Meet the Band
‘Forever Amy’ is a stunning new retrospective show celebrating the music and live performances of Amy Winehouse. The show features Amy’s original band with the incredible Alba Plano and is the most authentic re-imaging of the Amy Winehouse phenomena ever seen.
Audiences will be taken on a journey through Amy’s musical catalogue with the musicians who knew her best and helped create her timeless sound. Featuring beautiful lights/staging and filmed interviews, this show will be an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.
Dale Davis – musical director/bass
As Amy’s musical director and bass player throughout her career Dale also became one of her most trusted musical collaborators and friend. He is a hugely in demand UK session musicians who has also toured and recorded with Tina Turner, Mark Ronson,Norman Cook and Paul Young.
‘Amy was amazing.She had such a big heart and if she liked you,you’d feel it,She’d give you everything. Her’s is such an important musical legacy and through ‘Forever Amy’ we aim to keep it alive throughout the world’
Xantone Blacq – keyboards
Whilst his years with Amy were of course a career high, Xantone has added his stunning keyboards,voice and percussion to a huge variety of artists work, including Laura Mvula,Jessie J,Earth Wind And Fire and Nigel Kennedy. Imagine a modern day musical cyborg fusing Stevie Wonder’s soulfulness and keys playing with Quincy Jones’ mind for musical arrangement.
‘Amy was brave enough to bear her soul and be vulnerable through her music. That’s why she connected with so many people… It’s a joy to play her music again in such an authentic setting as the ‘Forever Amy’ show.’
Hawie Gondwe – guitar
Between 2007 – 2011 Hawie was Amy’s guitarist. From her memorable set at Glastonbury in 2008 ,full band shows throughout Europe and South America to intimate acoustic performances around the world. He has also performed and recorded with: George Michael,Gnarls Barkley, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Sinead O’Connor.
‘Amy was inspired by the best jazz and soul music and through that developed a compelling style of her own. She had a sharp wit but was always courteous,humble and warm. Forever Amy’ let’s us celebrate Amy’s hugely important place in music history’
Nathan Allen – drums
One of the most musical,sensitive and groovy soul drummers in the UK, Nathan was just 21 years old when he joined Amy’s band. Since then he has gone on to work with Tom Jones, Faith Evans, Natasha Bedingfield and many more.
‘Performing or recording with Amy was simply as good as it gets. We’re all looking forward to re-imagining her live shows again as part of ‘Forever Amy’
Jim Hunt – saxophone/flute
Musical prodigy Jim Hunt’s career has taken in an extraordinary breadth of artists. As arranger, saxophonist and horn section leader he has toured and recorded with Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft,Paloma Faith and Noel Gallagher to name a few. Amy’s horn section was a key part of her sound and having the best in the business leading it was essential.
Alba Plano – vocals
An extraordinary jazz and soul singer in her own right, Alba has stunned audiences throughout the world. As the vocalist for ‘Forever Amy’ she channels the very essence of Amy herself creating the most stunning re-imagining of Amy’s live show in both vocal style and performance.
‘As a singer and performer Amy has been my greatest inspiration. It is truly an honour to be onstage with her band and have the opportunity to bring her music to life again.’