The Band


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Jonty Finn – drums & vocals: Recording, live performance & TV credits: Weekend Wogan, F1Rocks event in Milan supporting Stereophonics, Radio 2 airplay – record of the week with Ben Montague album ‘Overcome’. Jonty has been a professional drummer, session player and percussion teacher since leaving school, and a committed musician since childhood. His natural grooviness complements Rory’s bass playing superbly and is a key reason why the band work so well with the dancefloor.  
Rory Harvey – bass guitar & vocals: With a thorough musical training and education in guitar and bass, Rory plays and teaches both instruments professionally. He graduated from the prestigious Academy of Contemparay Music with a first class honours degree, and was named Guitarist of the Year by the academy in 2008. His technical mastery and strong instincts for bass guitar open up a whole repertoire of dance groove oriented material that might not be feasible for a rock band with a less proficient player.
Ben Gunnery violin, Irish flute, Irish fiddle: Album & live credits include touring and recording with Shane Macgowan and the Popes, going around the world at least twice with the acclaimed Riverdance show and many TV appearances. Ben is half French and half Irish, speaks both languages fluently, and can also get by in English. As well as rock gigs with Cheesecake he freelances as a classical session player.
Alexis Ashford – guitar & vocals: Live work includes festivals, product launches, parties and other celebratory events playing to a wide variety of clients, in front of diverse celebrities such as Chris Evans, Billie Piper, Jordan, Roger Taylor and Damian Hirst! Alexis has developed a vast array of solidly arranged material from years of playing rocking parties, mellow restaurants, crazy Irish pubs, glitsy corporate events and top flight weddings.


Other players in the band:

There are times when the regular line up of the band are not all available for certain dates. To maximise flexibility for you and us, we have a selection of great players who can join us for certain bookings.

If you are booking us to play, we can normally talk through this with you and let you know of any changes of personnel. You are also very welcome to check with us about this at any time.

Here are the details of other musicians who join the line up on occasion:



Una Palliser – violin and vocals: Irish born and bred, now living and working in London and gigging around the world. Last year worked with big names including Shakira on her world tour and George Michael promoting his most recent album. Natural affinity since birth for jigs and reels but can read music like you drink Guiness, except even faster and with less disastrous consequences.


Clare Lindley – violin and vocals: Based in Bristol but gigs all over UK. Scottish and with a gift for playing Ceilidhs and calling the dance steps at the same time as sawing out some fiendish fiddle tune.


Eloise Prouse – Sight-reads the guitar solo for The Final Countdown and plays it note perfect without breaking a sweat. Her comfort zone is as first violinist in an orchestral string section but she has done a whole raft of gigs with us recently including our epic New Years Eve adventure, so the Irish tunes and Country fiddle things are becoming more familiar.





Carly Frey – violin: Classical player and bluegrass folk fiddler since childhood, Carly has held leading positions in symphony orchestras and on festival stages, and featured in the world wide tour of the hit theatre music show ‘Barrage’, where she sang and danced as well as playing violin. She also has a natural gift for Irish traditional fiddle playing, which obviously comes in handy with Cheesecake.




Chris Haigh – violin: Actually Chris gigs with us more than any other fiddle player. Previous work includes playing a Burns Night in Iceland, Russian music for the Mafia in Beiruit, Princess Anne’s birthday party, playing Italian mandolin for a marriage proposal in Rome, fiddling with cossack dancers in Elton John’s back garden, playing for a line-dance in the French Alps, and doing a Jewish wedding in a pine forest in Athens. Early in 2010 he appeared in an episode of the sitcom My Family as a Mariachi musician. A rich and chequered background.


Vic Cox – bass guitar: Veteran of many a gig with Cheesecake and other gigs with Alexis over a considerable period of time, as well as with several other musical projects, Vic is a proffesional player who can also be found teaching bass guitar during standard working hours, sometimes with a hangover.


Grant Doyle – bass guitar: In a bizarre development, Grant’s  work as a proffessional opera singer took a fortuitous lateral step when he stepped in to help out with a Christmas gig with the band and ended up doing a ton of gigs with us just after one season of Opera roles finished and before another began. Talented string arranger as well.





Andy Baker – drums: Groovy drummer And generally cool guy, focused and alert, which he needs to be when dealing with the chaos of a Cheesecake gig, Andy is a friend and colleague of Rory’s from another band and from theatre productions, works closely with him musically, and has gigged with us on several occasions. He’s a great graphic designer as well if you need a website.




Holley Gray – bass guitar: Colleague of Jonty’s from touring with singer / songwriter Ben Montague, Holley composes film scores and television music, including the soundtrack for the feature film Zebra Crossings, which won the audience award at the Raindance film festival. Holley stood in for Rory at very short notice for some crazy gigs just before Christmas, and is now able to cope with any song we throw at him.




Danny Cross – bass guitar: Danny writes music, works as a bass guitar player in various bands, and teaches bass guitar. He first gigged with us last year while Rory was off on an epic road trip round the USA, and is another colleague of Jonty’s. He has now played a load of gigs with us, including the surreal and wonderful night we played a birthday party and Jordan (Katie Price) turned up as a guest.

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