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Kevin Flanagan (reeds and voice)
Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass., USA. He was part of Antares, an improvisatory jazz group that toured New England and the UK in the mid-70's to early 80's. During this period he was also involved in blues and popular music, both performing and recording. He settled in the UK in the mid-80's, and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with Ben E. King, B.B.King, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols, Portishead, Paul Weller, and others, as well as various West African groups around London. By the late 80's, he was primarily involved with jazz, playing with his own group and the Tommy Chase Quartet around the festivals of the UK and Europe, such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Soho, Glasgow, and Brighton in this country; and festivals in Milan, Paris, The North Sea Festival, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and others. He spent much of the 90's collaborating with Chris Ingham in FIQ, and put out two well-received CD's, Zanzibar and Textile Lunch. A graduate of Goldsmiths University, with a post graduate degree in composition from ARU (where he lectures). He studied composition at the University of Sussex with Martin Butler,and had pieces commissioned and performed by orchestras in London and Cambridge.