Music has always been a big part of my life. My family are musical and my early influences came from my two brothers. At school I learned a few chords on the guitar and I still enjoy strumming along to some tunes at home and at local open mic nights.

My passion for percussion started after a trip to New Orleans in 1998. I came back inspired by what I had seen and heard – I bought a set of congas and went to percussion workshops in Manchester. In 2000 I began drum kit lessons with a brilliant teacher – John Hicks. That was me hooked!

I’ve played kit and percussion in a few local bands over the years and attended various courses. All experiences were real learning curves for me and I’ve met some good folk along the way. The learning will never stop and I continue to study for my drum kit exams, I aim to complete them by the time I’m 60!! ☺

I joined After Hours at the end of 2010. I had seen the band in 1999, I didn’t know them then but liked their sound and bought their CD! I enjoy the covers we play which are arranged in a unique ‘After Hours’ way and the original material is exciting. Playing with feeling is very important to me, I am a passionate person and try to channel my passion into my playing……. blues is perfect for that.

Lee Wharton

Lee Wharton

I have always loved music, from being a very small boy. The radio and charts in the early seventies where a mixture of all genres of musical styles, I seemed to love it all. The first musician I remember focusing on, was Elvis. Later in the seventies when punk emerged I was hooked. I got my first guitar at thirteen but I didn’t really start to play until I had just turned sixteen, this is when my Father’s friend started giving me a few lessons and he showed me how to tune a guitar properly, I had been tuning the guitar wrong up until then. Right at this time, May 1984, my Father brought home a Jimi Hendrix album called ”Loose Ends”. I was instantly hooked again, like I had been with punk. I totally got into playing guitar and I had found a great source of music inspiration in Jimi Hendrix.


I like all types of music from classical to punk, and I’m currently doing a degree in experimental music at Uclan. I really have a thing for jazz and blues, or anything that the African slaves developed in the USA, Gospel, Soul and Funk I’d put into that category too. I like music to have a good groove to the rhythm. The guitarists I admire are many, but I like bluesy guitar with an influx of jazziness to proceedings. I suppose that’s how I would describe my guitar style.

I formed the band at the start of May 1999. The original line-up was Ed Bettes on bass and Pete Munday on drums. We played the songs I had written and blues covers. And things are pretty much the same way today.

Nigel Watkins

Nigel Watkins

In the late 60’s early 70s I heard three power trios, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream & Free.
For me music was never the same.

In the mid sixties whilst still at school  I started working in the semi professional music scene playing Soul, Motown and British Blues, with a band called “The Crestas” we progressed to supporting the major bands of that time but refused a move to London because of our age, in the mid seventies I decided to retire from music.

In 2008 I picked up a guitar again and within 6 hours of posting an advert in my local music shop, joined “ Off the Rails” a local Preston band.

Then followed six enjoyable years playing Rock & Pop in the North West of England.

An opportunity to join the “After Hours Blues Band” arrived.
A blues rock power trio, taking me back to my roots.

There is nothing like a trio – guitar, bass & drums – it’s a very special sound

It’s now a great  pleasure to be playing a mixture of classic Blues Rock covers & After Hours original tracks with Ann and Lee.