Red Bazar formed in 2007 with Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on Drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards. The trio released their debut album in 2008, ‘Connections’ which was an instrumental album. It was very well received by the prog world and excellent reviews from around the world.
The following year they started work writing and recording the follow up album ‘Differential Being’ which again was an instrumental album. The album was released in 2010 and this too received excellent reviews and saw the band move forward, making a video to the first track (Paragon) from the album and undertaking a series of gigs.
The band’s next release was a three track EP ‘After The Ice Storm’ released in 2013. This used more keyboards, allowing them to create a wider variety of sounds. The EP also received glowing reviews.l The use of more keyboards made it difficult for the band to play live as Mick was juggling between keyboards and bass, so the band took the decision to find a keyboard player. After a long search and many auditions, along came Gary Marsh. He was perfect and was promptly added to the band’s line-up towards the end of 2013.
Since then, the band have continued to write material, but wanted to try something different. This resulted in a collaboration with vocalist Peter Jones, who had already released his own album ‘Cocoon’ under the name of ‘Tiger Moth Tales’ (www.tigermothtales.com). Through 2014 and 2015 the band wrote and recorded the songs for ‘Tales from the Bookcase’ which is a collection of musical stories, many of which are based on Pete’s favorite books.
TIGER MOTH TALES
Tiger Moth Tales is essentially the brain child of nottinghamshire based musician and writer Peter Jones.
Pete was born on October 6th 1980.
At fifteen months Pete lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma. From an early age he was into all things musical and at the age of four had his first piano.
“Music has always been a huge part of my life. How much of that was influenced by my sight loss it’s impossible to say, but i’ve always had a knack of picking up music by ear pretty quickly.”
Throughout his school years he took part in all kinds of musical activities. One of the highlights of his young life was winning the junior final of BBC’s ‘Song for Christmas’ in 1988. Around this time he started to be aware of the music in the charts and was also influenced by music his parents listened to. Artists such as Phil collins, Paul McCartney and George Michael were big influences, along with bands including Queen, Genesis, the Beatles and the Carpenters.
Peter composed from an early age, usually in the form of improvisations which he would capture on his cassette recorder.
“I would often write songs or instrumentals around a story or event. Sometimes these could be quite long pieces with unconventional structures. I suppose I always had a free form approach to composing, and although I didn’t know it at the time, I was writing music with progressive leanings from the age of eight well in to my teens.”
Pete studied music and music technology and performed in bands singing and playing jazz, swing, rock and classical pieces.
He specialised in the piano and recorder, achieving grade 8 in both. Other instruments include keyboards, guitars and bass, alto sax, whistles and various percussion. Also he became more confident with vocals and throughout his later school years he fronted various bands and gave many solo performances.
On leaving school in 1999 he formed the successful duo ‘2 to Go’ with friend and vocalist Emma Paine. Over the next ten years they became one of the most successful duos on the circuit performing at clubs and corporate events around the UK and abroad. During that time they were finalists in the BBC’s Star For A Night in 2001 and ITV’s ‘The X Factor’ in 2004. They went on to appear in the National Arena X Factor Tour which followed in 2005.
At the beginning of 2013, Pete started work on a new project. This took the form of a concept album, and it was the first progressive music he had written since he was a teenager.
“The idea was to try to recapture the freedom of my childhood compositions and to write something just for myself without conforming or any idea of even releasing the material. I had a theory that if I could just enjoy composing for the hell of it, then maybe that would reenergise the writing process and I would be able to go back and finish off the album I was supposed to be working on. But then the prog took over.” (Pete)
Cocoon is a concept album on the subject of Childhood, and coming to terms with the loss of childhood. The journey goes through stages of Innocence, joy, imagination, stories, friendship, love, nature, nostalgia, grief, acceptance and rebirth.
“It all happened by accident really. One day I sat down to try and write a song, and ended up with the beginning of a prog song about Trumpton. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but as I tried to focus more on conventional music, I kept getting more and more ideas about songs on childhood subjects and in my head it was all prog. It seemed there was nothing for it but to see the thing through and see what happened.”
“The name Tiger Moth Tales comes from various references, one of which is from Steve Hackett who is one of my biggest influences in this field. It seemed like a good idea to have a band name as it clearly differentiates between my prog output and the pop stuff I brought out before and who knows may return to some day. On Cocoon I pretty much did everything from start to finish, but it would be nice to collaborate and include other musicians in future albums, so a band name feels better from that aspect too. It allows room for expansion.”