Martin has played saxophone since the age of 12, his decision to play came as a result of Brian Travers buying him his first saxophone.
In 1997 Martin received an unconditional offer from the Birmingham Conservatoire to study Composition simultaneously with being offered to audition for UB40 as a saxophonist, Martin astutely chose UB40 and has been with the band since. Martin has played on 7 of the bands main albums and has travelled the world more than he ever thought possible.
Laurence was trained in both classical and jazz music since the age of 15, and didn’t waste any time in racking up his impressive list of musical credits. Joining the R&B group Rent Party straight out of school, he immediately found himself touring the world, playing international jazz festivals and sharing the bill with the likes of Miles Davis and Chic Corea.
Since then Laurence has played with just about everyone in rock, pop, soul and jazz, such as, The Cure, The Eurythmics, Robert Palmer, BB King, Robert Plant, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Vanessa May, Ruby Turner and James Brown’s backing band, The JBs.
He joined UB40 in 1994 towards the end of the “Promises and Lies Tour” and has been touring and recording with the band ever since.
Birthday 12th of December.
Tony comes from a very musical family,he started playing bass and rhythm guitar, and together with brother Robert formed their first band. Playing predominantly in churches, schools and small venues.
In 1980 Tony joined Crucial Music, it was the first time he would play piano on the big stage and toured Europe supporting artists such as Pato Banton, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Aswad and Third World. In the mid 80’s the band formed Buffalo Soul a tribute to Bob Marley. Tony is influenced by many different styles of music but mainly Jamaican and the English Reggae music of the 70s and 80s; Dennis Brown, Bob Marley and Freddie Mcgregor to name a few.