Stuck in the Middle
Local band Stuck In The Middle are celebrating the release of their first album together called Picture This. The Trio featuring Julian May and Jon Greaves (Guitar and Vocals) along with Angela Gardner on Vocals and Percussion all come from The Dengie 100 and have become quite a popular act in the area over the last year.
All three of them have a long history on stage having independently performed all over East Anglia, London and onto the continent. Julian and Jon have worked as soloists and also fronted various bands while Angela has spent a large portion of her life in Amateur Dramatics both on stage and working behind the scenes. She and Jon began performing music together as the Dengie Duo a few years ago and still do so, but towards the end of 2014 they teamed up with Julian and Stuck In The Middle came into being.
The band plays music from all eras and genres centralising their sound around popular music from the 1950’s to 1980’s plus a few modern ones along with Old Time Sing Alongs too. With such a large and diverse melting pot of material to choose from they can usually find common ground with most audiences. All three sing and harmonise well and are also noted for the fun aspect of their performances.
“Where bands are concerned,” says Jon, “it’s all to easy to find yourself working with other musicians who take themselves too seriously and have ego’s to match. And in my experience. That just leads to arguments, tantrums and bitterness which is OK (even cool) if you’re Oasis, but at our level it doesn’t bode well with the audiences or entertainments managers. I’ve seen too many club and pub bands loose work due to onstage bust ups which gets them a bad reputation. All three of us are good mates who enjoy a laugh which comes through in our performances and as such we get enough work to make a living from it. That should speak for itself.”
The album ‘Picture This‘ has been in the making for 6 months and features 15 covers of what the band consider to be some of their favourite songs. The finished product was launched at the Olive Branch Cafe, Southminster in mid September and can be bought there or from the merchandise stall at any of their shows. It can also be purchased by messaging email@example.com and it costs £7.00 a copy.