TONY WHITAKER-WILSON

Present location:  Vancouver, Canada.

After leaving The Livin’ End (See BANDS), Tony relocated to England where he met up with another ex-Rhodie, Tim Elliott.  Tim Elliot is a highly competent vocalist and blues harp player.  Tim and Tony then joined two Scottish musicians and formed the band. MOJO.  The group enjoyed moderate success in the Edinburgh area playing roots blues.  Tim Elliot later went on to form the hugely successful Scottish blues recording band, “Blues ‘n Trouble”, which, with many awards under their belt, are recognised as the best blues band in the UK.  Quite an achievement for this highly talented ex-Rhodie!  You can check them out via their website, as well as YouTube.  Tony later returned to England where he secured a  place in the Delroy Williams Soul Show.  This line-up was essentially made up of musicians from Jamaica and the type of music played was a mixture of R & B and reggae.  The highlight of Tony’s time with the Show was performing at Brockwell Park in south London to a crowd of 15 000 people. 

In 1980 Tony immigrated to Canada and decided that he needed to improve his technique and, in pursuit of this, linked up with a World Class bass player in Rene Worst.  Worst was from the renowned jazz fusion band, SKYWALK.  Since that time Tony has co-written and recorded a children’s album at Ocean Sound Studios in Vancouver.  

Tony has, in his retirement, returned to the live gigging scene with his band “Caught In The Act” and is enjoying the emergence of his sons’ Vancouver based Electronic/Live PA recording duo called “SIADIC” whose first album is on the Bandcamp website.  A collection of their recordings can also be found on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Not to be outdone by her two brothers, Tony’s singer-songwriter daughter, Carly, is a co-founding member of the dance troupe, “SUBSCURA”.  This unique collective is enjoying great artistic recognition around the Vancouver Fine Arts scene.  Carly’s stage name is ‘Cahaya’ and a collection of her recordings can be found on Soundcloud under ‘Cahaya’.