Five minutes with… sax master Snake Davis

Published: Monday 10th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Saxophone hero Snake Davis and his line-up of incredible musicians are all set for a sell-out show at Hull Truck Theatre tomorrow night.

After working with some of the world’s biggest acts, including Tom Jones, Ray Charles, George Michael and The Eurhythmics, just to name a few, Snake will now take audiences on a journey through the history of the saxophone.

Classics Sax Solos returns to the city, bringing with it the best tunes from saxophone legends, along with some interesting facts about the music. We caught up with Snake ahead of the show to find out more.

What can audiences expect from your set at Hull Truck Theatre?

This is a themed show. Classic Sax Solos is relatively new, although this is the second time that we’ve brought it to Hull.

The idea behind it was to look at the history and legacy of the great saxophone players of yesterday. I play some of my own music, but also recreate some of the iconic tunes, such as Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty, Careless Whisper by George Michael, and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

I’ve changed the line-up of my band slightly to reflect these classic songs. For example, I’ve brought in an amazing singer and guitar player called Gareth Moulton. He’s from a band called Cutting Crew. He takes a lot of the lead vocals; he does an amazing job.

One thing that is different about this show to my usual performances is the additional vocals. We have a real combination of pop, soul, jazz, funk and rock. A huge mix of material and a lot of variety.

And then, of course, I also talk and give a bit of background to the music that we’re playing.

Have you done anything like this in the past?

I have quite a few different line-ups that I work with, including an eight-piece called The Suspicions. Also, the Snakes Strings, which is basically me and a String Quartet. It works beautifully in churches.

When did you first get into playing music?

I started out when I was really young. I was a soprano when I was a little boy with school and church choirs. I started to learn different instruments from the age of about nine.

I taught myself guitar and picked up various others throughout my teenage years. I discovered the saxophone at the age of 19 and I’ve not looked back really. Now, I play mainly sax and the flute, and dabble with recording and writing at home.

With the Hull Truck Theatre show sold out, are there any more opportunities for fans to catch you this year?

I do quite a few shows just south of the Humber Bridge at a local arts centre in Barton-upon-Humber. I have a few sets coming up there, including a couple of duos. I’ll also be bringing my soul band to that venue later this year.

Otherwise, I’m spending the last two months of 2017 touring around Japan with another artist. I’m excited to play some big venues over there.


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Published: Monday 10th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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