updated Mar 2010


The Slim-Line Papas is a three piece band playing a wide range of R & B -based music including blues, swing, rockabilly and bluegrass. Formed in April 2003 (the band's first gig taking place at the Turks Head in Lincoln in May 2003), the band orginally comprised Pete O'Brien on double bass and vocals, Egly Lucas on guitar and vocals and Mark Barrett on drums. Following Mark's departure, Sam Saunders took over the role of drummer for a while before departing for the bright lights of London. The current drummer / percussionist is Martin Collins who has previously worked with the Sean Webster Band.

Pete is known to many as the former frontman of rockabilly bands The Hicksville Bombers and The Sinners whilst Egly was a founder member of The Walter Harpman Band and was with the band for its entire history.

With this kind of experience behind them and an elecrifying chemistry between them, the band play with ease and confidence. They have a massive creative energy on stage and are able to move around the songs in a way that makes every performance unique. The audience is drawn in to this process resulting in a hugely entertaining show.

They recorded their debut CD at Laurie Bennett's Spanish Studio at Legsby in Autumn 2003 and followed this with their second CD entitled 'As Good As Dead' in Jan 2004.

In August 2004 the band made their debut at the Great British Rhythm'n'Blues Festival, appearing at the Lord Rodney in the afternoon, where they took the place by storm! The same evening they headlined on the Acoustic Stage in the Municipal Hall. Feedback we received from both gigs indicated that the band made a huge impression on the blues loving audiences at the festival.

The band released another CD, 'Roots to the Fruit' in Oct 2005. Come and see them live and snap one up or email them for a posted copy. The CD will also be available at some of the Lincoln record shops - HMV, Sonic Sounds and Planet of Sound.

The band appeared at both Burnley and Colne Blues Festivals in 2006.

For more info visit the Slim Line Papas myspace site