FUMBLE band members – Sean Mayes
Thomas Sean Mayes was schooled in Bristol before winning a
place at Trinity College, Cambridge, there to gain a degree in philosophy.
At 7 years he started playing piano, eventually writing classically
influenced pieces for school concerts.
At college his musical interests stayed along classical lines until
a friend introduced him to artists like The Everly Brothers, Buddy
Holly and Little Richard. Jerry Lee Lewis' "Hi Heel Sneakers"
made a special impression. He decided to join a group.
The only setback was, nobody really wanted to play that kind of music
- "Hi Heel Sneakers" sure, but the real melodic goldies
Sean ended up forming an R& B group 'Wildie Beasties' with Barry
(probably the originator of that name) Sean was playing organ, as
there was no easy way to amplify a piano.
Sean and Barry then formed the 'Soulbenders' which lasted until Sean
left university and joined Des and Mario. Now one step closer to what
Sean wanted to play, they formed the 'Baloons'.
Sean Mayes died in May 1995 at the age of 49
"I knew him as a kindly, patient,
exasperating and brilliant man - solid as a rock. His death
at 49 from AIDS is a ludicrous waste and for once the cliche
really is true - we shall not see his like again
" - Tom
Sean collected many press articles and kept a diary. Always carrying his typewriter with him, Sean virtually chronicled every day on the road with Fumble. Most of the press articles on this website are from his collection, as well as a gig list of the first 20 years. You find both in the archive section.
We Can Be Heroes – Life on Tour with David Bowie
Sean wrote a book about life on tour with David Bowie. It describes the travelling from town to town with lots of memories and interesting stories from the time when he was in David Bowie's Band for the 1978 Heroes world tour. Kevin Cann finished the book which was
published four years after his death in 1999.
Sean's work with other musicians
Work with ith Tom Robinson
In 1982 Sean joined Tom Robinson for 'War
Baby', toured with him and played on the two albums 'North by Northwest' (1982)
and 'Last Tango: Midnight at the Fringe' (1988).
Work with David Bowie
Sean played piano
for David Bowie on the "Heroes" world tour in 1978. His
notes and memories of the tour were later
transformed into the book "We Can Be Heroes". Sean also played
on David Bowie's albums 'Lodger' (1979 ) and 'Stage' (1978).
picture: Sean on the David Bowie
Special, Musik Laden , Germany 1978
screenshot © Radio Bremen
Albums with other artists
||(backing vocals, Piano, Strings)
||North by Northwest (1982)
||Last Tango: Midnight at the fringe (1988)
||Kate Bush - a visual documentary
||(Kevin Cann & Sean Mayes)
Omnibus Press (1988) ISBN 0-7119-1039-1
||Joan Armatrading - A Biography
Weidenfeld and Nicolson (1990) ISBN 0-297-81058-8
||We Can Be Heroes - Life on tour with David
Independent Music Press (1999) ISBN 1-89-7783-17-5