Lee Gillett – Short Biography

Ely Folk Festival 2017

Lee Gillett is a British musician who has been active musically for over 40 years both as a member of duos and bands and more recently also as a solo artist. In 2017/2018 he appeared at the Upton Blues Festival as well as the Ely Folk Festival.

A former member of the respected Blackjack Blues Band, Lee is currently playing Americana with hints of early American blues, folk and country. As well as his own self-composed songs, this includes songs from the 1920’s onwards including early blues songs by Lead Belly, Arthur Crudup and similar early blues artists, as well as Americana roots music including folk, bluegrass and country (including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash & The Foggy Mountain Boys) .

Lee is also one half of The Mean Eyed Cats along with well established bass player John Drake. Both were part of CashBack, a Johnny Cash tribute band that achieved national and international recognition in 2008.

The duo still play a few Johnny Cash songs, but also play many other songs from the 50’s onwards including songs made famous by Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Mavericks, The Eagles, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Hollies, The Specials and many more (see Mean Eyed Cats website here). Lee also performs the same set of songs as “The Mean Eyed Cat” – see here for more information.