Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News March 2020
Greetings from the windswept Western shores! We're looking forward to our special 40-year anniversary concert at
Kings Place, London on August 1st 2020. Thanks to all those who bought tickets - although it seems a long way off, many seats are already taken and as this is our only UK gig planned this year, it's advisable to book now to avoid disappointment.
The line-up will be Barbara (vocals), Dave (keyboards) and Beren Matthews (guitar), playing a selection of material (including old favourites and some brand new songs) drawn from the Stewart / Gaskin catalogue (see 'Pick of the Pops' below). The concert will be all seated, with provision for wheelchair users. Tickets are available exclusively from our colleagues Burning Shed. Please come and join us on this special occasion!
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P i c k O f T h e P o p s
As the old music hall ditty goes, we've been together now for 40 years (🎵 and it don't seem a day too much...🎵) During that time we've recorded and performed over 90 songs, which makes designing setlists a bit tricky! With that in mind, if you have requests for songs you'd like to hear performed at our upcoming London show, please feel free to mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't guarantee to play them all, but we're interested to know your favourites. Please choose songs from the 1980-2020 Stewart / Gaskin catalogue - you can see track listings of all our recordings
here. The set won't be announced in advance, but we can promise a few musical surprises on the night!
We looked at many venues for our commemorative 2020 gig and finally decided on one that combines comfort with superb acoustics. Dave says, "I've wanted to play in this hall since it was built in 2008 - unlike many concert venues, it's a 21st century space designed and optimised for live music, so the sound is great from every seat in the house." Our sound engineer Ted Hayton adds, "There are few venues I know that can boast such an acoustic and Kings Place is actually more akin to a recording studio than a rock gig. I think it will be the perfect complement to the intricacies of Dave and Barb's music."
Situated in Kings Cross, central London, Kings Place is an award-winning multi-arts venue housing two small concert halls. Though comfortably spacious, its main auditorium Hall One retains an intimate atmosphere, featuring a world-class sound system and excellent sight-lines from every seat. Only ten minutes walk from Kings Cross station and St. Pancras Eurostar terminal, this venue has great rail, tube and bus links. We hope to see you there.
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Saturday August 1st 2020
Doors 7pm, concert starts 7.30pm.
This is a General Admission event.
Under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 21.
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To enter the concert you must present a printed copy of your ORDER CONFIRMATION EMAIL plus ID matching the name of the e-ticket at the point of entry. If you have wheelchair seating requirements, please notify Burning Shed (Tel. +44 (0)1603 767726, email
email@example.com) rather than the venue. Thank you!
Please note tickets for this concert are not available from Kings Place box office or third party outlets - we're promoting the event ourselves with ticket sales handled by our trusted colleagues Burning Shed, who we've enjoyed working with since 2004. All revenue goes straight to the musicians, so buying from Burning Shed directly supports our musical efforts.
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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 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
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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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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