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 underrated song is ‘Don’t let him steal your heart away’.
Louise has been performing as a solo artist throughout the North West over the last 15 years. She has worked for production companies, corporate hotels and holiday parks and more recently specialising in tribute work. Louise is new to the 2019 tour and looks forward to meeting the fans old and new.
Favourite music: Motown, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Diana Ross.
Louise's favorite Phil Collins song to sing is "Who said I would"
Trombone, Backing Vocal & Percussion
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. Inspired by running our horn section Tom went on to create the dbhorns along with Sam Adams and Michael Maddocks.
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 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’
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’
Dafydd Llyr Davies
Dafydd is an explosive soul on the drums! He has diverse influences from the incredibly talented Buddy Rich to the awesome Stage presence of Phil Collins. Having played a lot of music featuring drummers of the likes of Mitch Mitchel, Ginger Baker, Jeff Porcaro, Simon Phillips, John Bonham and a vast array of other musical influences makes him a powerful, energetic engine for the band!
Dafydd really enjoys having fun on stage and its very difficult not to have fun along with him.
With such a great band in front of him this engine will growl and spit from start to finish.
Favourite music - Good Music (or if you twist his arm for an answer Toto and Frank Sinatra)
Favorite Phil Collins song - Land of Confusion
Keyboard, Backing Vocal & M.D.
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
Bringing a touch of Daryl Stuermer to the band is Stu Norman. Having grown up with the music of Phil Collins and Genesis all around him, Stu picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of 10 to begin emulating his heroes. Studying the likes of Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton was the catalyst for developing his unique sound, featuring equal measures of drama and subtlety that you can hear now with And Finally Phil Collins.
A sense of energy and fun typify Stu’s stage persona, carried along with the infectious vibe of the Phil Collins up-beat numbers. And when the time is right, the tear-jerkers are brought to life by his softer touches.
Other projects: Stu also features as Daryl Stuermer in the Genesis Visible Touch show.
Favourite music: From Steely Dan, Toto and Rainbow to Opeth, Kamelot and Nevermore to Disclosure, Churches and Nothing But Thieves
Stu’s favourite Phil Collins song to perform is: Sussudio
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