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Cary Grace

Biography

Cary Grace is a songwriter/composer, producer, musician, and analogue synthesizer maker based in the UK.

She was born in South Carolina, and lived in Nashville for many years, releasing her first album in 2004. 2005 saw her relocating to England, bringing only four guitars, her cat, and a couple of dozen boxes.

Since then, she has been working with various other musicians recording and and writing prolifically and releasing six more full-length albums and two EPs [ full discography > ].

Her first double album, 2009's Perpetual Motion, is heavy on improvisation, but the improvisational aesthetic is blended with Cary’s distinctive songwriting to create something that is simultaneously both free-flowing and structured.

2010 brought a return to more conventional song-forms with the debut self-titled album by Monday Machines (a collaboration with Allan Coberly, backed by Andy Budge and David Payne).

The same year she began producing The Airtight Garage, a music-based programme and podcast (currently on hiatus).

In 2011 Cary acquired the exclusive American modular synthesizer brand, Wiard, following a lengthy training period where she learned how to build the hand-made 300 Series modules first-hand from Grant Richter, the founder of Wiard. During the same time period she released a single recorded in collaboration with Mauve La Biche after adding some Buchla 200 overdubs — a cover of the Amon Duul II classic "Archangel Thunderbird", and recorded and gigged with Grant Richter's spacerock band, F/i, in the USA. She now manufactures Wiard Synthesizers in England at Wessex Analogue, while continuing to use all available free time to make music.

Recently, Cary has made several appearances on releases by the seminal English vinyl label, Fruits de Mer, covering Pink Floyd, Amon Duul II, and David Bowie. Cary's versions of "Black Country Rock" and "Sound and Vision", (as well as Consterdine's version of the latter) appeared on a very special limited edition 8" lathe cut, Friends of the Fish 8, with a third David Bowie cover planned for inclusion on this year's Fruits de Mer compilation A New Career in a New Town.

Her 2015 album release, Tygerland, was met with a glowing response from the underground and psychedelic music community [ read reviews here ]. Featuring the guitar wizardry of Steffe Sharpstrings (Here & Now, Planet Gong, Sentient) on guitar, along with the same core band lineup from the Perpetual Motion sessions.

Spring and summer of 2016 brought a return to more frequent live performance for Cary, backed by Andy Budge on bass, David Payne on Drums, and two new additions: Victoria Reyes on keyboards, backing vocals, and oboe; Owain Hutchings on guitar. Additional musicians have joined the band for one-off gigs, such as Steffe Sharpstrings, Graham Clark, and John Garden. More appearances are being planned for 2017; watch the gigs page for upcoming dates near you.

The latest full-lenth album release, recorded live at Kozfest 2016 with Steffe and Graham, is called The Uffculme Variations, and will be released on October 31st.

For news and updates, you can visit Cary’s page on Facebook, follow @carygrace on Twitter, or join the email list.

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