The Forgers Cover Band is my latest project, a three piece rock/indie covers band, based in London. We cover songs from the fifties to the present day, specialising in rock & indie songs from the nineties onwards.
I play electric guitar and sing lead and backing vocals. I am also the bandleader, manager, booking agent and PR dept….
We perform across the UK, mainly at private functions. We do play some public gigs, and have a residency at The Stage Door Pub in London’s Waterloo.
The Forgers audio demo (left), was recorded at London’s Alaska Studios. I played Fender Telecaster, Gretsch Tennessean, Gibson Les Paul and Gibson SG guitars into Vox, Ampeg and Marshall amps.
I performed all of the guitars and vocals and was joined in the studio by Simon Czaban (bass) and Jason Holling (drums).
I had a lot of fun recording this demo and learned a lot. Bob at Alaska was great to work with.
Recorded at Terminal Studios in London.
In this video I play a Fender Stratocaster Deluxe HSS through a Blackstar HT Dual valve distortion unit into a Vox AC30tb amplifier.
I was, and still am, joined by Chris Higginbottom (drums and vocals) and Max Wurr (bass and vocals). The sound engineer was Alex Burak, and Henry D.C. Williams recorded the video.
We have some more videos on my YouTube channel and will be shooting some new ones this year – I can’t wait!
Stay in touch with The Forgers
The Forgers on SoundCloud
The Forgers on YouTube
I have been a full-time member of Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band since 2002. Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band use authentic instruments and costumes to recreate the magic of The Beatles across all eras.
I play the role of George Harrison, replicating his guitar parts and vocals. I have loved the music of The Beatles from a very young age, so jumped at the opportunity to join Ultimate Beatles and become totally immersed in their music!
I play a Gretsch Tennesean and Gibson SG into a Vox AC30tb amplifier.
Ultimate Beatles audio demo was recorded in Harrow many moons ago. We were interviewed by Canadian radio during the session.
This video was shot at Boogie In The Park in Bedford during the summer of 2005, where we performed in front of 3,000 people. It was great fun, if a little nerve racking!
We have many more live videos on our website.
For more information on Ultimate Beatles
Ultimate Beatles on SoundCloud
Ultimate Beatles on YouTube
I have composed many original songs which I performed on London’s acoustic scene for several years, both as a solo act and with The Cliff Smith Band.
My five track, bare bones ‘Times & Places’ EP was released in 2006. I am currently taking a break from writing and performing my own music to pursue other interests.
I have also composed music for piano, string quartet, choir, orchestra and band.
I still enjoy the creative process and often help my pupils with their songs. I also lay down guest guitar and vocals in recording sessions whenever I have the opportunity.
Guitars, vocals, bass, synth guitar and drum programming by Cliff Smith. Recording, mixing and mastering by Ciff Smith, Jean-Guy Sylvestre and Mark Slater. The following tracks are taken from my ‘Times & Places‘ EP:
- Gone So Long
- Close To You
- Life On a Strand
- Trying So Hard
- The One I Left Behind
Julya was a recording experiment. I had just bought a 16 track recorder and wanted to use all 16 tracks! From memory, the track contains, acoustic, twelve string, electric, classical, synth and bass guitars, three or four vocal parts, programmed drums and sound effects…
Cliff Smith on YouTube
Shot in 2006 at my favourite acoustic club in London, The 12 Bar Club, off Denmark Street. It’s a grimy, sticky place and I have had many great nights there, both as a performer and audience member.
This was a period when I was experimenting with a loop station and distortion pedal on my acoustic guitar, straight into the PA. You can hear a little bit of the loop station at the end of the video. Eventually I decided that I preferred working with real musicians, and formed The Cliff Smith Band!
Cliff Smith on SoundCloud
Cliff Smith on YouTube
Collaborations and session musician work
On stage with Dave Gander & PB O’Connor at London’s 12 Bar Club. I am always interested in hearing about new projects, and am available for session work.
On stage with Alice Doyne in Camden, London.