PHIL WALKER 

Guitar / Vocals

Phil began playing guitar at the age of six. Self- taught, he began to copy the styles of his idols Albert Lee, Hank Marvin and Brian Setzer.

Turning professional as soon as he left school, Phil soon got a reputation as being one of the most versatile guitarists in the country. Over the many years of his career, Phil has toured the world with various artistes and shows such as Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Sarah Jory, Circus Of Horrors, Dr & The Medics, Rose Marie and many more.

Phil is renowned for his knowledge and musicianship in the music industry.

Throughout his professional career he has earned a wealth of experience in Stage Performance, Direction and Public Address (Sound Equipment) of which on a number of occasions has been appointed Musical Director and Sound Engineer. More recently, Phil can be found working as a product demonstrator for Line6.

Phil has many achievements in the music industry, however his most loved art is to play the guitar. With his astonishing abundance of knowledge, feeling and finesse, Phil can produce a sound that will touch the soul. A talent you rarely find.

The experience gained as an in-demand musician and entertainer has lead Phil to a new chapter in his career – The Story Of Guitar Heroes.

His ability to simulate the sound and epitomise the technique of any guitarist is uncanny and makes him a genuine virtuoso in the art of guitar playing.

 

 

TOBY JAMES

Guitar / Bass / Vocals

Toby has been with ‘The Story of Guitar Heroes’ since the show’s inception in 2013. Not only does he demonstrate his phenomenal talent as a lead, rhythm and bass guitarist but also as a brilliant vocalist.

Having started performing professionally as a young teenager, Toby has amassed more than twenty years of life on the road – covering a huge amount of miles across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South America, earning a great amount of knowledge and experience within the music industry. 

 Toby is hugely experienced in a live environment, touring nationwide at high profile events and in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The British Grand Prix and Regents Park. 

In a varied career Toby has worked with artists and shows such Dr & The Medics, Jim Davidson, Bobby Davro, One Step Behind and Lee Mead to name a few.

 After gaining a degree in Contemporary Popular Music from the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Toby has established and continues to maintain a flourishing teaching business. 

Toby’s talents don’t just end there – he plays a central role working behind-the-scenes and seeing to many technical aspects of the show, including editing and designing the video footage you see on stage.

 

 

 

 

LEE WILLIAMS

Bass / Guitar / Vocals

Having first picked up the guitar at age 11, Lee has now dedicated well over half his life to this wondrous stringed-machine.  

From fronting his own band at just 14, to recording in top London studios by 18, touring nationally through his early 20’s and, these days, playing around the UK and Europe in various shows (alongside The Story Of Guitar Heroes of course!); it’s fair to say that Lee’s career has already been a healthy and varied one. 

Alongside playing, teaching and recording everything from big-band jazz to all-out heavy metal, Lee has also spent nearly a decade as a guitar specialist within the music retail industry, working closely with all the top brands, hosting events with such players as Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Nita Strauss and Robbie McIntosh, and amassing a wealth of knowledge on guitars and gear along the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLAN VARNFIELD

Drums

Allan began playing a little later than most musicians; at the tender age of 14. It was clear from his very first drum lesson the career choice he was going to make. Everything else in life took a back seat to his first beloved drum set, a royal blue 70’s Beverley and the decision was made to pursue a life in music. Just 2 years later Allan had his place assured at the prestigious music college, The Academy of Contemporary Music. 3 years later Allan had graduated with an HND and BA Honours degree in Contemporary Music Performance and was ready to take on the world! Fast forward more than a decade and Allan has forged a strong career as a performer, session musician and teacher.

During this time Allan has had the immense honour of working with some incredible musicians and producers along the way, such as Louis Delort (The Voice, France), Alex Hedley (Saturday Sun), The Nordic Giants and John Cornfield (Muse, Oasis) to name but a few.

As a session musician Allan had the honour of playing on the ‘Band of Sisters’ album project with famed songwriter David Mindel alongside such names as American Soul legend PP Arnold and Jamie Moses (Tom Jones, Queen).