THE TRUE DECEIVERS
Band Announcement - October 2022
True Deceivers - a New Chapter…
On 8 March 2022, our dear friend and bandmate Dee Coley passed away after a short illness. Dee had been a hugely important part of the True Deceivers since 2006, and his musical association with Graham, Nick, Jamie and Rupert stretched back over more than 30 years. His unique style, personality and humour will be forever remembered.
After a period of reflection and soul searching, Graham, Nick and Rupert took the decision that it was important for the band to continue. Jamie had signalled some time previously that he was planning to “retire” from playing. Having been an integral part of the band since the start providing a rock solid rhythm section with Dee we hope Jamie will join us from time to time in the future. Replacing Jamie as The True Deceivers’ permanent drummer is the band’s good friend and not infrequent dep Jay Williamson. New bassist Richard “Deck” Miguda is also an old friend of the band, having played with Graham and Jay in Plenty during the 1990s. Deck had been part of the very first incarnation of the True Deceivers in 2003 before stepping back owing to other commitments, so it is a delight to welcome him back!
With the new line-up in place, the Deceivers are ready to continue to develop their distinctive good-time roots rock sound into 2023 and beyond. Following the release in 2019 of the long-awaited third album “My Own Highway”, new songs are now taking shape for future recording and live performance. As always, they will be mixing fiddles, mandolins and guitars with high energy arrangements and tight vocal harmonies and blending their growing catalogue of original songs with a few well-chosen cover versions.
2023 will see Graham, Nick, Rupert, Jay and Deck back at several of their favourite venues and festivals. Check out the gig guide page for details of what’s coming up over the next year.
The Story So Far...
Since 2003, the True Deceivers have been developing their own distinctive brand of roots rock and Americana, mixing fiddles, mandolins and guitars with high energy arrangements and tight vocal harmonies, and incorporating a growing catalogue of original songs.
Their unique style has been forged from their earlier work with much loved bands such as Eat the Sofa, the Blazing Homesteads and Plenty, and this good-time feel has quickly made the True Deceivers regular favourites at festivals across the UK.
In 2019, the band released their long-awaited third album, My Own Highway, a mere seven years after the well-received Hell or High Water. They have promised that the fourth album will not be as long in coming. Mind you, that’s what they said last time…
fROOTS Magazine - "Rootsy rock chooglin’ away in a gutsy backbeat. Time To Mend A Broken Heart and Wishing My Life Away really move".
Net Rhythms - "Guitar chiming roots rock".
R2 Magazine - "These guys enjoy playing the music they love".