January 26, 2012
BRIT FLOYD, the new PINK FLOYD tribute show, is coming to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. BRIT FLOYD was created by Chas Cole and Damian Darlington, the long-time producer and musical director of The Australian Pink Floyd Show. The British Pink Floyd Greatest Hits World Tour brings together all the best elements of a real Pink Floyd show: world-class musicians and world-class road crew, together with cutting-edge Floydian animation and new stage production. "Blindingly brilliant, jaw droppingly authentic...at last Pink Floyd have the tribute show they deserve!" (The News, Portsmouth) The tour will feature Damian Darlington, lead guitar and vocals; Ian Cattell, lead vocals and bass; Bobby Harrison, guitar; Carl Brunsdon, sax and percussion; Rob Stringer, keyboards; Arran Ahmun, drums; Ola Bienkowska, Emily Jollands and Jacquie Williams, vocals.
About the members of BRIT FLOYD:
In the beginning of 1994, Damian Darlington joined the Australian Pink Floyd Show and, during a period of almost 17 years, he went on to play close to 1,300 shows all over the world in theatres, hall and arenas. Ian Cattell spent six years with the Australian Pink Floyd show where he played bass and sung lead vocals in more than 500 performances in 32 countries around the world. Bobby Harrison has toured the USA and Canada extensively with the Australian Pink Floyd Show and has played guitar for the hit Queen show We Will Rock You in London’s West End, as well as in Zurich, Stuttgart, and Vienna, where he also performed with Brian May.
Carl Brunsdon began playing saxophone at age 11 and bass at age 23. For the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Brunsdon contributed his talents on sax, bass, percussion, guitar and keyboards.
At 6 years old, Rob Stringer began playing on a honkey-tonk piano in his parents’ utility room. That talent evolved into playing keyboards on two previous Australian Pink Floyd shows, and he has recently performed in a Beatles theatre show.
Arran Ahmun turned pro at 19 and shortly thereafter spent two years in London playing in West End shows. Throughout the 90s, he continued extensive touring and recording with artists such as Alison Moyet, Linda Lewis, The Proclaimers (including two No. 1 hits), Robbie Robertson, and the Jools Holland Big Band.
Ola Bienkowska's latest solo credits include two large-scale orchestral projects, one whose live recording went gold in April 2010, and her duet with Polish crooner Wojciech Gassowski for a rendition of “Dream A Little Dream Of Me.”
Emily Jolland's passion has been singing since she was a young girl, and she first toured as the lead in a National Opera production of Cinderella at age twelve. In 2003, she began working with the Australian Pink Floyd tribute band and has been a part of the project ever since.
Jacquie Williams has performed backing vocals for musicians such as Michael Buble, Martin Fry, Jason Donovan, Thelma Houston, and many others. In 2005, a song she wrote for U.S. Diva Kathy Brown called “Stronger on my Own” reached U.K. chart position number six.
Tickets are $32.25-$47.25 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.
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