Gary Barnacle

Gary Barnacle

Born 1955

Gary Barnacle is a saxophonist/flautist, brass instrument arranger, composer and producer, primarily noted for session work, live work (incl.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Barnacle.


1959 Birth Gary Barnacle was born in Dover, England in 1959.


1976 17 Years Old He started playing in bands in and around the Dover area, with his father Bill Barnacle, his brothers Steve Barnacle and Pete Barnacle and their friend (Nick) Topper Headon. Then he moved, with his two brothers, to London in 1976 and began a career as a session musician. … Read More
1978 19 Years Old 1 More Event
He was introduced to The Clash through their drummer, and school friend of Barnacle's, Topper Headon, and reportedly became involved in The Clash's infamous 1978 "pigeon shooting" incident.


1979 - 1982 5 More Events
Ruts D.C. split in 1983.
1984 25 Years Old 1984 saw Barnacle contribute to the recording sessions of This Is What You Want... … Read More
1985 26 Years Old 1 More Event
A decision to make Visage a live band instead of a strictly studio-based project failed and the band subsequently split in 1985.
1986 27 Years Old Also in 1986, he appeared on Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, playing on tracks by David Bowie - the single "Absolute Beginners", Style Council, Ray Davies, Working Week and Gil Evans, among others. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old 1 More Event
1987 was another prolific year for Barnacle, who was featured on the hit singles "China in Your Hand" by T'Pau, "Roadblock" by Stock, Aitken and Waterman and "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister. … Read More


Barnacle later toured in Europe with "The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" and participated in the recording sessions of her 1989 album Foreign Affair.
1990 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Barnacle appeared as a session musician on Naked by Blue Pearl, Trading Secrets with the Moon by The Adventures, the debut album by English boy band Big Fun, Dangerous by Andy Taylor, First Time Ever by Joanna Law, Melting Down on Motor Angel by Sunsonic, Running from the Guns by Die Laughing, Stand Strong by Junior Giscombe, Jordan: The Comeback by Prefab Sprout, and December by Dag Kolsrud, which was followed by December II, released in 1991.
1991 32 Years Old In 1991, he also worked on Meanwhile by German synthpop group Camouflage, Changing Faces final studio album from Bros, Black Meaning Good by Rebel MC, Marchand de cailloux from French artis Renaud, Let's Get to It, the fourth album by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, The Apple by A Man Called Adam, and the eponymous album by Rain Tree Crow, which was the name used by the English new wave band Japan (excluding Rob Dean) when they briefly reformed for this one-off project.
After the band split in 1992, Barnacle contributed to Björk's first two solo albums, Debut, released in 1993 and Post, released in 1995.
1993 34 Years Old The following year Barnacle participated in the realization of Jamiroquai's debut album, and also worked on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 by Guru, To Hell with Humdrum by Kingmaker, and One and All by Supermax.In 1993, he played on James Brown's Universal James album (produced by Jazzie B).
1994 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, he played on Jamiroquai's The Return Of The Space Cowboy album. … Read More
1995 36 Years Old In 1995, he played on 10 cc's Mirror Mirror album.
In 1996, he took part in Jamiroquai's biggest-selling album to date:- Travelling Without Moving (11.5 million copies worldwide).
1997 38 Years Old In 1997, he played on and arranged brass for the No.1 single I Wanna Be The Only One by Eternal.
1998 39 Years Old In that same year he played on the big US hit Are You Jimmy Ray? by Jimmy Ray and his subsequent eponymous album released in 1998.


1999 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 43 Years Old In 2002, Barnacle released his second solo album, Paradise.
2004 45 Years Old In 2004, he played sax/flute on Between The Sun And The Moon by Brenda Russell. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old In 2008/2009 he produced and arranged indie pop band Propeller and produced Ray Guntrip's Out Of The Blue jazz project and he appeared as session musician and brass arranger on The Collection by Jools Holland, and as session musician on A Long Way Back by Roger Cotton. … Read More


2010 51 Years Old In 2010 he was featured on Carried By The Storm by Bronz and on some live tracks on the Living It Up CD by Level 42. … Read More
2012 53 Years Old In 2012 he worked on recordings by Project 5, The Geoff Everett Band (feat. … Read More
2013 54 Years Old In 2013 he engineered, produced and played on the single 'Any Minute Now' by Andrea Magee, played on the 'Jank' ep by The Jacs and recorded with Blackjack Horns on a production by Walter Afanasieff called Love Letters (song) by Brenna Whitaker, among others. … Read More
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