Voodoo Raven are rock trio based on the Isle of Wight. Bassist/vocalist Jeff Piccinini has played a number of bands touring and recording since 1975 Stormtrooper (UK) Chelsea (UK)
The Smart (UK)
The Merciful (USA)
S'Cream Tribute Band (USA)
Nik Turner's Hawkwind (USA) Revenant (USA) Voodoo Raven (UK)
Guitarist Dave Perryman and drummer Terry Eustace former members of Blackhawk (UK)
David Perryman (Guitarist)
Dave ‘The Bandit’ Perryman (an appellation due to his domiciliary in West
Wight) was born on 1896, and having served with distinction in two World
Wars discovered electric guitar around 1958. He made rapid progress with the
instrument and was able to play Apache unaided just eight years later.
Although now 125 years old, he looks quite good for his age, and is still able
to lift very heavy speaker cabinets and stand on stage unaided (although he
insists on the security of a Zimmer frame located behind an amplifier
His greatest pleasure in life, apart from satisfying an audience, is to wake up
in the morning and be astonished that he is still alive.
Dave has no hobbies or interests other than music, knows only very unfunny
jokes and drinks no beer. He has, therefore, acquired the name Interesting
Dave, only the second person in England to receive this accolade, following in
the footsteps of the great snooker legend Steve Davis.
He has played in various school and semi-pro bands, and latterly with The
Moose Brothers, (Dave is also known as Moose, and is the “butt” of much
humour) his last mainland band, playing such venues as the London
Hippodrome in Leicester Square, and The 100 Club in London’s Oxford
He played with Blackhawk, an Island band that reigned for 6 years. This was
followed by brief spells with Wight Hot Pipes, and Pirate Pirates tribute band.
His musical skills extend to durchkomponiert, a claim that not many musicians
Some years ago, Dave had a brief dalliance with jazz and classical guitar, but
has now fully recovered following lengthy rehabilitation.
Dave is now playing guitar with Voodoo Raven, and is living proof that
obsession with the electric guitar is for life, not just Christmas
Jeff Piccinini, also known by his alias, Geoff Myles, was playing music in San
Francisco at the time but began his professional music career when he moved
to London with American drummer Mike Lee in Jan 1975 and formed punk
band Stormtrooper with vocalist Nigel Hutchings and guitarist John Pilka. They
recorded some demos in August of 1975 and released their debut single “I’m A
Mess” b/w It’s Not Me” on Solent Records in 1977. Stormtrooper recorded their
second single in March of 1978 “I’m On Fire b/w Coming My Way”, which
unfortunately was never released due to the demise of the band. Shortly
thereafter Jeff joined punk band Chelsea in 1978 and a new recording of I’m
On Fire” was done by Chelsea which was released as a single in the USA as
well as on Chelsea’s debut album.
Eventually Jeff left Chelsea in 1980 and formed London based band The Smart
with Chelsea guitarist David Martin and they toured the UK & US in the early
80's with the likes of UFO, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Iggy Pop, Lords of the
New Church, OMD and The Fixx to name but a few, but success eluded the
band who also recorded a full length album produced and mixed by Jon Astley
at Revolutions Studios in Manchester but was never officially released. The
Smart recorded some 70 songs from 1980-1984 but split up in NYC in 1984.
HQ was the next London based band from 1986-1987 with the late Shaun
Newnham (Thin Red Line) on vocals, guitarist Phil “SG” Oswald (Pump House
Gang & The Choir) and Mark Freeman (Wild Willy Barrett & John Otway, The
Smart and Michael Schenker Group). The band recorded 7 songs for a possible
album release but were turned down by major labels which ended the band.
Returning to San Francisco Jeff started a pop trio in mid 90's called the Merciful
who released one album but faded away by 1999. In 1999 there was a brief
reformation of the original Chelsea lineup after 20 years for the Social Chaos
tour of the USA which included 12 US and UK punk bands.
After long break from music ended Jeff formed a modern rock trio called
Revenant in 2010. The band had various line up changes but released 3 EP’s
and a full length CD (www.revenantrock.bandcamp.com). During this period
Jeff did a short US West Coast tour playing bass in the UK Subs and then
played on Nik Turner’s Hawkwind Space Gypsy album in 2013 that was
released by Cleopatra Records. One of his songs “Time Crypt” is a selection on
the album. A side project called the Zombie Sex Idols that he started with
guitarist and friend Klara Lux (formerly of Binky & Clito) “Sex Idol Zombie b/w
Time Crypt” is their debut single soon to be released.
In 2018 Jeff dissolved Revenant and returned to the UK where he started his
current band Voodoo Raven in 2019 on the Isle of Wight with guitarist Dave
Perryman and drummer Terry Eustace. The band recently released their debut
5 song EP (www.voodooraven.bandcamp.com). Voodoo Raven have played 2
festivals this past summer, the Ventnor Fringe and Happy Daze Festival and are
ramping up for a busy 2022.
Terry Eustace (Drummer)
Terry Eustace started playing drums aged 15 in the 60's with a
band called The Jelly Babies and entered a show called "Ready
Steady Win" in which they came 3rd. The band thought they had
made it! The band chose their name because Ringo Starr from the
Beatles said he loved jelly babies so the kids threw jelly babies
onto the stage for him thus they thought this would be a good
gimmick. They were pro for 2 years.
Terry then formed a band called Syd's Crowd in the late 60's and
70's and were lucky to play all the major gigs in the UK mostly as a
support band which was a great time being on the road with your
mates. Left the music scene to grow up but this feeling didn't last
long! Soon he found himself playing with some great guys in a
rock band called Dubious Affection. The band had a good run but
Terry decided to move to the Isle of Wight so they disbanded.
After a few months he saw an advert for a drummer. Needless to
say, he joined a band called Pirate Pirates with Isle of Wight
musicians Frank Fletcher and Jim Elston (who was later replaced
by Dave Perryman). They were a tribute band to Johnny Kidd and
the Pirates who were a top band back in the day and played at
various 60's events at Holiday Camps across the UK.
Then he joined Blackhawk with Dave Perryman and 2 other Isle of
Wight musicians and formed a very popular rock band on the Isle
of Wight which lasted many years.
Suffice it to say, he is now playing in Voodoo Raven with two
serious musicians he's proud to play with and call his best mates.
Jeff Piccinini (Bass and vocals)