After playing in bands for years as the main singer songwriter I’ve been more focused on writing and production for the last few years.
The last time I played live was in 2000. It was broadcast on Radio Scotland as part of the 10th birtday celebration for the Cathouse nightclub in Glasgow. It was the one and only time I performed using my own name, instead of a band name. It felt very strange, yet the world is littered with artists performing as a named individual, even if sometimes that is not their real name.
My main bands were:
- The Outside Edge and then Beyond The Edge in the 1980s
- Needful Things in the 1990s
- Bibi M in 1999 & 2000
The Outside Edge & Beyond The Edge
A hairy folk-rock act first The Outside Edge and then latterly Beyond The Edge played mostly in the central belt of Scotland. We wrote approximately 40-50 original songs together, of which only a few recordings survive that we know of. On occasion a recording made by one of our fans, or even in one case a studio recording one of our fans had, will turn up.
Yes, that’s me, sitting on the wall with a guitar, hiding behind a blizzard of hair.
The band line up:
- Richard MacDonald – Drums and Percussion
- John Thomson (JT) – Bass and Backing Vocals
- Cameron Hall-Gardiner – Guitar
- John Moxey – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Initially we were managed by friends, but after about a year we were picked up by Brian Harris. We recorded about 8 songs in a recording studio. Any other surviving recordings are either of live performances or recorded in rehearsal studios.
During the early 1990’s I wrote and recorded with Nicky Langlands, an excellent Blues guitarist, however the partnership never resulted in any live performances. We wrote approximately 15 songs together
As the 90’s progressed I wrote and recorded with Needful Things. We recorded 9 tracks, all originals I had written, with the notable exception of two songs that were written with Nicky Langlands, “Shine” and “Sip My Wine”.
We went through a few line up changes. The culprits were:
- Steve Greenock – Drums and Percussion
- John Thomson – Bass and Backing Vocals
- Ian Forbes – Lead Guitar
- Steve Stewart, then Duncan Murray, then Fiona Colliss (Fifi) – Keyboards
- John Moxey – Guitar & Lead Vocals
Barbara turned up at my home with a collection of lyrics and lots of ideas and together we worked tirelessly on the Bibi M tracks. You can hear some of those recorded in the site archives.
I then played in a Pink Floyd covers band, pretty well just for fun. The only airing was at a friend’s 30th birthday party when there were just 4 of us in the band. The band went through several line up changes (too many to mention), with the basic line up being drums (occasionally with a second percussionist), bass, 2 guitars, two keyboard players, 2 backing singers and occaionally a sax player.
On My Own
After years of playing other bands it’s refreshing to finally be solo. I did play one gig under the artist name “John Moxey”, with John Thomson on bass, Barbara Mathieson on backing vocals, Richard MacDonald on Drums(I think) and Ian Forbes on Guitar. I mainly sang, though I did also play guitar for some of the songs. The gig was at the Cathouse in Glasgow and aired on BBC Radio Scotland.
I’ve a great bunch of supportive musical friends who always help out with recordings. I have to say thanks to all the many people who have supported my Musical endeavours through the years. There are too numerous names to mention, so just a big thanks to you all!