THE Original members OF GARY MOORE BAND feat. Billy Merziotis  (UK/GRC)

Music-Style: BLUES-ROCK


The former members of Gary Moore's band: Vic Martin - Keys, Pete Rees - Bass, Graham Walker - Drums, have joined forces with the extremely talented Billy Merziotis - Guitar/Vocals, to revive the legend on stage.  

 

These blues virtuosos represent different eras: From the album Still Got The Blues (Graham Walker), which marked a major change in Moore's musical style, to the last decade of his life and the albums Back to the Blues & Bad for You Baby (Pete Rees / Vic Martin) and many others.

 

In performing Gary's masterpieces, Billy Merziotis embodies the spirit of the great guitarist. Through his lifetime of dedication, Billy is able to not only play Moore's fiery licks, but also hit the note that left the crowd in awe. With his faithful vocals, he comes closest to Gary.

 

Vic Martin - Keyboards

Vic is an experienced and skilled musician who has worked with many high profile artists in the music industry. He worked with Gary from 1999 to 2010, including touring worldwide. Also artists such as the Bee Gees and the pop duo Eurythmics.  Vic has not only contributed to many of Gary's studio recordings, but also to the albums: Back To The Blues, Close As You Get, Bad For You Baby, Essential Montreux, Live At Bush Hall, Blues And Beyond, and Live In London. 

 

Pete Rees - Bass

Pete is a respected bassist who has worked with many well-known musicians and toured throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

In 1998 Pete was playing at a private party when Gary personally selected him to work with him. Together with his good friend Vic Martin he participated in the albums: Back To The Blues, Close As You Get, Bad For You Baby, Essential Montreux, Live At Bush Hall, Blues And Beyond, and Live In London.

 

 

Graham Walker -  Drums

Graham is an extremely accomplished artist, who started working with Gary in 1989 to 1996, this included the collaborations between Gary and B.B. King, Albert Collins and Albert King. Graham also contributed to the best-selling album, Still Got the Blues, which led to touring the world with Gary, playing at festivals and on several TV shows.

 

He also worked on future albums, including: After Hours, Blues for Greeny, Blues Alive and Old New Ballads Blues. Graham then toured again with Gary in 2000.

 

Billy Merziotis -  Vocals, Guitar

Billy Merziotis is a guitarist and singer with a long history of live performances. He is a composer and lyricist and has released 2 rock/blues studio albums and 2 singles in Greek. He is a guitar teacher with 20 years of experience. He studied the Berklee series and LCM (London College of Music) G.I.T..

 

He considers Gary Moore as his greatest influence. He passionately studied Moore's style until he met him in person in 2008 after one of his gigs in Athens. After his death, Billy dedicated himself to carrying on Gary's legacy. 

 

Irene Movia - Backing Vocals

Irene Movia  is an experienced vocalist and vocal coach.She specializes in blues,rock & jazz.

 

She has been singing lead & backing vocals with professional cover bands since 2008 with a vast repertoire including Etta James & Janis Joplin covers. Personal discography includes one studio album with group “Megavat” (published by Lyra GR) & 2 digital singles.

 

 

Availability:      on request (booking lead time 4 weeks)
Location:          Clubs, Festivals
Requirements: Hotel (Travel Party 4-6), Catering, local PA

Price:                on request