The Mysterious Wheels
The Mysterious Wheels

Meet the band

Andrew Ranken

Andrew started bellowing on November 13 th 1953, at around 8 o'clock in the evening, since when he's never really stopped. However, he did take up the bongoes aged 14, and is rumoured to still practice the art of percussion on occasion, having spent the past thirty years behind the Pogues' drumkit, not to mention the concurrent 25 glorious years rattling the traps for the mighty hKippers. Always happiest banging and shouting, his greatest heroes are Elvin Jones and the Howling Wolf, in whose giant steps he follows with devoted humility.

Simon Korner

Simon Korner

Simon began playing bass on a tiny child's acoustic guitar at the age of 11 – the two note chorus of Cream's 'Spoonful' – while his friend soloed away for hours on end. His musical station in life was established, and has remained unchanged ever since. As have the two notes, played over and over again for 45+ years, more than enough to satisfy his 'soul'.

John Roster

John Roster

First musical influence Chuck Berry in 1958. First band age 13: Johnny Duval and the Echoes. Did two gigs - an old age pensioners' party and St George's Asylum. Went to Stafford Art School 1965 and then the Central School of Art from 1968 to 71. Bands during and since then; Oxo Witney, Mike Khan, (Jon Owen) Global Village Trucking Co. The Inmates, Mind The Gap.

Joe Korner

Joe Korner

Joe ripped his fingers trying to play like Keith Richard on a £4 guitar from the charity shop when he was 10.  But then he realised that it was the piano playing of Ian Stewart that was the essential element of the Stone’s sound. Delving deeper, he discovered the piano lurking in the background of all those Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters records. And when he heard Billy Preston’s solo on Get Back he was hooked. So he worked out how to play the guitar chords of a 12 bar blues on the piano, and off he went…

Tom Anthony

Tom Anthony

When a musician mentor declared “he'll never be able to sing” Tom turned to hickory sticks. He began playing on a single snare and his drumming led to a love of country music, shuffle and simple beats. In the 80s Tom played with Joe Korner in Birds of Tin and also with an earnest indie band he's too ashamed to name. 407 years at the drums with the Wheels and still getting the hang of it.