Grow Too Old
Blokes And Their Attentions
Original folk-rock songs with a gypsy spirit.
Great lyrics about love and life, delivered with passion and humour.
Denise's husky vocal cradled in Graeme's pulsating rhythm.
Peppered with soaring, ecstatic improvisations.
Seasoned with Sensational Surprise Guests!
Two years back, Denise met Graeme Taylor. She'd been writing and was dying to do another band. She took him sailing under the stars and that was the beginning of The Loose Screw. She taught him knots and he taught her chords.
They both juggle music and theatre. It's an either/or. They're passions. In their first year they recorded 14 songs (CD for sale here) and played a sell-out week at The Pizza On The Park.
This year Denise MC'd a Midnight show at Edinburgh Festival. GT, Mr. Moonlight and a bevy of guests came for the ride. They were chaotic, they were joyful, and every night the joint jumped.
They've just played The National Theatre Foyer (further dates 16th Jan & 6th March, 2011). A crowd gathered, heads started nodding, feet tapping, hearts pumping and kids stopped pestering parents. The Loose Screw had come of age.
Graeme founded ground-breaking band Gryphon in 1971, which Melody Maker dubbed '13th-Century Slade', appearing at Madison Square Garden and the Houston Astrodome, and commissioned by Sir Peter Hall to write music for The Tempest at the Old Vic. Their reunion last June at the QEH, was a sell-out.
In 1977, Graeme joined Ashley Hutchings’ Albion Band, later The Home Service featuring John Tams' vocals and Graeme's English-style brass arrangements.
He has been Rolf Harris' guitarist for 17 years, with whom he has appeared five times at Glastonbury, was guitarist in Gareth Valentine’s band for the West End production of Anything Goes (2003-4), and has played countless West End shows. He was Bill Bryden's MD at the National Theatre on The Mysteries.
He produces albums in his home studio, has performed with Long John Baldry, Tim Rose, Julie Covington, Kiki Dee, and Tony Christie, and not only appeared at Edinburgh Festival with Denise, but also guested with Peter Straker.
Although she is better known for her acting, before Queer As Folk and Corrie she worked in music theatre and bands. She met composer/writer Paul Sand with Actor's Touring Company and toured the globe. Road weary, she started singing Paul's songs on the 'alternative cabaret' scene. She got her first acting break at the Newcastle Playhouse and met Josie Lawrence and Kate McKenzie. Their love of late night carousing led to the all-singing, knee-capping Denise Black and the Kray Sisters who and 3 further years on the road. In the 90s Denise concentrated on TV while her kids were growing up. Now grown, Denise is back from 3 months with Calendar Girls and TV such as Robin Hood, Sensitive Skin, Casualty, Small Island. She won MEN best supporting actress as Mrs Bryant in Roots. Graeme and Denise met singing greek folk songs in a stage show. The Loose Screw projects so far have been a limited edition album ‘First Fourteen’ for their sell out week at the Pizza on The park and 2 glorious weeks at the glamorous Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh Festival.
I Only Wanna Be With You played live on NMFM
The Loose Screw regularly play as a trio and a 5 piece working with Alan Dunn, Michael Gregory, Max Moonlight and Hedi Pinkerfeld.
We also have a tradition of introducing guest musicians and vocalists including Cleo Hindler, Kate McKenzie, Laura Pauling, Clare Taylor and the Dovetail Quartet.