From The Specials Band

Who are the band?

More band members and friends are listed at the bottom of this page.

The main band line up is:

  • Neville Staple: Lead Vocals & Original Rudeboy!
  • Sugary Staple: Vocals & Tour Mgr
  • Joe Atkinson: Keyboards & Additional Vocals
  • Sledge: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
  • Matty Bane: Drums
  • Peter Johnson: Trombone & Backing Vocals
  • Billy Shinbone: Guitarist & Backing Vocals
  • Drew Stansall: Regular Sax
  • Regular deps as listed

Matt Bane

Matty Bane

From Bath in Somerset,Matty Bane has been playing drums for over 30 years, currently playing  Premier drums.  He first toured with Neville as part of the Special Beat tour of Japan and Australia in 2005 and  has been part of the Neville Staple band for 7 years and has drummed on 2 of Neville’s albums.  Matty has played with Bad Manners for over 10 years and also toured with a host of other Artists including Max Splodge, Eddie Tudor-Pole, John Otway and Paul Foxes Ruts.

Matty also has his own Band in Bristol called The Transpersonals and likes trains, real ale and conspiracy theories.



Steve Armstrong aka Sledge

Took up guitar at the age of 12 and started playing bass at the age of 18. Influences . Sting, Stanley Clark and Geddy Lee.

Joined The Neville Staple Band in 2005 and co-wrote several tracks from the last Album SKA crazy.

Previous band experience includes Bad manners, Special Beat, The Beat and The Selecter.

Quote. “You can never have to many basses”















Christine ‘SUGARY’ Staple

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Events & Entertainments All-Rounder (pivotal creater & founder of the much celebrated Skamouth Weekender), Fund-Raising Extraordinaire. Sugary fronts the From The Specials Band beside lead singer and husband Neville Staple, plus writes and co-produces songs with Neville. She also manages Neville and the band, including organising tours, PR, graphics, artwork, social media, website content and band promotions, as well as video production and endorsements. See her story at


Joe Atkinson

Joe Atkinson

Joe has been playing organ and piano with Neville since 2003. He also takes on backing vocals duties and a bit of harmonica. He loves vintage keyboards (Vox Jaguar, Elka x-55,Hohner Pianet) but is usually seen onstage with his trusty Roland VK7 organ. As well as the Neville Staple Band, Joe plays for Flipron (who released a single “The Comet Returns” with Neville in 2012) and has also toured with many other acts including Donovan, The Selecter, Chris Jagger and Bad Manners.







Peter Johnson

“Pete started playing trombone aged 15 to be able to join his high school big band. After hearing Rico Rodriguez he became obsessed with Ska and got his first professional engagement with his cousin’s ska band “The Cugini’s” aged 17. He studied the Jazz Degree at Leeds College of Music from 2011-2014 and has since completed two years as a trombonist aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises as well as notching up performances with Musical Youth, Shed Seven, the theatre show “Rush: A Joyous Jamaican Journey” and playing on Peaky Blinders. Pete has been a regular dep since 2017 and officially took over from Spencer Hague as a member of the Neville Staple Band in 2020.”















Billy Shinbone

Billy Shinbone is the deviant folk-pop-skiffle manglings & disco-punk-rock-blues of Somerset. Multi-instrumentalist Billy Shinbone, -funnelling his twin passions of old country & 60s psychedelia through the rusty plumbing of a DIY musical approach & his love of a twisty lyric. It all began when he spent time touring in the USA with arty psychedelic popsters Flipron & found himself falling in love with the old country & Cajun music he was hearing in the bars of Tennessee & Texas. “I wanted to be in a world where a fancy suit wearing, electric sitar playing, poetry reading, cocktail drinking aesthete like me could happily exist pouring himself into the Cajun rhythms & stomping hillbilly hollers that would be naturally suspicious of anyone not dressed in denim & plaid. That world didn’t really exist so I had to invent it for myself. A world where Jeckyll & Hyde can hang out together & have fun. And anyone is welcome to come & spend some time here. Music is the potion.”










Drew Stansall

Saxophone Player Drew Stansall from Leicester has played and recorded with The Specials + Jamaican ska pioneers: Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Owen Gray, Rico Rodriguez and Symarip.

For many years Drew has been at the fore-front of the old skool ska scene including many resident performances at the prestigious London venue ‘Club Ska’. Throughout his career with the Jamaican artists he has played at many different types of venues from small bars to massive European festivals including playing at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with Prince Buster. Drew then joined the reformed Specials and played 2 sold out 30th anniversary UK tours in 2009, also played all the major UK festivals including main stage at V-fest and played to over 100,000 on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury and watch by millions on TV , also toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan and appeared on The Jools Holland Friday night live show.

Regular Deps, Recording Musicians & other From The Specials studio buddies.

Spencer Hague
Erin Bardwell
Jody Moore
David ‘Davo’ Edwards
Ross Moore
Gareth Johns
Daddy Woody (aka Nuff Lyrics)
Trevor ET Rockers Evans
Dave Welton
Patrick Pretorious
Tom Lowry
Mike Bennett
Ed Rome
Richie Hawthorn
Pete Ames
Faisal Rashid