Musician Info

A Performing Presence

Thank you for dropping by. Blue Revolutions is happy that you’ve taken the time to check out their website. Affectionately called "The Professor", Sam "Blue" Agard & Shayanna Dyer-Harris, they embarked on their musical voyage of discovery as young Musicians, growing up listening to a variety of musicians and genres that have played an influential role in shaping their signature sound. Blue Revolutions seeks to offer something different and unique to their fans by creating and sharing original music that they are proud to call their own. For more information please get in touch.

 
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Shayanna Dyer-Harris

Shay Shay

Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Blue Revolutions loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Blue Revolutions has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with fans and people all over the world. Take a look around the site to get to know Blue Revolutions and all that they have to offer.

 

Sam Agard

Professor Blue

Sam started playing Drums at the age of 8 when his uncle gave him his first drum lesson. He discovered that he had a natural talent for the instrument. After a year of coaching & playing in church & in the school steel band he decided this is what he wanted to do; to play drums for a living.   In 2002 he started working with Dennis Rollins who helped him get into the professional world of music. In September 2005 he started full time music touring with Corinne Bailey Rae. He has since worked with Julian Velard (EMI), Tom Jones (EMI), Plan B (Atlantic Records), Paloma Faith (Epic), Joel Compass (Black Butter), Professor Green (Virgin) Lalah Hathaway (Stax Records) and many more. through building his reputation over the years he is now endorsed by 6 great companies; Zildjian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Baskey, Pro-Mark, PureSound and Evans Drumheads.

His other big passion is giving back to the community by doing workshops and teaching. He has been fortunate enough to also travel doing workshops as far as Hong Kong with a company run by Marcel Pusey called Bassistry Music.  He also works with a fantastic Carnival Band Kinetika Bloco, which he has been the Bateria Director for since 2004.  Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a "unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge" (BBC Radio 2). Between 110-120 at full strength this is an amazing group of young people, come together to bring a big slice of happiness for all that encounter them. 

Please check out Kinetika Bloco & Bassistry Music and see the good work they are doing.

 
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Jack Gillen

Captain Jack

Jack Gillen is a London based guitarist, composer and producer. As well as being a versatile and adaptable side man, taking influence from many genres including jazz, blues, classical, folk, rock, soul, funk and hip hop, Jack has developed a distinctive voice of his own as a guitarist/ composer, showcased in his recently released debut EP ‘The Long Way Down’.

 
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Dimitris Dimopoulos

Composer, Arranger, Pianist, keyboardist, Organist and Musicologist, Dimitris graduated from the Experimental Music High School of Pallini. In 2009 he graduated from the Music Department of the Philosophic School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) as a Musicologist, whilst taking his Piano and Composition Diploma (Hons) under the Greek famous composer Joseph Papadatos.


Dimitris is a certified Organ Teacher by the Yamaha Music Foundation (Electone Grade 4 Teaching and Performing Diploma) receiving a 3-year full scholarship during his final studies from Phillipos Nakas conservatory (partner of Berklee College Of Music – Boston).


He has worked as a music teacher in many famous conservatories of Greece and he has collaborated as a session keyboardist, arranger and composer with legends of jazz such as Steve Gadd, Jeff Lorber, Don Grusin, Tony Moore and Nathan East. Some of his recent collaborations include names such as Steve Nichol (Loose Ends), Christina Matovu, George Anderson (Shakatak), Steve Brookstein and Junior Giscombe.

 
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Alexis Countouris

Alexis is an accomplished bass player with his roots in soul, jazz, funk and reggae.

He has toured with, among others Marlon Roudette, Baptiste Giabiconi, Rozalla (supporting Billy Ocean), Imagination, Imaani, Moses of Zero 7, Omar, Lynden David Hall, McKoy, and Ashanti whose massive single ‘Baby’ features Alexis.

Alexis is has a very dynamic sound and we are proud to have him in our Blue Revolutions family.

 
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Andy Porter

Andy grew up with nothing but hymns in the house, hymns, hymns, hymns! He was led to believe that Methodists had the best singing in the world, until he discovered Gospel Music, then Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk.  As a kid he’d always played around with makeshift drums - a saucepan, a cork-topped kitchen stool, and the back of an old violin case was one configuration.  Ever since he’s played hand drums with friends or along to records, without ever graduating to a full kit.  In the 80’s he eventually got to play percussion with the Brett Carrero band – a jazz fusion outfit, who for a couple of years played the London Pub scene.


By that time he had a couple of kids and needed to bring in the money, and with a career in film making taking off, he reluctantly had to put music on the back burner.  Then three years
ago he was at a Move Your Hands jam session at the Mau Mau Bar in Portobello Road with a soul-singing friend.  Sam Blue was playing and he’d brought along a conga drum.  Andy
plucked up the courage to play it, and then again the next week, and he hasn’t looked back.


He dug out his congas and bongos, augmented them with a variety of percussion instruments and has been working hard at progressing his skills since then.  Besides playing with Blue Revolutions, he’s now a resident member of the Move Your Hands House band, Guest Percussionist with the Brighton Groove project, and plays with various configurations of musicians in Brighton. 


Andy blends natural acoustic percussion talent with his love of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk.  He is a welcome addition to the Blue Revolutions Family and we are grateful to have him.

 

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