THE BARHOPPERS originally formed as a four-piece band in 1998. At the end of 2000 the bass player decided to leave and those remaining decided to continue as a trio. In 2010 the lead singer decided to leave and Gabbi Worsley joined the line up as their new lead singer. In 2014 the pedal steel player, Tony Browne decided to retire. David and Gabbi decided to continue as a duo. David and Gabbi married in 2017.
David Crayford-Noble plays rhythm guitar, mandolin and accordian and sings some lead and harmony vocals. David was born in Norfolk and has been performing for over 40 years. He started playing in various local bands before joining a duo called The Buddys 1976.
They were popular in pubs and clubs throughout East Anglia up until 1996, when injuries incurred from a road traffic accident forced the other member of the duo to retire. Between 1996 and the formation of The Barhoppers in 1998 David ‘depped’ with various acts to keep his hand in whilst looking for a regular band.
Gabbi Noble is lead vocalist and also sings harmonies. Gabbi was born in London, but has spent most of her adult life living in Suffolk. Before a long career break to raise a family, Gabbi performed as a cabaret artist singing in numerous venues with their resident bands. The valuable stage skills gained from this type of work are an asset to any band.
Gabbi restarted her singing career by joining the Barhoppers in 2010, after her family had grown up and fled the nest. Her voice is particularly suited to country music. Since joining The Barhoppers, Gabbi has started to write her own songs and this original material is often featured in stage set lists and on their CDs.
In 2020 The Barhoppers released the single “”Time Of Change”” about the coronavirus pandemic that the world is going through.