Veterans of such noted northern groups as the Jeff Hill Band, Drive North West, The Last Blues Band and Toy Shop, they united early in 2003. The Tribal Elders are in order of units of alcohol consumed last year:

 • Steve: Guitar, had an interesting dog. Sings if tortured with lager

• Mark: Drums, percussion, boundless enthusiasm. Likes home improvement

• Ray: Bass, mandolin, singing after a fashion. Lives in a warehouse

• Dave: Guitar, singing the wrong words. Lies about his drinking