Biography

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TOMMY ALLEN

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Allen, started out in his younger years working as a sideman to some of the big names in the blues scene; from Mojo Buford (Muddy Waters Band), Lazy Lester, Otis Taylor, Big Joe Turner to Nicky Moore (Sampson and Mammoth). In 2001, Tommy had the opportunity to join the Sugababes a UK Girl pop band signed by London Records. It was during this 2001 Tommy needed a band to perform his own original songs, so Trafficker was born!! Which led to the release of three acclaimed albums over the next 4 years showcasing Tommy’s songs and writing abilities which led to top reviews in national Blues magazines and also comments from the likes of Paul Jones from BBC Radio 2 introducing Tommy Allen as “one of the most talented songwriter guitarists to emerge from Britain in a long time”. Trafficker toured endlessly and by the end of 2006 it was time for a change.

In 2007 ‘The Blues Duo’ was formed with his close friend Johnny Hewitt and they were off on the road – this was something brand new and very different and as the Duo became more popular Trafficker was off road and parked up waiting for an overhaul.

Now 2015 Trafficker are back in the studio with brand new songs, a new line up and fresh hunger for the road ahead

Quotes

“One of the top rated British blues guitarists”.  Blues and Rhythm Magazine

“One of the finest blues bands in the country”.  Blues in Britain Magazine

“Tommy is as good as any American guitarist I’ve played with –when I play in the UK, he’s the only guitarist I want”. Mojo Buford

“This guy is a superb guitarist; he has a real feel for the blues and a great tone”.  Otis Grand

“Tommy Allen (with The Mojo Buford Band) gave one of the finest displays of electric guitar blues I’ve ever seen”.  Scott Duncan former editor of Blueprint now Blues in Britain

“This band really rock”. Walter Trout

“This band gets better and better” Paul Jones

 

 

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EMIL ENGSTRÖM

Emil, a Swedish bass player who came to the UK in 1997 after studying music in Skövde. London not only provided a stage for further education in his music by studying by day but opened up plenty of opportunity to perform with many great bands from Earl Green, Guy Tortora, Rollo Markee, Earl Jackson Band & Todd Sharpville to name a few.
He has proven to be a remarkable bass player. From the age of 14 he has been watching his funk groove masters picking up his own style from some of the best players. In later years he has jammed and supported with some of these idols George Porter Jr and Running Pardners (The Meters), The New Mastersounds, The Haggis Horns, Alan Evans Trio (Soulive).
Another on going interest is Crowd Company a funk band that runs regular funk & soul nights across London.
He is himself very dedicated to this trafficker project and is looking forward to bringing his own style to the band.

Emil uses:
Sadowsky and Fender Basses
Protection Racket Cases
EBS Amps and Cabinets
EBS, EMMA and Aguilar Pedals

 

Robin Lowrey

Robin Lowrey

Robin has been playing drums for 24 years and professionally for the last 16.
He began studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford in 1997 and learnt under top professionals Pete Riley, Paul Geary and Bruce Dickinson. After graduating with an Honours Diploma, Robin then went on to study privately with one of the UK’s most highly regarded teachers, Bob Armstrong.
He has since played at many venues across the UK (notably ITV’s London Studios) and internationally, taking him to such far flung places as Sweden, South Africa and Nigeria! Robin also plays with soul/funk band ‘Crowd Company’ on their album release ‘Stone&Sky’ on the Vintage League Music label.
In 2002 Robin set up his own private teaching practice and has since guided many students through grade exams from beginner level to advanced. Robin has always been interested in many different styles of music and believes this is essential to becoming a well-rounded musician.

 

Ray Drury
Ray Drury

Ray Drury is a self-taught musician. He joined his first band at the age of 17 playing keyboards and cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music. During this time, Ray played support to many top class acts including Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, Dave Ruffin and Geno Washington.

In his 20’s Ray’s playing evolved and he moved into the blues and jazz funk genre, playing in the UK and Europe with various bands.
Ray has continued to play throughout the UK and Europe and as far afield as The Bahamas with the highly acclaimed and award-winning blues band The Producers and more recent project Teed Up.
He has won Best UK Keyboard Player award from the Bronte Blues Club and a top three spot in the Blues Matters writer’s poll alongside such luminaries as Paddy Milner and Bob Hall.

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders

Chris is a guitarist who has been playing blues and funk for almost 20 years.  Self taught, Albert King records formed a large part of his upbringing, and this has led to a lifetime love of blues in all its various forms.  Purely because Buddy Guy looks so cool on the cover of ‘A Man And The Blues’, Chris decided from his early days that Fender was the way to go when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll weaponry.  Over the years he has played in a number of blues and rock bands.  He enjoys jamming and stretching out playing rhythm guitar in Trafficker, and considers it an honour to play with such talented company.