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Jean-marie (J.C.) Carroll is an English Composer,songwriter and musician of French Irish Extraction with 30 years experience in making music in a variety of Genres.
JC's Musical career started in earnest in 1977 as the rhythym guitarist of a Punk/New Wave Group called THE MEMBERS. The groups first single Solitary Confinement (A JC co-write with Members Lead Singer Nick Tesco) was released on the then achingly fashionable STIFF records. The original 7 inch pressing of this record is highly collectible. THE MEMBERS then teamed up with a young producer called Steve Lillywhite (Brother of Members Drummer Adrian Lillywhite) and In the Spring of 1979 released their UK anthem THE SOUND OF THE SUBURBS. (another JC co-write) This record went on to sell 250,000 copies in Months. The track has subsequently been on hundreds of punk compilations and is what THE MEMBERS are most known for. The Subsequent Album AT THE CHELSEA NIGHTCLUB... gained critical approval and has been listed in Record collector as one of the top 20 Punk albums ever made.
The Members then recorded the Groundbreaking OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS a very early example of white reggae and a song that was to provide a blueprint for bands like the Police and the Specials. THE MEMBERS then concentrated on the American and overseas market as they chalked up Hits in America (WORKING GIRL) and Australia (RADIO) before calling it a day in 1983.
JC continued to work with Members Bass Player Chris Payne in the Eastern European Styled "Men Who Came in from the Cold" this band saw JC pursuing his obsession with his fathers european musical roots and his love of the accordian. He also continued to make recording and play sessions with up and coming young musicians such as GUY PRATT and CHESTER KAMEN as well as Punk Legends such as GLEN MATLOCK, JOHNNY THUNDERS, DEE DEE RAMONE and RAT SCABIES.During the Nineties JC took a Break from Music to start a Fashion Company with His then Wife and Raise a family in Notting Hill in West London....But the Music kept calling him back so when he was asked to join Folk rock band the Wise Monkeys he had to follow... this period JC hung up his electric guitar and armed only with Accordian and Mandolin went off in search of his French Irish Roots.
During this Period JC began making music for Film and Commercials composing music for Movies Such as Loch Ness, He was also lucky enough to work with the Late Michael Kamen on DON JUAN DE MARCO.
JC is an original ... using recording techniques gleaned from legendary pop producers such as Steve Lillywhite and Martin Rushent he blends New Technology (Logic and Ableton Live) with his Arsenal of Mandolins, Ukes, Accordians, Melodicas, vintage Synths and guitars to create a sound that is both ancient and modern.
Equally at home playing Cajun Waltzes, Fearsome Punk, Dub Reggae and cockney Skiffle... JC is a True original.
2007 JC records at the Legendary Abbey Road Studio and in his own kitchen studio.. The Results were a Film Soundtrack, several Avertising campaigns and three Internet inspired Albums (Distributed digitally by iTunes and physically by Kunaki and CD Baby in the States.
The albums were
1. The Rock is in the Lapt0p
2. Modern Folk
3. Strangers and Fiction
2008 saw the Release of NEW ENGLISH BLUES VOL 1 (the first part of JC's triptych New English Blues Set.) which contained the surprise Radio Hit and iTunes. CAVEMAN TV.and JC playing live with his Band "The Disciples" at many events in and around London including a fantastic set at Blackpools Premiere Punk festival REBELLION. In contrast in his acoustic guise he shared the stage with Poet Laurette Seamus Heany at the Eclectic Flat Lake arts Festival in Co Monaghan in Ireland . A Chance invitation to play in Miami in November turned into a full North American Tour with JC enjoying success in New York, Toronto and Philly.
2009 sees him consolidating his position as a film and TV composer and continuing to perform with The Disciple and The Members.
to book JC, the Disciples or the Members call Darren at Crucial Talent
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