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Marty Willson-Piper


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Marty Willson-Piper is a guitarist and member of australian independent rock band The Church.

After busking his way around the world, the englishman found himself in Australia. Having taken in an early concert by The Church, which were at that time performing as a three-piece, Willson-Piper soon joined Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Nick Ward in 1980, expanding the band’s lineup and broadening its sound.

Along with contributing to each of The Church’s studio releases, he has maintained a steady solo effort since the mid-1980s and released several albums under his own name. Ever since, when all commitment allows it and the opportunity provides itself, Marty has been doing sporadic solo performances all over the world as well as a few tours in Australia and the USA. So far there have been released 3 solo live-albums, all documenting the spontanity, immediacy, intimacy, joy & brilliant guitarplay which make these events so special. 2004s Live from the Other Side being the latest.

Other side projects and collaborations include two stints as guitarist for UK rock group All About Eve, David Gedge’s Cinerama and work with Jules Shear, Tom Verlaine, Martin Rössel, Brix Smith of The Fall and Aimee Mann.

In 2005, Willson-Piper joined veteran band The Saints to record the album Nothing Is Staight In My House and tour. The same year he also played guitar on the track Oceans on the album Fresh Wine For The Horses by Rob Dickinson.

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