Kevin King : Bass guitar, lead and backing vocals, music production, drum and visual effect programming.
Kevin has been a professional musician and stage performer for over 30 years, touring extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Already well established on drums and percussion, Kevin switched to bass: “Having made the decision to step out from behind the drums, holding down the low-end has been my passion ever since”. He now plays Status and Alembic basses through SWR amplification. He has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the original Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London (where such bands as the Rolling Stones, the Who and Elton John started their careers) and London’s Nashville Rooms, home to the British punk-rock movement. Originally from Oxford, Kevin cut his teeth in the Oxford music scene, playing with local bands Far Call, Tickled Pink and The Jets.
His musical influences are eclectic. Slade, the Doobie Brothers, Queen, Eagles, Steely Dan, Elton John, Billy Joel, 10cc, Genesis, Stevie Wonder have all made their mark, coupled with a deep appreciation of Soul and Motown. He tops this all off with a love of American ‘big production’ bands such as Toto, Journey and REO Speedwagon. Oh and did he mention Police and Level 42? “I like music with harmony, melody, musicianship and a rockin’ riff coupled to lyrics that mean something”. When not on the road, Kevin can be found in his recording studio writing and recording and producing most of the music and show effects used by A Box Full Of Sparks in their live show events.
Chris Kirby : Main lead vocals, rhythm electric and acoustic guitars
Chris provides the lead vocals in A Box Full Of Sparks. He also plays Fender and Taylor guitars using Marshall and Laney amplification. Having extensive experience as a performing artist, when not on stage Chris also works closely with musicians from Liverpool’s Philharmonic Orchestra to promote the therapeutic aspects of music, taking his experience as a professional musician into hospitals and schools.
He discovered his love of guitar on his 18th birthday (a relatively late starter) teaching himself through playing Beatles standards. It didn’t take him long to discover a great rock voice too and within six months he was playing in a duo, securing regular gigs in the pubs and wine bars of Sheffield. His duo developed into a larger band ‘Grasshopper’ and were offered the weekly residency slot at the prestigious ‘Under the Boardwalk’ music club in Sheffield. Grasshopper soon had the opportunity to record an album of their own songs at Sheffield’s Red Tape Studios and the summer of 1999 found them touring in Europe – where they were even invited to play at the wedding of the Mayor of Majorca’s daughter. Returning to the UK, Chris established himself as a solo artist before joining Kevin in the North West circuit band ‘Taboo’ and later became a founding partner in ‘A Box Full of Sparks’.
Mal Little : Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards and backing vocals.
Following a career as a successful recording artist in Scandinavian band ‘Blind Date’, Mal plays lead guitar for A Box Full of Sparks. His guitars are Fender, Fret King and Yamaha; Roland and Korg keyboards and he uses Bognor, Fender and Gallien Kruger amplification. Mal has played with many famous names including Ian and The Zodiacs, where he performed alongside Les Maguire, keyboard player with Jerry and The Pacemakers, playing the Hamburg Star Club’s 40th anniversary gig held at the Kaiser Keller in 2002 and with Scotty Moore (Elvis`s first guitarist), Tony Sheridan, King Size Taylor and the Dominoes and many others. He started young. Already an RSM grade 8 pianist at 13, having saved up the grand total of £8.00, Mal bought himself an acoustic guitar and quickly established a new musical passion.
Four years later, he successfully auditioned for a job with the Harry Bence Orchestra (later known as “The New Squadronaires”) replacing the now world famous Martin Taylor. This experience led on to studio session work on jingles for the BBC and others. After playing on tour in Scandinavia with the Carol Mitchell Band he met his 1st wife and moved to Norway. There he joined ‘Blind Date’, a band signed to CBS that released two albums, reaching the number two slot in the Norwegian charts with their second single. Blind Date regularly headlined on Scandinavian TV, sharing the spotlight with Bob Dylan, AHA and John Martyn. Their second European tour found them sharing stages with acts such as Status Quo, Leonard Cohen, Carolla and Mink De Ville. Returning to the UK, he has diversified into live and studio sound engineering.