The Band - All the info you never wanted to know!


Updated: 22/05/2013

Since forming in 2003, Strange Brew have become one of the most popular bands on the Scottish rock circuit, thrilling audiences all over the country with their dynamic live show. Brought together by a love of classic rock from the late 60's and 70's, the band set out to put together a set list focussing only on the artists and songs of that era, and are probably the only band in Scotland focussing solely on that period.

Strange Brew's repertoire mixes era-defining anthems such as Free's “All Right Now”, Deep Purple's “Smoke on the Water” and Cream's “Sunshine of Your Love” with lesser known but equally powerful tracks from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Humble Pie. This unique blend of songs ensures a Strange Brew show caters for all, with hardcore rock fans hearing rare album tracks they haven't heard since their vinyl collection bit the dust!

Kris Barnett - Vocals


Began playing: 1994
Gear: Tanglewood acoustic with Artec Blender fitted; one soft Dunlop flat pick!; and one 6 year old pair of vans trainers!
Musical influences: Paul Weller, Shane McGowan, Paul Rodgers, Caleb Followill, Alcohol, Peter Green, Mick Hucknall (for having guts, or sheer brass neck, to grow ginger hair!), and Elvis Costello.
Top 3 albums: Dummy - Portishead, Disraeli Gears - Cream, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Most memorable gig:
The Beastie Boys - T in the Park (1998). Up to our knees in mud, soaked to the skin, smacked on the back of the head with a beer bottle, then suddenly “Sabatage” kicks in...hairs on the back of the neck were well and truely erect!

Chris Shaw - Guitar


Began playing: 1990
Gear: Jackson Professional; Jackson SL3; Gibson Les Paul Standard; Ibanez RG8570 J-Custom; Marshall JCM2000 - TSL100 head (RIP!) & 1960A cab; Marshall JMP1 preamp/Marshall 9008 Power amp; Marshall JFX; Shure Beta 57 mic; Digitech RP6; Morley 'Bad Horsie' wah pedal; Morley volume pedal
Musical influences: Francis Rossi/Rick Parfitt (UP THE QUO!), Cream/Bluesbreakers era Clapton, Jimi, Paul Kossoff, Richie Blackmore, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Angus! Angus! Angus!, Neal Schon, EVH, Steve Vai, Zappa
Top 3 albums: Tough! Currently.... AC/DC - Powerage, Humble Pie - Performance: Rockin' the Filmore, Beck Bogert Appice - Self Titled
Most memorable gig: AC/DC - Hampden 2009, Iron Maiden - Gods of Metal 2008, Rush - Manchester (NH) 2002.

Tom Silk - Bass Guitar


Began playing: 2005
Gear: Fender “40th anniversary” Precision; Modified Mexican Fender Precision; G&L lL2500 tribute; Peavey Tour 450 head and 410 cab; Sansamp Bass driver
Musical influences: Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Mr Big, Skid Row, Van Halen, Extreme
Top 3 albums: Mr Big - Mr Big, Dr Feelgood - Motley Crue, Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Most memorable gig: Iron Maiden at Gods of Metal 2008


Craig Warren - Drums


Began playing: 1993
Musical influences: Mike Portnoy, John Bonham, Steve Smith, Thomas Lang, Ginger Baker
Top 3 albums: The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs, More Is Never Enough - Transatlantic, Abbey Road - The Beatles
Most memorable gig: Dream Theater covering Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon', Hammersmith Apollo, London (2005).

Gear: Premier XPK drum kit; Roland TD6KV electric kit; DW 9000 series pedals; Gibraltar rack; Remo heads; Red5Audio RVK7 drum mics; Pro-Mark 2B sticks & Pro-Mark Hot Rods

Craigs kit
  1. 8" Zildjian A-Custom splash
  2. 10" Sabian 'Mike Portnoy' Max Stax
  3. 13" Zildjian A-Custom Mastersound hi-hats
  4. 16" Sabian HHX X-treme crash
  5. 16" Zildjian A-Custom Projection crash
  6. 18" Zildjian A-Custom Projection crash
  7. 18" Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone crash
  8. 22" Sabian Hand Hammered Rock ride
  1. 22x16" bass drum
  2. 14x5" Tama Artwood G Maple snare
  3. 10x9" power tom
  4. 12x11" power tom
  5. 14x12" power tom
  1. LP Low Pitch Jam Block