THE MEN BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Yorkshireman living in Normanton, Colin is one of the founder members of the group, being there at its beginning in 2000. His rich and powerful voice is the foundation of Monkey’s Fists’ unique sound.
As the only member of the group who has actually worked at sea, as a navigating officer, Colin also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which comes through in his interpretation of maritime songs from an extensive repertoire.
Another Yorkshireman, from Sheffield, Steve’s strong and distinctive vocals also provide the power which means the group can be heard in a wide range of settings without PA. Steve’s rendering of songs such as ‘Sweet Thames’ show his more mellow and sensitive side.
Steve is also the group’s main ‘front man’ and his knowledgeable and humorous introductions help to provide the bands legendary performance atmosphere.
Also based in Sheffield (more than 40 years in Yorkshire), John is a Londoner, with the only claim to maritime fame being birth in Deptford, the site of the first Royal Navy dockyard.
Along with Steve, John was a member of the Sheffield-based shanty group ‘Sheafknot’ and both joined Monkey’s Fist after Sheafknot’s demise.
John provides the group’s musical accompaniment on guitar, concertina (baritone McCann duet), occasional harmonica and bodhran, together with both bass and high vocal harmonies.