Founder member of Affinitée, some twelve tears ago, is accordionist Basil Bunelik. In the 1960's a keyboard player in London soul bands, after heaving a Hammond organ in and out of clubs for many years, Basil rediscovered his Ukrainian roots and decided the accordion was not only much lighter but also suited his sensitive musicianship.
Like most dedicated accordionists, Basil has always had an interest in the French tradition and when an outstanding French singer turned up, Piaffinitee was created and their show Piaf Comes to Life was soon performing to great acclaim up and down the country.
Tim Heming is a highly versatile musician usually contributing guitar to Affinitée, or sometime double bass. He is part of the Gypsy Jazz duo Appel Direct, a regular member of world music band Signs of Life and a frequent member of Swervy World - the highly entertaining street band that brings cabaret to the high street.
Toby Morgan, guitar, is a well-respected exponent of the Manouche style of guitar made famous by Django Reinhard in 1940's Paris. Toby joined Affinitée in 2005 and has toured extensively with the group ever since. He also plays with Appel Direct and teaches guitar at Dartington College of Arts.
Gilly Anderson, vocals, is an actress and singer with a passion for French music and culture since her university days studying the language. Basil invited her to sing with Affinitée after appearing with her in Peter Reeves' theatre production "The French have a song for it" and she has quickly added her charming personality to the band and audiences.
She has been heard on radio and TV as well as being in demand for local drama productions as actress or producer and sings with "The Big Band Theory"