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Rick Finlay drums

About Rick…


A full-time professional drummer, percussionist and teacher since 1983, Rick’s performance credits include Just EastLiane CarrollSi Cranstoun, Des O'Connor, Jacqui DankworthSinéad O’Connor and Mari Wilson.

He secured his first West End show chair at the age of 24, and his subsequent career as West End theatre drummer has included a 22-year run at Blood Brothers as well as Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, Time, and has seen him accompanying stars like Mel C, Natasha Hamilton, Marti Pellow, Cliff Richard, Stephanie Lawrence, David Cassidy and David Soul.


His love of jazz has led to performances with many of the finest UK Jazz soloists including Ian ShawMartin SpeakeDerek NashGilad Atzmon, Tina May, Ed Jones, Jim Mullen, Julian StringleJonathan GeeRoger Beaujolais and many others.

Television includes: Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Parkinson, The Jethro Junction, The Late Show.


An innovative and enthusiastic teacher, Rick has directed workshops in Jazz and Latin-American percussion, as well as the business of music. He has taught at many schools and colleges including Trinity College of Music, Middlesex UniversityMill Hill SchoolBelmont School (Mill Hill juniors), and QE Boys Barnet. Over 200 pupils have studied privately with Rick and many of them are now professional performers and teachers in their own right.


Rick writes for, plays in and manages jazz/world quartet Just East and their record label Just East of Jazz. Lately he’s been touring with The Toots Project, a tribute to jazz harmonica pioneer Toots Thielemans.


Rick is a proud and committed Trade Unionist and has been an active member of the Musicians’ Union for 30 years. He is currently a vice-chair of their Executive Committee.

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