A short history
The Shapes are:
Anthony Kelly – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Steve White – Drums, Backing Vocals, (plus Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo & Bouzouki)
Gary Warmington – Bass Guitar
Jez Bale – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Ed Bressan – Acordion, Backing Vocals & Trumpet
Alix Champ – Vocals
Claire Heaviside – Sax
Andy Boyd – Trumpet
Bethan McDonald – Trombone
Anthony played in many local bands including “The Flex” (in the early 80’s) and the popular band “Soul Devotion” (90’s). Before forming The Shapes, Tony lead “The Morose Brothers” a Celtic Irish combo.
Tony recruited Jez Bale on lead guitar, Oxford legend Tony Jezzard on Hammond Organ and well know West Oxfordshire legend Steve White, who (Tony says) is a genius on Drums, Guitar & Mandolin, Banjo & Bouzouki.
After watching local bands for 10 years or so, including Gold Rush, Stornoway and the Epstein, Anthony was inspired to return to song writing, something he hadn’t done for 20 years.
The creative juices were stirred and a 7-track demo album called “Dark Clouds” was recorded at Big Boys Studios in Witney, Oxfordshire, with Steve White playing almost all of the instruments.
This was swiftly followed by a 3-track EP entitled “Baby You’re Strange” and then a 4-track EP called “Like”.
The band have graced many stages since then, playing all over southern England, and get great responses to the live shows. This has included many festival appearances.
Right now the band are writing and recording new material and gigging regularly.