Separated at birth, the four Covers Brothers - Monty, Mutley, Stanton and Clayton, were reunited in South Devon through their shared interest in music. Though brought up separately, the four boys each grew up to appreciate a wide range of musical styles. However, it was the late 1950s and the 1960s that had the biggest impact on four impressionable lads who were approaching their teen years and listening to popular music on their transistor radios.
Taking separate journeys along the road, which took them across England and to Europe, the brothers finally established contact with one another. The Covers Brothers Band was formed!
CLAYTON COVERS - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals.
MUTLEY COVERS - Drums, Cajon and Vocals.
MONTY COVERS - Lead Guitar.
STANTON COVERS - Bass Guitar and Vocals.
CLAYTON COVERS: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals.
Born in Northampton, England, Clayton has lived and worked in places as far apart as Canterbury, Whitby, Cambridge and Hull before moving to South Devon. He picked up a Tatra Classic guitar when he was 14 and mastered the full F major chord when he was 15! At an early and impressionable age he fell in love with Connie Francis via Radio Luxembourg - but she didn’t respond. The Tatra was replaced by an Eros steel string guitar in 1968 where he shredded his finger tips practising Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Ralph McTell. He later bought a Fender F-35 Flat Top Dreadnought in 1974 before discovering electric guitars! Clayton has an eclectic taste in music. Favourite songwriters include Brian Wilson, Jeff Lynne, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Ralph McTell – to name a few!
Yamaha APX500 - Martin OM-1GT - 1992 Fender Squier Stratocaster
Vox Valvetronix AD50 - Roland AC60
Martin - Ernie Ball Super Slinky
Seafood and Sancerre
MUTLEY COVERS: Drums, Percussion, Vocals.
Mut was born in Exeter, England. "I was fourteen when I started to play the drums and I really liked the style of Mick Avory of the Kinks." Mut developed his own technique of playing and is comfortable with any style of music from jazz to rock. For acoustic sets he uses a cajon. He has played in many bands and has toured extensively in Europe, notably with the Mojos and Edison Lighthouse. He is also a classically trained pianist and can play the guitar too. Mut really likes the music of singer/songwriter Ray Davies and is a dedicated follower of the Kinks. Brian Wilson is another of his all-time favourites. Apart from food, Mut's interests include more food, cycling and music.
Tama Rockstar Custom - Cymbals Paiste and Zildjian - Heads Reimo, Evans
Chocolate, food, chocolate, food
MONTY COVERS: Lead Guitar.
Monty has been playing guitar for a long time! He has worked with bands in Britain and Europe and has supported acts such as jazz legend Humphrey Lyttelton, soul singer Edwin Starr and songster Labi Siffre. Monty has an eclectic taste in music and his early influences include Barney Kessel, Albert Lee, Johnny Winter and Nile Rodgers to name but a few. An avid collector of instruments Monty has some 15 guitars although he chooses to use a Fender Telecaster or a Stratocaster when he’s on stage with The Covers Brothers.
Fender Telecaster - Fender Stratocaster - plus too many others to list!
Fender Blues Junior - Roland Cube
Ernie Ball Super Slinky
STANTON COVERS: Bass Guitar, Vocals.
Stanton is a gert Bristolian now living politely in the Devon countryside. He has recently had two haircuts and is developing his fluency in Devonian French. Stanton plays a battered Ibanez Blazer bass, bought and abused in the heady days of post-punk Britain. Now elderly (the guitar that is!) and for the first time, it has a soft carry case. Grouchy and mean when out and about though so they still have something in common. He has a Trace Elliott amp - if it was tough enough for The Who then that had to be the one for Stanton - It was demanded and received brand new as payment for playing bass rather suddenly at a studio recording session in the 1990's.
Ibanez Blazer bass - Hofner HCT 5007
A multitude of hats and a bottle of lemonade in a custom flight case