| 2011–present|| www.britfloyd.com/|
| The Australian Pink Floyd Show|
Liverpool, United Kingdom (2011)
Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
Damian Darlington, Ángela Cervantes, Edo Scordo, Ian Cattell, Bobby Harrison
The Australian Pink Floy, Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Syd Barrett
Brit Floyd is a Pink Floyd tribute band formed in 2011 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Their live shows try to emulate and recreate the sound and soundscape of Pink Floyd's live shows. Damian Darlington formed the band after playing with The Australian Pink Floyd Show for 17 years.
Brit Floyd Wikipedia
Brit Floyd originated in 2011 on the initiative of musical director, guitarist, and singer Damian Darlington "simply because he felt he could do it one better" than his previous band, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and stating that "there is much more attention to details in every aspect of the show, from the music to the visuals to the lighting: everything is that much more perfected and there's a passion coming off that stage... It's a coherent, emotional journey through Pink Floyd's catalog."
Darlington began following Pink Floyd's work after hearing The Wall at the age of 13 and he saw the band live for the first time in 1987 during the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. "Since then, he has seen the band in different incarnations, after its split, and including its 2005 reunion."
Regarding his growing up listening to the band, Darlington stated: "I definitely listened to Pink Floyd. I remember Another Brick In The Wall being No. 1 in the UK. It was December 1979. Probably my first memory of Pink Floyd. Then I actually heard The Wall album in its entirety and that's what particularly drew me to Pink Floyd about the age of 12 or 13. I was fascinated by the record that told a story, and all these sound effects linking songs together, and also the wonderful guitar work. I was already learning to play guitar and I wanted to learn to play some of these wonderful guitar solos. That was my introduction to Pink Floyd. I was a fan from quite an early age."
After playing in a number of bands over the years covering a wide range of music including Country, Western, and even Jazz, Darlington played with The Australian Pink Floyd Show from 1994 through 2011 (Darlington is not the only veteran of The Australian Pink Floyd Show in Brit Floyd, "several others in Brit Floyd" have been a part of the band as well). Darlington wanted to parlay his experience with The Australian Pink Floyd Show into something more nuanced: “I felt it was time to do it in a different way with a different group of musicians — to strike out on my own, I’ve had a lot of experience and have learned how to do this correctly.” Darlington says his group pays greater attention to detail, presenting a more polished show: “If you’ve seen the Australian show, you’ll notice a difference in a big way — a difference for the better, we make the extra effort to re-create as much as we can and it’s not just the songs: It’s the visuals, as well.”
The band has toured extensively since 2011 and has featured guest musicians from Pink Floyd's studio and touring band line-ups. Pink Floyd bass player and vocalist "Guy Pratt joined Brit Floyd on stage at Echo Arena Liverpool on November 9th of 2013" and Saxophonist and Rhythm Guitarist Scott Page joined them at Los Angeles's Orpheum Theatre on June 17, 2015, playing Money and Us and Them with the band.YouTube link
In 2016 the band embarked on "a massive 76-date US tour" featuring "an extended career-spanning setlist that will include a performance of Pink Floyd’s 24-minute epic Echoes and including a "million dollar stage design."
Various musicians have played in Brit Floyd since its inception in 2011. The present band members are listed here:Damian Darlington – Musical Director, guitar, lap steel, vocals (2011–present)
Rob Stringer – Keyboards, vocals (2011–present)
Ian Cattell – Bass guitar, vocals (2011–present)
Arran Ahmun – Drums (2011–present)
Ola Bienkowska – Backing vocals (2011–present)
Emily Jollands – Backing vocals (2011–present)
Jacquie Williams – Backing vocals (2011–present)
Angela Cervantes - Backing vocals (2013-present)
Thomas Ashbrook - Keyboards, vocals (2013-present)
Roberta Freeman - Backing vocals (2014-present)
Jenn Kee - Backing vocals (2016-present)
Karl Penny - Drums (2014-present)
Jay Davidson - Saxophones, guitars, percussions, keyboard (2015-present)
Edo Scordo - Guitars, vocals (2015-present)
Gareth Darlington – Sound Designer and Front of House Engineer (2011–present)
Bryan Kolupski – Media Director – Animation and Video (2011–present)
Past members:Amy Smith – Backing vocals (2011)
Carl Brunsdon – Saxophone, percussion, guitar, bass guitar (2011–2015)
Bobby Harrison – Guitar, vocals (2011–2015)