Melodic Revolution Records is proud to welcome Martin Springett and The Gardening Club to its family. The Gardening Club is a progressive rock band that infuses many other styles of music and to create a one of a kind sound, led by UK-born and founding member Martin Springett an accomplished musician and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Martin Springett is an extraordinary artist and was a friend of the legendary Pauline Baynes (an English illustrator, author, and commercial artist), Pauline illustrated all the Narnia books by C S Lewis. Martin was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (as he learned to play the guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to the West Coast of Canada in 1965 but returned to the UK in 1973 to pursue music in various bands. He spent time in Germany and toured through Europe. While in London Martin started to illustrate and design record covers for Columbia Records. Upon his return to Vancouver, Martin carried on with music and illustrated various books and magazines. In 1978 he moved to Toronto, maintaining activity in every area where illustration is required. The Gardening Club released their debut album in 1983, Martin continued his work as an illustrator and returned with a solo album Diving Into Small Pools in 2015 followed in 2018, The Gardening Club released the long-awaited second album The Riddle and the highly praised album Boy On A Bike in 2019.
Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) will be releasing The Owl a two-track single by The Gardening Club before the release of there next full-length release Strange Kingdom. MRR will also make all The Gardening Club albums and Martin’s Solo work available via all digital platforms in the coming weeks.
In a statement from the Band
The Gardening Club is thrilled to be a part of the MRR family. We love to bring all our varied life and musical interests into the mix when we are creating our music, whether it be the influence of Classic Prog, Jazz, Classical, Country, or Folk. Nick Katona‘s wonderfully eclectic roster of artists reflects this aspect of our music-making, so we feel very much at home here. Nick’s enthusiasm for the creative collaborative art of music-making, is already making a difference in how the band is proceeding, and given the times we are living in, this hugely positive response to what we as a band do, is a very positive gift!
Martin Springett – Vocals & guitars
Norm MacPherson – Guitars, keyboards & bassoon
James MacPherson – Drums & keyboards
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