Jay Spargo

(Lead Vocal) Jay's first real taste of performing came at the age of 17 years old when he fronted fundraising gigs in his native West Yorkshire, playing energetic punk and 60s rock sets on lead guitar and vocals.

Jay had started piano lessons very young and would continually pick up his Dad's guitar. It was clear from the start that he would never want to make his living doing anything other than music.

At 18 years old Jay moved to Lanzarote to take up a resident DJ post. His comic comparing in a karaoke bar, plus live music sessions, kept the holiday makers in hysterics. This led to various live performances including a show at the island's number one live venue - Charlie's Bar.

On returning to the UK in 2002, Jay joined the highly regarded indie outfit Dirty Vinyls. Here Jay played Hammond organ, guitar, sang and co-wrote various tracks. At their height, The Vinyls played at several top clubs in London, including Soho's Borderline Club as they were being closely monitored by ex-Oasis manager, Alan McGee.

In more recent years, Jay has spent his time fronting his covers band, The Britrocks on lead guitar, lead vocals and keyboard in venues all over the north of England. Jay's influences include The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Stone Roses, Oasis and always included T-Rex's 20th Century Boy in his playlist. Jay will only cover those he truly respects.

This led him to become Dirty Dylan in a critically acclaimed 5-piece Dylan act. Press reviews cited his "uncanny vocal resemblance" to the great man himself. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

All of this made Jay an obvious choice when, in May 2010, he was asked to consider becoming the new front man for the band. At the age of 29, he feels it is a privilege and an honour to be performing Marc Bolanís great songs worldwide.

Jay Spargo

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