a lifetime of music

barrystandingplustitle2There have been quite a few bands down the years!  [Scratches head]: the first band when I was 17 was The Next of Kin, with Janet (Nut), my recently deceased Mum, Pete, Frank (also recently deceased) and PaulAstonishingly, 45 years later, I recently met Janet nd we caught up on eachother's lives.  And I have also been in contact with many of the musicians I played with around the time of the Next of Kin.  Go to Listen/Blast from the Past for original recordings and more details.

Then during our college daze there was TLR (Tipper Loppo and Rudi) with Debbie, David, and John, who disappeared to somewhere in Wales. 

Later on while living in London Moonmat with another David, and Ruth (recently deceased);  then in Bristol Portheras with Helen, Alex, Mike, and Tony and Common Ground with Hao, John, Jean and Marek. 

A few years later After the Poets with Ce (in the current band), and Tony, then with Mel (who also played years later in the Fridges), Mike and Alex, performing occasionally with the poet troupe The Awfully Nice Poets.

Anyone who has studied the band-member history of folk-rock bands like Fairport Convention or Steely Span will understand that nothing is ever ‘fixed’ when it comes to band members!  That seems to be just how it is in the music business, and particularly folk-rock bands it seems.  We have certainly seen a few musicians come and go the past few years.  With the departure of Ce from the band at the end of 2019, the current Fridge Mechanics band currently comprises  Barry, Rich, Paul, Glyn, Jon and Evie.  We are hoping to recruit a second harmony singer along the way.  You can read about the current Fridge Mechanics musicians HERE.

Since playing with this current group of musical friends, I have written some of my best songs;  and this is down to the incredible music talent in everyone and the strong enthusiasm and support for the songs.  I couldn't write without the support of these musical friends and, of course, our audiences.

We have plans for 2020.  As well as an interesting bunch of gigs lined up at various Festivals and occasions across the South West, UK.   Check out the calendar entries for details.  We wil also be publishing our latest CD "Resilience", recorded in November 2019 with the Fridge Mechanics plus guest singers and musicians.

Click HERE for more information about the musicians I play with.

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