✪ ABOUT ✪
The Long Haul
hail from Brighton in the UK. Formed through a collective love of all things Americana and Country, the band play all over the UK and have just released album number 3.
✪ THE BAND ✪
Simon plays acoustic guitar, sings and plays bass, although the later not in this band, and. along with Francois, he writes the band’s original material. A self-confessed country music enthusiast, Simon is a big fan of Texas country, Western Swing and singer-songwriters. His prize possession is a Martin D18 guitar which comes out to gigs from time to time (birthdays, special occasions, things like that...).
Pedal steel vocals. Starting his Long Haul journey up on his feet as the bass-player, Francois now enjoys sitting down in the pedal-steel seat. He came to playing steel relatively late but was lucky enough to study, all too briefly, with the late great Jeff Newman. An unexpected side-effect of becoming the band’s steel-player is he smiles much less often nowadays when onstage, sporting the ubiquitous steel-player’s slightly baffled look ! Francois is the other principal writer within the band. You’ll recognise him easily. He’s the one in the loud shirt...
Lead guitar. Trevor’s love of country guitar started in the early 90s when asked by a friend to help out with some country gigs. While teaching music performance at a local college, he started a country band with another lecturer which regularly gigged around the UK and recorded in Nashville in 2010. Trevor’s been a fan of the Long Haul since introduced to them by a friend in 2018, so it was a real pleasure to be asked to join the band when the guitar chair needed filling.
Drums. James regularly performs all over the UK with a variety of different uicins in a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz and blues to funk and rock. He developed his love of country music at a young age listening to the likes of Nanci Griffith, Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. ‘It’s really nice,’ he says, ‘ to be involved with a country and, playing both original material and covers as it’s a genre I reall enjoy and it’s great fun to play with like-minded musicians who share the same passion.’
Double bass, vocals. Born in London, Scott started off playing electric bass after buying one in a jumble sale thinking it was a normal guitar, and only noticing it had four strings when he got it home. Scott tours the UK with many musicians, including US touring acts, and has also toured America. He’s also a Whispering Bob All-Star, being part of Bob Harris’s charity re-release of Stand By Me 2020, alongside world-renowned players including Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy, Keb Mo and Rosanne Cash.