Lead Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin
Crispin has been playing and writing original music from a young age. His songwriting provides the foundation for the music Have Mercy Las Vegas produce.
Prior to HMLV, Crispin had played and jammed in numerous bands, but had also earned a good reputation as a solo performer. Taking influence from the slide blues of artists Seasick Steve, Bob Brozman and Ry Cooder, Crispin delivered strong live performances, playing his own songs together with adding his own twist to popular cover versions.
His real passion however is in his own music, and the diverse range of styles and instrumentation Have Mercy Las Vegas bring his songs to life, and the bands ever growing fan base help to bring the music to a wider audience.
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Glockenspiel, Ukulele, Mandolin
Eilidh comes from a hugely talented musical family. She graduated from Langside College in Acting and Performance in the summer of 2012 and has toured the country both acting and singing. Her time in theatre has given here a brilliant vocal range and she has a natural ability to Harmonise.
Originally Eilidh was drafted in to sing backing vocals on Tear to My Eye after meeting Crispin and Stephen on the Shores of Loch Lomond. However the band quickly realised she could offer far more than backing vocals and became a permanent fixture at the front of the stage.
Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonium, Backing Vocals
Stephen can probably be charged with bringing the folkier element to Have Mercy Las Vegas sound. He has an ability to turn his hand to most musical instruments, and having been steeped in Scottish and Irish traditional music growing up on the Isle of Mull, brought the Mandolin and Accordion intitally to the band. As the band has progressed he decided to learn the Banjo, as the instrument had proved popular in the resurgance of "New Folk" band. The Accordion has since been replaced by the traditional Indian instrument the Harmonium as the bands sound develops.
Stephen is the designated driver of the official Have Mercy Las Vegas tour bus, "The Mercy Wagon" and is also the voice of the bands online presence.
Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marc brings absolute stability to the band, solid and steady as a rock.
After the break up of one of the Shires most succesful bands, "The Shakes" (which also featured Phil) Marc joined Have Mercy Las Vegas, originally as a 2nd guitarist but quickly migrated to bass. Despite it not being his 1st instrument, Marc's simple yet highly effective basslines have drawn praise from fellow bass players. Simply put, Have Mercy Las Vegas doesnt work without Marc. He works well with Phil providing a steady rhythm and bass section that is vital to the bands dynamic.
A common theme in Have Mercy Las Vegas is a strong musical family background. Marc cites his brothers, both acomplished musicians as early influences, along with his musical heroes "The Beatles"
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Phil has been a mainstay of the West Dunbartonshire Musical Scene for many years, along with Have Mercy Las Vegas, he can be seen playing drums with numerous other bands whilst running Loch Lomond studios and providing drum tutoring. In addition to this Phil also provides bookings for other bands playing in local venues and festivals further afield as well acting as sound tech for live events.
Like all members of the band, Phil comes from a highly musical family, and to this day Phil still plays in the Clachies along with his dad Joe and brother Richie.
Phil's bass drum drives Have Mercy Las Vegas' live performances, and his experience playing live over the years has proved invaluable. Loch Lomond Studio's has also provided the band with a home in which to write and rehearse their music, which has been of tremendous support to the band.
Fiddle, Backing Vocals
Andrew was added to the band in the summer of 2013 and has had a real impact on the bands sound.
Both Andrew and Eilidh attended the same high school, and after a chance meeting in Glasgow he was introduced to the band and permanently added following a highly impressive audition and trial run.
Andrew has been playing fiddle since a young age, and has performed in all levels from School Concerts and private functions, to playing at the Scottish Parliament. He can also call on many styles
including classical, traditional and bluegrass.
The band had been searching for a fiddle player for some time and Andrew's electrifying playing, together with the same enthusiasm and passion for live music have the rest of HMLV convinced the line up is now complete.
Described by The Scottish Voice of New Music Jim Gellatly as "an ideal festival band with stacks of energy" Have Mercy Las Vegas gone from strength to strength following their arrival on the Scottish music scene in 2011. Their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair as a nod to their Scottish roots has earned them rave reviews of their studio material in the form of their debut EP and new single Pappy. However it’s the live performances that make HMLV stand out, where they can fully show off their range of original songs, from the foot stomping hoe downs, to the harmonious laments and after gaining notable praise for their sets at Wickerman, Haddowfest, Celtic Connections and many more they reached a high point in headlining King Tuts New Years Revolution to a packed audience, earning themselves a terrific review in national press and praise from the festival organisers.
In 2014 they have continued their impressive form, main stage appearances at Eden Festival and Live@Troon proved the bands growing stature. The band also made their debut at 2 of Scotlands best new music festivals at Brew at the Bog and The Tenement Trail whilst also notching up their second appearance at this year’s Wickerman Festival.
The band also found their way onto the TV Screens, featured as the opening act for BBC ALBA’s Rapal music series and performing live twice in the STV Studios for The Riverside Show.
Perhaps the proudest moment for the band however has been the highly anticipated release of their Debut Album “That’s Life”. The band are very proud of the final result and have been delighted by the feedback and reviews they have received so far, hoping that the release of their first full length album will push them onto bigger and better things.
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