About Spatz & Co.

We are all are multi instrumentalists. A number of us are music educators and some are bandleaders in their own right, running their own bands in addition to performing together as part of Spatz & Co.

The combined musical experience is therefore substantial.
Scroll down to see individual biographies

Roy Mac

Vocals – Guitar – Piano

Trained on classical piano, winning a number of Musical Festival awards as a boy. He played piano with Perth Youth Orchestra whilst at School and then self taught on guitar and banjo. He played folk music and toured Folk Clubs before picking up a residency at Perth Folk Club. He moved on to Pop music playing Theatre and clubs as a solo cabaret act. He became part of the very popular John Scrimger Singers, a ten-member choir in Perth under the leadership of John Scrimger, Perth Theatre’s Musical Director.

As a soloist he has recorded on radio and television.
Then joined various bands including formal Ballroom Dance bands as well as Scottish ceilidh bands.

After a lengthy period away from music when focused on other careers, he returned to performing within the light jazz genre, playing with a couple of bands before forming the original Spatz & Co. He was instrumental in reforming Spatz & Co, moving it into the field of professional light entertainment as a concert and cabaret Showband.

Gordon McNeil

Tenor Saxophone – Alto Saxophone – Clarinet – Flute
Spatz & Co. Musical Director

Gordon has played Saxophone since age 16 and started performing in Rock and Roll Bands before studying music at Newcastle College where he attained a degree in Jazz and Commercial Music. He established his own Jazz Quintet and joined a Soul Band.

He travelled the world on Cruise Ships and had residencies in various top international hotels before returning to the UK to teach music professionally and to play in the many and various Jazz Festivals within the UK circuit. He has also performed in Festivals as far afield as Las Vegas and Phuket in Thailand.

Significantly, he participated in the two BBC Radio broadcasts on The Jazz House show where he impersonated the playing styles of a number of Saxophone playing jazz legends, and he is deeply immersed in the historical aspects of the instrument.

Gordon is an established tutor on the acclaimed Fife Jazz Course run by the esteemed Prof. Richard Michael.

Dick Lee

Alto Saxophone – Tenor Saxophone – Clarinet - Flute

Dick has as become recognised as an established composer and arranger over a variety of musical genres. He is bandleader of his own 5 piece swing band (Dick Lee’s Swingtet), creator and leader of Dr Lee’s Prescription within which he composed the award-winning suite “The Games”, commissioned for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and a member of the well known swing outfit Jazz Classics Trio.

His abilities cross from the swing of Benny Goodman, to Django Reindhart’s 1940 setlists; from jazz classics to ethnically based interpretations.

Playing saxophones, clarinets and various other woodwind instruments his versatility is immense bringing him work over many styles of musical performance.

Gus Andrews

Gus studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London under William Houghton, Principal Trumpet with BBC Symphony Orchestra and others including Jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew.

He played with Carlos Valdez/ Alfredo Rodriguez Latin Jazz Sextet for 3 years and was a member of Daniel Ponce Group for its British tour. He played with The Drifters for a year and also worked in various London West End Theatre productions. Also recorded with, and played live with members of Cuban group “IRAKERE”, and Roberto Pla Latin Jazz Ensemble, also playing at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London for 2 weeks. He had a season in “Palm Beach” Casino, Cannes, and also worked at “Sporting-Club” Monte Carlo, Monaco.

In 1991 he moved to Mexico City where he worked with Deep Purple as well numerous top Latin American ensembles and became Musical and Artistic Director of ‘El Colmillo” Jazz Club for a number of years. Gus produced and arranged for Sony Music Mexico and wrote music for films within the Mexican and Miami film industry whilst also appearing on a weekly Mexican TV programme writing and directing for the popular Jazz Quintet, “Pangea”.

Gus returned to Scotland in 2010 and currently has freelance work with The Eliot Murray Orchestra, The Scottish Swing Orchestra, The Jazz Bar Big Band in Edinburgh, and runs his own group “Brassatak”.

Tom Gordon

Drums - Percussion

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 1993, Tom has gained a reputation as a versatile, musical, and empathetic player, and has worked with a wide variety of artists. In 2002 he took over the drum chair in the BBC Big Band, a position he holds to this day.

Some highlights in Tom's career so far include working with the BBC Big Band, The Woody Herman Orchestra, NDR Big Band, Lalo Schifrin, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, James Morrison, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The London Philharmonia, The Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, the late alto sax specialist Phil Woods, prolific jazz trombonist and composer the late Bob Brookmeyer, pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias, Sammy Nestico who arranged for The Count Basie Orchestra, R & B singer and Grammy award winner Patti Austin, Johnny Dankworth , Cleo Laine, and trumpeter Jon Faddis. Tom has also played in London West End productions of Fosse, Our House, The Beautiful and Damned, Witches of Eastwick and Mary Poppins.

Erik Lars Hansen

String Bass – Bass Guitar

From the USA, Erik came to Scotland after years of playing in the Los Angeles jazz scene. He both freelanced and had his own band in America.

Groups he played with include The Chris Walden Big Band, the Southern California Jazz Company, the Big Band Alumni band, and the Blue Rhythm Jazz Orchestra. He established his own Function band and covered numerous corporate events.

Erik moved from Los Angeles to Scotland in 2005. Here his work has included the formation of a society dance band—Erik Hansen’s High Life! ; and he is co-leader of the highly respected Jazz Bar Big Band in Edinburgh. He plays all of the shows in Scotland and Northern England of the touring Rat Pack Las Vegas theatre show as well as the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra. He has played with Fat Sam’s Band, and has taken on the role as Music Director and Conductor for several established Scottish vocalists.

Malcolm Macfarlane

Malcolm studied Jazz at the City of Leeds' College of Music for 3 years and graduated with a 1st class Diploma - he also won the prestigious 'Eric Kershaw Memorial Prize for Guitar' at the end of each year (1984, 1985 & 1986) - the only student ever to do so.

He than moved to London, working with many established musicians and vocalists in various groups and also freelance. He joined Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia touring and recording with them for several years with appearances throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the UK including Ronnie Scott’s in London. He also joined Jazz/Funk legends Shakatak working with them for over two years that included tours of Japan and South Africa as well as Festival appearances alongside the likes of George Benson and Curtis Stigers. He formed the innovative Scottish Guitar Quartet and has composed for and recorded three highly acclaimed CDs with them. He has accompanied Jacqui Dankworth, Stacey Kent, and Carol Kidd among many others. He joined Jamie Cullum’s group for numerous concerts, TV and Festival appearances and recorded with him on the “Live at Blenheim Palace” DVD.

He is an active session musician and composer of production and library music and teaches at Edinburgh College.

Ray Elrick

Keyboards – Synthesisers

Ray comes from a musical family and started out on drums at age 10. In his teens he joined the family band in a local hotel where they had a residency for a number of years. His father was his musical inspiration as leader of a 7 piece Dixieland Band from which Ray developed his love of swing.

He played drums for The Tartan Lads and accompanied Will Starr the famous accordionist.

Ray then learned Bass guitar and played in several bands including “Nightfall” a popular 5 piece Pop Group. He was also drummer for the resident band at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh.

He took up organ and keyboards in his 20s, playing the Club Circuit with duos and trios and has been freelance ever since. He is a frequent performer on the East of Scotland Club scene and is regular keyboard player at The Byre Theatre in St Andrews.
Photography by James Bennett Studios, Emma Martin and David Gillan
For bookings or enquiries please contact Roy Mac - 07802 162 290 or roy@spatzandco.com