Big House are an established 5-piece band based in Arundel, playing their own unique style of jazz-funk-groove-afro-latin mash-up. Predominant in their own extensive catalogue of original tunes and subversive interpretations are melody, groove and excitement. Their tunes are instantly catchy and the interplay and empathy between musicians leads without fail to an exhilarating live performance.

The band comprises

Mike Carey on piano
Mike Comber on double bass
Stephen Cass on drums and percussion
Paul Hodgson on tenor sax and flute
David Hepworth on trumpet and flugel

The debut album, Freedom, features several guest artists

Raul D'Oliveira on trumpet and flugel
Clare Nicholas on accordion
Phil Gravett on guitar
Jon Wigg on violin

The second album, Love In The Time Of Corona was written and recorded by the piano, bass and drums trio during and between the lockdowns resulting from the pandemic.

The third album band is a live recording of "Ellington", the musical theatre production that featured the band, augmented by Don Manson on trombone and Clare Nicholas on accordion, recorded at The Norfolk Hotel in Arundel in 2021.

The fourth album, "Where The Earth Meets The Sky" was released in 2022 and was written and arranged to celebrate the full forces of the 5-piece back together after the covid absences.

The fifth mini-album, “Five Go Off In A Caravan” was released in 2023 and features 5 of the compositions that the band had been particularly enjoying that year .

All of the tracks to date  are compositions by Mike Carey that the band have embraced and interpreted with their own individual musical voices to create something we're all really proud of. We hope you like our music, let us know what you think!

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Mike Carey


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Paul Hodgson

Tenor sax and flute

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Mike Comber

Double bass

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David Hepworth

Trumpet and flugel

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Stephen Cass

Drums and percussion

Booking Big House

The band perform in a number of configurations depending on the event and the requirements.

Piano, bass duo.

Piano, bass, drums or lead instrument trio.

5-piece, trio + 2 horns.

We also have a wide network of singers and instrumentalists with whom we collaborate so we can pretty much accommodate any requirement, right up to an 18-piece big band (but you're going to need some space!)

Contact to enquire about booking Big House.

Where The Earth Meets The Sky

Love In The Time Of Corona



Live at Arundel Farmers Market

Big House in rehearsal at the Jailhouse

Live at The Hare & Hounds

Live at The Fountain Inn

Live at The Vic

Live at The Vic