The Levy Circus rise with grit and purpose from their East Midlands grass roots, to arrive on the music scene as one of the most significant burgeoning indie / rock / pop bands of the year. A self-curated five piece of master songwriters, musicians and vocalists, The Levy Circus defy every rule and mould of the industry and have become ringmasters of their own destiny. Forging a unique path, this band has its own box-fresh sound, delivering outstanding original music. The songs are well-deserving to become our stalwart classic tracks of the future.
The Levy Circus is a collective of uncut musicians, seamlessly coasting the ebb and flow of life’s journey. The beating heart of this outfit are Miles Levy and Graham Jones, whose gift for melody emanates from every pore of their combined lived experiences in music and as medical professor and teacher. The Levy Circus produce beautifully crafted lyrics and songs that feel like they have been around forever. They write it and sing it like they mean it. And they most definitely do mean it.
So roll up, roll up and let the show begin – Welcome to The Levy Circus.
Individually solo musical successes in their own right, all master craftsmen of their own separate careers, together they create a beguiling musical chemistry, which whips you into the wonder of the melodic circus they have created
In the style of Difford & Tilbrook, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Holland-Dozier-Holland and Lennon & McCartney - The Levy Circus spins around the watertight musical chemistry of the band’s creative hub of Levy and Jones. A myriad of individual connections and partnerships have fortuitously drawn all band members together, through a network of unique permutations and combinations. Here-in lies the magic of The Levy Circus. A distinctive and compelling musical process that ignites a new sound. Creating a gritty / rich mix of unique Americana tinged indie / rock / pop, The Levy Circus are true story-tellers, fashioning a musical story book of semi-biographical memories, which cast an endearing melodic mirror into the diverse lives of these captivating individuals.
Miles Levy is the son of a dentist. With a passion for music, which flowed through his genes from his mother’s side, Miles chose medicine over music and became a consultant endocrinologist and an Honorary Associate Professor at Leicester University. In the early noughties, Miles set-up his first duo band playing regular live venues in East London, and later formed Suzy Goes Commando –a punk acoustic 80’s cover band, which he still plays in from time to time. The big moment came when Miles bonded with his daughter’s classteacher on the Friday school pick-up, leaving the kids to wait in the playground as teacher and medic jammed on the array of acoustic guitars in the classroom. Alongside teaching music, Graham spent ten years playing with a local folk band, Rags and Tatters, and 20 years with the Roosters.
Following the death of Miles’ mum in 2011, new songs began pouring out of him. Graham liked them and had a stash of his own - the pair discovered the same deep love of melody, and never spent more than an hour or so together without one or two new songs being written. They decided they were at the phase of their lives where they needed to just keep writing to make up for lost time, and to get their songs heard. Graham asked fellow Rooster Oscar to play keyboards and squeeze box, and Oscar’s cousin Eddie to play bass. The cousins had played professionally since childhood, with Oscar running his own highly successful fashion business and designing the Kinky Boot, playing in many bands including with The Faces when they came up to Northants at a gig. Eddie had a brush with fame and boasts chart success with 32/20 Band and their Guitar Guitar album, produced by Mike Vernon in 1987. Miles pulled in Professor of Neurology at Kings College London, Ammar, to play drums, following an emergent need for a stand-in drummer for a Suzy Goes Commando gig – and the connection was formed. Five individual but connected people all living within a short distance of each other. The first note the boys played sounded like they had played for years together. Although they didn’t know it at the time, The Levy Circus sound had just been conceived. Dominant destiny was now at play and things developed rapidly, as Miles discovered that one of his colleagues was treating a patient who happened to be a music PR. A few demos later and Miles was swiftly signed to Right Track / Universal Records, and the journey began to pull together an official band name and the perfect collection of album tracks. Realising that, with such weighty day jobs, the band may need to become a flexible and fluid entity, the name The Levy Circus was agreed upon as the boys knew that the live line-up may need to chop and change with interchangeable artists, with Levy and Jones being the ever constant glue that holds it all together.