Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News June 2020
We hope everyone is staying healthy during this weird summer, and we wish anyone affected by the pandemic a speedy recovery - it's a very unpleasant bug, so please take care. We're in the fortunate position of being able to work from home, so can continue to create new music; though live rehearsals are temporarily suspended, we're regularly in touch with our guitarist Beren Matthews and sound engineer Ted Hayton, and the four of us have been cooking up some projects which we'll share with you in due course. In the meantime, we're avoiding driving 60 miles to test our eyesight (a quick walk round the garden usually suffices), and are observing best social distancing practice during our phone calls by holding the handset two metres from our ears and shouting.
As mentioned last month, we had to reschedule our concert at Kings Place, London from August this year to Saturday July 31st 2021. Like all UK entertainment venues, the building is currently closed (though we understand the owner pops in every day to pick up his mail :) We considered playing outside in the street, but figured it wouldn't be much fun if it rained. So please keep your tickets safe till next summer, when we'll take great pleasure in joining you in the 40-year anniversary of our debut single 'It's My Party'!
The Return Of 'Inside The Music'
Having found himself with unexpected time on his hands, Dave has reintroduced his 'Inside the Music' series. These online articles explain the musical details of Stewart / Gaskin songs, including audio clips, transcriptions of keyboard and guitar parts, vocal harmonies, lyrics and extensive song notes. This month's deconstruction (which includes a video clip and commentary by guitarist Beren Matthews) shines the spotlight on the song 'Wings On Our Shoes', the opening track of the album Star Clocks. Click here to read it.
Keyboard players and guitarists will be able to play along with some of the examples, while those who don't read music can explore the history behind the song lyrics and learn how the instrumental parts were created... and if the musical stuff goes over your head, there's always the jokes! The series continues next month. Till then, look after yourselves, we look forward to seeing you all when the war is over.
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Here are some nice comments we received on our new 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."
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.
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 the dynamic West Country 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 (known for his work with Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief and the current incarnation of King Crimson). 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 July 31st 2021 (rescheduled from August 1st 2020).
This site focuses on the work of Stewart / Gaskin, which can best be described as intelligent pop music. For more information, please see our info page links below. Our complete catalogue, including 12" mixes, alternative versions and bonus tracks, is now available in remastered CD format 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 Online (NEW)
ITM Vols 1 & 2
A brief history of Broken Records
The Vinyl Archive
Barbara Gaskin bio
Dave Stewart bio
The Eric McWhirter Home Page
FAQ & links
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Green and Blue
Hour Moon EP
The TLG Collection
The Big Idea
As Far As Dreams Can Go
Broken Records - The Singles
7" Vinyl Singles
Inside The Music Vols. 1 & 2
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Live photos of Stewart / Gaskin band, Tokyo 2009-2019 copyright Harumi Maezawa.
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