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Band of Rain: bio's

Chris Gill - Multi Instrumentalist /Founder


My first gig was in 1968 age of 13....Playing Bass. There followed a whole series of school bands, as well as playing in sheds with mates all over Bedford, which is where I really learned how to play as there were so many musicians in Bedford and the immediate surroundings in the 70s. I played at The Bath Arts Workshop in 1973, where I met up with Hawkwind. We jammed for hours in an abandoned hotel. Ironically my path in later life would involve a lot of interaction with either members, or roadcrew of Hawkwind...

I spent the next couple of years drifting from festival to festival, playing with people like Lol Coxhill - The Global Village Trucking Company - The Mike Westbrook Orchestra - And some regulars who ended up as Ian Durys Blockheads... I moved to the USA in November 1975...Spending 4 years in Texas and a year in Los Angeles.It opened up a whole new ball game for me, and I suddenly found there were many places to play, and you could keep pretty busy.... We (The band at that time) were doing a small tour of Universities in 1976, when the van we were in left the highway in the desert near Tuscon Arizona.

The end result was that both my hands got broken. I moved to Los Angeles where a friend got me a job helping actors to speak with an english accent.It was a good time for me,and I met with some very interesting people.... but after 12 months, I realised that I missed home, and so in June 1980 I returned to the UK.

By a strange twist of fate, I found myself living in Germany. I remained there for 6 years, and really loved it.I met so many really interesting musicians, and got in to synthesisers. I still hadn't really got the use of my fingers enough to play guitars.

I returned to the UK in April 1985. In 1989 I bought a guitar, and worked hard to get my fingers working again.By 1995 I was back in to it with no ill effects... My day job by now was in the media.I worked at Channel 5 TV then The BBC respectively.

My work had begun to take me away from music, and I almost lost it completely. Then in the space of about 3 months, I met up with Adrian Belew. We were discussing how, and what kind of imagery could be put together to reflect the music of King Crimson...Wearing my BBC hat...I got to work on it, but while doing that, I realised that music was still the thing I really wanted to do.

Then a few months later I met up with Nick Mason. We both share a love of Classic Cars, as well as Historic Racing cars. At this time I was working down at Beaulieu home of  Lord Montagu and his National Motor Museum as Marketing Manager. Nick has his own company where he rents out all kinds of exotic cars to the film industry among others.The company is called Ten Tenths... In meeting these 2 giants of the industry, I knew what I wanted to do.I quit the 9 to 5 and got back in to music, at the exact time it was becoming possible to record good quality CDs, without having to hire Abbey Road for 9 months !

The rest as they say, is history, I learned how to record and produce, and got on with it.In 2004 the first album Deep Space came out, and it went down a storm. That was it, I was hooked.Garlands in 2005 and Arts & Allurements in 2007. Band of Rain were signed by a new Record Label in the USA founded by Kenny Solomon and Janie Lindenbaum of Progressive Soundscapes Radio called AmBeCa....Kenny however had to stop everything he was doing  to look after his folks after an accident.

The latest album "Sun in VIII" was released in 2011. We are currently writing and recording album 5, and considering the opportunity of playing live again...

In the past 4 years I have performed on 9 different albums with other bands, and produced and engineered 2 more. The latest album I have collaborated on is "Ye Old Silent Inn" By Beck Sian. It features John Carder Bush and Raven Bush. It is a kind of gothic folk and was great fun to do as well as dark!

The 5th Band of Rain album "The Dust of Stars" is nearing completion, and is planned for release April 2017...

 


Julie Murray - Anderson - Lyrics/Vocals/Music/Multi Instrumentalist.

Julie has worked with Chris on several occassions, and they are constantly sharing ideas. Julie has a great sense of the dark and wonderful in music, and so naturally fits in to the mood swings of Band of Rain. While Julie is not a full time member, She is contributing enormously to the 5th Band of Rain album due to be released around April 2017.

Julie has worked with Hawkwind - Harvey Bainbridge - Tubilah Dog - Sendelica and Zendad. Julie is also known as the dancer Nemesis, is a poet with a voice and many a song....Julie founded and ran Sonic World Festival 2008 and Restoration 1 and 2...

Micha Steinbacher - Multi Instrumentalist/Composer

Micha hails from Frankfurt Germany. Micha and Chris have done a lot of work together and continue to exchange ideas all the time. Micha is contributing heavily to the next Band of Rain album "The Dust of Stars" To be released April 2017.

Micha is an amazing composer, and multi instrumentalist. It is very likely there will be more from Micha with Band of Rain in the future...

Ria Parfitt - Lyrics/Vocals/ Multi Instrumentalist.

Ria is a multi Instrumentalist and extraordinary singer and songwriter. Ria has contributed to several Band of Rain songs now as well as contributing to the 5th album "The Dust of Stars" Due for release April 2017. Ria is working on her own music the rest of the time, but we are glad she takes the time to contribute to our projects....