San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The band are:
- Sharon Wright (Songwriter) – Lead vocals, piano and keyboards
- Alvaro Hurtado – Drums and cajón
- Matt Farrugia (Arranger and Producer) – Guitar, banjo, keys and backing vocals
- James Stathatos - Acoustic and electric bass
- Andrew Thurgood - Violin
Fable 44 began in 2009 in Malaga when Sharon Wright, singer/songwriter/pianist and Alvaro Hurtado, drums. formed a group that played in the South of Spain in venues such as the Marbella Arts Festival and Temple Garden. One of the tracks from the album “Forbidden Lake” won a prize at Malaga University for best composition in 2009.
Sharon and Alvaro came back to the UK in June 2011 and have recently, with the help of a producer and arranger Matt Farrugia, finished a new mini album entitled “On The Inside” which, in-keeping with the mood of the original group, takes a look at ´The Self ´ in a humble and truth- searching way.
Sharon is originally from Birmingham but now lives locally. She studied classical piano as a child and soon began singing and writing songs. After touring extensively with different groups, she began creating and developing her own music, writing her first album in 1992 which was funded by ´Madrid Cultural 1992 ´ a part of ´La Comunidad De Madrid´. She became interested in philosophy and has an open questioning of the truth which inspired many poems that were then put into songs, inspiring the formation of Fable 44.
Alvaro Hurtado from Madrid Spain was a student at Berklee College of Music (Boston) in the 1980´s and excelled in jazz and modern music. Greatly inspired by the likes of Peter Erskine and John Scofield amongst others.
Andrew Thurgood is originally from Essex and now lives locally. He started learning the violin at the age of six and went on to read music at the University of Surrey where he specialised in the performance of 20th century music.
In 1990 he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, remaining a member until 2012. He has played with Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Lalo Schifrin, Lisa Stansfield, K. D. Lang and Michel Legrand and recorded the music for a number of films including; In the Name of the Father, Cliffhanger, East is East, Philadelphia and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Matt Farrugia is self taught, Multi-instrumentalist & producer. At the age of 13 he started playing keyboards in a rock band, then went on to learning a wide range of instruments whilst setting up a small home studio.
His musical curiosity went on to recording, mixing and mastering 2 albums at home between studies, the first of which released at the age of 17, with Matt performing aspect of the production himself, combining different sounds of folk, indie & ambient music."
James Stathatos has been gigging for over 20 years, as a member of both originals and covers bands, covering a variety of styles including rock, folk, acoustic, funk and pop. Among others he has performed with drummer John Roberts (The Block Heads, Wilco Johnson, Dr Feelgood) and guitarist Chris Pearce (Pete Thomas, Channel 5, University of Southampton guitar tutor).