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The Slaves were formed in 1996 by three of Londons top session musicians and composers. Merv, Andy and Craig are still the three founding members. Together they have a very impressive CV:

MERV ( swerve )

A founder member of Britains most famous AOR band - FM. This band has recorded over 10 albums on major labels and still tour the world playing stadiums and festivals with major acts such as Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Kiss, Toto, Foreigner, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Santana, and many more.

CRAIG ( cj )

A founder member of Romeo's Daughter - a band whose first album had songs covered by Steps, Eddie Money, Bonnie Tyler, Heart, and Starship....all written by Craig. His library albums have been used on Friends, Coronation street, Sky sports, and countless TV adverts.

In 2019 he released his first solo album "Art Of Landing "

ANDY( wellsy )

Andys first professional gig was playing drums for Meat Loaf on the 1985 "Bad Attitude" World Tour. He also currently plays drums for Romeo's Daughter and was the drummer in Then Jerico, The March Violets, and The Overtures. He has also performed with Roxette, John Parr, and Whitney Houston on TV shows.


Guitar/Lead vocal


What do you get if you book The Slaves? What  makes them Britain's best covers band ? The answer is quite simple - The band is only 3 people but plays TOTALLY LIVE. "Well they all do" you are probably saying, but nearly all bands these days have some kind of unseen help - usually a lap top playing all the parts they can not do live. This tends to make the band sound manufactured, proccesed, and cabaret. The Slaves' sound is raw, energetic, and real feeling. Listen to any truely live act and the difference is huge - it gives the band that  X factor.

The band is able to adapt to your unique event, whether it's a show for 1000 people in Europe, a party for 100 in London, or a good old live music Pub.  Whatever your needs are The Slaves can meet them.

Once you book the band you can be as involved as you like - some people leave it all up to us, others like to oversee everything - we don't mind, whatever works!

So get on the contact page, email us, and let's get the ball rolling!!!

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