About the Band
In 2014 we said goodbye to our pedal steel player Francois Deville. He was a big presence and creative influence within the band so he will be very much missed. We thank him for his tireless work with the band over the many years and wish him well in all his future projects. Francois’ departure saw the arrival of new boy Adrian Marshall on slide and lead guitar. Adrian’s a great guitarist and an old friend of the band so we are delighted to welcome him into the Diablo fold.
Adrian Marshall – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
After meeting at university, Adrian played with Lenna and the Snakemen, touring Europe themselves and as a backing band for “Lucky Evans” and “Pierre La Rou”, he has worked with Dr. Feelgood, The Ruts, PJ Proby and the magician Paul Zenon. Theatre has also featured in his work , on shows such as Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent and The Blues Brother with Steve Steen. Touring is the theme here, in the UK, Ireland and the Continent in Country, Blues and Pop bands as well as a 35-piece orchestra playing the music of Burt Bacharach.
He was an original member of Stomp spin-off, The Lost & Found Orchestra. He has also backed many comedians including Harry Hill, Lee Mack, Sean Locke, Simon Munnery, Dara O’Brien, Omid Djalilli, Paul Rocco, Dave Spikey, Boothby Graffoe, Kevin Eldon and Neil Innes. Occasionally he can also be found on bass and backing vocal duties with The Brighton Beach Boys”.
Chris Nieto – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Chris started his performance career as a young actor appearing in numerous TV, film and theatre rolls. He moved from London to Brighton in the early 90s where he started performing as a solo musician in Brighton’s many bars and music venues, playing a mixture of covers and self penned material. In the early 2000s he hooked up with four other Brighton musicians and formed a new Country band called The Coral Reefers. When this band broke up around 2005 Chris and two other members (Geoff Ansel and Francois Deville) went on to form The Diablos. When not working with the band Chris still performs the occasional solo show in his adopted home town. He also on occasion produces local musical and theatrical shows. Chris is an avid Chelsea supporter and his main claim to fame is that he wrote two songs included in the official Chelsea 2005 Centenary Album. On the grounds of good taste the rest of the band steadfastly refuse to play these songs live!
Danny O’Loughlin – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Danny O’Loughlin is a familiar name amongst musicians in his adopted home town Brighton, having played there most of his life. His career has taken him all around the world – most particularly the States which he loves.
It was with his first band at – the tender age of 14 – that he was offered a recording deal with Chas Chandler – Jimi Hendrix’s manager. Since then he has played and recorded with many different styles of performers such as Steve Ellis(Love Affair), Vivian Jones, Johnny Wakelin and Classical artists Amici Forever.
Geoff Ansell – Drums
Geoff’s career has been varied, from playing and recording in pop, reggae and funk bands, playing bongos with a Mexican busking band “Los Mi Sombreros” and a three year stint touring with The Piranhas. There has also been some theatre productions of The Little Shop of Horrors.
Around 1990 Geoff joined his first country band The Blue Hearts, being with them for 20 years making 4 albums, playing support slots with Jools Holland and Scotty Moore, appearing on Loose Ends. He also performed with Guitars and Cadillacs (now The LongHaul) and The Southern Drawlers.
Geoff’s other currant bands include country act Shauna Parker and The Saloon Bar Band, blues/soul band The Informers and hoe down function act Montana Rain, plus depping with whatever comes along.
Terry O’Loughlin – Bass and Backing Vocals
Terry picked up the guitar when he was 9 when bro Danny started learning it at school. They played all the time with sister Janis singing and cousin Jon Marter (top rock drummer; Mr Big, SAS band etc.). They had regular gigs at the Chelsea Odeon by the age of 12, and after a trip to London, Chas Chandler (Hendrix) offered them a contract that their dad turned down (Too young!)
Terry saw the Diablos in an earlier format and was hooked. The chance to play bass with them arose after a personnel change, and it was time to break the axe out of its case, dust off that old cowboy hat, (well,get a new one as he no longer had the slim head of a 16 year old!) and get back in the saddle!