James Lascelles
James Edward Lascelles

(1953-10-05) 5 October 1953 (age 67)
Bayswater, London, England
  • Frederica Duhrssen
    (m. 1973; div. 1985)
  • Lori Lee
    (m. 1985; div. 1996)
  • Joy Elias-Rilwan
    (m. 1999)

The Honourable James Edward Lascelles (born 5 October 1953) is a British musician and the second son of the 7th Earl of Harewood and his first wife, Marion. Lascelles is a first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II and in line of succession to the British throne.


When young, Lascelles had classical piano and drum lessons, and claims that "John Tavener 'taught' him to improvise" by performing duets on a church organ.[1]

He then became interested in jazz, blues, and rock and roll.

Global Village Trucking Company

Lascelles was a co-founder of the Global Village Trucking Company, known to its fans as "The Globs", in the early 1970s. The band, the road crew and their families all lived together in a commune in an old farmhouse in Sotherton, Suffolk,[2][3] and undertook numerous benefit concerts and free festivals, playing extended free-form jams,[4] making them a well known UK live act. The band shunned record companies, but played on the Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall benefit album at Dingwalls in 1973, and in November 1974 they recorded an eponymous album at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales.

In 1973 the BBC made a documentary about Global Village Trucking Company, their communal living and their aim to make it without a record company. The BBC updated the documentary for the What Happened Next series, shown in May 2008, which included their first gig in 30 years.[5] This re-union led to other Global Village gigs at Glastonbury 2008 and other festivals.

Later career

Lascelles then became a session musician, until in 1980 he joined The Breakfast Band, a jazz/funk band, which released two albums, Dolphin Ride and Waters Edge, and had a dance hit, "L.A. 14".

He then took an interest in world music, recording tribal music in North Africa and New Mexico, and releasing this on his own label, Tribal Music International. He also started composing music for theatre, The Footsbarn Travelling Theatre Company and Tiata Fahodzi,[6] and film. He now plays keyboards, for Cockney Rebel and his own world music band, Talking Spirit, and works with disaffected inner-city children.[1] As of 2011 Lascelles was appearing with Mike Storey as "The Ivory Brothers".[7]

Personal life

Lascelles has been married three times. First, on 4 April 1973 in Wortham, to Frederica Ann Duhrssen (born 12 June 1954, Newport, Maine). They had two children before divorcing in 1985:

  • Sophie Lascelles (born 1 October 1973, Thorpeness, Suffolk) married 11 June 2011 at Luton Hoo to Timothy Pearce. They had a daughter, Lilianda, in 2010 before their marriage.
  • Rowan Nash Lascelles (born 6 November 1977, Sotherton, Suffolk)

Secondly, on 4 May 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Lori "Shadow" Susan Lee (29 August 1954, Albuquerque – 29 June 2001). They had two children:

  • Tanit Lascelles (born 1 July 1981, Santa Eulària des Riu, Spain)
  • Tewa Ziyane Robert George Lascelles (born 8 June 1985, Edgewood, New Mexico) has been married to Cynthia Lascelles, née Ramirez, since 2008. They had a son, Fran, in 2014.

James and Lori divorced in 1996.

Thirdly, Lascelles married Joy Elias-Rilwan (born 15 June 1954, Nigeria), on 30 January 1999.[8] The Hon. Mrs. Lascelles is an actress and is actively involved in efforts to combat AIDS. She has four children of her own, and is a member of the Elias family of Yoruba chieftains in Lagos.

Lascelles' younger brother Jeremy Lascelles is a prominent British music industry executive, who played percussion for the Global Village Trucking Company.


Global Village Trucking Company

The Breakfast Band

  • Dolphin Ride
  • Waters Edge


  • Turn off the Lights (2004) (Large 3)

Mandyleigh Storm

Notes and sources

  1. ^ a b "James Lascelles biography". jameslascelles.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Pop Group Settle For Commune In The Country". East Anglian Film Archive - UEA. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ Jefferies, Dinah (14 June 2014). "My children grew up in a commune". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Dave Thompson, Allmusic review of Global Village Trucking Company. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  5. ^ "What Happened Next: Global Village Trucking Co". BBC Four. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  6. ^ Tiata Fahodzi programme 2007 Retrieved 28 August 2009
  7. ^ "Barsham and Albion Fairs Revisited". Diss Cornhall. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Joy Lascelles". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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British royalty
Preceded by
The Hon. Edward Lascelles
Line of succession to the British throne
grandson of Mary, daughter of George V
Succeeded by
Rowan Lascelles