The Peabody Drakes

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In 2011, Ant put together a backing band to support his songs, the Peabody Drakes. The line-up over the years has changed a bit and currently includes James Stallwood (clarinet), Alex Pearson (double bass), Anneka Johnson (drums), Peter Wilk (piano accordion) and Paul Dix (violin).

Dan Ashby (banjo) and Rob Vasey (guitar) are also current musical accomplices. Past members and backing musicians have included Christopher Webb (guitar) and Sophie Barford (piano), Dom Schlienger (double bass, viola & trombone, co-producer and engineer of Hurricane Rising), Daisy Palmer (drums), Liam Kirby (banjo & slide guitar), Graham Reynolds (trumpet), Ollie McCullough (guitar), Laura Smith (vocals), Eve Weatherill (violin) and Maike Gotthardt (clarinet).

2011 also saw the beginnings of what has become something of a yearly tradition: The Peabody Choir! To accompany the Drakes during performances at the Bristol Harbour Festival in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Ant put together a choir of local musicians and friends. The result was a riveting spectacle and a huge sound, enjoyed by both perfomers and audiences alike!