The Faces broke up in 1975 and Rod Stewart started his own band. One of the most influential guitarists in this line-up was Jim Cregan. Now, more than 40 years on, Jim, together with four outstanding musicians, performs that well-loved heritage music under the name ‘Cregan & Co’.
Jim Cregan (Guitar)
Best known for his work with Rod Stewart, Jim co-produced, co-wrote and was Rod’s musical director for nearly 2 decades. His songs have also been recorded by Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Russel Watson amongst many others, and he has played on stage with guitarists Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Pete Townsend and Chuck Berry. Oh yes and Tina Turner, Elton John, Cat Stevens and Katie Melua to name a few!.
He has received over 40 gold & platinum records to date, and his guitar solo on Cockney Rebel’s “Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)” still sounds alright!
Ben Mills (Vocals/guitar)
Ben was awarded a platinum album for his debut release which charted at number 3 in the official UK album charts. Equally at home on both guitar and piano he has worked with musical legends Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow, written songs with Mark Owen (Take That). In 2006 Ben reached the final of The X-Factor alongside Leona Lewis, winning accolades from Simon Cowell for his gravelly, soulful voice.
Ben has his own band and performs all over the world.
Harry James (Drums)
Best known for his work with “Thunder”, Harry James is one of the best-loved drummers on the rock circuit. With over 40 years’ experience of performing live harry is renowned for his distinctive and powerful playing style and rapport with the audience. Harry proudly occupies the drum stool for “Magnum”, who maintain a busy recording and touring schedule. He can also be seen with “Snakecharmer” featuring Micky Moody, Neil Murray and Laurie Wisefield. Harry is also currently a member of South London’s Bad Influence. In addition to his extensive Thunder back catalogue and recent Magnum albums, Harry has contributed to work by Don Airey, Russ Ballard, “Shadowman” (featuring FM’s vocalist Steve Overland and Heartland’s Steve Morris), Carl Sentence, Bucket & Co and Hellfire Corner. Harry has had the pleasure of performing live on stage alongside Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, Don Airey, Steve Harley, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Paul Young, Graham Bonnet, Don Airey and Mick Ralphs amongst many others.
Pat Davey (Bass)
A master of both electric and upright bass, Pat is always in demand as a session musician and live performer. He has toured the world with The Tom Robinson band, Zoot Money, Jason Rebello and Rumer, as well as jazz greats like Ronnie Scott, or vintage rockers like pianist Roy Young.
Pat has lectured at the Bournemouth College Of Music and is at home with all styles. His contribution to Cregan & Co is enormous, with his effortless groove and superb musicianship.
Sam Tanner (Keyboards)
Sam is often described as Rock’s finest piano player and has worked with many of its greatest names, including Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey (The Who), the faces, Jeff Beck, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), John Lodge (Moody Blues), Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Paul Carrack.
Sam is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and is the front man of new uk-based funk-soul band “Brother Strut”, who receives 10/10 reviews from Blues & Soul Magazine, with a debut album that has topped the iTunes chart.
“If you can’t afford my ticket go see these guys…they’re just as good and half the price!” – Rod Stewart
“This is classic rock song writing at it’s best. Glorious melting guitar twanging from the Prince of Six Strings: Jim Cregan and a rhythm section a solid as your favourite Doc Martins…” – Chris Kimsey (Producer of Six Rolling Stones Albums, Including ‘Sticky Fingers’)
“headliners Cregan & Co really took the bull by the horns; Jim Cregan smashing out those classic Rod Stewart songs he co-wrote, played on and produced.
Heads up goes to Ben Mills on vocals. this man is the real deal what a set of lungs! I wasn’t around to see Rod in his hey day – but this I think is as close as I am going to get!” – Cambridge rock festival
“What a fantastic gig!
…I cannot recall a band going down so well…
They were incredibly tight, oozed class and looked like they were having a great time. Most people we spoke to later in the day agreed with us that you were comfortably the “band of the weekend”!” – Giants Of Rock
“Not a tribute to Rod, but a tribute to themselves, the man who helped make Rod the star he was at the absolute pinnacle of his career. And what a night they delivered in Southampton – brilliant from first to last, a succession of great tracks all played to perfection…” “Together, they soar, that great Rod Stewart sound conjured up by the guys who created it.” – The Brook, Southampton
Sat 11th September 2021 at Haslemere Hall. Tickets here