Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News July 2020
Now the moon's just a step away - and as yet, not subject to any quarantine restrictions. If you fancy taking a galactic space flight in the comfort of your own home, feel free to join us on a voyage to the centre of the Stewart / Gaskin song 'Wings On Our Shoes', opening track of the album
In the second part of his relaunched Inside The Music series, Dave continues his deconstruction with a detailed explanation of the song's musical structure, including play-along audio clips, keyboard and guitar transcriptions, song lyrics, vocal harmony notes by Barbara and playing tips from guitarist Beren Matthews. Dave also outlines WOOS's journey from a short instrumental sketch on an old DAT tape (remember those?) to the final album version.
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This isn't an exam, so don't worry if you can't read the 'the dots' or wrap your fingers round the guitar shapes. The important thing is to think about why the harmony sounds the way it does, which will become apparent when you play one or two of the chords! And if you don't play an instrument, take a listen to some of the exposed parts (including the keyboard and drums groove played in the verses) to hear how the arrangement hangs together. Inside The Music continues next month - till then, stay safe, try to ignore the daily news hysteria (difficult, we know) be nice to each other and listen to some good music - always a tonic.
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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
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