Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an
accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He cult
band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of
five critically acclaimed albums and a
number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at
the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the
band have occasionally reformed since 2007, recording two
brand new albums: "Life In Reverse" (2007) and "Present
Tense" (2015). The band toured to support these releases
and the three CD box set of "The Complete Stiff Recordings
1980-1981" (2013). Grown men cried!
In 1985, Clive released the first of thirteen solo albums and
he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo
recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for
his prolific songwriting and a solo "Best Of..." compilation was
released in April 2009. Clive's solo albums feature an eclectic
mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from a stripped down one
man and his acoustic intimacy to a full on electric band
approach. Clive's live shows are usually solo performances
and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in
their "1,000 Great Guitarists" are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive
has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and
1992, he formed a partnership with Christine Collister that
Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock".
They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada,
Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine's
distinctive voice allied to Clive's songs, instrumental and
production skills created something truly special and their
decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music
scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a "Best
Of..." compilation were re-issued in 2009.
Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson
(1982 to 1992), Nanci Griffith (1996 to 2007), Eddi Reader
and Boo Hewerdine (1993 and 1999), Plainsong (1997) and
he was the musical director for the Dennis Locorriere "Hits &
History" tour in 2007, which resulted in a gold album and a
concert DVD that also charted. His songs have been
recorded by many artists, including Nanci Griffith, Kim
Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson
and Smokie. Nanci's version of "I Love This Town"
(performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a
single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the
UK, receiving more than 5,000 spins in the USA.
Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continues to tour
regularly and write prolifically. In recent years he has also run
a number of songwriting workshops and master classes and
remains in demand as a record producer and session
musician. 2017 will see the release of a CD of brand new
Gregsongs, recorded with occasional singing partner, Liz
Simcock, plus live shows in support. Clearly, there's no sign
of Clive slowing down just yet....
Photo: Nigel Dick