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Mat was born and brought up in Derbyshire. He learnt piano at an early age but took up guitar and mandolin at age eleven and fiddle in his late twenties. He has always been a keen practising songwriter and performer. Mat's early Derby-based bands included Van Bedford and Pondlife. Around this time he met and played with Simon Friend who went on to join The Levellers - they used to go busking together and have played together every now and then at festivals and parties. In his mid-twenties Mat was introduced to Reggae and played keyboards for Natty and the Operation before joining More About Pelicans first on keyboards, and then bass. Mat features on the album "Nation to Nation" by More About Pelicans playing keyboards and some mandolin and also on "Sky High" on both bass guitar and keyboard bass. After moving to Belper he formed his own band Pondlife (version two) and then joined Celtic band The Crack. The Crack played many high profile local gigs including Derby Market Place live on BBC Radio Derby, a sell-out album launch at the Guildhall, and they headlined at Stainsby Folk Festival. The album was "To Wake the Stone", it was played regularly on BBC Radio Derby and features Mat's songs "Phoenix" and "The Ballad of Maeldun". Mat next met Rog Morgan and they played together in Pondlife (version three), Beats Working, Miracle Beats (producing an eponymous album) and The Loafers, a hard working Irish Folk Rock band. During this time Mat was also playing in a cover's duo The Two of Us and then Leicester band The Reel Deal who produced a short demo CD "The Wedding". Mat then rejoined forces with Rog playing in The Woodpigeons, Jig O’th Dub and now of course The Dubbles.
Rog comes from the North East. He started his musical career playing in Miner's Clubs in County Durham and Newcastle, backing organists and singers. At art college he formed Fair Warning who were heavily influenced by Van der Graaf Generator. He was still playing the club circuit during which time he met and played with Chris Rea’s band. Fair Warning then changed style and started playing jazz clubs influenced by Weather Report and Brand X. Rog moved to the Midlands where he played in various bands including a Canadian-American Rock-style band that played at American army bases (being paid mostly in Budweiser), then Problem Page, a very slick Soul Review band. The next band was notorious Derby-based Reggae band Clinic P then Nottingham-based You Me and Him playing original songs at university balls and large parties. After that Rog joined Beatles tribute band Twist and Shout playing concerts around the country alongside The Merseybeats and Dave Berry. Around this time Rog met Mat and you know the rest.