|© Harry James 2009|
Best known for his work with Thunder, Harry James is one of the best-loved drummers on the rock circuit. Influenced by his father and the likes of Ian Paice, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, Phil Rudd, Billy Cobham and Cozy Powell, Harry started playing drums at the age of eight and has been a gigging player since his early teens.
Harry proudly occupies the drum stool for Magnum, another great British rock outfit. Last year was a busy one for the band with the release of “On The 13th Day” and a hugely successful European and UK tour. This year Magnum have returned to the studio again and appeared at a handful of festivals. In early 2014, the next album “Escape From The Shadow Garden” will be released closely followed by an extensive UK and European tour.
Over the past couple of years, Harry has been a busy chap working with Micky Moody, Neil Murray (both ex Whitesnake) and Laurie Wisefield (ex Wishbone Ash) in a band called “Snakecharmer”. The self titled album “Snakecharmer” was released in January 2013 on the “Frontiers” label. The band continue gigging and promoting the album.
Harry can be seen sharing the stage with the legendary Jim Cregan in “Cregan and Co”. Jim was in the original Rod Stewart band alongside Gary Grainger and Robin Le Mesurier who Harry had the honour of playing with in the band “Apart From Rod”. He has also been in the studio with “Magnet Man” and has made a few appearances with the “Papa George Band”.
In addition to his other live projects, Harry is currently a member of South London’s Bad Influence who continue to perform and impress on the blues circuit. The band recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary.
In the studio, Harry has also contributed to work by Don Airey ("A Light In The Sky"), Russ Ballard ("Book Of Love"), Shadowman (featuring FM's vocalist Steve Overland, Heartland's Steve Morris and Thunder's Chris Childs), Kate Aumonier ("Here I Am"), Carl Sentance (“Mind Doctor”), Bucket & Co (“Guitars, Beers and Tears”) and Hellfire Corner (Gary Brewer and "Snake", the ex bass player of Thunder).
Harry has had the pleasure of performing live on stage with The Ian Gillan Band with Roger Glover on bass, and has toured with Graham Bonnet, Don Airey, Mick Ralphs, and Paul Young. Following a performance with Thunder at the Indigo2 in March 2008 in aid of the Childline Trust, where the band were joined onstage by Lulu and Roger Daltrey, Harry returned the following year (again with Thunder) to appear alongside Rock Legends including Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, and Steve Harley.
Backed by Pearl, Paiste and Pro-Mark, Harry is renowned for his distinctive and powerful playing style, his love of live performance and rapport with the audience. And his undying love and support of Crystal Palace FC!