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Plainsong's new (and farewell) album, Fat Lady Singing.

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Andy Roberts at Uppingham 2012. Photo Credit: Paul Cary

We've added a few photographs of Plainsong on the opening night (Goldmark Gallery - Uppingham) of their final tour. Click the thumbnail photos on the right to enlarge.

...and also, new to the site is video of Plainsong's final few gigs in 2012. Click the image above to see the video.

 

MUSIC

 

There can't be many professional musicians who have explored such a variety of creative avenues and so successfully as Andy Roberts. He has produced a catalogue of impressive solo albums, been a founder member of what could be the foremost acoustic group in the UK, Plainsong, has acted as right-hand man to Iain Matthews solo work, and also Roy Harper. He featured as as a 'latex' Dave Gilmour with Pink Floyd during their 'The Wall' tour in 1981 and played alongside Hank Wangford in his The Lost Cowboys band. Andy was Musical Director at the Royal Court Theatre in London and during the 1980s provided incidental music and wrote themes and scores for TV, film and theatre.

In 2004 he played on and produced successful albums for two of the countries leading playwrights Willy Russell (Hoovering The Moon) and Tim Firth (Harmless Flirting) and was Musical Director for their later tour of the UK and residency at the Edinburgh International Festival (The Singing Playwrights).

More recently he has become one of the Three Bonzo's and a Piano (plus the guitar and the occasional 4th or 5th Bonzo). And 2010 saw Andy Roberts appear at Glastonbury Festival forty years after his first performance there in 1970. Andy has re-joined Hank Wangford to form the duo Hank Wangford & Brad Breath for the 'No Hall 2 Small' tour of rural UK venues.


3 BOXES
A trio, all featured in Hugh Gregory’s book ‘1,000 Great Guitarists’, have taken their experience of playing together in various bands, added their unique styles on acoustic guitars (aka ‘boxes’), and the result is much more than the sum of the parts.

3 Boxes are: CLIVE GREGSON, MARK GRIFFITHS and ANDY ROBERTS, and, with legendary producer JOHN WOOD (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Martyn, etc.), they have just completed their debut, all-instrumental, album. All the tunesĀ on the debut album "Strings Attached" are self-penned.

September 2011

 

and finally....

2012 will be the 40th anniversary of Andy Roberts and Iain Matthews forming Plainsong with Dave Richards and Bob Ronga and also the release of the legendary ‘Amelia Earhart’ album. 

To celebrate, the band will be releasing a live studio album, ‘Fat Lady Singing’ (on the Blue Rose label) and touring Europe and the UK in August and September. The sad news is that this will be a farewell tour for Plainsong, as it has become harder to pin down the four current members in one place, let alone schedule dates for touring. 


 

Click to see video of Plainsong