Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News March 2023
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We're pleased to announce our summer concert at London's Kings Place Hall One is definitely going ahead on Saturday August 5th 2023. Tickets are now exclusively available from our
online store, operated by our trusty colleagues Burning Shed. The line-up will be Barbara Gaskin (vocals), Dave Stewart (keyboards) and Beren Matthews (guitar), performing a fresh selection of Stewart / Gaskin songs dating from 1981 to the present day, including new unreleased material and some old favourites. As ever, the mix will be handled by Ted Hayton, who has worked with us extensively live and in the studio and knows our music inside out. This is a General Admission event with no support band: doors open at 7pm, the concert starts at 7.30pm and finishes around 10pm, including an intermission.
Dave says, "Thanks to all the loyal listeners who sent us supportive messages about this concert, we appreciate your ongoing support! We're sorry that some of you were unable to attend last year's London show and hope you'll be able to come along this time. It always amazes us how many people travel from overseas to our gigs, but we're equally pleased to welcome UK listeners of all ages. Since Barbara and I started out in 1981 we've always been a studio-centric band - we don't play live very often and this is our only 2023 UK concert, so we do hope many of you will take this rare opportunity to see us play in this fabulous venue. We're promoting the concert ourselves and controlling all ticket sales, so if you have any queries, please address them to us at [email protected] rather than contact the venue."
Kings Place is an award-winning multi-arts venue situated in Kings Cross, central London close to St Pancras International and Kings Cross mainlne railway stations. The building is clean, airy and spacious, with two concert halls in its lower floors, views over the beautiful Regent’s Canal and a waterside bar. The main auditorium Hall One is comfortably seated with provision for wheelchair users, and features a world-class sound system, superb acoustics, excellent sound and sight-lines from every seat in the house - the ideal conditions for hearing our music and enjoying a pre-show summer pint! We look forward to seeing you there.
Y o u T u b e C h a n n e l
Star Clocks - The Director's Cut by Ted Hayton.
Some listener comments on our latest album. 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."
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 in November 2019 and emerged from lockdown with a memorable 40-year anniversary concert at London's Kings Place on Saturday July 9th 2022. The trio will return to Japan for three concerts in April 2023, followed by a return to Kings Place in August.
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.
Inside The Music Vols. 1-3
A brief history of Broken Records
The Vinyl Archive
Barbara Gaskin bio
Dave Stewart bio
The Eric McWhirter Home Page
FAQ & links
Recordings & Ebooks
Green and Blue
Hour Moon EP
The TLG Collection
The Big Idea
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As Far As Dreams Can Go
Broken Records - The Singles
7" Vinyl Singles
Inside The Music eBooks
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Live photos of Stewart / Gaskin band, Tokyo 2009-2019 copyright Harumi Maezawa.
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