JAMIE WILLIAMS – Vocals & Guitar
Born in Romford in the early 70s, Jamie knew from an early age that music had the power to move him, but it wasn’t until he immersed himself in the sound of the Beatles; Bob Dylan: the Stones & the Doors that he began to write songs as an outlet for his powerful, complex teenage emotions.
Jamie is a prolific songwriter having penned over a thousand songs, in a variety of styles, all charting his life’s progress, taking him through the full range of emotions from the raw power of delta blues; ballads full of passion & longing; songs protesting against the injustices of life, all the way through to real up tempo rockers guaranteed to get even the most jaded toes tapping.
Performing & writing are Jamie’s way of taming his demons & are as natural as life itself to him.
Nick Garner - Harp
Nick has been involved in the music industry for well over 45 years now and has done most things from playing to being a roadie, a sound engineer, a tour manager and a promoter and agent. He has worked with many of the biggest acts in his long career and still has many friends from past. Today Nick is a Harmonicarist extraordinaire, magazine publisher, booking agent and a promoter. Nick is the player who has been playing with Jamie from the beginning of the Roots Collective (as he will not leave he just refuses to).
He just loves this band and the fun of it and the playing live together it just don’t get better than that.
Dave Milligan - Guitar
Dave is the front man of Essex quirk-pop band The Penguin Party, presenter of the Round At Milligan’s radio show, proprietor of the label Sitting Target Music, and was 2nd guitarist in the New Crawdaddy Club’s resident blues band The Heaters.
Dave spent 15 years as bassist in ‘big in South Korea’, West London based, cult slowcore band Arco, having left* NME darlings Animals That Swim just before they became NME darlings.
Dave is a huge fan of Jamie: “He’s got one of the best, most distinctive voices on the circuit, he writes classic songs that you feel you’ve known for years”, and chuffed to bits to have been asked to play with the bunch of loveable misfits that comprise the Roots Collective.
(*left / been thrown out of. Amounts to the same thing...) ;o)
Jake Milligan - Bass
Born Below the Shard in London, Jake played his first ever gig at the age of 17 in the Cavern Club in Liverpool as guitarist in The Penguin Party, and plays on their albums "Sex Furrniture Warehouse and Other Stories" and "Mesherlek".
He was lead guitarist in battle of the bands winners Curbside Hotel..
He's playing bass with JW&RC till his dad dies and he can take over on lead guitar.
In the national cencus he stated his religion as "Dudeism". It's a thing. Google it.
Paul Madden - Drums
Long-time musician, record producer/engineer & studio facilities owner. Paul’s career started in the mid-1970s as the ASM at Caesar’s Palace where at 14 he was mixing the sound for world class artist including the Four Tops, The Stylistics, The Three Degree’s, The Drifters and Andy Williams. Parallel to this, he was undertaking drum lessons with the great drum teacher Max Abrams.
By the age of 19 he’d crossed over onto the stage as the drummer in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre. At 22 he spent 18 months in the orchestra for the original production of “Cats” at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane. During these years he was also associated with a number of bands and recording artists, including recording with “Dancezone” for EMI, The “World” for Electra Records “Julia Downs” DJM Records. He also spent an extended period in power pop band the “Exciters” & played on many recording dates/sessions.
Paul’s eclectic credit list includes recordings for: The Jones Girls, Lulu/Bobby Womack, Jah Wobble, Transglobal Underground, Natasha Atlas, The White Stripes, Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, Peggy Seegar, Sarah-Jane Morris, David Gray, Gary Numan, The Stranglers, John Wetton, David Knopfler and Pete Brown (to name but a few!) He has also recorded albums with many well-known producers including Gerry Bron, Gus Dudgeon and Robin Millar. Finally he has film, TV and theatre music experience with artists including John Cameron, Joby Talbot, John Barry, Don Black, Daniel Pemberton, Monty Norman, The LPO & the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra.