RICK FINLAY has been a full-time professional drummer, percussionist, and teacher since 1983. His performance credits include Just East, Liane Carroll, Si Cranstoun, Des O’Connor, Jacqui Dankworth, Sinéad O’Connor, and Mari Wilson. His career as a theatre drummer in London’s West End included Blood Brothers as well as Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, and Time.
A committed trade unionist, Finlay has been an active member of the British Musicians’ Union for 30 years and is currently a vice-chair of their executive committee. Finlay manages the jazz/world quartet Just East and the record label Just East of Jazz. Lately he’s been touring with The Toots Project, a tribute to Toots Thielemans.