Linden Tree is a new band formed in summer 2017. We’ve just put out a five-track EP, and are still busy recording a single for full release later this year; and then a full album. We will soon be playing acoustic gigs in preparation for band gigs; and releasing acoustic tracks and an album to support that.
Our music is all about individual songs and tunes, relaxed to the point of indifference regarding genre. We give each song whatever it needs – from acoustic and electric guitars, to keys and synths. But we record the drums and bass live – sometimes with guitar and vocals, so its essence is rocky.
When I’m doing my singer-songwriter solo gigs with just a guitar, it’s equally suitable for an alt-folk or country club, focusing strongly on the songs. For some acoustic gigs, I’m hoping to be joined by Steve Turner on double bass.
Our band gigs are definitely likely to be rocky, but with acoustic guitar as well as the electrics. Steve Turner plays bass like a lead guitarist when required, greatly extending the possibilities.
Singer-Songwriter – Hugh McManners
I began musical life as a young chorister in Australia, and then in Leicester as a bass guitarist in various heavy rock bands of the 1970’s. I’ve played other people’s music for decades, as a rock guitarist and singer, and a reggae and ska bassist.
I am also a veteran of the Falklands War, having served in the British Army for 17 years. After that, I worked as a journalist and TV producer. I have written multiple books on war and military history. I am an active campaigner for better care of veterans and am involved in several major projects in this field. Read my full bio on Wikipedia
My friends Steve and Jeff, who I’ve played with on many occasions, have joined me to record and perform my songs. Together, we form The Linden Tree Band.
Steve Turner – Bass guitar and double bass
Steve is a guitarist, keyboard player, composer and bass guitarist from East London.
He’s a songwriter and bass guitarist with The Gutter Brothers – a hugely popular London gigging band of the Nineties. He was a founding member of the Led Zeppelin tribute band “Letz Zep”. Steve has also written music for television and feature films.
He’s deeply into heavy rock, and extreme pets: his dog Django is the size of a small pony; and Percy the Savannah cat who looks like a leopard and acts like a dog.
Jeff Walker – Drums
Jeff is also from East London and played for The Gutter Brothers alongside Steve Turner – for which he was required to hit all manner of objects in a musical manner whilst standing up. This helped cement the Gutter Brothers’ reputation as “the loudest skiffle band in the world”.
Jeff is also a session drummer. He has played for many top forty pop bands including with the Genesis tribute band “G2”.
Enviably, he hears music as colours, insists that his musical tastes are very strange; and like Steve is a metal head. He says Linden Tree music “is awash with blue, green and yellow”.