Thrill Collins

Last updated

Thrill Collins
Origin Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Genres Skiffle, ska, lounge, jazz
Years active2009present
LabelsBunty Haven's Not Quite Recordings
KMF Records & Management
Associated acts Puppy Bucket & Donny Choonara
The Extractors
Website Thrill Collins Website
MembersRobbie Pert - Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Lansley - Double Bass, Vocals
Pete Harper - Cajon, Vocals
Past membersTristan Del Cahoona

Thrill Collins are a British acoustic trio formed in 2009. The band consists of Robbie Pert on guitar and vocals, Andrew Lansley on double bass/vocals and Peter Harper on cajon/vocals. To date they have released three EPs recorded by producer George Shilling. The band are most noted for their application of the skiffle genre to modern music. Taking inspiration from the DIY ethics of the movement and artists such as Lonnie Donegan and The Quarrymen, the band have sought to replicate the style and humour that is closely associated with the genre. Using the trio set-up of guitar, upright bass the band substituted the traditional washboard percussion for the Peruvian cajon.



Thrill Collins grew out of a friendship between Pert and Lansley and the band formed when they played their debut gig before rehearsing, stepping in at the last minute to fill an empty slot at a local event. As the band grew in popularity Harper joined the line up ahead of their 2011 European tour enhancing the vocal and rhythmic capabilities of the trio.

Charity work

Thrill Collins do not take any profit from the proceeds of CD/MP3 sales. They have undertaken charity work throughout their career for numerous national organisations such as Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder, Macmillan, Teenage Cancer Trust, Alzheimer's Society, Winston's Wish and the London 2012 Olympics.

Notable appearances

Thrill Collins have played numerous festivals and tours across the UK, Europe and the US. On their Myspace page the band claim to have been "on tour since 2009" and average between 120 and 150 shows per year. In the past they have enjoyed support slots with artists such as The Wurzels, Zero 7, Chas and Dave, The Subways, Wiley, Bucks Fizz and The Hoosiers and continue to perform regularly throughout Europe.

Television and radio

The band have appeared numerous times on radio and television programming. They have also created a number of episodic and feature length web documentaries on YouTube including "The Soundman's Tale", "The Wrong Way Round", "Jouer Noel", "It's Not A Holiday" and "WAGS". The band have also released a video for "Black or White", a cover of Michael Jackson's hit single.

Related Research Articles

Lynyrd Skynyrd American rock band

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida. The group originally formed as My Backyard in 1964 and comprised Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns (drums). The band spent five years touring small venues under various names and with several lineup changes before deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band released its first album in 1973, having settled on a lineup that included bassist Leon Wilkeson, keyboardist Billy Powell and guitarist Ed King. Burns left and was replaced by Artimus Pyle in 1974. King left in 1975 and was replaced by Steve Gaines in 1976. At the height of their fame in the 1970s, the band popularized the Southern rock genre with songs such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". After releasing five studio albums and one live album, the band's career was abruptly halted on October 20, 1977, when their chartered airplane crashed, killing Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, and seriously injuring the rest of the band.

Stray Cats American rockabilly band

Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. The group had numerous hit singles in the UK, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. including "Stray Cat Strut", "(She's) Sexy + 17", "Look at That Cadillac", "I Won't Stand in Your Way", "Bring It Back Again", and "Rock This Town", which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listed as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.

Happy Mondays English alternative rock band

Happy Mondays are an English rock band formed in Salford in 1980. The original line-up was Shaun Ryder (vocals), his brother Paul Ryder (bass), Gary Whelan (drums), Paul Davis (keyboard), and Mark Day (guitar). Mark "Bez" Berry later joined the band onstage as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta joined as a second vocalist in 1990.

Velvet Revolver American hard rock supergroup

Velvet Revolver was an American hard rock supergroup consisting of Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, alongside Dave Kushner formerly of punk band Wasted Youth, and Scott Weiland formerly of Stone Temple Pilots. The band formed in 2002 and was active until 2008, when Weiland left the band abruptly to rejoin Stone Temple Pilots.

Levellers (band) English folk rock band

The Levellers are an English folk rock band formed in Brighton, England in 1988, consisting of Mark Chadwick, Jeremy Cunningham, Charlie Heather (drums), Jon Sevink (violin), Simon Friend, and Matt Savage (keyboards). Taking their name from the Levellers political movement, the band released their first EP in 1989 and LP in 1990, with international success following upon signing to China Records and the release of their second album Levelling the Land. The band were among the most popular indie bands in Britain in the early 1990s, and headlined at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994, where they performed on The Pyramid Stage to a record crowd of 300,000 people. They continue to record and tour.

Rose Tattoo Australian band

Rose Tattoo are an Australian rock and roll band, now led by Angry Anderson, which formed in Sydney in 1976. Their sound is hard rock mixed with blues rock influences, with songs including "Bad Boy for Love", "Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw", "Nice Boys", "We Can't Be Beaten" and "Scarred for Life". Their first four albums were produced by Harry Vanda and George Young who also worked with AC/DC. They disbanded in 1987, subsequently reforming briefly in 1993 to support Guns N' Roses on an Australian tour. They reassembled again from 1998 and have since released two more studio albums.

Love of Diagrams are an Australian indie rock band formed in 2001. Their sound is characterised by a mix of energetic drumming, angular guitar and bass riffs, and call-and-response vocals.

Nick Harper English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Nick Harper is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the son of English folk musician Roy Harper.

Roy Estrada Musical artist

Roy Estrada is an American former musician and vocalist, best known for his bass guitar work with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention; for having been a founding member of Little Feat, playing on their first two albums; and for being a member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.

Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth is a bluegrass-influenced Americana band formed in Stillwater, New Jersey in 2001. The band's music combines elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, Celtic and other Americana influences. Recognized as "carrying on the tradition of improvisational, genre-spanning music laid forth by the Grateful Dead," Railroad Earth is known for lyrical songwriting and extensive live improvisation. The band takes its name from the Jack Kerouac prose poem "October in the Railroad Earth". The band also has a song of the same name.

Dylan Howe Musical artist

Dylan Lee Howe is an English drummer, bandleader, session musician and composer. The son of guitarist Steve Howe with whom he has sometimes collaborated, Dylan is also noted for his work with rock band the Blockheads, in addition to his own work as a jazz bandleader and prolific session work with a variety of musicians. He was also the brother of musician Virgil Howe.

Karma to Burn American rock band

Karma to Burn, sometimes known as K2B, is a desert rock/stoner rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia comprising guitarist William Mecum, bassist Eric Clutter, and drummer Evan Devine. The band are noted for their uncompromising, mostly instrumental sound.

Buck Brothers

Buck Brothers were a British three piece rock band. The band's sound is a mixture of pop and punk.

Merauder is an American metalcore band from New York City, formed in 1990.

Black Holes and Revelations Tour

The Black Holes and Revelations Tour was a worldwide concert tour by English alternative rock band Muse in support of their fourth studio album Black Holes and Revelations. Lasting at over 2 years, this was the band's longest tour to date.

Syren (band)

Syren were an alternative/Rock trio formed in The United States by singer-songwriter Erin Bennett and ex-Rockbitch rhythm section Amanda Smith-Skinner (bass) and Jo Heeley (drums). The band released their debut album, 'Dehumanized' which was followed by successful USA, UK and European tours and gained much praise in music press. A second, unreleased album 'Something Has To Separate' was shelved due to Jo's death in 2012 and the subsequent retirement of Amanda soon after. Erin reformed the band with an all new line-up for a handful of one-off shows supporting space rock band Hawkwind and performed a final 'farewell' show as Syren on January 16, 2014. She continues to create music as Erin Bennett & the EB band, and was awarded a Scottish New Music award in 2012.

Blackbeards Tea Party

Blackbeard's Tea Party are a contemporary folk rock band based in York, England. The six-piece band plays a mix of traditional folk songs as well as covers of more recent songs from the folk genre. They are also known for their instrumental arrangements of traditional and modern folk tunes, as well as self-penned instrumental material. Blackbeard's Tea Party function as both a concert and ceilidh band and have become well known on the English festival circuit, having performed at mainstream festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, Larmer Tree Festival & Bingley Music Live, as well as folk festivals such as Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Towersey Festival and the Cambridge, Bromyard, Shrewsbury & Sidmouth folk festivals.

Back to the Who Tour 51! 2016 concert tour by the Who

Back to the Who Tour 51! was a 2016 concert tour of Europe & North America by British band The Who.

Not Dead Yet Tour Concert tour by musician Phil Collins in 2017-19

The Not Dead Yet Tour was a concert tour by English recording artist Phil Collins, named after his autobiography released on 25 October 2016.

Press to Meco is an English band hailing from Crawley and Croydon. The band is known for its fusing of intricate riffs, progressive sensibilities, math-influenced structures, pop choruses and three-part harmonies.