As individuals they have performed on records that have accumulated over half-a-billion sales, as a collective they form Brother Strut; the critically acclaimed funk and soul band. Producer and sax player Stevie Jones assembled the bunch back in 2012, shunning the manufactured ‘X-Factor generation’s’ pursuit of fame at any cost. However, Brother Strut are far from just a recording studio band; From Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Madonna to Sting, George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner to name but a few, Brother Strut’s members honed their prodigious talents on some of the world’s most prestigious stages alongside an array of music’s most cherished icons.
Andy Grays is the CEO of Portmouth Guildhall. Andy has spent his whole career in arts management, originally with the Apollo Leisure Group in the late 1980’s where he worked at some of this country’s largest theatres, he joined Stoll Moss Theatres in 1989. He worked on the opening of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane before taking over as manager of the Lyric Theatre Shaftsbury Avenue. His professional career has seen him open and develop many unique venues including the Hat Factory in Luton in 2004 and he helped form the Luton Cultural Trust in 2008.
Andy Grays, CEO of Portsmouth Guildhall