Neil Gowans & The Winos (Re)-Born 2015 and reborn again in 2022

Under a bad sign, in a crossfire hurricane, by the river, to be wild, under a wandering star, with a smile on their face, etc. 


Neil Gowans & The Winos have undergone a couple of changes over the years. They started as Cardinal Wino in 2005 but in 2015 Jonny Sear left, they were defrocked and a change of drummer necessitated a change of name. Then in 2018 Jon Heal retired from bass duties to do more of his own thing. In 2019 Sammy Samuels got a bit busy with Jimmy Regal and the Royals (a fine driving hard blues band) so had to reduce his involvement. Then lockdown meant not a lot happened for a couple of years. In late 2021 Neil asked Tim and Harry, who play in a number of other bands such as Garden Room, The Trash, and Los Ladrones del Amor if they’d like to be Winos as well? They said yes, which was lovely. The band is now more Hertfordshire based than London and the distances involved mean that James will be on board as and when he can be, so they are mostly a three–piece and sometimes a four piece power pop ‘n’ roll band in a fairly unashamedly and unapologetically old-fashioned way. They play tuneful, upbeat rock ‘n’ roll full of twanging romanticism, a soupcon of soul and a generous dollop of new wave attitude.

If you were looking for some influences to hang around their necks, you might want to look at Nick Lowe, Johnny Cash, Teenage Fanclub, The Clash, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Edwyn Collins, both the Elvises (Elvi?) and a smidgeon of Northern Soul as well as a whole bunch of others from whom they are perfectly happy to glean untold inspiration.

They are:

Neil Gowans – Vocals &  rhythm guitar (and rudimentary lead guitar in James’ absence)

James Richards – Lead guitar and Vocals (as and when he’s available)

Tim Voss – Bass guitar

Harry Pearson – The Drums

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Excellent evening! Even on a ‘school night’!!! My feet hurt so that’s means it was a banging night! 🤘🏾

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