Sarah Miller began her musical career at 17, recording her first studio session with Climax Blues Band. Having caught the bug, she joined her first band (signed to Chrysalis) a few months later, widely touring the UK.
Sarah’s versatile voice and extensive range has secured her place on many popular recordings, including sessions for Candy Flip, Altern8, the Lotus Eaters and Pete Wylie and The Mighty Wah. She appeared on Oceanic’s number two hit ‘Insanity’ and The Christians’ album Prodigal Sons.
Among other current musical projects, Sarah is a vocalist/percussionist with Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan and a member of the popular blues band, the Chris Bevington Organisation.
Aidan first climbed on the piano stool at the tender age of five and went on to read music at the University of East Anglia, majoring in composition. No-one was more surprised than him when, after graduating, he somehow fell into a 25-year career as a journalist!
Eventually, however, he returned to his first love, working extensively as a pianist for functions at such memorable venues as Blenheim Palace, The Dorchester and The Savoy. For the last 15 years, he has also been Director of Music at St Giles Parish Church in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
When not on the road with Both Sides Now, Aidan can also be found behind the keys for rising blues/rock star Rebecca Downes and in many other musical collaborations too numerous to mention. He also continues to work as a freelance journalist.
Favourite Joni song: Refuge of the Roads
Nick is a hugely experienced guitarist and a familiar figure on the North West and Midlands music scenes.
He has worked with Eagles legend Don Felder and when not busy with Both Sides Now, Nick can be found in the line-up of the highly successful tribute band Desperado.
During the 90s he was a member of the popular Midlands-based soul/funk band The Liable Vibe (a project recently revisited) with appearances at Ronnie Scott’s and Band On The Wall. He contributed guitar to a Disney soundtrack and works extensively in music education when not on the road.
Favourite Joni song: In France They Kiss on Main Street
Ollie started playing bass when he was 11 years old and went on to study at Leeds College of Music. He has worked with some of the top names in the business, including Badly Drawn Boy, Corrine Bailey Rae and Branford Marsalis, among many others.
Ollie has played in venues ranging from tiny coffee shops to large capacity arenas. He has appeared at the Glastonbury Festival, Royal Festival Hall and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
As well as his extraordinary bass playing, Ollie also contributes backing vocals to Both Sides Now. He is also a member of Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan, has recorded two albums under his own name, and teaches bass at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Favourite Joni song: Edith and the Kingpin
Drummer Carl’s first experiments in rhythm involved grouting tubs and a potty at the age of three, improvising his first crash cymbal rather ingeniously from a 1978 Sooty album. His parents were soon persuaded to invest in the real thing!
In 1994, as part of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Carl was awarded the Kenny Clare Drum Award as the ‘most exciting drummer on show’ in the BBC Big Band competition. He was subsequently featured on a special programme on BBC Radio 2. Carl cites Peter Erskine, Tony Williams and Steve Gadd among his key influences.
Household names on Carl’s CV include Ruby Turner, Wynton Marsalis and John Dankworth. Oh, and like two other members of Both Sides Now, Carl is also a member of the popular Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan!