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

 

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DAMON CLARRIDGE

Damon has been playing for over 20 years now and over 10 years professionally. Learning to play by ear initially he taught himself to play by listening to old records and trying to play along. Then when he hit 14 he sought lessons from the Legendary Dougie Wright who was London’s first call session drummer in the late 60’s right through to the early 80’s. This gave Damon an insight to becoming a professional drummer, studying styles from Pop to Rock and Jazz, Latin, swing and funk to gain as much experience as possible. Damon has studied the Trinity Guildhall grades 1-8 and now teaches those to drummers wanting to broaden their horizons.
Damon has been in a number of bands over the years which include: The Drugstore Cowboys, Rollo Markee and the Tailshakers, The Jive Romeros, The Hepchaps, The Earl Jackson band, Voola and the Jayhawks and more recently Rocking on Heavens Door stage show in the UK backing Linda Gail Lewis. Damon’s greatest achievement to date is backing Mr Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin in 2009 at a party held by himself!

Damon is endorsed by:
Protection Racket
Porter & Davies

He also uses:
Ludwig Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Remo Drum Heads
Promark Drum Sticks
Tuner Fish Lug Locks
DW Hardware
Roland Electronics