Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News November 2023
We've added a new video to our YouTube Classic Tracks playlist. Presented here in a slightly shortened version, the heavy rocker 'Afraid of Clowns' from our album Star Clocks features Gavin Harrison on drums and a rampaging solo by guitarist Beren Matthews (ear plugs not provided). Hope you enjoy! The Classic Tracks series is designed to provide an overvew of our music dating from 1981, so if anyone asks what became of those English musicians they last encountered many moons ago, you can direct them our YouTube channel.
H a u t e C o u t u r e
In response to overwhelming public demand we've entered the realms of high fashion with a stunningly psychedelic
Star Clocks teeshirt. Impress your neighbours while doing the gardening wearing this colourful garment (not many left in stock, grab'em while you can). Not to be outdone, our guitarist Beren has created a stylish teeshirt for his cult band Grip-Like Vice, whose name is spoken of in hushed whispers in the West Country. Show up for your weekly pub quiz wearing one of these and, having endured the ensuing loud discussion of your numerous vices, impress your quiz team with the fact that the band's name is taken from an Elvis Costello lyric - not many people know that. Available in gothic black and exquisitely tasteful grey from Burning Shed. And remember folks, a teeshirt is for life, not just for Christmas.
G i g R e g i s t e r
Thanks to Brad Owen for the classic live photo :) It's been 32 years this month since we last played in the USA - way too long! To receive early alerts about our 2024 concerts, feel free to add your name to our Stewart-Gaskin Gig Register. Simply email us at [email protected] with the subject line 'Gig Register', tell us your name, country of residence (important) and how many tickets you're likely to need. You'll then be on our priority list for info and offers associated with our 2024 live performances. Sorry to bang on about this, but Facebook and Instagram posts only reach 6% of followers, and remember what happened to MySpace! Please feel free to share this info.
S t a r C l o c k s
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. Having performed three further Tokyo concerts in April 2023, the trio made a triumphant return to Kings Place Hall One on August 5th 2023.
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Live photos of Stewart / Gaskin band, Tokyo 2009-2019 copyright Harumi Maezawa.
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