We only get the best people on our site for this feature and it’s an honour to sit Bluebyrd in the 10 questions chair.
- What got you into playing music?
Chris: I had organ lessons thrust upon me, which were a popular thing to do back in the 70s. They bored me rigid until I had this teacher who said ‘Do you want to play The James Bond theme?’ Then I was hooked. I became a keyboard player for a few bands in the 80s but sort of drifted to the guitar.
Gareth: I started playing keyboards when living in London but never joined a band, but then took it up again when a friend used to bring his guitar round on a Saturday night with a few beers.
- Who was the first singer/band you saw live?
Gareth: Mine was local legends Climax Blues Band at the Victoria Hall way back when in 1976 – I was hooked instantly.
Chris:The first big one was The Boomtown Rats back when I were a nipper in 78. A brilliant live band! Bob Geldof was a gob on legs. You can never say he was lacking in self confidence.
- What was the first song that you bought?
Chris:I think it was Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris. You’ll probably have to blank that out
Gareth: Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth because the cover intrigued me.
- Who do you think is the best frontman/frontwoman?
Gareth:Ian Dury for me as he never gave less than 100% every time I saw him – can’t think of any other frontmen who put so much into a performance
Chris:Morrissey when he was in The Smiths, before he became a hideous right wing k**b. I liked the fact that he embraced the audience. Don’t like people poncing around like peacocks unless it’s Mick Jagger.
- Where was the first gig you played?
Wolverhampton Polytechnic 1982 with a band called Terminal Man. With Gareth I think it was The Grapes in Stafford.
- What is the best lyric you have ever heard?
‘These are the days of lasers in the jungle’
Paul Simon The Boy In The Bubble.
In that he covers eons and sums up where we were at the end of the 20th Century and where we are now. Our brilliant advancement still placed in a setting that’s been there since the start of time. Think of that now. So advanced yet were brought to our knees by a virus. The jungle wins. How depressing, sorry. I also like ‘Agadoo do do push pineapple up a tree’
- Who came up with the name Bluebyrd ?
Chris:The first band I was when I left school rehearsed one a factory that either made or distributed Blue bird toffees, so it comes from there.
- What song do you wish you had written?
Chris:White Christmas. Not my favourite song, but would look forward to the royalties.
- What venue would you like to perform?
Chris: For me The Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. Seen that many bands there from the 70s through til when it closed. It’s iconic. The Smiths played there and loved it so much that Morrissey came back and did a free concert. Lou Reed played somewhere like Milan, London and Wolves Civic for one of his final performances. I’d love to grace that stage.
Gareth: Similar for me but the Vicky Hall as I too saw so many really big names play there, as well as fantastic bands like Eddy and the Hotrods, who never got the level of fame they deserved.
- What band would you like to support?
Alive. The Killers
Disbanded. The Smiths
Dead. Johnny Cash
Their music is on all the digital and streaming platforms just look for ‘Bluebyrd’ and you can also buy CD’s direct from the website.