Graham Firth - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Graham started out in a band called His Wooden Fish in 1988. A 3 piece acoustic band they featured Dee Coley on drums (latterly bass player for Eat The Sofa & The Blazing Homesteads) and played a brand of music they liked to term as "Swivel Rock". Following 4 years away at university Graham teamed up with His Wooden Fish bass player Richard Steer to form the originally named Two Wooden Fish, a popular local folk duo. A year in New Zealand saw Graham record under the name of Not Yet Baloo before returning to England to form Plenty with 3 members of the disbanded Eat The Sofa. After a couple of personnel changes Plenty settled into the line up that saw them take their indie-rock sound to 3 Guildford festivals and to London venues such as The Rock Garden. Having played solo support for The Blazing Homesteads on several occasions Graham finally teamed up with Nick and Mark in late 2003 to form The True Deceivers
Nick Bliss - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals
Back in the 1980s Nick was guitarist with Surrey’s cult rock and roll heroes Buddy & the Bloodsuckers, and in 1989 was a founder member of the Blazing Homesteads, who appeared at ten successive Guildford Festivals up to 2003, as well as Cropredy, Cambridge Folk Festival and other illustrious venues such as the 100 Club. Nick’s main influences are Steve Earle, the Band, Richard Thompson and cheap red wine.
Dee Coley- Bass
Dee started out playing drums in various punk bands before getting together with Graham & Richard Steer in His Wooden Fish. He continued drumming duties for country outfit The Hometown Boys before switching to bass with Eat The Sofa when Jamie was drafted in on drums. He teamed up again with Jamie & Graham for one gig with Plenty before joining Mark & Nick in The Blazing Homesteads.
Jamie Legg - Drums
Jamie started playing in bands in 1976 and has since featured on drums for such local legends as Innocent Bystanders, Luxury Glasstown, Eat The Sofa, Plenty and Jonson. A festival regular with these bands Jamie has also worked with some top producers such as Martin Rushent and Mick Glossip. Jamie has appeared live on TV and Capital Radio and also on stage at Earls Court.
Chris "Spud" Edwards - Fiddle
Chris "Spud" Edwards learnt to play violin at school. His early folk influences came from his violin teacher, who was in a bluegrass band, and from his Father who was learning the penny whistle purchased on a trip to Ireland. Chris and his Dad formed a traditional Irish band called Kilcoursey, featuring Eamonn O'Rourke on vocals, and Richard Scott on guitar, which is still performing in and around the Farnborogh area. Chris joined the Royal Marines Band Service in Portsmouth in 1996, where Spud (as he became nick-named by his colleagues) learnt the clarinet and fine tuned his violin playing during a three year stint at the Royal Marines School of Music. Spud has travelled all round the world with the Royal Marines, gigging in some great venues from the Royal Albert Hall and the gardens of Buckingham Palace, to the banks of the Volga in St. Petersburg and the World Expo in Shanghai. Spud also plays with an acoustic folk tro called Thinker, with singer/song writer Charlie Bateman and bass player Stu Davis, who play in pubs and festivals in the South coast of England. It was whilst playing with Thinker at a Bearded Thoery benefit gig that Spud met The True Deceivers.
Mark Mitchell 1957-2009 - Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Sadly no longer with us Mark will always be a member of The True Deceivers
Mark learnt classical violin at an early age but gladly gave it up to play guitar with various ska and punk bands in the early 80’s. A drunken trip to Ireland and a bet that he couldn’t remember how to play it prompted him to pick up the fiddle again, plus it was lighter to carry to gigs than a guitar. He played many years with the Blazing Homesteads before instigating The True Deceivers with fellow Homesteader Nick. Mark’s main influences are AC/DC, Bulmers cider and Hank Williams but not necessarily in that order.
Also appears on Bap Kennedy’s album "Hillbilly Shakespeare"
Mark died on 19th March 2009. He will always be in our hearts and we will never forget him. He is, and always will be, a True Deceiver.