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Duncan Wallis - guitar and vocals

For the first 25 years of Moths' history Duncan Wallis was rarely seen without a Rickenbacker 12 string,  applying its distictive sound to the various styles of music

in the band's back catalogue. Having taken the electric 12 as far as he felt possible, he is now inspired by the work of the early rock guitar players such as Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Mick Green, Ernie Sheer, Joe Moretti and others, and these days is most often seen with a Gretsch 6120DS, originally purchased in poor condition having been used for years a theatre prop! Now completely restored it provides the band with much of its current sound and can be heard on the new EP Sunset Blues. Vocally Duncan's main influences are the great crooners from the Rat Pack to Jim Morrison, with a bit of Lou Reed, David Crosby and Grace Slick thrown in for good measure. Duncan also writes the band's material as "somebody has to" and considers that the three piece guitar trio is the ultimate rock and roll line up.

Mark Deacon - Bass guitar and vocals

Founder member Mark Deacon has been underpinning The Moths' music for most of the band's 30 year career. His influences range from The Buzzcocks to The Velvet

Underground, to Bo Diddley, The Beatles, and back to The Buzzcocks. He never lets his considerable technique get in the way of making the band sound good, and describes his style as "Vacuous". Mark has been performing backing vocals since the beginning but is now providing lead vocals on certain of the band's material - his voice can be heard to great effect on "One Split Second", the final track on the band's new EP Sunset Blues. Mark's view of The Moths has always been the same "We do this because we love it" he says " We've all felt like giving up at one point or another, but there really is no substitute for playing for people in a band like ours".

Geoff Pearce

has a wealth of experience spanning 20 years in R&B, Blues, Rock, Soul and Jazz. He has played with some of the UK’s leading musicians, supporting

some of the top names of the 60s and 70s including

The Small Faces, Manfred Mann and The Who – where at one gig Geoff ended up playing  Keith Moon’s drum kit. Luckily it was still in one piece as they hadn’t smashed it up but Geoff remembers it was soaking wet with sweat from one of Keith’s manic sessions just before! Another hero for Geoff is the late and great drummer Buddy Rich who he was fortunate enough to see on a number of occasions on his tours in the UK.

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