Joining the band in late 2005 as one of the first members, Simon's musical influences include the Levellers, Dubliners, Pogues, The High Kings, The Kilkennys and the Fureys.
There is nothing Simon enjoys more than the buzz he gets from feedback at gigs, "to hear people say how much they have enjoyed the gig and our music makes all the hard work worthwhile" he says.
To date, Simon reckons the theatre gig in Grantham is the highlight of his career with Ruff 'n' Ready, he comments "to play to a packed evening auditorium at the Guildhall Arts Centre is gonna take some beating,"
Simon is looking forward to a theatre tour in the very near future, "we are putting together a new show, some exciting, challenging new numbers for both us as a band, and our dancers, the Irish Wolfpack from the Grantham School of dancing, really looking forward to this one".
Gordon is a self-taught 'strummer' who has been playing since the early 60's.
He cites Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Del Shannon and Freddie and the Dreamers as early influences.
A fan of all decent music, current leanings are towards the prog rock output of bands such as Rush, Dream Theater (American spelling) and Porcupine Tree.
On the folk side he enjoys playing anything he can remember the chords to (so, not quite everything in the Ruff 'n' Ready repertoire yet) and is currently listening to Kate Rusby, The High Kings, The Dubliners, The Pogues and the Fureys.
He joined Ruff 'n' Ready in 2011 and gets a real buzz from the gigs the band play - he lists The Guildhall in Grantham (The Rolling Stones have never played there), Clontarf Castle in Dublin and The Ship Inn in Norfolk as particular highlights of his first year with the band although there have been many memorable dates along the way.
Tim joined Ruff ‘n’ Ready on stage in 2011 having spent several months enthusiastically joining in on practice nights.
He combines lessons with assiduous practice on his instrument of choice, the banjo, but has also recently taken up the cudgels to beat the living daylights out of percussion instruments like the cymbals and tambourine. His energy and drive on stage make him popular with audiences and he plans to add mandolin and 5-string banjo to his arsenal.
Musical influences include the Dubliners the Pogues and Flogging molly and Tim lists the Kilkennys and Mumford and Sons as particular current favourites.
Tim enjoys the variety of gigs the band plays and selects Clontarf castle and Oscars bar as two of his favourite gigs so far.
John has been playing guitar and bass for more than 40 years covering a wide variety of genres
from country to prog rock.! !
John’s passion, one he shares with his wife Debbie, is playing, writing and recording and he says he cannot imagine a life without music.! !
John has been with Ruff ’n’ Ready since 2013 and he enjoys both the fun side of the band gigging and also the variety of music the band plays.
Ken joined the band when he took over as band manager, since then he has enjoyed picking up the bodhran, and now plays with us full time.
Previous to getting involved with Ruff 'n' Ready, Ken taught himself guitar and had an avid interest in his childrens musical and dance endeavors. He thoroughly enjoys playing with the band and still manages the bands bookings and enquiries.
Ken also enjoys building new vintage caravans and can often be found at 1940s weekends with his old car and caravan.