The Band

Romeo’s Daughter are one of Britain’s finest AOR mainstream rock bands fronted by Leigh Matty, recently voted Number 5 ‘Lady Rock Singer of all time’ in Classic Rock Magazine. Craig Joiner is the band’s guitarist, songwriter and producer. Ed Poole is the bass player and also co produces alongside Craig. Completing the line up is Andy Wells on drums. Tony Mitman was the band’s keyboard player until 2012 when he decided that living in Cornwall was making it too difficult to commit to the band and he reluctantly left.

2013 is proving to be another successful year for the band and they performed at the HRHAOR festival in April to a packed audience who loved every minute of their set. They are third on the bill at this year’s annual Cropredy festival in August, with Alice Cooper headlining and are planning another UK tour at the end of the year.

The band’s latest album ‘Rapture’, released in early 2012, has been critically praised worldwide for its astounding song writing, performance and production and the first single from the album, 'Bittersweet', is in Classic Rock Magazine’s 'Top songs of 2012' chart. While the next single from the album is set to be ‘Alive’ and will be released with a new ‘b-side’ to coincide with their next tour. The album was finished early in 2012 after the band reformed in November 2009, following a break of 18 years, to perform at the renowned Firefest Festival. Several live shows followed in 2010 and 2011, resulting in the release of a live EP containing three of their classic tracks recorded over several shows.

Their eponymous debut album released in 1988 was produced by ‘Mutt’ Lange and John Parr and released on the Jive label. During a promotional tour of the U.S.A the first single ‘Don’t Break My Heart’, leapt up the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The calibre of their songs attracted many established artists; Heart covered the single ‘Wild Child’ on their 3 million selling album ‘Brigade’, achieving No. 2 on the Billboard Rock All Play chart. Eddie Money, Bonnie Tyler and the recently reformed Steps too, have had recording successes with other Romeos’ titles. Their track ‘Heaven in the Backseat’ was also the opening track for the film, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street 5’. This album has subsequently been remastered to 24 bit standard from the original source tapes and released on Rock Candy records. It includes 3 bonus live tracks, the story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 16 page full colour booklet.

Their second studio album, ‘Delectable’ was released in 1993 on Music for Nations and was much more like a live album in its feel. It was produced and recorded by the band and Andy Reilly, and was later mixed by Steve Brown (The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and Wham). Delectable too has been remastered to the same quality and released again by Rock Candy records. It includes one bonus track, details about the making of the album, an interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.

Their fourth album is currently underway, with plans for an early 2014 release. It’s set to be another cracker!

Gear info

Leigh uses a Shure SM 58 microphone.

Craig plays and uses;
Cornell, Lazy J and Vox amps.
Fender, Suhr and Gibson electric guitars.
Epiphone, Martin and Collings acoustic guitars.
D'Addario strings and Gigrig pedal boards.

Ed plays and uses;
ESP and Zon basses. (He is sponsored by ESP in Japan)
He also has Ashdown amp tour support.

Andy plays and uses;
Pearl Masters drums with Zildjian cymbals.