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1963-1968: Dropped out of school and finished O-levels at the local Technical College... Formed several short-lived amateur bands before joining The Wages of Sin, a locally successful, semi-pro outfit... As various members joined and left, the band became Little Women... Started to get gigs at clubs in London and, while we were playing The Speakeasy, I must have impressed disc jockey John Anthony, because he recommended me for Jackie Lomax’s backing group... Liverpudlian Jackie had been signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, and I was soon rehearsing with his band in the basement of Apple’s Savile Row offices... Recorded two singles with Jackie - ‘Thumbing A Ride’, produced by Paul McCartney, and ‘New Day’, co-written and produced by George Harrison... Also hired by duo Peter and Gordon for my first freelance recording session... Single deservedly flopped, but I’d recorded at Abbey Road and been paid - £9 in a brown envelope!

1969-1970: Lomax band didn’t last, but I enjoyed another Beatles moment when we played the legendary Cavern club in Liverpool... Continued my apprenticeship as journeyman guitarist by joining the incredibly hard-working Junior’s Eyes for a non-stop whirl of gigs all over the UK and Europe, including a month’s residency at the equally legendary Star Club in Hamburg... Junior’s Eyes also did some recording with young producer Tony Visconti, who introduced the group to David Bowie Bowie was on the look-out for backing musicians, and we ended up on his ground-breaking Space Oddity album, plus some radio recordings for the BBC, a short tour of Scotland, and a concert at the Purcell Room on London’s arty South Bank...

1970-1972: After just one album, `Battersea Power Station`, the band’s career was curtailed by the ill health of leader Mick Wayne Back in my Ladbroke Grove bed-sit, the question ‘What next?’ was answered when Canadian fellow resident Cal Bachelor and I formed the Poco-influenced Quiver Recorded albums for Warner Bros. - `Quiver` and `Gone In The Morning,` played many gigs, and went through almost as many personnel changes... Meanwhile session work continued with the likes of Jonathan Kelly, Ian Matthews, and Al Stewart...

1972-1976: With Cal gone and Peter Wood joining on keyboards, Quiver teamed up with Iain and Gavin Sutherland towards the end of 1972 to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver The first fruits of this partnership were four tracks recorded at Island Studios in Notting Hill, one of which, ‘(I Don’t Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway’, attracted US radio play As we toured the States supporting Elton John, we watched the single climb the US charts, followed by SB&Q’s `Lifeboat` album... A string of albums followed, but by 1976, despite a Top Five UK hit with ‘Arms Of Mary’, I was ready to leave the group and try my luck as a freelance session guitarist...

1976-1978: Al Stewart, with whom I’d continued to record, had a Top Ten US hit early in 1977 with ‘Year Of The Cat’, and I played that guitar lick live nightly on tour there with the Al Stewart Band for a while... There was session work for me in the US too, when I recorded Bee Gee sibling Andy Gibb’s Flowing Rivers in Florida, a debut album that produced two US No 1s, ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ and ‘(Love Is) Thicker Than Water’ The title track of 1978’s Shadow Dancing was an even bigger hit, topping the charts for seven weeks, while I played live with Andy on a 42-date American tour...

1978-1980: There were few free days in my diary with album sessions for Cliff Richard, Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker and Al Stewart – and Elton John’s `Single Man`, which included the hit single ‘Part Time Love’... Record producer Glyn Johns later approached me with the idea of forming a group of studio musicians, and the resulting Lazy Racer recorded two albums in the Bahamas... Glyn also produced my solo album, `Tim Renwick`, released in 1980...

1980-1981: I was drafted into the Elton John Band for what was intended to be a marathon world tour, but dates were limited to America, Australia and New Zealand, after which the tour was abandoned and the band broken up without notice... A diary that had been blocked off for a two-year tour was now empty, but I soon found myself doing 42 dates in France with Murray Head And studio work resumed with the likes of Johnny Bristol, Gary Brooker, Elkie Brooks, and Gilbert O’Sullivan...

1982-1983: More recording in Florida, this time with Barry Gibb – the `Staying Alive` film soundtrack and Dionne Warwick’s `Heartbreaker` album, both of which he produced I got to play with session greats Steve Gadd and Richard Tee... Then - at five days’ notice – I was on the road with Mike Oldfield for 64 shows in various parts of the world to promote his `Five Miles Out `album... Back in the studio for sessions in the US and UK for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s ‘Islands In The Stream’, Nick Heyward’s ‘Blue Hat For A Blue Day’, and Mari Wilson’s ‘Cry Me A River’... I also played on numerous advertising jingles and, for the first time, began composing and recording library music...

1984-1985: Sessions for Maggie Reilly, China Crisis, and Paul Carrack, and the release of my first library album. But the major project of 1984 was an extensive tour with Roger Waters to promote his solo album, `The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking`, the highlight of which for me was playing with my hero Eric Clapton, whom Roger had recruited to play lead guitar... As a result, the following year Eric invited me to join his band – with Duck Dunn on bass, what a treat! - for a 74-date world tour, which took in the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia...


1986-1987: Film soundtracks, jingles and TV material peppered my session work, as well as albums with Paul Carrack, Jennifer Rush, and Five Star, and three notable weeks in New York recording Mick Jagger’s Primitive Cool album – disappointing not to be credited on the record, but how exciting to work with Jeff Beck... I also played on the first Comic Relief charity single, the chart-topping remake of ‘Living Doll’ with Cliff Richard and The Young Ones... I got to play with another hero when producer Phil Ramone booked me for Paul McCartney’s ‘Once Upon A Long Ago’... And had a taste of theatrical work in the pit band at London’s Dominion Theatre for the Cliff Richard musical, `Time`, from which I was rescued by a phone call from David Gilmour, asking me if I’d like to tour with Pink Floyd – one of the easier decisions of my career

1988-1989: Pink Floyd’s `Momentary Lapse Of Reason` tour continued to circumnavigate the globe on an unprecedented scale.16 months of stadium dates in all, which included the Live In Venice TV special and the `Delicate Sound of Thunder `live double album, recorded at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum... When I wasn’t on the road with Pink Floyd, I was a member of Mike Rutherford’s moonlighting-from-Genesis group, Mike & the Mechanics, and of the house band, led by Steve Nieve, on Jonathan Ross’ Channel 4 TV show...

1990-1991: Albums with Procol Harum, Steve Booker, Jackie Quinn, Chris Thompson, Dana Gillespie, Mike & the Mechanics, and Blue Pearl, plus The Silver Clef Awards Concert at Knebworth Park with Pink Floyd, which was recorded for an album... I joined the house band for the John Lennon Tribute Concert in Liverpool, supporting all the performers... Channel 4’s Jonathan Ross show not only returned for a massive nine-month run, but went to four nights a week, multiplying the number of guests for Steve Nieve and the Love Band to back... In 1991, when Procol Harum’s original guitarist Robin Trower opted out of a US tour, I took his place in the band... And there was Amnesty International’s `Big Three–O` show with everybody’s favourite backing group, The Love Band, doing their bit...

1992-1993: A stint as guitarist with the ageless Tom Jones’ band for a UK tour, among whose 33 dates was a surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, and a TV series, `The Right Time`, in which Tom’s musical guests included Al Jarreau and Stevie Wonder... I rejoined various members of Pink Floyd for the Chelsea Arts Club Ball Aids benefit at the Royal Albert Hall, and became Maggie Reilly’s MD for a Scandinavian tour... And, of course, `Tonight With Jonathan Ross` returned Notable 1993 album sessions for Pink Floyd (`The Division Bell`), Celine Dion, the Proclaimers, Paul Young, and Maggie Reilly, while on TV Steve Nieve and I teamed up again for `The Jack Dee Show `and `Viva Cabaret`...

1994-1995: 110 shows with Pink Floyd accounted for most of 1994 – their Division Bell tour covered the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, where the live double album `Pulse`, featuring `Dark Side Of The Moon` in its entirety, was recorded... I was on the road again the following year with Mike & the Mechanics, but found time for sessions with Paul Carrack, Julian Lennon, Madonna, Maggie Reilly, and Richard Wright, as well as expanding my catalogue of library music... But a sad time for me as I lost both my parents during this year

1996-1997: Another tour – 32 UK dates - with Mike & the Mechanics, and more concerts with fellow Mechanic Paul Carrack, some as a duo supporting Sting on a German tour, more with Paul’s band across Europe, continuing into 1997 with a Spanish tour Studio work with Joe Cocker and David Essex, among others... When all of a sudden

1997-2007: Visiting Cornwall with friends in March 1997, I came across a house in a small coastal village, rather down-at-heel, but it had a view – what a view That house became my home... I decided to turn my back on London, and pursue a different style of life I spent the next few years renovating the building and clearing the overgrown garden Knowing little about plants, I used much of my - now more available - time to take a couple of courses in horticulture at the local college I continue to write and record my library music at home, just as I did before, but now the sea is close at hand, there’s fresh air to breathe and a garden full of vegetables I do my live playing with a group called The Bucket Boys, mostly locally, and always for fun I do appear occasionally elsewhere, as in 2005, when I took part in the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park with the reunited Pink Floyd – a memorable experience, not least because I’d performed at Live Aid twenty years before In May 2005 I married my partner Polly and we now live, very happily, together

The Bucket Boys retired in late 2012. I`m now working with Melvina James in a duo called `Hobsons Choice` - currently making waves around the Duchy of Cornwall.

Along with occasional appearances (standing in) with Tom Jones and 10cc, I`ve also been treading the boards with Al Stewart at The Royal Albert Hall (October 2013) `Year of the Cat` reunion concert plus acoustic dates in the UK, and at Fairport Conventions Cropredy Festival (August 2014).