Snake Davis

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Snake Davis
Snake Davis performing at Fibbers, York, March 2014
Snake Davis performing at Fibbers, York, March 2014
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Davis
BornUnited Kingdom
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
Years active1980–present

Snake Davis is an English session musician who has played with many prominent artists.[1] In the 1980s he fronted York band Zoot and the Roots.


Davis has collaborated with M People, as well as Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Culture Club, Hamish Stuart, A. R. Rahman, George Michael, Tina Turner, Paul Hardcastle, Take That, Cher, China Crisis, Beyoncé Knowles, N-Trance, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Swing Out Sister, Dave Stewart, Paul Young, Mark Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, Soul II Soul, Jack "Big Richo" Richardson, Hannah "Hanikins" Garton, Robert Palmer, Tanita Tikaram, Acoustic Alchemy, Motörhead, Primal Scream, Calvin Harris, Spice Girls, Boy George, and Harry Willows. He has also worked on numerous television adverts in the UK and abroad.[citation needed]

He released his first solo album in 2001 called Snakebites. Subsequently, he has toured with his band Snake Davis & The Charmers.

He then released albums Hysteria, Adder Lessons and Talking Bird, the latter of which was commended for its blend of chillout, soul, and orientally themed music - it included his first use on a recording of the shakuhachi.[citation needed]

Davis has toured with Jim Diamond as The Blue Shoes, "The world's smallest band" and is one of the four members of the band The Burden of Paradise (Snake Davis, Helen Watson, Mark Creswell and Dave Bowie).

The band Klingande used a sample of Davis's in their hit song "Jubel."[2]

Davis also performed the theme music for the 1980s UK television show Jimmy's, a fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting the lives of staff and patients at St James's University Hospital in Leeds.


  1. ^ "Snake Davis Band is still in demand". Hull Daily Mail. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. ^ Snake David Sax Walkthrough, See 3:56

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