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JIMMY BROWN

FOUNDER MEMBER, DRUMS / LYRICIST

Jimmy’s syncopated drumming has been the backbone of UB40’s sound since day one. He has been described as a talkative anarchist. He’s also the bands readiest and most radical commentator on social and political matters. He has a very diverse knowledge and taste in music.

Jimmy is also a bit of a film buff and regularly does a movie reviews on the app. He also has an addiction to social media.

Birthday 20 November

Instagram @jimmyub40
Twitter @JBUB401

ROBIN CAMPBELL

FOUNDER MEMBER, GUITARS / VOCALS LYRICIST

A lifelong aficionado of rock-steady and reggae, as well as being heavily influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He has an extensive knowledge of music in general. Robin also performs lead vocal on several classic songs; his rich and sensitive harmonies enhance the band’s powerful vocal sound.

Outside of the band Robin has a passion for snooker, which he shares with his brother Duncan, they even ran their own snooker club together for many years. Robin also enjoys keeping Koi Carp and has built his own carp pond at home.

Birthday 25 December

Twitter @RBCUB40
Instagram @rbcub40

EARL FALCONER

FOUNDER MEMBER, BASS / VOCALS

Earl is a highly regarded bass player and his bass lines are at the heart of UB40’s infectious music. Unlike some of the other members of the band, Earl is somewhat of an introvert, however when he takes over the mic on stage he always delivers an exciting performance. Earl’s passion outside UB40 is developing young local artists and releasing drum ’n’ bass and dance tracks.

Earl is also a co-owner of Circus records which is a big player in the EDM scene which has had huge success with such artists as Doctor P and Flux Pavillion. Flux Pavillion has had his tracks featured on a Jay-Z album. Apart from his love of EDM, Earl still continues to be active and regularly buys new toys and technology. When we are on tour Earl can normally been seen flying around on his electric skateboard or his blades.

Birthday 23 January

Twitter @EarlFalconer
Instagram @earlfalconer

NORMAN LAMONT HASSAN

FOUNDER MEMBER, PERCUSSION / VOCALS

Norman is a versatile multi-talented percussionist who also provides lead vocals on songs such as Johnny Too BadSoul Rebel and The Road as well as sweet harmonies on an array of UB40 tunes. On stage he is well known for his impressive dancing. He has wide ranging musical tastes from reggae to soul to opera. His influences range from John Holt, Bob Marley, U-roy, Ethiopians, Beres Hammond, Patsy Cline, Otis Redding, Mario Lanza & Pavarotti.

Norman admits to an addiction to coffee and when ever he is on tour, he goes out looking for the best coffee house.

Birthday 26 January

Twitter @NHUB40
Instagram @nlhub40

MATT DOYLE

VOCALS

Matt Doyle is from Northfield, Birmingham.
Picking up a guitar at 12 and begining to sing at 15 he has played in bands of varying genres his whole life and takes his influences from a broad spectrum of singers such as Ken Boothe, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Winehouse and Billy Joe Armstrong.
Throughout his career so far he has supported and toured with a wealth of legendary bands such as Dub Pistols, Lee “scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals, Inner Circle and of course UB40 with his former band KIOKO.

Birthday 28th May

Twitter @mattydub40
Instagram @mattydub40

MARTIN MEREDITH

KEYBOARDS / WX7 / SAXOPHONE

Martin has played saxophone since the age of 12, his decision to play came as a result of Brian Travers buying him his first saxophone.

In 1997 Martin received an unconditional offer from the Birmingham Conservatoire to study Composition simultaneously with being offered to audition for UB40 as a saxophonist, Martin astutely chose UB40 and has been with the band since. Martin has played on 7 of the bands main albums and has travelled the world more than he ever thought possible.

Instagram @martin.meredith

TONY MULLINGS

KEYBOARDS

Tony comes from a very musical family,he started playing bass and rhythm guitar, and together with brother Robert formed their first band. Playing predominantly in churches, schools and small venues.

In 1980 Tony joined Crucial Music, it was the first time he would play piano on the big stage and toured Europe supporting artists such as Pato Banton, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Aswad and Third World. In the mid 80’s the band formed Buffalo Soul a tribute to Bob Marley. Tony is influenced by many different styles of music but mainly Jamaican and the English Reggae music of the 70s and 80s; Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Freddie Mcgregor, Matumbi, Dennis Bovell, Aswad, Winston Reedy, Jah Shaka, Janet Kay and Lousia Mark just to name a few.

LAURENCE PARRY

TRUMPET / FLUGAL / TROMBONE

Laurence was trained in both classical and jazz music since the age of 15, and didn’t waste any time in racking up his impressive list of musical credits. Joining the R&B group Rent Party straight out of school, he immediately found himself touring the world, playing international jazz festivals and sharing the bill with the likes of Miles Davis and Chic Corea.

Since then Laurence has played with just about everyone in rock, pop, soul and jazz, such as, The Cure, The Eurythmics, Robert Palmer, BB King, Robert Plant, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Vanessa May, Ruby Turner and James Brown’s backing band, The JBs.

He joined UB40 in 1994 towards the end of the “Promises and Lies Tour” and has been touring and recording with the band ever since.

Instagram @laurence_parry_

BRIAN TRAVERS

FOUNDER MEMBER, SAXOPHONE / LYRICIST

22nd of August 2021 brought the devastating news that UB40’s comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian Travers had passed away after a heroic three year battle with cancer.

“UB40 would not be, without the input of it’s most gregarious member, most prolific lyricist, and mercurial brass master extraordinaire. His immense talent, tireless energy and tenacious commitment to the band are totally irreplaceable. Of course, we will carry on, but there is a giant Brian shaped hole in UB40 that can never be filled and we will forever miss him.”…. UB40

Brian was the man behind UB40’s classic horn sound which is recognized the world over. He had a love of art, photography and all things musical.

Brian was a prolific lyricist and had a major input in influencing the band’s many videos.

Brian’s art can be admired and acquired at Brian Travers Arts.

BRIAN TRAVERS

FOUNDER MEMBER, SAXOPHONE / LYRICIST

22nd of August 2021 brought the devastating news that UB40’s comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian Travers had passed away after a heroic three year battle with cancer.

“UB40 would not be, without the input of it’s most gregarious member, most prolific lyricist, and mercurial brass master extraordinaire. His immense talent, tireless energy and tenacious commitment to the band are totally irreplaceable. Of course, we will carry on, but there is a giant Brian shaped hole in UB40 that can never be filled and we will forever miss him.”…. UB40

Brian was the man behind UB40’s classic horn sound which is recognized the world over. He had a love of art, photography and all things musical.

Brian was a prolific lyricist and had a major input in influencing the band’s many videos.

Brian’s art can be admired and acquired at Brian Travers Arts.

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