David Cross band Live 2023, Photo Robert Świderski
Initially inspired by Leadbelly, the Beatles, Bartok, Coltrane and his church organist father, David became an irrepressible improvisor and experimenter. His subsequent immersion in rock music introduced him to a new, vast pool of expressive possibilities. Currently, he plays a half fretted Violectra electric violin with 5 strings and an octave drop pedal, giving him a pitch range from the bottom of the cello to the top of the violin.
Lead vocals and guitar
John Mitchell is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist who predominantly sings and plays guitar, Mitchell is a member of several popular progressive rock bands, including Frost*, It Bites and Arena. John releases his solo music under the pseudonym Lonely Robot. John also masterminded the bands Kino and The Urbane and played bass for alternative rock band A.
John has performed live with the likes of John Wetton (Asia) and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) to name a few.
John is also a record producer and sound engineer at Outhouse Studios, his own recording studio in Reading, UK, where he has recorded and produced music for a number of mainstream rock artists including Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Steven Wilson, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Architects, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral for a Friend, Deaf Havana and many more.
John is a massive enthusiast of sailing and vintage cars (notably Jaguar) and is currently finding it increasingly hard to navigate his driveway!
Sheila has worked with the original David Cross Band, writing and co-producing tracks on the first three albums. She also recorded with Geoff Serle on Radius and Sonicphonics studio projects. As well as creating her own music, she has produced and played keyboards on Mick Paul’s “Parallel Lives” and she currently writes and plays keyboards for “The Fae”.
Bass Guitar and vocals
Mick joined the David Cross Band in 1995, recording the album ‘Exiles’ featuring members of King Crimson, including Robert Fripp and John Wetton. He has co-produced, sung and played on all the DCB’s releases since then and performed with the band in Europe and Japan. In June 2021 Mick released his own album ‘Parallel Lives’. His most asked question is ‘how many strings does your bass have’?
Jack is a London based drummer, arranger, music director, and tutor. In the last few years this accomplished and energetic player has been working closely with some outstanding artists all over the world, including James Vickery (drums), Plested (drums), Evert Outen (drums), Le Fil (MD/drums), Milly (MD/drums). Jack has performed on several theatre shows, as well as traveling the world as a performer on various cruise lines.