Rory Dempsey was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1982. After taking up the bass at 16, he studied in the Cork School of Music earned a B.Mus degree in 2004. Rory then attended the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Philharmonia principal bass, Neil Tarlton. He left the RCM after two years with a PGDip in Performance and forgot to go home.
Over the last five years Rory has built a busy career as a freelance bassist. He performs a wide range of styles, which can see him performing anywhere from the Royal Festival Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.
As a classical player he has worked with The Philharmonia and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and as a jazz and rhythm section bassist he has played with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Stephen Triffit’s Sinatra Live At The Sands band. He is also lucky enough to work with the pioneering young group The Heritage Orchestra and with them has had the opportunity to perform with John Cale, Jamie Cullum and UNKLE.
Rory can also be found in the studio and has recorded for artists ranging from Nitin Sawhney to James Blunt. No stranger to the theatre, Rory has worked on West End productions of Top Hat, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Fiddler On The Roof and Love Story, and in a cross cultural production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale in London’s Old Vic Theatre.
Tom Mason developed an interest in jazz at the age of seventeen and attended the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained a First Class Honours degree. He spent a year of his studies at New England Conservatory, studying with renowned bassist Cecil McBee. There, he also played with pianist and ECM recording artist, Michael Cain and award-winning trombonist, Robin Eubanks. He has since built a reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in the UK today, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Billy Cobham, Gerard Presencer, Famoudou Don Moye, BBC Big Band, Kings Cross Hot Club, Nicolas Meier Group and Tim Garland. He has also played bass for singer Jonathan Jeremiah with whom he recorded with legendary drummer Questlove (The Roots).