Lost Roberts are one of Surrey’s foremost blues bands, with a line up that includes musicians with serious pedigrees: musicians that have toured with and backed artists as diverse as Eric Clapton through to and bizarrely, the glove puppets ‘Sooty and Sweep’. If this sounds a little bit like the film ‘Spinal Tap’ it’s not so far removed but without the pretension.

Lost Roberts was formed over 25 years ago, with three of the original members still in place. David Holt, vocals keyboards and harmonica and Martin Dunsford vocals and guitar, were founder members of popular Guilford soul band ‘Just Five’ touring with such luminaries as Fontella Bass (Rescue me), Gene Pitney (24 hours from Tulsa) and Len Barry (1-2-3). Martin then joined Christine Perfect’s band before she went on to be part of the iconic Fleetwood Mac.Drummer Eddie Allen completes the original trio. Eddie was drum teacher and technician for many years at Kingfisher music shop in Fleet. He is also the Sootie connection (less said). Next to join the ranks was Camberley man Michael ‘Taff’ Trafford. He is a gifted guitarist and singer and together with Martin they add a new dimension to the band with complex guitar dueting that never fails to thrill an audience – the Alman Brothers’ ‘Jessica’ for example.

In more recent times Michael ‘Dougo’ Douglas has replaced Ian Smith on bass and vocals. Dougo has been on the music scene for more years than he cares to remember and has played with among others Adam Faith, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson et al. Dougo’s voice tends to nudge towards the raucous which allows a bit of rock into the largely blues based set.

Lost Roberts never fail to give their all. If you get a chance to see them you won’t be disappointed.

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