The Band

Neil Cameron  (guitars & vocals)

First took up the guitar at the age of 12, being inspired by his early influences of The Beatles, Donovan, Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. In his teens he became a convert to the early blues musicians, such as Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Terry. Like most budding musicians of the era Neil was a big fan of Hendrix, Clapton, early 70's songwriters like Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Neil Young and folk bands such as Fairport and Pentangle.

Neil spent his formative years in the North East of England and regularly gigged many clubs and pubs around Newcastle & Tyneside as a solo artist and with his boyhood friend Richard Kain (The Richard Kain Band). Not surprisingly, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne) and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) are strong inflences on Neil's style and his own songwriting.
Later influences include celtic bands Runrig and Capercaillie.
Neil works in education.

Guitars:Taylor 514CE, Gretsch Resonator,Taylor T5 and Larrivee D10 for gigging. However, his favourite (and never used for gigging) was bought in 1987 from Jonny Kinkead of Bristol, England - a lovely sounding small-bodied acoustic OM-size guitar.

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Karen Jillard  (lead vocals, guitar and various 'shaky' things...)

Karen was born in Surrey, England. She was named after Karen Carpenter at the suggestion of her father, himself an accomplished musician having played with the likes of Peter Frampton and Steve Marriot. (Karen's aunt actually lives in Ginger Baker's old farm near Cambridge!)
She learned guitar from her father on an old Eko 12 string (surprisingly she persevered!). He would force her to play barre chords to his 12 bar blues riffs. Karen has sung in choirs around the south of England and also across Europe. This background still shows in her clear voicing of the BSG set.
Karen teaches Art & Sport at a large Primary school.
Karen currently uses an Avalon L25 on stage and also owns a Taylor 314ce.

Karen BSG Stone 2008

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