Band Members

Barney French



Barney has been singing and playing harmonica for many years in various bands before joining Tripwire, he has also been responsible for arranging many festivals, including Waldstock in Saffron Walden. Barney has a powerful rock and blues voice but he is also truly versatile and just as at home singing any genre. Barney's main influences are Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, The Foo Fighters and Tom Petty to name just a few.


Clay Dean

Clay, who co-founded Tripwire with Jon in 2012, studied at the Guitar Institute in London and has been playing for over 30 years with vast experience of studio recording and live performance. Clay is incredibly versatile but his main influences are Pink Floyd, Faith No More, The Foo Fighters and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Rich Gray


Rich plays bass, keyboards and sings at the same time! Rich has been playing music since the age of 4 and went on to study music at Goldsmiths University in London. He has released multiple critically acclaimed albums, has toured throughout Europe with his original bands and currently runs a recording studio just outside Cambridge.
Some of Rich's musical influences are the likes of Genesis, Dream Theater, and Queen. In addition to bass, Rich also plays Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Guitar, and a bit of everything in between.

Jon Sharman


Jon has been playing drums from the age of 11 and began playing professionally 35 years ago. He has toured all over Europe, Australia and the United States and has a wealth of experience in studio recording  and live performance. Jon co-founded Tripwire with Clay in 2012.

Jon's main drumming influences are Dave Weckl, Steve Smith and Carter Beauford. His musical influences include The Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton, Toto and many more. Jon also plays Saxophone and Clarinet.

Tom Heightman

a.k.a "The Doctor"

Dep Bass Guitar

We are very fortunate to have not one, but two incredibly versatile and exceptional bass players in Tripwire. Rich often has grueling and unpredictable touring schedules with his other bands so when he is away Tom Heightman takes over on bass guitar. Tom has been playing bass for 30 years, been a member of numerous live acts and involved in recording and production as a band member and a session player. Current live projects include jazz covers act Vaguely New and Tripwire.  All this and a PhD.......a force to be recknoned with!