Milton Keynes bands come together to play tribute to Adam

On Saturday evening, hundreds of people will gather together for a gig by a bill of popular MK bands, writes Sammy Jones.

Nothing unusual about that. But what sets this Craufurd Arms gig apart from others is that the bands and the audience are all coming together with just one person in mind.

A Concert for Adam is being held in memory of Adam Davison, who was a force on the Milton Keynes music scene for many years.  

I first made his acquaintance when his band Phema (known as Blindside in those early days) came to my attention.

As the band grew and matured, so too did friendships, and Adam became a real pal.

Adam was a beast, complicated and technical.

Words that can only be used to describe his work as a bass- player.

But as a person? He was warm, fun, affable and genuine. Perhaps it is no coincidence he chose the bass as his instrument of choice - it is the thing that pins everything together in a band.


Adam, with wife Claire and son Freddie

Adam brought people together too. His work in Phema and Our Man in the Bronze Age will for- ever be remembered by those he connected with to make the music, and held dear by the many people for whom those songs became a soundtrack to a period in our lives.

There are many in the new city and beyond.

Adam passed away on October 18, 2017. It was his 37th birthday.

Saturday’s show will be an opportunity to raise a glass in his memory and enjoy the music he helped to create.

His friends Pete Bagnell, Chugurh, Phema, Our Man in the Bronze Age and B.O.S.S.S will be ‘playing’ tribute.

Tickets were snapped up in haste, selling out swiftly.

That’s because Adam was a star himself, and his caring nature and humility meant he was universally loved by all who came to know him.

Everyone will have their own memories of Adam, but one thing we all shared in was that smile.

It will always be in the hearts and minds of those lucky enough to have spent time, enjoyed music and made memories with him, and to have called him a friend.

Donations in memory of Adam can be made at