Meet the chart topping motorbike-riding rocker who has made Ludham his home

Sean Carr surrounded by a media scrum during a promo evening.

Sean Carr surrounded by a media scrum during a promo evening. - Credit: Archant

He is the striking front man of a heavy metal band with a string of number one hits under his belt, a passion for motorbikes and a love of all things rock n roll.

Sean Carr. Picture: Kevin Huckle/Sundance Photography

Sean Carr. Picture: Kevin Huckle/Sundance Photography - Credit: Kevin Huckle/Sundance Photography

He is the striking front man of a heavy metal band with a string of number one hits under his belt, a passion for motorbikes and a love of all things rock n roll.

As the tattooed leather-clad lead singer of the Death Valley Screamers, Sean Carr is also no stranger to the limelight having won legions of fans worldwide with his deep, gritty voice and passionate vocals.

And after a career that has taken him around the world, and seen him perform in front of 250,000 at Ukraine's independence day celebrations, he has now settled among the sleepy waterways of the Broads - and is bringing his brand of rock n roll back to the fore from ones of its most picturesque villages.

Sean and his wife Mary fell in love with the famous waterways during their honeymoon - after getting married biker style in Moldova - and settled in Ludham to enjoy a quiet life.

The revived Death Valley Screams. l-rTaylor Maryan, drummer, Sean Carr, vocals, James Carver, guitar

The revived Death Valley Screams. l-rTaylor Maryan, drummer, Sean Carr, vocals, James Carver, guitarist and Tom Arnold, bass. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant


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But after being encouraged to make a return to music by Mary, who is expecting the couple's first child next spring, the 46-year-old recruited a band of Norfolk musicians, and is now stepping back up to the mic at the Kings Arms in Ludham.

The village pub, which Sean counts as his local, is set to be packed out for the gig on October 31 - the first Death Valley Screamers show in two years - which is a warm up before they support fellow British heavy metal band, Girlschool in Norwich.

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Yorkshire-born Sean, who began his musical career as a teenager, said: 'I think when you analyse it it's still in my system, I've still got steam to blow off. I think my body's trying to say stop but my head and my heart is saying 'we're not finished with you yet'.'

The original Death Valley Screamers were formed in 2005 after Sean moved to Ukraine with his then-wife Yevgenia Timoshenko - the daughter of Yulia Timoshenko who at the time was the country's prime minister.

Sean Carr relaxing on a boat on the Broads. Picture: submitted

Sean Carr relaxing on a boat on the Broads. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

After playing her some of his music, Yevgenia encouraged Sean to start singing again and after signing up Mick Lake, a former bandmate from Leeds, he recruited three Ukrainians and the Death Valley Screamers were born - and went on to take the country by storm.

Sean said: 'I didn't expect this to go anywhere. It was literally let's do a few gigs and have a laugh and it would be nice to get up there and do it again, and see if we can; we did and it just went crackers.'

The band rocketed up the charts, notching up four number ones, and Sean became rock royalty. Mobbed by the paparazzi wherever he went, he became so famous that his face, at one time, appeared on the country's stamps.

Among his chart-topping hits was Fallen Friends, an award-winning track he penned about the life of miners in eastern Ukraine.

'We'd done a tour and ended up where the war is now and it's all mining communities,' he added. 'We went down one of the mines and met some of the miners and got told some of their stories.'

After getting divorced in 2011, Sean came back to the UK but still travels to Ukraine to see friends. And he is expecting supporters from all over the country and further afield to be among the crowd at the Kings Arms, as news of the Screamers' revival has excited fans, and media, across the globe.

Sean said: 'We only just put this thing on Facebook and I have had Moscow ringing me for a day in the life with television cameras.

'I just try and get on with it. I don't know what to make of it, I never have, especially after the experience in Ukraine.'

But Sean is remaining grounded about the band's future and will let it take its course, thoughts echoed by bandmates; drummer Taylor Maryan, from Sutton, bassist Tom Arnold, from Martham and guitarists James Carver, from Fakenham and Andy Houghton from Stockton-on-Tees.

'I like to keep things on a level basis so we don't get disappointed. If it does happen que sera, sera,' he added.

'I've found a great team of lads, we're all like minded and we're all as daft as brushes.'

? The Kings Arms gig is on October 31 from 9pm, entrance is free. Death Valley Screamers will play alongside Girlschool at the Waterfront, Norwich on November 19. Tickets from www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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