Cat in the Hat
Cat in the Hat was formed in 2000, by Bill Birks and Mary Caffrey, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, as a one off gig.
Such was the audience response, Bill and Mary decided to continue the band, as both a trio and a five piece, playing in America, Japan, Europe, and the UK, and now concentrate (thanks to Brexit) on festivals, such as Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, etc and club gigs in the UK.
Bill Birks – Guitar and vocals
Canadian Bill Birks was a session musician (drums)/sound engineer for most of the 70s and 80s, working with major bands such as The Korgis, The Cure, and John Martyn.
Transferring from drums to guitar and bass in the early 80’s, following a major motor bike accident, Bill was signed to CBS and released albums of his own material, as well as providing the theme tune to the Warner Brothers film Radio Powerplay. He also featured on the accompanying sound track album alongside the Eagles, Little Feat, Wilson Picket and other music legends.
Mary Caffrey -: Bass and backing vocals
Mary’s experience on percussion and classical guitar stood her in very good stead 25 years ago.
Having played with artists such as Chris Jagger, Mary used her knowledge of rhythm to provide a tight, ‘in the pocket’ groove on bass, justifying the nickname Rock Steady Mary.
Having lived in India as a child, Charlie embraced the, continuing his love of drums, which led to his playing on an album recorded at Peter Gabriels’ Real World with drum legend Billy Cobham.
Charlie’s playing can leave audiences open mouthed, as his staggering talent as a drummer, has to be heard to be believed.