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The BickershawProgramme: Stackridge

   Stackridge are Mike Evanson violin, Mick Slater on flute, Andrew Cresswell Davies on piano, mellotron and vocals, John Walters on lead guitar , James Warren on Bass and vocals and Bill Bent on drums . Their roots are in the West Country ; some live in Bristol: the home of a lot of good music and one of the most peaceful of our big cities  -and some in the village of East Yatton nearby.
   While so many of our urban musicians are making the obligatory pilgrimage to the country for purposes of ė getting it together " Stackridge are there already and they've got it together . None of them has any desire to change their rural retreat for the frenetic pace of London . This apparent isolation has undoubtedly contributed towards  the highly individual ėrounded approach to music evident on their first album , which was released on MCA last year and caused a great deal of interest in the music press.
   The completeness of the sound they produce is the result of long absorption of a vast variety of music , very little of it from the strict "pop" field. .Although there are glimpses of the Beatles in their work , one is just as likely to see flashes of Roland Kirk , Stravinsky, English folk music and vaudeville.
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  • America
  • Brinsley Schwarz
  • Brotherhood of Breath
  • Captain Beefheart
  • Captain Beyond
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Country Joe.
  • Donovan
  • Dr John 
  • Family
  • Flaming Groovies
  • Grateful Dead.
  • Hawkwind
  • Jonathon Kelly
  • Linda Lewis.
  • Incredible String Band
  • Neophonic Orchestra
  • New Riders.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric 
  • Sam Apple Pie
  • Al Stewart
  • The Kinks.
  • Joes Lights 
  • Mike Westbrook
        The group have directed their sound  towards producing  their own mythology, with Slark the Dragon  in the middle ,the flying saucers circling over Yatton, 400 year old Marzo Plod walking the flat fields of North Somerset and Percy the Penguin and Dora the Female Explorer waiting on the touchline . Although on disc they sound very much a ėstudio ė group, they add to this a humorous  visual stage presence which goes  to make up one of the more pleasantly original groups around .

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