The Band

Michael Lavery: Vocals & guitars

Micky founded groovetrain in late 2012 after spells as a guitarist and frontman with rock bands Molotov Dragons and, back in 2002, with Thing Called Love, from which his 'MickyLuv' stage alias was born. Micky has performed as a solo acoustic artist at theatres, arts centres, festivals and live on the radio, picking up support slots for acts including The Alarm and Southern-Rock legends Blackfoot - as well as finding himself jamming with the late Deep Purple legend Jon Lord and Oscar-winning A-lister Russell Crowe.

John Dawson: Bass

A finalist as 'Bass Player of the Year' at the British Blues & Soul Awards two years in sucession, John is a much-admired bass player whose talent has been in high demand from European festivals to Wembley arena.

As well as supporting Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) he has been a regular session musician playing tracks for a range of recording and touring artists, while his work is immortalised on music tuition CDs which feature on the cover of UK magazines like 'Total Guitar'. At home playing funk, soul, blues or rock, John is without question one of the finest bass guitarists in the UK today. 

John is an original member of groovetrain and an endorsee of Spector bass guitars and Aguilar amplification.

Ian Halford: Drums & vocals

Ian is a gifted session musician and teacher, performing extensively as a professional drummer, percussionist and singer for over 25 years with a wide range of touring acts includingThe Russ Tippins Electric Band. He has played at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe and was also nominated in the British Blues & Soul Awards. High profile gigs have included support-slots with Rory GallagherJools Holland and Boney M.

Ian is an original member of groovetrain and an endorsee of Liberty Drums and Amedia Cymbals

Mitch Laddie: Guitars & vocals

Mentored as a prodigious young guitarist by Blues guitar legend Walter Trout, Mitch is an incredible player and songwriter with awesome chops inspired by the likes of Hendrix, Robben Ford and Prince. He has led his own band - The Mitch Laddie Trio - through 5 critically-acclaimed albums and international tours and radio play - as well as playing at venues including The Royal Albert Hall and Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Mitch is an endorsee of Mesa Boogie amps, Dunlop pedals and D'Addario strings

James Peacock: Keys & vocals

Classically trained, James is a superb jazz-fusion pianist, guitarist and songwriter with huge recording and touring experience with bands including the Voices of Virtue Gospel Choirmamacoca, Nick Pride & The Pimptones and R.J. Thompson. He has shared the bill with diverse acts from Joss Stone to Buddy Guy and performed at the likes of The Royal Albert Hall, 02 Arena London, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, and at European Rhythm and Blues Festivals, as well as achieving airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, and SKY One.

James plays nord keyboards and synths

Angela Newbrook: Vocals

Soulful singer and TV presenter Angela is an experienced performer on stage and screen, bringing powerful vocals and great musicality to every performance from jazz clubs to theatres to festivals with acts including Shake Your Tail Feather and Lorraine Crosby.

Johnny Davis: Saxophone

Johnny 'Blue Hat' Davis is mentored by Lou Marini of Blues Brothers fame and has extensive international touring and recording experience and featuring alongside the likes of BRIT Award winner Sam Fender, Tower of Power's Tom Bowes, The Who's Roger Daltrey, the original Blues Brothers Band, The Cadillacs, and Lulu James. With Sam Fender, Johnny has played on TV chat shows, at Hyde Park in London and BBC Radio One Big Weekend, and performed on UK and US tours in 2019. Johnny has played at festivals, theatres and arenas across the world including the prestigious 101 Club in Asia and the world-famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. You can also catch Johnny playing live with 70s Cop Show and House of Sax.

groovetrain Guests

We have been proud to welcome many great musicians and artists on stage to perform with us. This is just some of them….

Danny Allan

Saxophone, keys, vocals - GrooveTrain member 2013-17. Session musician, writer and composer: The Wax Jackets, Paul Skerritt Band, Danny Allan Band, Knights of Music, Tony Hadley

Ainsley Wills

Guitar - GrooveTrain member 2015-17. Mr President, Damage Control, Slip of the Tongue

Michael Blackwell

Guitar, vocals - Original member of groovetrain now a London-based international session player for Callum Beattie, Rhodes, Mika, Holly McVae, Amber Run and more with gigs across the US and Europe, at Glastonbury, BBC Radio One Live Lounge and the Royal Albert Hall.

Jen Normandale

Vocals - The Karma Heart, Alcatraz House Band

Lloyd Wright 

Guitar - Smoove & Turrell, Lulu James

Lloyd Croft 

Drums - Smoove & Turrell

Beth Macari

Vocals - Beth has performed alongside a range of artists including Nicole Scherzinger, PP Arnold, Jessie J and the Manchester Camerata 

Nick Pride

Guitar - Nick Pride & the Pimptones

Kerry Green

Vocals - Juggernaut Love Band, Voice of the Town

Chelsea Halfpenny

Vocals - TV actor and singer (BBC Casualty, Emmerdale)

Michael Lamb

Trumpet - Strictly Smokin' Big Band

Russ Tippins

Guitar - Satan, TysonDog, The Russ Tippins Electric Band

Kate Iris Tuck

Vocals - Sound Divide

Dan ‘CrazyFingers’ Gray

Piano, keyboards - groovetrain member 2012-13. Giroscope

Mick Donnelly

Saxophone - International session player with Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr, Barry White, Sting, The Bee Gees, and Prince

Michael ‘Micky Crystal’ McChrystal

Guitar - Bumblefoot, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Marco Mendosa

David ‘Showtime’ Gray

Trombone - Soulutions

Les Watts

Piano, keyboards - 70s Cop Show, Groove Central Station

Carl Thomson

Drums, percussion - LA-based session player, R.J. Thompson


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Sunday 25 August (on stage 6:30pm)

Gateshead SUMMERFEST, Tickets £10 

Gatesheas Rugby Club, NE9 5UB

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