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Clayhill gig on the 5th September to be the last
Ted explained to www.beth-orton.net that the gig on the 5th Sepetember 2009 would be the last time that you could see Clayhill playiing together: 'I am not sure if I have told you but it will be Clayhills last show on the 5th September in Kings Cross as Gavin (criminally) is throwing in the towel.
Sad days but it will hopefully make for a great show !!!'
Formed in 2002, Clayhill are a band born from three very different musical backgrounds. Ali (bassist, keyboards) and Ted (guitar, keyboards) were both working on Beth Ortons Trailer Park album when they first identified former Sunhouse frontman Gavin Clark as the bands lead singer. Originally, Ali was a member of the experimental electronica band Red Snapper, while Gavin fronted Sunhouse and Ted was concentrating on his solo album Short Scenes. Incidentally, both Ted and Ali were co-working on the music for Once Upon A Time In The Midland a film by critically acclaimed UK director Shane Meadows when they discovered that Gavin was one of his oldest friends. "Ted and I had wanted to try working together on something", says Ali. "Once I heard Gavs voice I wanted him to be the next member of the band which we'd decided to form".
Ali's much-missed band Red Snapper had split, and he and Ted were working with Beth Orton. Ted was also working on his solo album, ‘Short Scenes’, and was searching for vocalists. He'd wanted to work with former Sunhouse singer Gavin Clark for at least three years, but, as Ted explains, 'for some reason, it didn't happen. Then I wrote a tune called Glass Harmonica that I knew would so suit Gavin's voice.'
They released their debut album, Small Circle in 2004, and have released 2 E.P.s and a further L.P. Mine at Last in 2006. Throughout the summer of 2006 they toured with Mercury Music Prize winners Gomez and Beth Orton, as the support act on both her UK and US tours to promote Comfort of Strangers.
In 2004, they appeared in the special Christmas concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as one of Aqualung's special guests. In the same year their song 'Afterlight' was used in the soundtrack of acclaimed thriller Dead Man's Shoes. Their cover of The Smiths' Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want is featured on This is England, also directed by Shane Meadows.
Gavin Clark, singer of Clayhill is featured on UNKLE's War Stories Album. He sings the track "Keys to the Kingdom" and "Broken". He was formerly in the band Sunhouse whose music features in Shane Meadows' 24:7
In 2005 Clayhill recorded a version of Tim Buckley's "The River" for the tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley.
Barnes and Clark provided the original music for another Shane Meadows movie in 2008, titled Somers Town.
Kings Place Festival on Saturday 5th September tickets available here