Canterbury scene

The Canterbury sound emerged in the early 1960s in Canterbury, England. Later, the term was extended to other bands that are stylistically to settle in the same direction.

Especially in the aspects of sound variety and experimentation, there is a close stylistic relationship to progressive rock. The biggest difference probably lies in the more jazz -oriented, less bombastic and sometimes humerous play of Canterbury.

As a characteristic feature of the Canterbury scene, it could be that close inner entanglement between the groups involved is. Members of the style-defining bands found themselves often in new constellations and were part of later arising groupings.

Important bands and some of their musicians

  • Wild Flowers (1963-1967) (Dave Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Brian Hopper, Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan )
  • Soft Machine (1966-1981) ( Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, John Marshall, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington )
  • Caravan ( 1968 ) ( Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair, David Sinclair and Richard Coughlan )
  • Egg, previously Uriel (1967-1972) ( Clive Brooks, Mont Campbell, Dave Stewart)
  • Whole World (1970-1971) ( Kevin Ayers, Mike Oldfield, David Bedford, Lol Coxhill )
  • Quiet Sun (1970-1974) (Charles Hayward, Phil Manzanera, Bill MacCormick, Dave Jarrett )
  • Delivery ( 1966-71 ) ( Phil Miller, Steve Miller, Pip Pyle, Lol Coxhill, Roy Babbington, Laurie Allan )
  • Centipede (1970-1972) ( Keith Tippett, Robert Wyatt, Elton Dean, John Marshall, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington, Alan Skidmore, Mark Charig )
  • Gong ( 1971 ) ( Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett )
  • Khan (1971-1972) (Steve Hillage, Nick Greenwood (ex - Crazy World Of Arthur Brown ), Eric Peachey, Dick Henningham, Dave Stewart)
  • Matching Mole (1971-1972) (Robert Wyatt, Phil Miller, David Sinclair, Bill McCormick, Dave MacRae )
  • Hatfield & The North (1972-1975, 1990, 2005-2006 ) ( Phil Miller, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair, Dave Stewart, Lindsay Cooper)
  • Gilgamesh (1972-1975) (Mike Travis, Alan Gowen, Phil Lee, Steve Cook, Richard Sinclair)
  • Henry Cow (1973-1978) ( Fred Frith, Tim Hodgkinson, Geoff Leigh, Lindsay Cooper)
  • National Health (1975-1981) ( Phil Miller, Phil Lee, Dave Stewart, Alan Gowen, Mont Campbell, Lindsay Cooper, Bill Bruford (ex -Yes, ex -King Crimson), Amanda Parsons, Georgie Born)
  • In Cahoots ( from 1982) ( Richard Sinclair, Phil Miller, Elton Dean, Pete Lemer, Pip Pyle, Hugh Hopper)