The Band


Cris Martin – Guitar

“What Cris Martin does comes straight from the heart and soul, with the emotion flowing through the fingers. He has the ability to compete with any of the flash, hard riding guitar heroes who litter the world.” – Malcolm Dome Journeyman guitarist Cris Martin grew up in south London in the 1970s learning guitar and committed to playing songs from his favourite bands: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Rush. He joined metal band Destroyer who released one single “Evil Place”. In 1982 he was then picked from one hundred applicants to join NWBHM cult band Thunderstick. With Thunderstick he recorded an EP ‘Feel Like Rock & Roll?’ and an album ‘Beauty & the Beasts’ and also played on a second unreleased album. Following his time in Thunderstick, Cris worked as a session guitarist and also performed with his own bands. These included Master, a power metal outfit with whom he recorded an album, and also a female- fronted four-piece band called Fired Up. In spite of numerous headline gigs at the iconic Marquee club the band failed to secure a record deal and Cris quit the music business for several years. In 2016 Cris returned with a critically-acclaimed semi-instrumental album ‘Rock Dawn’ which featured ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley and also his former Thunderstick bandmate Barry Graham Purkis on drums. Cris Martin’s Rock Dawn performed at the annual Burrfest festival in London before going on an indefinite hiatus. Forward to 2021 and Cris is back with a powerful new line-up and is ready to retake his place as one of metal’s undiscovered premier guitar heroes.

Mike Clipson – Bass

Mike Clipson started playing bass guitar in his teens. Also proficient in electric guitar, Mike paid his musical dues performing in an array of different bands covering an assortment of styles – from folk to punk and metal. He is also an accomplished Luthier having built a selection of custom bass guitars.

Tim Brown – Drums

One of the most versatile, hardest working, most powerful, most energetic and entertaining drummers on the scene, Tim’s unique style and flamboyant showmanship has developed since first picking up the sticks at the age of 8. Recording and touring as a pro drummer since 2000, it’s taken him across the world playing with the likes of Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash), Snakecharmer, Don Airey, Kee Marcello, Dave Evans (ex-AC/DC), Aynsley Dunbar, Persian Risk and King King.