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The Faces broke up in 1975, Rod Stewart started his own band, and one of the most influential guitarists in this line-up was - Jim Cregan, and with Rod, he co-wrote many of songs of the period between ’76 and ’94.
Jim played and sang on all those famous albums, co-produced tracks, made the videos and toured the world several times with Rod Stewart.
Now, 35 years on, Jim, together with four outstanding musicians, performs that well-loved heritage music under the new name 'Cregan & Co'.
Jim Cregan (Guitar)- Best known for his work with Rod Stewart, Jim co-produced, co-wrote and was Rod's musical director for nearly 2 decades.
He has received over 40 gold & platinum records to date.
His songs have also been recorded by Joe Cocker, Willy Nelson, Kid Rock, Russel Watson etc. and he has played on stage with guitarists
Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Pete Townsend and Chuck Berry. Oh yes and Tina Turner, Elton John, Cat Stevens and Katie Melua amongst others.
Ben Mills (Vocals/Guitar - Ben was awarded a platinum album for his debut release which charted at number 3 in the official UK album charts.
Equally at home on both guitar and piano he has worked with musical legends Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow. More recently he's written songs with Mark Owen (Take That).
In 2006 Ben reached the final of The X-Factor alongside Leona Lewis, winning accolades from Simon Cowell for his gravelly, soulful voice.
Harry James (Drummer) - Best known for his work with “Thunder”, Harry James is one of the best-loved drummers on the rock circuit.
Harry has over 40 years’experience of performing live and is renowned for his distinctive and powerful playing style and rapport with the audience.
Harry proudly occupies the drum stool for “Magnum”, “Snakecharmer” and is currently a member of South London’s "Bad Influence".
In addition to his extensive Thunder back catalogue and recent Magnum albums, Harry has contributed to work by Don Airey, Russ Ballard,
“Shadowman” (featuring FM's vocalist Steve Overland and Heartland's Steve Morris), Carl Sentence, Bucket & Co and Hellfire Corner.
Harry has had the pleasure of performing live on stage alongside Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, Don Airey,
Steve Harley, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Paul Young, Graham Bonnet, Don Airey and Mick Ralphs amongst many others.
Pat Davey (Bass) - A master of both electric and upright bass, Pat
He has toured the world with The Tom Robinson band, Zoot Money, Jason Rebello and Rumer, as well as jazz greats like Ronnie Scott,
and is always in demand as a session musician and live performer.
Sam Tanner (Keyboards) - Sam is often described as Rock's finest piano player and has worked with many of its greatest names,
including Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey (The Who), Jeff Beck, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), John Lodge (Moody Blues), Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Duffy.
Sam is also a singer/songwriter and is the front man of funk-soul band "Brother Strut", who received 10/10 reviews from Blues & Soul Magazine.
* Cambridge Rock Festival (Aug 2013)
“Thursday’s headliners Cregan & Co really took the bull by the horns; Jim Cregan (I can’t believe he is 67!) was up there smiling enjoying himself, smashing out those classic Rod Stewart songs he co-wrote, played on and produced. Heads up goes to Ben Mills on vocals, third place finalist on X-Factor just shows what they know about music, this man is the real deal what a set of lungs! I wasn’t around to see Rod in his hey day (and I am 42!) but this I think is as close as I am going to get!"
* ROD STEWART (2011)
“If you can't afford my ticket go see these guys...They're just as good and half the price!..."
There will be a fully-licence bar at the venue, selling real ales, beers, ciders, wines, spirit drinks, etc, all available at very reasonable prices.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE - FOR THE CREGAN & CO. 'GIG' - FROM £18.00 PER TICKET - VIA THE CRF BOX OFFICE 01353 749749 - www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk - OR AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT FOR £20 PER TICKET - (THIS SUBJECT TO TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE)