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- Biographies

Last updated 14 June 2015

A historical biography list of current and former Irony members.


Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Main man and leading inspiration for Irony, Dany is a prolific writer of powerful songs with profound lyrics. Melodic, dynamic, inventive, emotive, angry, sad, honest, weird, you'll hear all manner of influences here, from Dylan through blues, jazz, folk, punk, grunge and beyond.

Dave West

Lead guitar

A highly experienced, versatile and talented guitarist who brings power and dynamics to the Irony line-up, Dave has a been with Irony since 2003. With Dany now in France, he also plays in various groups in the High Wycombe area. Spot Daves driving prescence on Just A Wrong Number, Back On The Streets Again and Something Missing from the Yeah, but... album

Denise Baldwin


Denise has played sax in various Irony line-ups over the years interspersed with interludes in other bands. Following an interval doing charity work in South America she is now back at the heart of the Irony lineup.

She is a skilled and enthusiastic player whose compelling stage presence shines through. She can be heard on various tracks on the Medicine Man album including the title track, Jigsaw Puzzle and Emma's In My Head.

Ginni Hogarth

Ginni Hogarth

Keyboards, vocals

South African Ginni Hogarth is a well-established stalwart of the Thames Valley music scene and amongst her many endeavours now runs a weekly Open Mic night. Since Dany's return from France she has become and established member of the Irony lineup.

Her keyboards add poise and colour to the band's music, and her vocals add another dimension where she can sing either lead or harmonies.

Steve Sculpher


Bass guitarist with Irony since 1998 - the longest serving band member. An amazingly fluid player with a wicked sense of rhythm on 4, 5 and 6 string basses, including fretless, in any style. Currently teaching bass and setting up a home recording venture, Steve is also gigging with various bands in the UK, including Jonny B and the All stars.

Rupert Chandler

Drums and percussion

A sensitive and powerful drummer, Rupert returned to Irony after a spell with other projects and now plays at all the U.K gigs. Although only able to play pad drums on Yeah, but... (due to it being recorded in the attic of a terraced house!), did stirling work - check out Just A Wrong Number.

Alain Cahuzac (2008-2014)

Lead guitar

Superb French pro guitarist, played in duos with Dany while he lived in France and joined the line-up for a couple of gigs during this period in Dave West's absence.

Alain plays with a number of French bands and also duos with his partner Katia, playing mostly English and American pop and rock.

Martin Gray (1998-2004)

Saxophone, flute, percussion

Martin was a stalwart and mainstay of the earlier Irony lineups. Extraordinarily liquid sax player and flautist - a master of space and timing.

Listen to Suitcases At Midnight from Some Wide Horizon, Vapour Trails from Faraway Friend, and Angel Of Death & Funny How Time Flies from the album of that name.

Nick John (2002)

Lead guitar

Guitar virtuoso on These Images, with a distinctive, jazzy style. Steve also appeared at a number of gigs around this time.

Steve Jones (1998-2003)


Ex Mungo Jerry and Heron, a virtuoso of the keyboards. Steve has played on many Irony album tracks - witness the exquisite end of These Images from Yeah, But... and his unique prescence throughout Some Wide Horizon, most notably the superb piano on Down at the Waterhole. Steve was also a member of the live Irony lineup around 2002.

Also the driving force behind the re-emergence of early 70s band, Heron.

Mark Cooper (1998-2002)

Drums and percussion

Listen to The OSI and Out Of Our Heads Again from that album. A lovely bloke and a rock and roll heart!

Vince Cooper (1998-2002)

Lead guitar

Brother of Mark, played the beautiful acoustic lead on Down at the Waterhole from the Some Wide Horizon album and electric lead/rhythm on Fine Line and Out Of Our Heads Again.

John Kenny (2006-2007)

Drums and percussion

John was a lively drummer who played a few UK gigs with Irony.

Marie Susplugas (2008)


Marie is a great, classically-trained viola player who joined Irony briefly in 2008.

Her superb playing added a wonderful richness to the Irony songs.

Terry Williams (2005-2006)

Drums and percussion

Terry took over the drumstool after Rupert went off to do some other projects.

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