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Drummer and percussionist Richard Coughlan is one of the most important figures on the Canterbury Scene. He played with The Wilde Flowers and when they split he became one of the original members of Caravan.
The Wilde Flowers are widely regarded as the band that started the Canterbury Scene.
When the group broke up, the members all went their separate ways forming other bands on the Scene. Richard Coughlan joined the Wilde Flowers as a replacement for the original drummer Robert Wyatt. Wyatt wanted to spend more time as the singer and frontman, so a new drummer was needed.
Richard Coughlan describes how he became involved in the Canterbury Scene:
Caravan’s original line-up was Richard Coughlan (drums), Richard Sinclair (bass guitar), his cousin David Sinclair (keyboards) and Pye Hastings (guitar, vocals). They released their first album in 1968 and eleven more, the last coming in 2004. The seventies were their heyday and during their life members came and went, filling various roles.
Only Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan remained with the band throughout their entire life.
Today Richard Coughlan runs a pub in Canterbury.
last updated: 02/07/2009 at 16:11
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