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 40 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.
Spencer Blackledge- Drums
Spencer is a self taught drummer and has been playing for many years, he has 25 years of gigging and recording experience playing up and down the UK and across Europe. He even had the chance to record in the well known Ridge Farm studio's. There was also a three week residency in southern China at a theme park called Window of the World. He’s also played the Marquee in London and the Bulldog Bash supporting The Quireboys.
2015 was a good year for him as he played The Upton Blues Festival, Brownstock, Cropredy Fringe and The Great British R n B Festival in Colne with Jamie Williams and The Roots Collective!!
He likes to play Blues Rock, R n B, Funk and Soul, and has worked with Ray Owen's Juicy Lucy, Karena K, The Sharpees, Brian Willoughby, Stevie Smiths Blues Experience, Stuart James Band and was lucky enough to sit in for Papa George at a gig in Crawley!!
He plays Grestch and Pearl drums with Sabian And Zildjian Cymbals.
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.