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Snug Sofa Sessions: Gary Boyle Band

Saturday, 18 January 2020 - 8:00pm
 
Gary Boyle - Guitars
Gary Culshaw  - Bass
Jonathan Hartley - Drums
 
Gary Boyle's family moved to England when he was eight years old. In his teens he started playing small clubs and then in 1962 relocated to Hamburg to play R'n'B in The Top Ten Club. Boyle returned to England in 1964 to play in Millie Small's backup band, opening for The Rolling Stones in a sold-out tour. He then worked in Dusty Springfield's band 'The Echoes' and became a member of Brian Auger and the Trinity. After attending the Leeds College of Music, in 1969 Boyle briefly joined Dorris Henderson's folk rock band Eclection, before returning to Brian Auger once more in June. For three years in the early 1970s he worked as a session musician with musicians Keith Tippett, Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Stomu Yamashta's short-lived band "East Wind", Bert Jansch and Norma Winstone.
 
In 1973, Boyle founded the jazz fusion band Isotope with Jeff Clyne (bass), Brian Miller (keyboards) and Nigel Morris (drums). This line-up gigged around the United Kingdom extensively, and released their first, eponymous, album in 1974 on Gull Records. Examples of their live work can be heard on "Isotope and Gary Boyle: Live at the BBC" (Hux Records).
 
Following the departure of Jeff Clyne and Brian Miller in March 1974, Laurence Scott (keyboards) and Hugh Hopper (bass, formerly of Soft Machine) joined Boyle and Morris. This line-up toured Europe twice and the United States once, and recorded Isotope's second LP "Illusion". Live sessions from Germany can be heard on "Golden Section" (Cuneiform Records), with some tracks featuring Aureo de Souza on percussion.
 
 
In the late 70s, now a solo artist, Boyle was voted New Star in the Melody Maker Poll and his first solo album, The Dancer, won the Pop/Jazz Award at the Montreux International Jazz Festival. In the early 80s Boyle was resident for a while in Denmark, where he recorded further albums. Back in the UK, he formed a trio he named Triple Echo with which group he featured the Roland Guitar Synthesizer. He also became deeply involved in education and has taught at several establishments, chiefly in the north west of England, including Wigan & Leigh College and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. In addition to jazz rock fusion, Boyle has also sustained an interest in traditional folk music. Other artists with whom Boyle appeared over the years are John Etheridge, Jim Mullen and Eberhard Weber.
 
Catch Gary and his band for a super-intimate Snug Sofa Session by the fire on Saturday 18th January. Entry is Free! 
 
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