More Archived News Items

2000 - 2001



Steve Hogarth - New website & Rare articles 






Launched to coincide with the upcoming H band gigs is well worth a look. The live album recorded at Dingwalls last summer is set to be released in early 2002, a sampler of which will be on sale at the January shows. I have also added some very interesting magazines to the Articles page, dating from 1989 and covering Steve joining Marillion. There is lots of europeans / how we live content, and some rarely seen pictures. Click here to go there now








Geoff Dugmore feature in 'Rhythm' Magazine 






The January 2002 edition of the drumming magazine 'Rhythm' has a great 4 page feature on Geoff Dugmore. There is a long interview (mainly about his vast session work), and lots of new photographs. Well worth a look !









Geoff Dugmore News (November 2001) 




Geoff is still out on the road with The Waterboys, currently touring in Europe. Check out the 'Tour Bulletins' section of for a very entertaining guide to life on tour... The 'Brutal Beats' sample CD is in the top ten best sellers - see Geoff also has the unique honour of playing on four of the UK Top 20 albums this week, namely Gabrielle 'Dreams Can Come True', Rod Stewart ' The Story So Far', Natalie Imbruglia ' White Lilies Island', & Dido 'No Angel' - (itself the biggest selling album in the UK this year)







More 'h band' shows in January 2002 





h: "Ah, the perfect Christmas present.. Always a tricky decision.. Well, would you believe it? I'm coming to see you in the New Year with my extraordinary crew of geniusses! I have this week confirmed shows at two of my favourite venues, Paradiso Amsterdam (Friday, Jan 4th) and Cafe de la Danse Paris (Saturday, Jan 5th). I've just added a London show on Thursday 3rd January at The Mean Fiddler (LA2) Click here for ticket details.









Geoff on Tour with 'The Waterboys




From September 20th through to December 9th, Geoff Dugmore will be on tour with 'The Waterboys', visiting the US, UK and Europe. Full tour details can be found at







Europeans News (August 2001) 



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I chatted with Colin Woore and Ferg Harper in the bar after the first Dingwalls show. Colin told me that there has been some progress on the re-issue of the Europeans albums. Not quite sure about the details, but news will be posted here as soon as I know more... Colin is currently recording demos for his own album and there is interest from major record companies... A 'pre-Hogarth' Europeans song called 'Don't Cry' has been covered by an artist in Japan, and is apparently getting airplay there... Ferg told me that he recognised the lyrics to 'Better Dreams' (from H's 'Ice Cream Genius' album and played during the gig). They were apparently inspired by Steve's first visit to LA with Europeans back in 1983... (see the Lyrics page for more info...)



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Geoff Dugmore got in touch to tell me that he couldn't attend the shows, as he was off to Europe that week with 'The Waterboys'. Recent drumming duties include the new 'Hear'say' (Popstars) single, and album tracks with 'Cher', 'Mark Knopfler' and 'Bonnie' Rait.

Meanwhile, Steve Hogarth has posted a message on his official website ( suggesting that there may well be some festive 'h' band shows around Christmas time. The second leg Marillion's Anoraknophobia Tour has been announced, with autumn dates all over Europe. Marillion are to release a double A-side single 'Between Me & You' / 'Map of the World' exclusively through their website at








Dingwalls & German 'h Band' shows 




2001 H Band Logo


The 'h' band shows at Dingwalls on the 8th & 9th of August, were once again superb. The separate 'spirit' and 'body' nights allowed Steve to get introspective and spiritual on the Wednesday, and indulge in a well deserved 'stomp' the following night. Steve and his outstanding band of musicians looked to be having a great time on stage, enjoying the challenge of a long and varied catalogue of songs. Aziz Ibrahim on guitar was particularly impressive, as was Dalbir Singh on Tabla.

By all accounts, the German show on Friday 10th August was just as good. 'The Web Germany' page has a few photos from the night at :



The songs played over the two nights at Dingwalls (as I remember and not in order!) were: The Evening Shadows, Really Like, You Dinosaur Thing, The Deep Water, Cage, Until You Fall, Better Dreams, Nothing To Declare, The Last Thing (all the Ice Cream Genius Tracks) Dream Brother (Jeff Buckley) Life Is A Long Song (Jethro Tull) Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley) Man Of The World, Another Peter Green song (?) (Fleetwood Mac) The Old Wild Men (10CC) New Amsterdam (Elvis Costello) Zen & Now (Aziz Ibrahim) Estonia, This Is The 21st Century (Marillion) Life On Mars (David Bowie) Unknown (Psychedelic Furs) See Emily Play (Pink Floyd) I Don't Remember (Peter Gabriel)




German 'h Band' show announced 



The 'h band' will be playing the 2001 (Marillion fanclub) 'Web Convention' on August 10th, in Brueckenforum, Germany. Check out the Official Marillion site (click here) or the Web Germany site (Click here) for more info.




Two unique 'h Band' shows in London this Summer 




The '2nd annual Evenings of Genius' will take place at Dingwalls in Camden Town on the 8th and 9th of August 2001. Tickets cost 15.00 each

The first show (Wednesday August 8th) will be called 'SPIRIT' and (says Steve) "will concentrate on the more spiritual aspects of my music and will also feature additional songs from the other musicians. Dave has suggested one or two interesting XTC songs, Aziz will naturally contribute something, and perhaps something from Richard also. In addition, there'll be a handful of my favourite cover songs. I'm pleased to announce the addition of Stepahnie Sobey-Jones on cello and Dalbir Singh on tabla. We may even write something new to include in the shows."


The second night (Thursday August 9th) has been christened 'BODY' and will "be more of a stomp, concentrating on the rock'n'roll aspects of my music plus songs from within the band as well as the odd cover song. This set will probably resemble more closely the h shows from the past, although there'll obviously be music in there which we haven't performed before."

This year's 'h band' line up comprises Andy Gangadeen Drums, Dalbir Singh Tabla, Jingles Bass, Richard Barbieri Synthesizers, Stephanie Sobey-Jones Cello, Dave Gregory Guitar, Aziz Ibrahim Guitar, h Vocals etc...

The website has links to ticket agencies for bookings (Click here to go there now)



Geoff Dugmore News (June 2001) 




Geoff Dugmore on tour with Jimmy Nail


Back in May, Jimmy Nail played the Corn Exchange, here in Cambridge, as part of his UK tour. I met up with the tour's musical director and drummer, one Geoff Dugmore for a quick chat, and a tour of backstage. Thanks to Geoff and all the crew for making me feel so welcome. 'Sharon's Jimmy Nail' site at has a few tour photos and show reviews.

This summer, Geoff is playing a number of big festival dates in Europe with The Waterboys, as well as more studio session work with (among others,) Ronan Keating and Natalie Imbruglia.



'Anoraknophobia' Album and Tour 




Marillion's latest offering has been very well promoted, and has gained some favourable reviews in the press. The band's website at contains album information and reviews, plus pictures from the recent European tour. The two shows I saw (Hemel Hempstead and The Forum, London) were superb. With more dates announced for the Autumn, I would definitely recommend travelling to see the band this year.



Marillion Website Updated 






To tie in with the release of the new album 'Anoraknophobia' (in May), the Marillion website at has been fully redesigned and updated. I would recommend giving the site a visit, particularly the 'Steve Hogarth' section that lists his Europeans, How We Live and Session work, along with his 'top ten' albums and lots of other info. There are sound clips from the new album too.



Dugmore chat / Euros news (March 2001) 




In March, I met up with Geoff Dugmore at his London home for a cup of tea and a chat. I have now transcribed most of the interview, adding lots of his recollections to the 'Songs' and 'Tour History / Gigography' pages. The other half of the chat will appear here soon (in some shape or form), including more about his group 'Wildlife' and his extensive 'session' work.

Other Euros news... The Ian McNabb album produced by Geoff Dugmore has just been released here in the UK... Steve Hogarth's new 'Marillion' album 'Anoraknophobia' is released mid-May accompanied by a UK and European tour... There are rumours of more 'H' Band shows in 2001... Geoff Dugmore is touring the UK with Jimmy Nail's band in May



More Europeans Videos 




Europeans Videos


Geoff Dugmore has very kindly lent me a number of his Europeans videotapes, containing various promotional, live and TV performances. These include two edits of the infamous 'Animal Song' promo video, the 'Recognition' promo, 'Animal Song' played live on the Old Grey Whistle Test, a great clip of 'You Don't Want Me (In Your Life) plus an interview from the Metropole in Berlin, and a studio performance of 'Acid Rain' from a French TV show. I'll post full information plus some video-captures on the 'Videography' page in the future.

Click here to see the cover of the Berlin Videotape (pictured left)



Euros French Radio Session discovered 




Many thanks to Fabien Locicero who sent me a tape of the Europeans on French radio from 1984. The session starts with a brief interview with all four band members. The DJ asks a lot of questions about their Scottish heritage, and the then current state of Scottish Pop Music which eventually prompts Steve Hogarth to admit that he is English ! There then follows exciting live versions of 'You Don't Want Me (In Your Life)' , 'American People', 'Acid Rain' and 'AEIOU' (although it cuts off half way into the song.) It is great to finally hear some 'Recurring Dreams' songs played live, as a change to the 'Vocabulary' tracks that are widely available on the 'Live' album, Sight & Sound broadcast and the Rockpalast video. 'You Don't Want Me...' has a great extended end section, with some particularly fine interplay between the euros.



News from Geoff Dugmore (February 2001) 




Geoff Dugmore


"I've been in the studio working on the new Steve Winwood album, and I am currently doing a French artist. The new single from Rod Stewart is me, and the forthcoming album from Natalie Imbruglia is also me, although I have some work to finish on that. The Ian McNabb album I produced last year is coming out on the 23rd April on Castle Records - look out for that. Other than that, my sample CD is coming out at the end of the month on Best Service. I am also producing a new act called ED LIQ... sounds like Roxy Music meets Yazoo meets David Byrne."



More Europeans & How We Live Tracks Found ! 




New Records Found...


Over the past year I have collected a bucketload of previously unknown Europeans & How We Live tracks. These include demos, a live show and some rare b-sides. Click [HERE] for my full report, which I have called 'Record Round Up'



Hogarth's H show in Holland 




H in Holland


Steve Hogarth played with the H band once again, this time at the 'Tivoli', Utrecht in November. There were more line-up changes, including Pete Trewavas (from Marillion) covering for Jingles on Bass guitar. The band apparently played some more songs (mainly Beatles classics) at a small pub round the corner after the gig for a few lucky punters!



Europeans Together in 2000 




Europeans in 2000


I managed to catch up with all four Europeans (including Ferg), in the Dingwalls bar after the first 'H' show. They all had lots to say, and some particularly exciting news. Click here to read all about the Euros in 2000 (again, with lots of pictures)



'h' Show at Dingwalls includes How We Live re-union 




Steve's 'H' Band shows


Steve Hogarth's recent shows in London were a real treat. Not only did the 'H' band play a blinder, but Colin Woore joined Steve on stage (prompting a brief re-union of How We Live) to play 'Working Town.' Click here to read my show review (with lots of pictures)



How We Live Album now available (August 2000) 




The 'Dry Land' album is now available to buy from . The two bonus tracks sit very well at the end of the album, and the CD inlay is a faithful reproduction of the original LP sleeve. Sadly the 'additional' notes are very brief, but the full lyrics are included. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.



How We Live - Dry Land Album to be re-issued 




How We Live - Racket Re-issue cover


The Dry Land album is (at last) to be reissued on 8th August 2000 !! The official Marillion press release reads:

"After years of requests, Racket Records is happy to announce that Steve Hogarth's pre-Marillion album 'Dry Land' by How We Live is soon available exclusively from Racket. In addition to additional notes from Steve and bandmate Colin Woore, two previously unreleased tracks are now included on this hard-to-find album!"



The two previously unreleased tracks are "Simon's Car" and "You Don't Need Anyone" recorded in late 1988. Extended 12" versions of these songs are available to download in the 'Web Members Area' at (with web fan club membership password) Full details, with comments from Steve and Colin can be found at

"Now we have to try to do the same with Polygram who own the Euros' albums." says Colin Woore




News from Geoff Dugmore (July 2000) 






"I'm recording a new album for Rod Stewart at the moment with Greg Alexander (New Radicals) and have just finished producing the new Ian McNabb album (Icicle Works) as well as cutting tracks for Nicola Charles (new artist on Mushroom records), Eric Rubin (big Mexican pop star) and Angela Baroldi (big Italian pop star.) I'm off to Japan for 3 months in October to tour there and the States with a big Japanese artist called 'Yazawa'."




Hogarth's 'h' band (and Colin Woore) to play London 



Steve Hogarth, 'h'


Steve Hogarth's 'h' band will play 2 special dates at Dingwalls, in Camden Lock, London, on 8th and 9th August. Steve says "AN EVENING OF GENIUS... in the groovyest part of London by the waterside is, in my opinion, well worth bunking off work for, and I intend to do so! It's a KILLER band choc-full of superstar genius. and if you don't come I'll never forgive you."




The band includes Dave Gregory (XTC), Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/Japan), h, Jingles, Aziz Ibrahim (Ian Brown/Stone Roses) & Mike Wilson (Texas). An appearance by Colin Woore will mean a brief reformation of How We Live, performing live for the first time in ten years!


Tickets are available for 15.00 (plus booking fees) from or 'Stargreen' +44 (0)20 7734 8932



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