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Ted Barnes


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(2002 – present)

Ali Friend from the band Red Snapper introduced Ted Barnes to Beth Orton when she was first recording demos. After being signed to Heavenly Records she asked them to be involved in the writing and playing of her first album Trailer Park. This was released in 1996 to huge critical acclaim.

Ted Barnes released his first solo album, Short Scenes, in 2002 after writing it in periods off from working with Beth Orton whom he had worked with on both her Trailer Park and Central Reservation albums. Released on Narwhal Records to critical acclaim it featured Beth Orton and Gavin Clark and instrumentals written by himself and producer Oisin Lunny. After this release he continued to work with Beth on her Daybreaker album and toured extensively.

In 2003 he formed the band Clayhill with longtime colleague Ali Friend and singer Gavin Clark and as such have released a mini album and three albums alongside working on soundtracks for english director Shane Meadows.

In 2005 he released a new body of solo work under the title of Underbelly on Sketchbook Records. A competely instrumental affair, it also received high critical acclaim as did the seven piece band for their live performances.

On July 28th, 2008 the new album Portal Nou was released on Teds own label, Mornington Records. The body of work features instrumental numbers as well as collaborations with Francoiz Breut, Dan Michaelson, Beth Orton, Gavin Clark, Kathryn Williams and mixed by Sebastian Rogers.

Ted has also finished producing Gavin Clarks first solo album released in 2009 which also featured on the new Shane Meadows film “Somers Town”.

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