The n-Tet (pronounced entet) is a four piece traditional bluegrass band. Formed initially to fill a last-minute gap in the program that had appeared at a festival (where all four members were in attendance with other bands). So much fun was had, on and in front of the stage, the band quickly became a going concern.
In March 2012 the original architect of the bluegrass banjo style, Earl Scruggs died. This led to the members of the band getting together to record their debut CD: Farewell Blues (Remembering Earl Scruggs). This album will be officially released at the 2013 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.
Alongside Leon are:
Jason Titley – Guitar
Jason is arguably the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarist, his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm (he also plays drums) always makes his playing unpredictable and exciting. Jason is a long-time on-off musical partner of Leon’s. Most notably was throughout the ’90s with the band Daily Planet. Daily Planet toured extensively throughout Europe and in The US and left three ‘landmark’ albums in its wake. More recently Jason was involved with the ‘new timey’ trio, Rabbi John.
Ben Somers – Vocals and Double Bass
As well as being a truly monstrous bluegrass bass player and the n-Tet’s lead singer, Ben is also the saxophone player of choice for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Girls Aloud, Seal, and Dr. John amongst many others.
Joe Hymas – Mandolin
‘Hippy Joe’ (can’t work out why people call him that) must be Essex’s worst kept secret. A red hot mandolin player and olympic-standard drinking partner. Joe is ‘just a girl who can’t say no’ and as a result can be seen with
many all of the UK’s leading bluegrass bands.