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Richard Sinclair
Background information
Birth nameRichard Stephen Sinclair
Born (1948-06-06) 6 June 1948 (age 70)
Origin Canterbury, England
Genres Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, jazz fusion, experimental rock, psychedelic rock
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar
Years active1960s–present
Associated acts Caravan, Camel, Hatfield and the North, Caravan of Dreams, The Wilde Flowers, Robert Wyatt, Soft Machine

Richard Stephen Sinclair (born 6 June 1948) is an English progressive rock bassist, guitarist, and vocalist who has been a member of several bands of the Canterbury scene.

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening, not dancing.

The Canterbury scene is a subgenre of, or sibling to, progressive rock. The term describes a loosely defined style of music created by a number of improvisational musicians, some of whom were based in the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s.



Born in Canterbury England, both his father (Dick Sinclair) and grandfather (also named Dick Sinclair) were musical entertainers around Canterbury. [1] Richard was introduced to the ukulele at age 3 and the guitar at 6, and was only 15 when he met Hugh and Brian Hopper when they came to see his dad's danceband. By the following year Sinclair was playing guitar (and occasionally singing) in the root Canterbury band The Wilde Flowers. In 1968 he became a founding member of Caravan, switching to bass guitar and sharing lead vocals with Pye Hastings. His compositional output came to the fore on the band's third album, the classic In the Land of Grey and Pink, on which he wrote and sang the title track, "Golf Girl" and the epic "Winter Wine". Sinclair left Caravan in 1972 to form Hatfield and the North with ex-Delivery members Phil Miller and Pip Pyle, lending his distinctive, quintessentially English voice and increasingly impressive bass playing skills to their two albums, and writing some of their best-loved songs, "Share It", "Let's Eat (Real Soon)" (both with lyrics by Pip Pyle) and "Halfway Between Heaven And Earth".

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Ukulele member of the guitar family

The ukulele is a member of the guitar family of instruments. It generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings.

Hugh Hopper English bass guitarist

Hugh Colin Hopper was a British progressive rock and jazz fusion bass guitarist. He was a prominent member of the Canterbury scene, as a member of Soft Machine and various other related bands.

In 1974 he participated in Rock Bottom , the second solo album by former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt. The album was produced by Pink Floyd´s drummer Nick Mason.

<i>Rock Bottom</i> (album) album

Rock Bottom is the second solo album by former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt. It was released on 26 July 1974 by Virgin Records. The album was produced by Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason, and was recorded following a 1973 accident which left Wyatt a paraplegic. He enlisted musicians including Ivor Cutler, Hugh Hopper, Richard Sinclair, Laurie Allan, Mike Oldfield and Fred Frith in the recording.

Soft Machine English rock band

Soft Machine are an English rock and jazz band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966, named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by critics to have been influential in rock music, Dave Lynch at AllMusic called them "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones."

Robert Wyatt English musician

Robert Wyatt is an English musician. A founding member of the influential Canterbury scene bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, he was initially a kit drummer and singer before becoming paraplegic following an accidental fall from a window in 1973, which led him to abandon band work and begin a forty-year solo career. A key player during the formative years of British jazz rock, psychedelic rock and progressive rock, Wyatt's own work became increasingly interpretative, collaborative and politicised from the mid 1970s onwards. His solo music has covered a particularly individual musical terrain ranging from covers of pop singles to shifting, amorphous song collections drawing on elements of jazz, folk and nursery rhyme.

After Hatfield broke up in 1975, Sinclair moved back to Canterbury, starting a carpentry/kitchen-fitting business while maintaining low-key musical activities, often under the humorous moniker Sinclair & The South. He came out of this semi-retirement in 1977 when he was asked by Camel to replace their departed bass player. This stint lasted for two studio albums and half of the live set A Live Record.

Camel (band) English progressive rock band

Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in Guildford, Surrey, in 1971. Led by founder-member guitarist Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums and fourteen singles, plus numerous live albums and DVDs. Predominantly instrumental, with melody paramount, Camel's music combines elements from rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk, classical and electronica.

In the 1980s, his activities were sporadic. He recorded a collaborative album with Phil Miller and Alan Gowen, Before a Word Is Said, in 1981, reunited with Caravan for the 1982 reunion effort Back To Front, sang on one track of National Health's swansong D.S. Al Coda (also 1982), and joined Phil Miller's In Cahoots, for a residency at the London jazz club the Bull & Gate and, in 1984, a European tour. He left before the band undertook its first recordings. His voice or bass were barely heard until the end of the decade, save for a low-key Dutch tour in 1986 and a guest spot of Phil Miller's album Split Seconds (1989). In 1990, there was a one-off reformation of Hatfield and the North and a long-term one of the original Caravan line-up in 1990-91.

Alan Gowen was a fusion/progressive rock keyboardist, best known for his work in Gilgamesh and National Health.

National Health were an English progressive rock band associated with the Canterbury scene. Founded in 1975, the band featured members of keyboardist Dave Stewart's band Hatfield and the North and Alan Gowen's band Gilgamesh, including guitarists Phil Miller and Phil Lee and bassist Mont Campbell as original members. The band was named after Stewart's National Health glasses. Bill Bruford was the initial drummer but was soon replaced by Pip Pyle. Campbell was replaced by Neil Murray and then John Greaves. Alan Gowen stopped performing with the group after their first album, but returned for their final tours replacing Dave Stewart who resigned after their second album. Guitarist Phil Miller was National Health's only constant member.

Phil Miller British musician

Philip Paul Miller was an English progressive rock/jazz guitarist who was part of the Canterbury scene.

At this point, Sinclair formed his own group Caravan Of Dreams, with ex-Camel drummer Andy Ward and former Hatfield roadie Rick Biddulph on bass (live gigs only), plus occasional participation from cousin Dave Sinclair and sax/flautist Jimmy Hastings. The project's eponymous album came out in 1992. Sinclair's next effort, R.S.V.P. (1994), was recorded with a fluctuating line-up including Pip Pyle, Tony Coe and former Happy the Man keyboardist Kit Watkins. Regular touring stopped in 1996 as Sinclair moved to the Netherlands for a few years. He reappeared in 2002 with occasional concerts and archival live releases, but the most exposure came with the reunion of Hatfield and the North in 2005-06, which came to an abrupt end when Pip Pyle died in August 2006. Shortly after that, he left his longtime Canterbury home to move permanently to Italy, living in a trullo in Martina Franca.[ citation needed ] In 2010, he joined the trio douBt (Alex Maguire, Michel Delville and Tony Bianco) on the album Never Pet a Burning Dog (Moonjune Records) and toured Japan and Europe with the band. In 2013-2014 he toured Italy with the Italian band PropheXy, recording two live bonus tracks (Disassociation, Golf Girl) for their album Improvviso.

David Sinclair, is a keyboardist who has been strongly associated with the progressive rock Canterbury Scene since the late 1960s. He became famous with the band Caravan and was responsible as a songwriter for creating some of their best-known tracks: "For Richard", "Nine Feet Underground", "The Dabsong Conshirtoe", "Proper Job/Back To Front".

James Brian Gordon Hastings is a British professional musician associated with the Canterbury scene.

Phillip "Pip" Pyle was an English-born drummer from Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, who later resided in France. He is best known for his work in the progressive rock Canterbury scene bands Gong, Hatfield and the North and National Health.


1962various artists Canterburied Sounds, Vol.s 1-4 (released 1998)
1965 The Wilde Flowers The Wilde Flowers (released 1994)
1968 Caravan Caravan
1970 Caravan If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
1971 Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink
1972 Caravan Waterloo Lily
1974 Hatfield and the North Hatfield and the North
1974 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom
1975 Hatfield and the North The Rotters' Club
1977 Camel Rain Dances
1977 Camel Unevensongs
1978 Camel Breathless
1978 Camel A Live Record
1980 Hatfield and the North Afters
1981 Alan Gowen, Phil Miller, Richard Sinclair & Trevor Tomkins Before A Word Is Said
1982 National Health D.S. al coda
1982 Caravan Back to Front
1983 Hugh Hopper & Richard SinclairSomewhere in France (released 1996)
1989 Phil Miller Split Seconds
1990 Hatfield and the North Live 1990 (one-off reunion, with Sophia Domancich subbing for Dave Stewart
1990 Hatfield and the North Classic Rock Legends (DVD) (same show as above)
1990 Caravan Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
1992Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams
1993 Caravan of Dreams An Evening of Magic
1994Richard SinclairR.S.V.P.
1996Richard Sinclair, David Rees & Tony Coe What in the World
1998 Pip Pyle 7 Year Itch
2002Richard SinclairLive Tracks
2003 Camel Live Tracks
2003 Dave Sinclair Full Circle
2003 Dave Sinclair Into The Sun
2003 Theo Travis Earth to Ether
2005 Hatfield and the North Hatwise Choice: Archive Recordings 1973—1975, Volume 1
2006 Hatfield and the North Hattitude: Archive Recordings 1973-1975, Volume 2
2006 In Cahoots Conspiracy Theories2016|Doubt|"Never pet a burning dog|"|-



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