Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart (keyboards) and Barbara Gaskin (vocals) are English musicians who began their respective careers as band members in the early '70s. The duo began working together in 1981 and enjoyed immediate success with their debut single 'It's My Party', a worldwide hit which reached number one in the UK and Germany. Dave & Barbara continue to work together to this day, releasing their music on their own independent Broken Records label and occasionally performing live as a trio or quartet with guitarist Andy Reynolds and drummer Gavin Harrison.
This site focuses on the music of Stewart / Gaskin from 1981 to the present day, which can best be described as intelligent pop music. (Please note that our Dave is not David A. Stewart of The Eurythmics.) For more information please see our Live Concerts page and Online Store, operated by our musician friends Burning Shed.
(Stewart / Gaskin band live in Tokyo, March 2009. Photo by Harumi Maezawa.)
News December 2013
Broken Records Rarities
Between 1981 and 1986 Dave and Barbara released a series of 7" singles on their own independent Broken Records label. Still going strong after 32 years, Broken Records is pleased to offer a collection of rare stock items dating back to 1983. Included are the duo's version of Thomas Dolby's
'Leipzig' (featuring a great sleeve design by Peter Blegvad) and the picturedisc of the ever-popular
'Busy Doing Nothing'.
These mint, unplayed vinyl pressings, still in their original picture sleeves, have been signed by Dave & Barbara, and we also have the ultra-rare US cassette version of the 1990 album The Big Idea, featuring a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree / King Crimson drummer Gavin Harrison. Exclusively available from our new online Rarities store, supplies of these collectible items are limited. If you're missing any other Stewart / Gaskin recorded artefacts, the duo's complete catalogue is now available on CD from our online store.
Henry & James deconstructed
Dave's new Inside The Music online article deconstructs 'Henry & James', the continuing tale of two office workers who originally appeared in a Thomas Dolby song and were subsequently reborn in a Stewart / Gaskin B-side. The article contains audio clips, notation, lyrics and copious notes on how the music was created. You can read it here.
If there's another Stewart / Gaskin song you'd like to see deconstructed, please mail your suggestions to
email@example.com. And if you're in the mood to waste a little more time on the internet, take a break from reading the latest football transfer gossip and join us on our Facebook page.
Telstar Flies On
Meanwhile over on Soundcloud, Dave talks about how Joe Meek's wonderful instrumental 'Telstar' (1962) was created. This audio deconstruction was originally broadcast in edited form in the 2007 ARTV Joe Meek radio documentary 'Holloway Dreams', and you can now hear it in its entirety. Using musical examples (including rare Joe Meek demos) to illustrate the process, Dave explains how 'Telstar' was built up from a simple backing track to an interplanetary epic. Listeners of a nervous disposition are advised to leave the room during the sections which feature Mr. Meek singing. Listen to 'Telstar Deconstructed'
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Signed copies of our most recent CD album Green and Blue (featuring Andy Reynolds (guitar), Gavin Harrison (drums), Peter Blegvad (narration) and the Amorphous Choir of Wales) are available from our
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Dave Stewart bio
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