie takes centre stage, you are in no doubt of the vocal abilities that for the rest of the show appear to fade into faultless perfection.
Favourite Music: Fleetwood Mac
Eddie’s favourite Phil Collins song to perform is ‘Another Day in Paradise’

Jon Peacock – Trumpet (deputy)

Jon Peacock – Trumpet

Jon Peacock – Trumpet

Jon Peacock – Trumpet (deputy)

Taking the middle slot in the horns at some shows, Jon’s solid trumpet playing showcases his experience of his instrument.
Jon began his musical training with brass bands in the South West of England and following graduation enjoyed a successful career in teaching, conducting and performing with some of the biggest names in banding, including a short spell with the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band.
As a trumpet player he has performed at major venues in UK, Europe, The East and USA and enjoys a busy schedule touring, recording and arranging in addition to his role as Lead Practitioner (Music) at a Secondary School in the Midlands.
Favourite Music: Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown, Colin Towns
Jon’s favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘Find A Way’

Jake Thornton – Saxophone (deputy)

Jake Thornton - Sax

Jake Thornton – Sax

Jake Thornton – Saxophone (deputy)
Taking the lead sax role at some shows, we have the super talented young Scotsman, Jake Thornton. Standing in for our lead cool guy, Sam Adams, is a daunting task, but Jake strides into the role with no nerves at all!
A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Jake has performed with a wide variety of groups and ensembles, from big bands to orchestras, saxophone quartets to ceilidh bands. He has played to heaving festival audiences and at the Royal Albert Hall. A member of AFPC for two years, Jake has performed with the band while playing with several other projects including his own band “Punch The Sky”
Favourite Music: Colin Steel, David Bowie, Vaughn Williams
Jakes favourite Phil Collins song to play is ‘I Missed Again’

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