Rich McLeod Craig Drummer | Composer | Arranger | Programmer
Rich McLeod CraigDrummer | Composer | Arranger | Programmer

About

My live experience includes playing for theatre shows and national touring productions, as well as recording and performing with a wide variety of UK artists. 

 

I am available for session work, gigs, deps, tours, acoustic shows and everything in between.

 

 

Feel free to get in touch via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!

A Short History...

     Rich began his music career as a church organist playing for weddings before turning to drums professionally whilst studying Music at Leeds University, followed by Music Production & Composition at Leeds College of Music. Whilst in Leeds he was the drummer and songwriter with several rock and indie bands across Yorkshire and Lancashire. This led to much touring and sharing stages with a diverse range of bands such as The Charlatans, Hot Chocolate, Young Knives, Newton Faulkner, Hadouken!Super Furry Animals, The Sunshine Underground, Pigeon Detectives, Kaiser Chiefs, Plan B, Graham Coxon  and The Foundations to name a few. With acclaimed Leeds band The Hair he released a number of singles both in the UK and Japan followed by their debut album Indecisions.

    Rich has worked alongside an extensive list of artists, both live and in the studio including: Emmi, Maiday, Sean Rumsey (X-Factor/The Voice), Rachel Stevens, Jennifer Ellison, Gareth Gates, Jai McDowall (Britain's Got Talent), Liza Pulman, Nicole Lawrence (X-Factor), So Diva, Soul Legends (UK Tour), Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook (UK Tour), Gladys Knight - Midnight Train To Georgia (UK Tour), Icons Of Soul (UK Tour), The American Four Tops, Let The Music Play - William Hicks Celebrates Barry White, Soul Divas Live, Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds, I Am Harlequin, Jump 'n' Jive Swing Band and acclaimed producer Fred Cox (Rag N Bone Man, Idris Elba).

 

 

    As a drummer/percussionist, Rich's musical theatre credits include: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (UK Tour), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (UK Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Richard & Adam: The Johnson Brothers (Greatest Songmen Tour), This Is The Greatest Show (UK Tour), Mad About The Musicals - 10th Anniversary Tour with Gareth Gates, Liza Pulman Sings Streisand (UK Tour), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (West End), I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking It On The Road (West End), Waterloo (UK Tour), Christmas Crooners (UK Tour), The Wild Party (Edinburgh Festival), High School Musical (Live Nation Tour), Six Women With Brain Death (Soho Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaw Theatre), A Class Act (Landor Theatre), Sleeping Arrangements (Original Cast Recording), The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Union Theatre) and numerous UK pantomimes including recurring seasons at Bournemouth Pavilion, Sunderland Empire and Poole Lighthouse. 

 

    Between tours and sessions on land, Rich has also travelled the world playing for numerous guest artists and performers on various cruise ships.

    

    As a composer, Rich writes and records production/media music and has released tracks through various labels and online platforms including Wrong Planet Music and TrailerTrax.

 

 

 

A selection of the tours and shows I have worked on recently:

Greatest Songmen Tour

Gladys Knight: Midnight Train To Georgia (UK Tour)

The Soul Divas Tour

Aretha - Queen Of Soul

American Four Tops

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

Soul Legends

(Under The Stars Festival)

Mad About The Musicals with Gareth Gates (UK Tour)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (UK Tour)

I'm Getting My Act Together & Taking It On The Road (West End)

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour)

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