Circus FM is a collaboration between singer Flora Munro, guitarist/songwriter Roger Niven, and session drummer Graham Walker.
Flora is much sought after as a session singer and performer, and she gigs regularly across Scotland. Inspired by the sound of the 1920s from an early age, she channels a smoky, sultry jazz vibe, and her beguiling vocals are enriched with influences from a love of funk, soul, and rhythm & blues. She has the natural ability to get inside a song, capture the intimacy and tell the story.
Flora comes from a strong musical background. Her father is the talented Scottish singer/songwriter and drummer, Andy Munro. He is also known to many as children’s entertainer ‘Mr Boom’. Her grandfather, Ian Gourlay composed ‘The Song of the Clyde’ and was Head of Music at BBC Scotland for many years.
Roger and Graham started playing together in bands in the north of Scotland, then moved to London with progressive rock band A Million People.
When the band split, Roger returned to Scotland. He has subsequently been in involved in a wide range of projects with diverse styles. These include jazz, blues, classical, latin, celtic rock (Wolfstone) and, most recently, progressive rock with cult band Cressida.
Graham has worked as a London-based session drummer for many years. He toured internationally and recorded with Gary Moore as part of The Midnight Blues Band, and has a number of gold discs to his name for these albums. He has also played with George Harrison, Mick Jagger and BB King. Graham gigs and records extensively and manages Dene Street studios in Surrey.
The Circus FM EP showcases the musicianship and connection between these three talents. High quality performances and sophisticated production combine with songs that press emotional buttons.
Included amongst the guest musicians are some of the most respected session players in the UK.
Bass player Brad Lang has recorded with Ray Charles and Robbie Williams. He also played regularly in the Top of The Pops orchestra. Sax player Gary Plumley has toured and recorded worldwide with artists such as George Michael, the Stereophonics, the Four Tops, the Temptations and the James Taylor Quartet.
Derek Nash (sax), Winston Rollins (trombone) and Chris Storr (trumpet) play over 100 gigs a year as members of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Between them, they have toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in UK popular music.