Outwood Live is a new venture promoting live music with great wine and locally produced beer. Their first event showcased “US” in the beautiful Lloyd Hall, Outwood in Surrey and it sold out quickly. Fantastic music, a warm atmosphere and an eager audience made it a great success, boding well for future gigs.
The band comprises Herbie Flowers, one of Britain’s best known and loved session musicians, Chris Spedding, Malcolm Mortimore and Derek Austin. The band bios below show a phenomenal breadth of experience and talent. The show was wonderful and extremely well received; my own pleasure was heightened by being the photographer for Outwood Live.
After Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Herbie Flowers is probably the UK’s best known session bass player. He was co-founder of Blue Mink, a member of David Bowie’s band for the Diamond Dogs album, joined T Rex, and famously played as session bassist for Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection) David Bowie (Space Oddity) Lou Reed (Walk on the Wild Side and Transformer album) Harry Neilson and Cat Stevens. More recently, he has performed with Chris Spedding in Jeff Wayne’s tour of The War of the Worlds. He is a very entertaining raconteur of wonderful stories from the music industry.
The four piece band features guitar hero Chris Spedding. Apart from his hit single Motorbikin in 1975, Chris has been a mainstay of the British session scene since the late 60s. He has played with just about everyone from Dusty Springfield, Jack Bruce, Elton John, Tom Waits, Joan Armatrading, Brian Eno and Roxy Music to Paul McCartney and Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. He famously once turned down the possibility of replacing Mick Taylor as a member of the Rolling Stones. As a producer, he produced the Sex Pistols’ first demo.
Drummer Malcolm Mortimore was a member of 70s progressive rock band Gentle Giant and Ian Dury and The Kilburns. He continues to tour as a member of The Three Friends, a band starring former members of Gentle Giant www.threefriends.info. He has played with many other famous names including Mick Jagger, Chris Jagger, Arthur Brown, Tom Jones, Big Jim Sullivan, Tina Turner and guitarist Charlie Byrd.
Derek Austin is a prolific soundtrack composer for film and TV, an orchestrator and session keyboard player. He has worked as arranger and keyboard player for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee to Status Quo, Caravan, Peter Green and David Bowie. His film work includes The Empire Strikes Back and TV work includes Blind Date.