Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News May 2022

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Song Talk - Episode 1

Our new online series Song Talk features Dave, Barbara and guitarist Beren Matthews chatting about their favourite tracks from the Stewart / Gaskin song catalogue. In Episode 1 the duo discuss their early recordings, including the popular 'Waiting in the Wings' and 'Henry & James'. Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

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Kings Place Hall One        Kings Place July 9th 2022

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As mentioned back in March, our special anniversary concert at Kings Place, London is going ahead on Saturday July 9th 2022. We're very much looking forward to playing, the more so since we had to postpone the concert twice due to lockdowns etc. We'll perform a selection of songs spanning our 40-year history aided by guitarist Beren Matthews (no live drums this time!) and Ted Hayton at the controls.

Everyone who bought a ticket back in 2020 is guaranteed a seat in this splendid concert hall, with some places left for new buyers - tickets are available exclusively from our online store, operated by our colleagues Burning Shed (please note tickets are not available from the venue). This is a General Admission event - doors open 7pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. There are no plans for further Stewart / Gaskin UK gigs this year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to catch us live!

A b o u t   K i n g s   P l a c e

Kings Place is an award-winning arts venue situated in Kings Cross, central London. Though comfortably spacious, its main auditorium Hall One retains an intimate atmosphere, featuring a world-class, studio quality sound system, superb acoustics and excellent sound and sight-lines from every seat in the house. The concert will be all seated, with provision for wheelchair users - if you have wheelchair seating requirements, please notify Burning Shed rather than the venue. Thank you!

Kings Place is committed to hosting safer events and is a recipient of the 'We're Good To Go' industry standard mark, certifying that they have followed government and industry guidelines plus a process to maintain cleanliness. The venue provides sanitising stations at each entrance, access to hand-washing facilities and a state of the art fresh-air air-conditioning system which ensures air is never recirculated. Regular cleaning of toilets and thorough cleaning of the hall take place between events and all communal areas and surfaces of the building are sanitised using a disinfection programme. In addition, staff are asked to wear a face covering unless exempt, and pre-planned scheduling of all areas, directional signage and one-way systems are used to de-densify spaces. Read about the venue's safety measures.

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Venue info: www.kingsplace.co.uk/your-visit/getting-here/
Entry Requirements: Under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 21.

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I'm In a Different World      Green and Blue medley      Dancing cats      Hour Moon medley


Star Clocks medley

Star Clocks - The Director's Cut by Ted Hayton.

Some listener comments on our latest album Star Clocks. Thanks to the kind folks who sent them!

"Utterly, utterly beautiful. A great and sublime creation. There's so much depth to this album... both of you show development and even greater maturity since the last album. I love 'Everything Sings' in particular. It's anthemic. But all the tracks are faultless in both production and performance."

"Awesome, just awesome. Dave's lyrics and music are fantastic and so is Barbara's immaculate voice - still to my mind one of the best female voices of her generation... 'Everything Sings' is about as perfect as perfection can get. Amazing poetry, composition and performance."

"My copy of Star Clocks arrived today and I am very happy. It's beautiful and on repeat. The subtlety and poignancy of the music still grows and progresses."

"Thank you for your music!! It's golden, classic pop that keeps on giving. Barbara's singing is just lovely, it's sweet and true."

"Their mellow songs continue to be among the most gorgeous anywhere."

"The pure definition of intelligent pop music. I treasure every release!"

"STAR CLOCKS IS BEAUTIFUL."

"Totally in love with the wonderful new album. Brings me to tears."

"A great album by two artists still at the top of their game. Overall the whole album just sounds great!"

"I received yesterday your Star Clocks CD and I'm already at the third listen. What I can say? As always it's a GEM!!!"

"Barbara is sounding better than ever. Like good wine, your voice gets better with time. Thank you for your wonderful music!"

"I put on Star Clocks as soon as I received it and love the new songs & lyrics! VERY inspiring! Excellent mix & recording (as always)... love the great keyboard patches (and performances) and Barbara sounds better than ever! Gavin Harrison is fantastic (as always) and the guitar parts fit right in and are very complimentary as well. Congratulations on another musical success! 'The magic remains'."

"The house is shaking with the thunderous sounds of Star Clocks. How does Dave manage to create such sounds from just a handful of keyboards? Why is Barbara not lauded far and wide as one of the UK's great vocalists? A resounding musical success... again. Play on repeat."

"'Everything Sings' and 'Time's Arrow' feel like the emotional essence of Star Clocks. More sedate and introspective, they are suffused with a languid melancholy. Gaskin's gloriously multitracked voice articulates the wonder of being alive in the former and one's inevitable mortality in the latter. Incredibly poignant, Stewart's meticulous orchestration on these deeply affecting melodies is equal to his best work. Magical and moving, they are quietly devastating."

About Us

Dave Stewart (keyboards) and Barbara Gaskin (vocals) are English musicians who began their respective careers as band members in the early '70s. During this time Dave won a reputation as a leading keyboard player and composer, while Barbara's pure, unaffected vocals wowed the listeners of the day. In 1981 the two joined forces and enjoyed immediate success with 'It's My Party', a worldwide hit which reached no. 1 in the UK and Germany. Since then the Stewart-Gaskin partnership has evolved into one of the UK's most respected, innovative and intelligent Pop acts, characterised by Barbara's heavenly vocals and Dave's complex, musically adventurous arrangements. The duo have released seven albums to date and continue to create new music.

Dave & Barbara release their music on their own Broken Records label (distributed by Burning Shed) and perform live as a trio or quartet. Having enlisted guitarist Beren Matthews, the Stewart / Gaskin band performed successful Autumn 2018 headlining concerts in Tokyo and London, the latter also featuring master drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, The Pineapple Thief). Dave, Barbara and Beren returned to Tokyo for more gigs in November 2019 and will perform a major London concert at Kings Place Hall One on Saturday July 9th 2022.

This site focuses on the work of Stewart / Gaskin, which can best be described as intelligent pop music. Our complete catalogue, including 12" mixes, bonus tracks, signed vinyl singles and Dave's Inside The Music ebooks are available from our online store, operated by our musician friends Burning Shed. All profits from these sales go directly to the artists with no record company involvement.

Links

Online Store CD Releases Live Concerts Inside The Music Vols. 1-3
A brief history of Broken Records The Vinyl Archive Discography Barbara Gaskin bio Dave Stewart bio
Music books The Eric McWhirter Home Page Visitors Book FAQ & links


Recordings & Ebooks

Star Clocks     Green and Blue     Hour Moon signed copies     'Leipzig' single 1983)     As Far As Dreams Can Go     Broken Records - The Singles     The TLG Collection

Star Clocks Green and Blue Hour Moon EP The TLG Collection Spin The Big Idea
As Far As Dreams Can Go Broken Records - The Singles 7" Vinyl Singles Inside The Music eBooks

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