Two bands, one heart

Members of Greenheart and Jay Diggins, from left, James Fraser, Scott Moorhouse, Johnny Scott and Jay Diggins

Members of Greenheart and Jay Diggins, from left, James Fraser, Scott Moorhouse, Johnny Scott and Jay Diggins

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At Jay Diggins’ home studio in Scorton, four multi-instrumentalists have been busy perfecting their sound.

With an audience of one – me – Jay Diggins, from Scorton, James Fraser, from Galgate, and Scott Moorhouse and Johnny Scott, from Lancaster, played new songs from Jay Diggins’ band before swapping instruments and becoming Greenheart.

Both bands, despite having the same members, produce a distinct yet complimentary sound which the quartet are about to take on tour around the country, following a gig at Smokey O’ Connors in Morecambe on April 26.

They all have a musical history. Jay Diggins learned the trade from John Parish, who has produced for PJ Harvey, Eels and Tracy Chapman.

Parish too has produced Jay’s new album, due to be released on September 20, coinciding with a gig at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster, and the release of Greenheart’s EP.

New dad and Greenheart frontman James Fraser was bassist in indie rock band The Milltown Brothers, who had both single and album chart hits in the 90s while signed with A&M Records. He also plays bass for Jay Diggins.

Didgeridoo and percussionist Scotty Moorhouse was a member of Lancaster rock band Mainway alongside drummer, for Greenheart, and bassist, for Jay Diggins, Johnny Scott.

There’s no doubting the skill or soul of these seasoned musicians; thesound is tight, fluid and original and they are all at ease with the music as much as they are with the instrument swaps.

Jay’s new Wyrebank Studios is kitted out with veteran analogue recording equipment and numerous other instruments, creating almost a shrine to the pre-digital era.

With a definite vision about where they want to go, yet a laid back attitude that comes with a band in their late 30s/early 40s, Jay Diggins and Greenheart have certainly “still got it”, and perhaps the best is yet to come. Treat this as an introduction...

For more info visit www.jaydiggins.com.