EPIC was first assembled as a concept act in late 2014 by lead vocalist and bassist Jesse Balfour. Jesse is an accomplished performer with a long history of successful acts and thousands of gigs to his credit. Most recently leading notorious party bands, SuperCheeze, Mr Wizard, original band Wild Jester. Jesse has had residencies at MGM Darwin and Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs. Highlights have included touring internationally and performing at Sydney’s Glebe Island NYE 2012.
Jesse wanted EPIC to be ‘more than just another coverband’, an act that would perform previously untouched songs that no other band is currently or has dared attempt in the past. Audiences will know, remember, love, laugh, cry, and dance with every number. To achieve this vision, JB began by recruiting the services of three extremely talented local musicians, firstly the certified musical legend Alan Park on Keyboards.
Most notably Alan served as Sir Cliff Richard’s musical director for many years. During this tenure he performed in front of record breaking audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium in London and also toured in Europe, the USA and Australia. In more recent times Al has entertained local audiences, in “The Feramones”, “The Camel Tones” and “The Soul Shakers”, “The Steely Dan Tribute” as well as remaining a first-call session keyboardist both live and studio.
To provide Jesse with the foundation to drive such a wide-ranging repertoire forward there was only one logical choice in the region, Pete Brentnall. On both drums and backing vocals Pete is the Son of Australian Jazz Trumpeter Ken Brentnall and veteran of North NSW touring pub/ club acts Vicious Rumours, Hot Dog, The Henchmen and former Sydney original bands The Hurt, The Playboys. He has played on numerous recordings and backing sessions with local songwriters.
Heading up any grandiose rock and roll show requires an experienced and confident ‘lead guitarist’. Jesse placed a call to an old friend and former musical colleague Stuart Kent. On both Guitar and Vocals Stuart was also in The Henchmen with Pete. He is a talented session musician for Top Cat Recording Studio and WindSong Records. Stuart led and toured with his award winning original band Mudskipper and hard rockers The Rockadiles in the 90’s. More recently he performs with Jesse in the Supercheese and is the vocalist and lead guitarist in the local original band The Unforgiven.
Jesse Balfour – Lead Vocals & Bass
Jesse is an accomplished performer with a long history of successful acts and thousands of gigs to his credit including leading notorious party bands SuperCheeze, Mr Wizard and original band Wild Jester. He also has had residencies in venues including: MGM Darwin & Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs. Jess has performed with the likes of Rick Fenn (10cc), Brian Cadd, Tom Meisner, Roy Wilders and many more in Australia and overseas. After numerous decades working in the Australian Music Scene, Jesse formulated this act which has been critically acclaimed on the East Coast since its introduction.
Alan Park – Keyboards
Al is a certified musical legend, most notably having served as Sir Cliff Richard’s musical director and keyboardist for many years. During this tenure, he performed in front of record breaking audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium in London. He has also toured in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, Alan worked with a host of British musical royalty including members of the Small Faces, Nik Kershaw, The Shadows, Olivia Newton-John, Don Everley, Skunk Baxter, Manhattan Transfer, Elaine Page, 10cc, The Beggars Opera and many, many more. Al has also worked with comedy artists Hale and Pace, Billy Connelly and Dame Edna; covering a multitude of genres and musical styles.
Stuart Kent – Lead Guitar & Vocals
‘Stuie’ as North Coast audiences have known him for many years now was a prominent member in the North Coast rock group, The Henchmen. He was the “go-to-rock-guitar-guy” for Top Cat Recording Studio and WindSong Records artists and has played on tons of records. Stuie led and toured with his own original band Mudskipper (with whom he won a Dolphin Award) and hard rockers The Rockadiles in the 90’s. He also wrote and recorded advertising jingles, played in many bands as a ‘hired gun’ including recording and touring with Australian Idol finalist Peter Ryan and 301 Records artists Elevait.
James Palmer – Drums & Vocals
James is highly acclaimed as a young, successful Freelance Musician who has played at venues all over Australia and has worked with a variety of musically diverse artists up and down the East Coast of Australia. James has been privileged to have played with numerous successful artists – most notably on drums for: Todd Robinson and Jake Whittaker. J.P has worked in recording studios with artists such as, Mitch King and Rubicon and has worked in touring production with the likes of, Damien Leith, Nazeem Hussain and Arj Barker. Not to mention he has played on countless TV adds, gaming soundtracks and other jingles along the way.
EPIC – High End Show Band & Cover Supergroup
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