|Hatfield and the North|
Years: 1972 - 1975
Styles: Art Rock, Canterbury Scene, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Steve Miller - Keyboards (in band: 1972)
Richard Sinclair - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Phil Miller - Guitar (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Pip Pyle - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Dave Sinclair - Keyboards (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Dave Stewart - Keyboards (in band: 1973 - 1975)
The Hatfield and the North grew out of a line-up of friends in mid-1972 consisting of Phil Miller (guitar, from Matching Mole), Phil's brother Steve Miller (keyboards, from Caravan), Pip Pyle (drums, from Gong) and Richard Sinclair (bass and vocals, from Caravan).
The band played a few live shows between July and September that year, and gained their first record contract with Virgin Records with the 'Sinclair cousins'...as Steve Miller was replaced by Dave Sinclair (from Matching Mole and Caravan), the band soon changed their name to Hatfield and the North.
After disbanding, Dave Stewart formed National Health with Alan Gowen from Gilgamesh; Phil Miller was a member throughout the band's existence, and Pyle joined in 1977. (Richard Sinclair also sat in on a couple of gigs and a BBC radio session that year.) Hatfield and the North and Gilgamesh had played a couple of shows together in late 1973, including a joint "double quartet" set, in some ways the prototype for National Health. Miller, Stewart, Pyle and Sinclair also worked together in various combinations on other projects.
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