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. 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 January 2015
Thanks to all those who participated in our New Year competition. It's clear our listeners know their stuff, as a frighteningly large number of you were able to identify four songs in our CD series which have extended mixes or 12" mixes. The four we were thinking of are
'I'm In A Different World',
'The Locomotion' and
'Subterranean Homesick Blues' (aka 'Transylvanian Blue Suede Hooves'), but as some contestants pointed out,
'Rich For A Day',
'Henry & James' and
'Make Me Promises' also have extended versions.
Our prize draw (conducted, FIFA please note, under scrupulously fair conditions) included everyone who correctly listed four or more of these seven songs along with the titles of the albums they appear on. The first name out of the hat was Jean-Pierre Monin, who wins personalised signed copies of our Special Edition CDs
The Big Idea and
Spin - congratulations to Jean-Pierre!
The consolation prize (yet to be determined, but something cheap) goes to Howard Brain, whose cryptic entry (which bafflingly listed Anita Harris, Sandie Shaw and Brotherhood of Man as Stewart / Gaskin 12" mixes) deserves a mention for being so far off the mark. A mystery package is almost on its way to Howard via Charlbury Station's Platform Delivery service.
The Beat Goes On
We're working hard on new songs for a late 2015 album release, hopefully accompanied by some live quartet gigs. As mentioned previously, ideas for suitable gig venues are welcome - Wembley Arena is probably out, but any feedback on arts centres and small, atmospheric venues would be helpful. Feel free to mail your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for all those received so far.
Photo by Harumi Maezawa.
CDs & Rarities
The complete Stewart / Gaskin catalogue, including 12" mixes, alternative versions and bonus tracks, is now available on remastered, special edition CDs from
our online store. We also have signed copies of some of our original '80s 7" singles, mint, unplayed and still in their original picture sleeves, including our version of Thomas Dolby's
'Leipzig' (featuring a sleeve design by Peter Blegvad) and the picturedisc of the ever-popular
'Busy Doing Nothing'.
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