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By Steven George
Originally from Leicestershire, Peter Geoffrey Richardson’s playing has graced many a Canterbury Scene track.
He joined Caravan in 1972 as the viola player but also counts guitar, mandolin and cello amongst the many instruments he can play.
Richardson’s arrival in Caravan coincided with the departure of the Richard Sinclair and his cousin David. Some fans objected to his viola replacing David’s keyboards but he became an integral part of the band’s developing sound.
He describes how one Caravan track “Memory Laine, Hugh” was dreamed up:
After leaving Caravan, Geoffrey kept up his Canterbury connections, working with Steve Hillage and Kevin Ayres. You can hear Richardson’s playing on work by many other artists including Bob Geldof, Chris DeBurgh and The Buzzcocks. He is also a founder member of the much admired Penguin Café Orchestra.
Geoffrey’s one of a handful of Canterbury Scene members who is still making music to this day.
last updated: 08/07/2009 at 18:58
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