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John Scott

JOHN has always been a country music fan for as long as he can remember. A native of Glasgow, he recounts family parties as being full of singing country songs as well as Scottish and Irish. He always HAD to do a turn, although from behind the settee sometimes!

His greatest influences in those early days were George Jones, Buck Owens and Hank Williams. A week didn't go by, it seemed, without buying an LP and writing the words down of all the songs!

It wasn't only the songs that appealed to him but also the history of Country Music which he still loves to delve into. From the age of sixteen he sang in halls in Glasgow and helped to run a Country club. A little later, along with a friend, he performed in pubs and community centres, singing Everly and Louvin Brothers songs.

He joined the Army in 1976 at the age of nineteen and spent three years trying to convert the Folk Club audiences in West Germany to Country Music. He likes to think he had SOME success!

He formed a duo with a girl during that time and they were very popular wherever they played doing George and Tammy songs.

When he left the Army he settled in Salisbury, where he answered Robins advertisement, which started Capricorn's country road.

He has met most or the major stars from Garth Brooks to Kitty Wells and still remembers how his knees trembled when he met George Jones for the first time as a 17 year old!

John is proud to say he has sung a couple of songs in Tootsies Orchard Lounge in Nashville and even sang and acted in a Scottish Tattoo at The Albert Hall to 5000 people. He is just as proud of the way Capricorn has developed to what it is today. A band that enjoys what it does and four guys that love to play Country Music, pure and simple.


Mike Pretty

Born in Bournemouth, Mike grew up listening to the likes of Johnny Ray, Guy Mitchell & Frankie Laine on the radio. Then, like many of his generation, rock 'n' roll arrived, had a profound effect on him and made him want to play. He also discovered a certain Mr J Cash, and it was upon hearing "Ways Of A Woman In Love" that his lifelong love affair with country music began.

Mike started out as a singer but soon discovered his drumming ability, and for the princely sum of £25, (a fortune in those days), he acquired his first drum kit. This led to the formation of Ricky Marshall and the Deputies, (circa 1960), a country-sounding name but heavily into Cliff and the Shadows. Mike's involvement lasted until 1962, when his interest in cycle racing brought an end to his musical career, or so he thought. However by 1965 he began singing again, this time with a piano player, though after a year or so his "showbiz" career was once again put on hold. Old habits die hard though and his passionate interest in country music, plus his ever-increasing record collection, combined to encourage Mike's eventual return to playing.

An informal jam session in 1979 led to the formation of the Cottonwood country band, and for the next 12 years Mike was their drummer, until a chance meeting with John Scott in 1991 resulted in Mike joining Capricorn, where he has happily remained ever since.

His interests include spending time with four grandchildren, and most sports, particularly football. Among Mike's many favourite singers are Gene Watson, Ed Bruce, Faron Young, Rodney Crowell, Bobby Dare and Jimmy Buffett, but he cares little for Nashville's current pop obsessions, sticking firmly to traditional country, or as he says, the real thing!

 


Mike Loft

Initially hooked on The Shadows, Mike started playing guitar at 12, and formed a school band, doing pub and private gigs by 15. He played in a rhythm & blues band on leaving school, based around Basingstoke & Reading, mixing all the '60s influences together. He then moved to Poole, and helped form Cincinnati Hog Farm in 1971, swapping over to bass guitar, and playing their country/folk/fun material all around the Bournemouth area.

In 1975 he founded Three'n'Easy, with two former CHF members, which with the addition of a drummer in 1977, reformed as Western Approach, who were successful on the southern country scene, until disbanding in 1995. Mike then helped form Dorset-based Shameless, who carried on the gigs with a programme of high energy, modern country material. A year later Mike joined Capricorn and, ten bass guitars later, is still going strong.


Pat O'Dea

Born in Ireland, and with a lifelong affection for his native musical heritage, Pat was bitten by the country music bug on first hearing 'El Paso'. He initially began performing back in the '60s, with a Merseyside band, then worked as a solo singer / guitarist, in Liverpool and London, before forming his own group in the 1970s. He joined his first pure country band about 30 years ago and has had country music on his mind ever since.


Mike Wrixton


Mike was born in Bridport, Dorset and his roots come from a musical family where his father played piano and piano accordion in local pubs, mother played piano and his brother is still playing Sax, Clarinet, Flute and Drums with several bands in Bridport and the surrounding area. You can imagine the family's get togethers, it was wall to wall music.
After learning the piano as a youngster he took up playing acoustic guitar in local folk groups before being drawn to country music. He then joined a country band called "Okie", still playing guitar, which
was the start of his country journey.
Mike was deeply influenced by bands like New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burritos, The Byrds, Pure Prarie League and got hooked on the sound of the Pedal Steel Guitar. After a telephone conversation with Gordon Huntley of Mathew Southern Comfort fame, he purchased his first student model MSA Pedal Steel from Gordon. His main Steel guitarist influences are Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green, Doug Jernigan and J. D. Maness.
On Moving to Bournemouth in1976 to a new job Mike played in various bands most notably playing steel with local band 'Country Pride' until the band broke up in 1985. Over the following years Mike played mostly as a stand in steel player with most of the local country bands as he was unable to commit to a full time position band due to his job. However he managed to find time to play steel on a couple of the Capricorn CDs
In 2008 Mike started working for himself and was soon back on the road with several local bands until joining Capricorn in June 2012.