Jessicas Ghost

Jessicas Ghost function wedding band have supported Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, Spin Doctors, Cherry Ghost, Tinchy Stryder, Guillemots and many more! Albums out now!

Meet Jessicas Ghost

Em

Jessicas Ghost front lady Emma Thorbinson
  • Name: Emma Thorbinson
  • Live Instruments: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Member since: 2005

Em, the band's singer-songwriter, was the founding member of Jessicas Ghost back in 2005, when she decided to embark on a new musical project.

Initially a classically trained brass player, Em moved to guitar and vocals and has never looked back, singing and writing songs since the age of 11. Previous bands have included Hundered Story High and Dream Catcher, and Em has performed across Europe with several UK festival appearances and major label supports.

As well as her work with Jessicas Ghost, Em also fronts the band's spin-off acoustic project, The Lupulin Effect (formerly The Ghosties), and makes regular appearances as a guest radio presenter as an expert in independent and grass-roots original music.

Factfile:

  • JG Albums: The Winning Hand; Losing Track of Time
  • Additional Studio Instruments: Backing Vocals
  • Top 5 Favourite Albums:
    1. The Bends - Radiohead
    2. Plans - Deathcab for Cutie
    3. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
    4. The Sun is Often Out - The Longpigs
    5. Superunknown - Soundgarden
  • Favourite Gig: Band of Horses @ The Albert Hall Manchester
  • "I Just Don't Get It!": Coldplay & The Manic Street Preachers

Moxy

Jessicas Ghost bassist Ian "Moxy" Moxham
  • Name: Ian "Moxy" Moxham
  • Live Instruments: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Member since: 2005

Moxy, the only remaing founding member alongside Em, has been playing bass for a number of years with numerous bands, the more successful of which were The Revivals and Skyrack. He plays upright bass with The Lupulin Effect.

When not playing in the band (in fact, whether he's playing in the band or not!) Moxy enjoys a pint or two of real ale at beer festivals and decent pubs, and is renowned for his 'tinkering': recent projects have included the building of several bespoke instruments (including the MoxyBass and MoxyCaster) and complete renovations of a VW Campervan and Lambretta TV175.

Factfile:

  • JG Albums: The Winning Hand; Losing Track of Time
  • Additional Studio Instruments: Upright Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Mandola, Harmonica
  • Top 5 Favourite Albums:
    1. 50 for 50 - Jethro Tull
    2. Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    3. Stages - While and Matthews
    4. Live (1992) - ACDC
    5. Woodworm Years - Fairport Convention
  • Favourite Gig: Alice Cooper @ Cropredy, 2013
  • "I Just Don't Get It!": Lighthouse Family

Dave

Jessicas Ghost drummer Dave Thorbinson
  • Name: David Thorbinson
  • Live Instruments: Drums, Backing Vocals
  • Member since: 2010

Dave has played in various Liverpool based bands over the last 12 years, headlining at local venues such as the Carling Acadamy, Masque Theatre, The Cavern and Parr Hall and throughout the North of England, and playing support slots for touring US artists. Dave's last band recorded a 5 track EP with Beth Orton and Doves producer Dan Hulme. Dave is The Lupulin Effect's percussionist.

As well as drums, Dave has been known to play trumpet, piano, synths, bass guitar and the fool...

Factfile:

  • JG Albums: Losing Track of Time
  • Additional Studio Instruments: Slide Guitar
  • Top 5 Favourite Albums:
    1. Live at Leeds - The Who
    2. The Wall - Pink Floyd
    3. August and Everything After - Counting Crows
    4. Abbey Road - The Beatles
    5. Schubert Dip - EMF
  • Favourite Gig: Black Crowes' High As The Moon Tour @ Manchester Apollo, 1992
  • Favourite Drummer: Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors)

Craig

Jessicas Ghost keyboard player and session pianist Craig D Smith
  • Name: Craig Smith
  • Live Instruments: Pianos, Organs, Synths, Backing Vocals
  • Member since: 2011

Craig, a full-time session musician, has in recent years occupied the roles of musical supervisor for touring 70s rock show Simply70s: Ultimate Classic Rock and musical director on The Opera Boys UK Tour. His biggest gig to date entailed arriving for a short notice Manchester studio session to find out he was recording keys for a Bryan Adams track, after the superstar had played the MEN the night before!

As well as band session work, Craig is a very busy solo wedding and corporate event pianist. Read more at www.craigsmithmusic.co.uk.

Factfile:

  • JG Albums: Losing Track of Time
  • Additional Studio Instruments: Percussion, Programming
  • Top 5 Favourite Albums:
    1. Different Class - Pulp
    2. The Stranger - Billy Joel
    3. Traveling Without Moving - Jamiroquai
    4. Make it Real - Jason Rebello
    5. Yuka - Carrie Hayden
  • Favourite Gig: Jamiroquai @ The MEN, 2002
  • "I Just Don't Get It!": The Stone Roses & Ed Sheeran

Adam

Jessicas Ghost guitar player and session guitarist Adam Smithson
  • Name: Adam Smithson
  • Live Instruments: Electric Guitars
  • Member since: 2018

Adam, from Manchester, is another full-time professional musician with vast experience gigging and playing sessions. He recently performed as part of the band for the stage version of Made In Dagenham. His degree is in professional music production. All of this, as well as 17 years playing guitar, has given him insight into a wide range of styles; Adam's played everything from metal to surf.

In addition to session work, Adam is a popular guitar tutor. Find out more at www.guitarlessonsinmanchester.com.

Factfile:

  • Top 6 Favourite Albums:
    1. Rust in Peace - Megadeth
    2. Reality - David Bowie
    3. Machina - Smashing Pumpkins
    4. JuJu - Wayne Shorter
    5. OK Computer - Radiohead
    6. Raintown - Deacon Blue
  • Favourite Gig: Dresden Dolls
Jessicas Ghost Merseyside wedding band playing at Oddfellows, Chester

Past Members & Unofficial Members

Jessicas Ghost would not be the band it is today without the hard work of several past members, unofficial members and session players/singers. The band have fond memories of - and countless gratitude to - everyone who has joined in the fun along the way:

  • Seb Belinski
  • Sarah Bloor
  • Chris Demetriou
  • Martin Gratton
  • Alistair Lighterwood
  • Ali Moxham
  • Erin Moxham
  • Christopher "R-Chris" Shaw
  • Richard J L Smith
  • Emma Tomlinson
  • Erica York