Russ Callaghan Grooms

Russ Callaghan Grooms

Russ started his professional musical career at the age of 17, with a South East regional tour of the musical 'Godspell'. He then went on to work as a session musician for a large number of South East and London based artists including James McCartney, Jimmy Somerville and Ben Mills (X Factor), Rubber Biscuit and Open Harp Surgery.

Russ has toured the world as a professional guitar player, bass guitar player and drummer, with performances in the USA, Russia, Europe, and Asia, playing some of the most prestigious venues of the world including a personal invite by Billy Bragg to appear at Glastonbury Festival in 2010. ! He is currently the bass player in three bands in the South East:

Lucky Soul are a British six-piece band based in South East London which formed in 2005. The band have performed numerous live dates in the UK and overseas, and were twice 'Record of the week' on Radio 2, including live sessions with Radcliffe and Maconie. Lucky Soul have also been in the Top 10 in Japan and the US Billboard 100, the only independent UK band to ever have done so. Russ is co-partner in Lucky Soul's own record label 'Ruffa Lane' and has been licensed to Elephant Records in Spain and Sony Japan. Synchronisation licences include television commercials in Sweden, Spain and the US as well as the HBO hit show 'One Tree Hill’.

Will Johns is son of record producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Free, Joni Mitchell), and the nephew of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Mick Fleetwood. The Will Johns Band is currently working on its 3rd album and will be touring extensively from January 2015.

Alister Atkin Band is a folk band led by Kent-based guitar luthier Alister Atkin. Radio 2's Mike Harding said of the band,

"I love Alister Atkin's debut CD - songwriting and singing of world class order. I reckon his song 'Tom' will become a modern classic.”

To date, Russ has played in excess of 2000 live dates giving him an incredible experience and perspective of stages both large and small.

Russ is currently endorsed by Ashdown Amplification and Elite Strings and writes blogs on the Vintage Guitar Market.

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