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Jeremy Cunningham

Jeremy Cunningham

 

Jeremy Cunningham is an English musician and artist, best known as the bassist and co-founder of the British band The Levellers, once considered the most popular Indie band in Britain, with their popularity culminating in their record breaking headlining act at Glastonbury Festival in 1994.

The band was formed after a chance meeting between Cunningham and Mark Chadwick in The Eagle pub in Brighton, Cunningham had been attempting to sell his bass guitar. However upon discovering that they had a fair bit in common, including a left wing view of politics, they decided to form a band. They soon added Charlie Heather on drums and Jon Sevink on fiddle and, after a short while, Alan Miles to play harmonica, guitar and the mandolin.

The Levellers line-up of Mark Chadwick, Jeremy Cunningham, Jon Sevink, Simon Friend and Charlie Heather continues to this day (with Matt Savage later joining on keyboards). The Levellers were discovered by Derek Green in 1990 (the man responsible for signing the Sex Pistols).

The following year, they released Levelling The Land which was a massive success, entering the charts at number 14 and eventually going platinum. The single One Way, despite not bothering the Top 40, became a live favourite for years to come. Levelling The Land is often cited as an all time classic amongst people who were students or travellers in the early 1990s.

Cunningham is also an accomplished artist and designs the artwork on the majority of the band's album covers.

 

My main reason for going veggie was to opt out, just like I’ve opted out in other ways. I’ve rejected the cruelty and the politics that lie behind it all.
Jeremy Cunningham

Interviews

The Levellers music is hard to define – it rocks, it rolls, it...
Jeremy Cunningham The Levellers are chart top tenners, they play...

Jeremy Cunningham talks to Juliet Gellatley on Viva! Radio.