Arnie Cottrell is very untidy. A multi-instrumentalist and singer based in the south of England, he has been performing and recording acoustic music for many years on both sides of the Atlantic. His current band is The Velvet Doonicans, with Graham Bushell and Rick Foot.
The Velvet Doonicans were formed when the Velvet Underground replaced Lou Reed with Val Doonican in the early 70s. It was a whole new direction for the band and, sadly, soon led to the demise of the band that had come to represent the complete anarchic anti-music antithesis to the summer of love and to middle of the road cartoon Irish folk music. We picked up the torch and ran in the opposite direction, whatever that means. The rest, as they say, is history.
Arnie Cottrell has been around for a very long time. He plays acoustic guitars, National Tricone guitar, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, bouzouki and he sings. He has opened for Robert Cray (twice), Keb Mo (once), Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, Dick Gaughan, Tim O'Brien and Arty McGlynn, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey, Jackie Leven, The Levellers (the Great Important People's Chairs Controversy!) and has played at a few festivals and recorded on both sides of the Atlantic but he has only been on TV in Louisiana. He loves music and eggy bread and his favourite colour is Dark Blue.
Graham Bushell is a truly gifted multi instrumentalist with a lifetime of experience playing in just about every musical situation you could dream up from hard rock, blues, country and western through a top notch swing band (where he was the only member not to have come out of the Royal Marine band school at Deal) to West End shows in the orchestra pit. He has toured relentlessly and his fretboard skills have graced many fine recordings. He plays guitars (including dobro), mandolin (and, indeed any member of the mandolin family), banjo, ukelele, bass guitar all with his own unique style and which is all about feel.
Rick Foot comes from a background in jazz and abstract improvisation, having played with a wide range of musicians - everyone from Evan Parker to Dick Heckstall-Smith - in the UK and Europe over the last 25 years. He is currently part of Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings and plays regularly in a duo with singer Jo Long, and with Australian singer/guitarist Derrin Nauendorf.