John Culley (Guitars 1970)
Born in Guahati, Assam, India in 1948 and spent much of his early life in India before moving back to the UK in 1959. Started playing clarinet at age of 8 before moving on to guitar at the age of 13. He began writing songs in the sixties and joined his first band Little Giant in 1967, touring US bases in Germany. Met John Heyworth and formed Cressida in 1968. Major influences have been US West Coast 60s bands. After Cressida broke up he left the music business. Now lives near Carcasonne in France.
Born in Crockenhill Kent in 1949 and brought up in Sevenoaks Kent. Took piano lessons from age 9 to 13, and started playing keyboards in bands from 1968 onwards. Bought a Hammond organ in 1969 and joined Cressida the same year. Left Cressida at the end of 1970 to attend music school. Later performed and recorded with several bands. Now lives in London where he still plays in a band and is mainly involved in composing work for various projects.
Born in Leeds in 1946 and moved to London when he was three. Started playing guitar at the age of 11 and joined his first band at 13. Later formed his own band and turned professional at 14. His band was based in Paris and Germany playing the US military bases and then evolved into the 'HY-Grades, signing a contract with Sonet Records in Sweden. They moved to Stockholm for a few years where they recorded and backed other artists, including the legendary Gene Vincent. After a spell in Paris, John returned to the UK where he joined Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, playing with them until the end of 1969, before joining Cressida in 1970. Went on to play in Black Widow. Now lives in the Isle of Man where he still maintains an interest in playing guitar.
Born in Bacup, Lancashire in August 1947. Picked up a guitar at age 11, after studying piano for 5 years. By age 13 he had joined the Dominators doing local gigs and later opening for several top British bands, including The Beatles. In 1967, John moved to London, and joined Cressida writing many of the songs on the first album. Left the band in 1970 and in 1978, moved to Oregon, USA where he played in several “tribute” bands, touring the US, Canada, and Asia for several years. John died very suddenly on 11 January 2010 near Portland, Oregon.
Roger Niven joined Cressida for their Reunion Gig in London in 2011. He first started playing in bands in the late 60s, performing R&B, Soul and Progressive rock in his native Scotland, before turning professional and moving to London where he cut his teeth on the pub and club circuit, performing at the likes of the Speakeasy and the Marquee Club around the same time as Cressida. Years later Roger eventually met up with Iain who played with Roger in the early line-up of Wolfstone. Equally at ease playing Jazz, Rock or Classical guitar which he took up in the 80s, he has had master-classes with some of the best guitarists in the world, including David Russell and Vladimir Mikulka. Roger now lives in the Highlands of Scotland where he plays in a Blues Band with Iain.