25-4-58 Derek William Dick. As songwriter and singer of Marillion
he impressed a lot of people by his length and his charisma. He painted his face, like Peter Gabriel did, as his start of his career and besides this painting Fish does know how he can play with the audience. Script for Jester Tear was Marillions debut-album and one of the best debut albums ever.
In '88 he left the band. An amazing cooperation with Tony Banks (Genesis) leads to the single Shortcut to Somewhere of the album Soundtracks ('86).Later he on he will work with Tony again (Still; '91).
Virgil in a wilderness of Mirrors ('90) is his first solo-effort, with:
Jong Young plays keyboards and co-wrote the album.
On 11 may 2002 they gave a concert in Paradiso (Amsterdam): Fellini Night with John Young and John Wesley.
In the small Belgian town Vervies he did a nice, a really nice, gig (050601). About 300 fishy-fans had fun in The Spirit of 66. He told stories, talk with a bold John Bovie Fan and more. And as reprise we got "The Flower of Scottland" sung by Fish. His band was new, except the guitarist;
A dvd from a live set in Poland is out.
Fish - lead vocals,
Bruce Watson - guitars and e-bow,
Frank Usher - guitars, slide guitar,
Steve Vantsis - bass (now in Tilt '09),
Mark Brzezicki - drums and percussion,
Tony Turrell - keyboards,
Dave Haswell - percussion,
Danny Gillan - backing vocals,
Richard Sidwell - trumpet and flugel horn,
Steve Hamilton - saxophone,
Yatta, Lars K. Lande - "crowd" vocal,
Irvin Duguid - clavinet.
Mark Wilkinson did again the cover-art; an impression of two of Van Gogh’s paintings, Wheat Field and Wheat Field With Crows.
Fish live band in 2005/ 06 was:
Andy Trill - guitar,
Steve Vantsis - bass,
Tony Turrell - keys &
Dave Innes - drums.
A Live Review
NightTown, Rotterdam 7th of May.
Fish had a gig in Belgium, just one small hour drive from my home, but no I had to see
Odin Dragonfly too.
So I went to Rotterdam, picked up my dear friend from the West; Thijs and we arrived at the NightTown.
Angela of Odin Dragonfly waiting at the door... how nice x.
Inside; "Arnold Layne" coming out of the speakers, meting the rest of the Mostly Autumn clan enjoying a beer and Fish's good taste of music, Yes ("Round-a-bout") the old, old, Genesis ("Get Them Out by Friday!"), Led Zepplin & some new songs; "On an Island"... the night started very good.
"Odin Dragonfly" did an excellent job as support act. Angela and Heather are a wonderful couple, lovely harmonies and good playing on acoustic guitar, flute and keyboard.
Fish... saw him often in the 80-ies, Saw him in "BosPop" (the Amfitheater '92), with a great show,
lost contact, and again in the new century in the famous "Spirit of 66". And finally again in a venue he
He's still the showmaster with his charisma and his fantastic Scottish body.
The band arround him was Top, there was time for fooling but always concentrated and welcrafted.
Highlights? "Credo", I loved that song with the rolling bass of David Paton, Steve Vantsis did it excellent.
Of course I was very pleased with the whole "Misplaced Childhood" album and the encores; "Incommunicado", "Markett Square Heroes" & "Fugazzi".
And I'm afraid I gonna see him more often in the future.
To cellebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Misplaced Childhood. A double live album with the whole Childhood album played live.
Lead Vocals - Fish
Lead Guitar - Frank Usher
Guitar - Andy Trill
Keyboards - Tony Turrell
Bass - Steve Vantsis
Drums - John Tonks
Backing Vocalist - Deborah French
Recorded live at St Mary's Church, Haddington, 26th August 2006 (fan club convention)
01. The Field [Dick/Watson] (8.19)
02. Jumpsuit City [Dick/Boult/Cassidy] (5.30)
03. Favourite Stranger [Dick/Usher] (5.50)
04. Shot the Craw [Dick/Watson/Duguid] (5.28)
05. State of Mind [Dick/Simmonds/Lindes] (7.32)
06. Tilted Cross [Dick/Jackson/Johnson] (4.22)
07. Fortunes of War [Dick/Cassidy/Boult] (6.37)
08. Just Good Friends [Dick/Usher/Boult/Simmonds] (6.03)
09. Incomplete [Dick/Antwi/Milett] (4.06)
10. Change of Heart [Dick/Boult] (3.44)
11. Lady Let It Lie [Dick/Paton/Cassidy] (5.55)
12. A Gentleman's Excuse Me [Dick/Simmonds] (4.19)
13. Rites of Passage [Dick/Simmonds] (6.00)
14. The Lost Plot [Dick/Turrell] (4.53)
15. Slainthe Mhath [Dick/Rothery/Mosley/Kelly/Trewavas] (5.13)
16. Chelsea Monday [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas] (6.11)
17. Scattering Crows [Dick/Watson/Turrell/Duguid] (5.22)
18. Tara [Dick/Paterson] (5.29)
19. Raw Meat [Dick/Paterson] (7.01)
All songs published by Fishy Music Ltd/ EMI (Music) Publishing Ltd.
Except tracks 15 and 16 Charisma Music Publishing Ltd/EMI (Music) Publishing Ltd.
Copyright Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd. P and C 2007
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm.
Produced by Calum Malcolm.
Fish - lead vocals
Frank Usher - guitar
Andy Trill - guitar
Steve Vantsis - bass
Tony Turrell - keyboards
Gavin Griffiths - drums
Dave Haswell - percussion
Heather Findlay - backing vocals, bodhran, low whistle
Angela Gordon - backing vocals, flute, penny whistle
Anne Marie Helder - backing vocals
Tara Dick - backing vocals
Production manager Kelvin "Yatta" Boys Yates
Event coordinator and Fish's personal assistant Elspeth Laidlaw
Sound engineers Steve Rispin (Out front), Paul Kennedy (Monitors)
Back line technicians Mark Tomlinson, Angus Fearful
Lights Chris Brown, Andy "Tosh" McIntosh video projections
Cover design Mark Wilkinson from a fishy concept
Assistant production manager Gregor Millar
Web site management and technical co-ordination Mo Warden and Pete Oram (Grafixation)
Released after he splitt up with Heather Findlay apperently a dramatic period.
Chocolate Frog Record Company Limited.
The first 10,000 are a limited edition CD in a 3 panel digipak together with a bonus DVD of "The Making of 13th Star" (64 mins). The digipak is provided in a slipcase packaging with a spot-varnished Fish logo and a 20 page full colour booklet all featuring original artwork by Mark Wilkinson.
Release date 6th September 2007.
Engineered, mixed and produced by Calum Malcolm
During writing stage:
Engineered by Steve Vantsis
Additional keyboard ideas on 'Circle Line' and 'Arc of the Curve' by Max Hunt
Recorded at The Studio, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Mastered by Calum Malcolm.
A very personal album and a highlight again. Fish is singing about about his break up with Heather Findlay
and about real life.
Nice vibe and good rhythms all the way.
Try to catch him live. Dates you can find here.
In November he 'll touring with The Reasoning as support act (and other bands so now and then ;-).
A good reason to have a gret evening!
Confirmed band are the Reasoning & Mickey Simmonds, probably Chris Johnson (ex-Mostly Autumn) will come along too.
March 2006 again with the Mostlies; Just good Friends & Lucky.
Heather & William Derek Dick,
More pictures at: www.the-company.com.
Tilt/ a project of Steve Vantis.
The nucleus of the band consists of Steve Vantsis, Dave Stewart and Robin Boult (all from Fish). On this first release, Tilt are joined by guitarists John Wesley (Porcupine Tree and ex-Fish) and Frank Usher (Fish). On keyboards and string arrangements, Irvin Duguid (Gun, Stiltskin) and singers Paul Dourley, Holly Tomas and Kaela Rowan.
The music on `Million Dollar Wound' was written, arranged and produced by Steve
Vantsis. This is his first project since writing and arranging music on `13th
Star', the highly acclaimed latest album from ex-Marillion frontman `Fish'.
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Robin Boult: played with Marillion once, (when Steve was on honeymoon), Howard Jones ('98) and released a solo album called Present ('02).