I've been writing songs and solo piano pieces since I was about 16. I cut my teeth performing in a couple of school bands and formed a duo at Exeter University doing acoustic guitar material penned by myself and my mate, Julian Wilmore. Soon after I hooked up with Leslie Adey who was the lighting designer for Principal Edwards Magic Theatre and we started writing songs together soon after we left Uni. in 1972. At about the same time I started writing songs with his schoolmate, Robbie Jack, now deceased, Francis Lionnet, now a copywriter in Canada, and Vivienne McAuliffe now deceased,, who was Les's girfriend and former lead singer in Principal Edwards. Viv and I formed a band in 1974 with James Morgan, most recently of Chicken Shack, on guitars, Pete Barnacle on drums, Alfie Agius on bass, myself on keyboards and Carol Stocker and Viv on vocals. The band was called Klondyke Kit's Revenge but, despite a publishing deal and a few gigs in and around London and the South East, we never made a record. Lack of money forced us to go our separate ways and I ended up moving to the States in 1979 where I lived and worked until returning to the UK in 1998. Some time before the band was formed I recorded a demo of a rock opera based on "Hamlet" I wrote with Les Adey. Andy Dalby of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come did the engineering and played guitar for us as well as having a big hand in the arrangements along with James Morgan who played drums, bass and lead guitar. Although we had some serious negotiations with Genesis' manager, Tony Smith, and BBC TV's arts programmes, Omnibus and 2nd House, nothing came of it in the end and it was shelved before it was completely finished. Recently I have finally got around to recording all the missing pieces, with the help of John McBurnie (ex-Jackson Heights, Kiki Dee Band, Vapour Trails, Patrick Moraz) and ‘released’ the finished work on Sound Cloud in January 2012. At the same time I've been working on recordings of several other songs I had always wanted to do back in the 'old days' and adding a few new ones as well.
Who I'd like to meet:
Anyone who likes the idea of doing a live stage production of "Elsinore", my rock opera (for want of a better term) based on Hamlet and has the wherewithal to make that happen. I’m also hoping
to hook up with a singer who sounds uncannily like Peter Gabriel to overdub the vocal parts in Elsinore that I sang myself for this demo, since I really don’t have the voice to match the likes of
Arthur Brown and Viv McAuliffe (real singers?!) who sang everything on Elsinore aside from ‘my’ parts. It would also be nice to hook up with any vocalist who is looking for songs to sing – nothing
here has ever been officially released (by a record company), so these songs are all free of any contractual issues.
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