Ted and bass player, Ali Friend developed a desire to start their own project but were missing a vocalist.

Ted had contacted Gavin after hearing the ‘Sunhouse’ album to ask him to sing on his debut solo, Short Scenes. The resulting relationship proved fruitful as it soon became clear that Gavin was the perfect person to complete Clayhill, with material produced around Short Scenes forming the backbone of their first album together.

Influenced by the singer/ songwriter generation of Dylan, the individuality of The Smiths and the energy of The Beta Band, Clayhill brought together several genres to create their own unique and harmonious sound.

Signed after their first gig to Eat Sleep Records (now Full Time Hobby) they went on to release one mini album ‘Cuban Green’ and three further albums ‘Small Circle’, ‘Mine At Last’ and ‘Acoustic’. Their involvement with the filmmaker Shane Meadows has led to continued use of their songs in his features including, ‘Dead Mans Shoes’, ‘This Is England’, ‘Le Donc and Scor-zay-zee’. The director was also inspired to make a short film especially for the band called ‘Northern Soul’.

Formed in 2002, Clayhill officially officially split in 2009, playing a memorable last concert at The King’s Place, London. Ted, Ali and Gavin continue to write together in various guises.

“One of those bands you’ll still be playing 20 years from now”
Sunday Times

“Blissed out sonic snugness”

“They remain one of our best home- grown talents”
Whisperin and Hollerin

“Thank fuck for this record”
The Fly


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