Manouche Etcetera are a versatile new trio whose repertoire includes everything from fiery gypsy dances to curious klezmer and retro swing. Three musicians, in between moonlighting as a historian, a classicist and a theatre director, find themselves thrown together in Oxford by the fickle jazz-hand of fate…
With tunes you'll know, others you won't, and some original material too, they’ll take you everywhere from the sultry slums of Buenos Aires to 1920s London or Paris.
Alex Thomas - Violin and Vocals
After early successes on the competition circuit in the South of England Alex has performed frequent solo recitals on violin, also enjoying a residency at Browns as cocktail pianist. He counts himself highly fortunate that his day job as a History teacher and Head of Drama allows him opportunities to indulge his passion for music-making. He also enjoys composing and has had several of his original musicals performed in Oxford. www.alexthomasweb.wordpress.com
Tom Vallance - Piano, Guitar, Melodica and Vocals
Tom hails from Sydney, Australia, where he gained his diploma on the piano in 2007. He has performed professionally on the piano, ‘cello and guitar in a range of different musical styles, but jazz remains his first love. He now teaches Latin and Greek in Oxford while continuing to play in various musical and theatrical projects
Robin Colyer - Double Bass and Vocals
Robin started playing the double bass aged 6, and was taught by celebrated teachers David Heyes and Tony Osborne. Professionally, much of his playing has been as an actor-musician, including many seasons at the Watermill Theatre. His bass has also made several appearances during raucous interval songs in productions with Oxford-based Flintlock Theatre company, of which he is Joint Artistic Director. www.flintlocktheatre.com