30 December 2012, 21:00 The Songwriters Part 1 repeat
31 December, 16:00 The Songwriters Part 2 repeat
Featured Artist: April 2012
adding more of Stackridge's music to our general playlists.
8 April, 18:00
Songwriters": Andy Davis of Stackridge Part 2
29 April, 17:00
Songwriters": Andy Davis of Stackridge Part 1 & 2
formed in the late-sixties and opened (and closed) the very
first Glastonbury Festival in 1970. To some extent their
rambling (if well received) early live performances were reined
in for their debut album, released in August 1971. It
wasn't until their third album 'The Man With The Bowler Hat' in
1974 that expectation for the band was heightened and a larger
budget enabled the production work of George Martin. A
fuel crisis at the time which reduced record vinyl production
delayed the album release for six months
which wasn't to help the band's momentum.
of good reviews for their eclectic mix of folk, prog and pop and
high-profile tours with bands including Wishbone Ash and Jethro
Tull, Stackridge failed to achieve wider commercial acclaim and
personnel changes and a switch to Elton John's Rocket label was
not helpful. In any event it is unlikely, with the onset of
punk in the late seventies, that the band would have survived.
members Andy Davis and James
Warren then took a more commercial route forming The Korgis
who hit paydirt in 1980 with the international hit 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime'. After this successful
collaboration, the pair pursued separate musical paths with
Davis doing session work in the eighties with the likes of
Tears For Fears.
until the late 1990s that there was renewed interest in the band
with the release of some BBC live recordings and by 1999
Stackridge had reformed and produced an album 'Something For The
Weekend' but this time without Davis due to musical differences.
2005, stimulated by the reissue of the band's back catalogue by
Angel Air Records, Stackridge in pretty much original form
(occasionally Mike 'Mutter' Slater and Jim 'Crun' Walter drop
out due to personal commitments) have
prevailed and in 2009 released a new studio album 'A Victory For
compilation is due for release by Angel Air Records and in April
2012 the band start an extensive UK tour.