British Drum Icons

British Drum Icons 2017-05-03T21:13:28+00:00

Welcome to British Drum Icons, the latest feature to be added to our ever expanding website. This new sub-section of the site is dedicated to the celebration of British drummers who have been admired by many and been an influence to some of the biggest names in the industry.

In our constant search for new drumming heroes we often tend to forget those who blazed a path for others to follow. People like Clem Cattini, Brian Bennett and Bob Henrit were among a phalanx of drummers who came out of the melting pot of skiffle, when British rock music was at its infancy. They are the “without whom brigade” who laid the trail for Ringo, Moonie and Bonzo to follow. If you think you haven’t heard these guys play, think again. Put together, their work is a fantastic and rich slice of music from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and they are all still going strong today. They were and remain true innovators who have played with rock and pop’s royalty.

We will start off with a few great drummers and will be adding more in time to make this a complete record of some of the greatest British drumming heroes. This first set of interviews were done by Mark Forster, who is regular contributor of feature interviews to, a news journalist of some 20 years and the inspiration behind the piece. So here they are, in no particular order.

Jon Hiseman

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Jon Hiseman. Photo James Cumpsty I went over to Jon Hiseman’s place to interview him a few weeks after he’d returned from a lengthy German concert tour and a couple of months after

Clive Bunker

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Clive Bunker I met Clive at the services at South Mimms where the A1 and the M25 converge rather than going into London. The capital, having once been the place we couldn’t wait

Topper Headon

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Topper Headon, legendary drummer with the enormously influential and most iconic punk rock band of all time The Clash, bounded up to me looking slim, fit, tanned, healthy and happy. Topper’s battles with drink and

Ric Lee

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IT’S not a bad career high for a youngster who got into drumming using knitting needles as sticks. Woodstock, mother of all festivals, where Ric Lee and Ten Years After were one of the stand

Ash Soan

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The name Ash Soan certainly doesn’t need any introduction anymore. Not only will you have heard him play on countless singles and albums from artists all around the world, but every drummer has at one