Texas based Clive is back on home territory

Clive Gregson
Clive Gregson

Clive Gregson was born in Manchester, but has been based in Texas since 1993.

You get the feeling that if he was known as an American performer, he would have been on a lot more radars in the UK.

As it is, his name resonates in somewhat limited circles, but those, you would like to think, who know a top class performer when they hear one.

Gregson first came to attention leading the 80s band Any Trouble (which is reforming for a handful of UK dates at the end of the year) before teaming up with singer Christine Collister in a duo that should have secured much greater recognition.

The two of them were in the Richard Thompson Band for a time before eventually going their separate ways. Gregson went on to tour with Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Nanci Griffith and Dennis Locorriere as well as maintaining a distinguished solo career. He has the lot - a fine writer (his songs are snapped up by other artists and Mary Chapin Carpenter describes him as one of her favourites) guitarist, singer and producer.

The style has a bit of everything - folk, country, pop and rock - and he knows how to communicate with an audience.

He is back at The Greystones, performing songs from his latest album, This Is Now, and dipping into his extensive back catalogue, next Wednesday.