Geoffrey Richardson (musician)

Peter Geoffrey Richardson (born 15 July 1950 in Hinckley, Leicestershire), is a viola player and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Caravan,[1] Murray Head and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Geoffrey Richardson
Background information
Birth namePeter Geoffrey Richardson
Born (1950-07-15) 15 July 1950
OriginHinckley, Leicestershire, England
GenresProgressive rock, acoustic music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsViolin, viola, cello, mandolin, mandola, kalimba, guitars, flute, spoons, etc.
Years active1972–present
Associated actsCaravan, Murray Head, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Renaud, Bob Geldof


Ex art student[2] Richardson joined Spirogyra in 1972, but the band broke up shortly after and he joined Caravan on viola.[3] In the mid-1970s, he diversified into session work, including with Kevin Ayers, Café Jacques, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Buzzcocks. He left Caravan in 1978, but returned in 1980, playing on The Album.[4]

Later in his career, he toured with Murray Head, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Bob Geldof. He has also recorded with Murray Head, including Between Us (1979), Innocence (1993) and Pipe Dreams (1996). He released a solo album, Viola Mon Amour, in 1993, followed by three albums with fellow Caravan band member Jim Leverton, Follow Your Heart (1995), Poor Man's Rich Man (2000) and The End of The Pier Show (2006).

He continues to be an active member of Caravan having completed a short tour with them in 2011.


1973CaravanFor Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night [5]
1974CaravanCaravan and the New Symphonia [5]
1974Kevin AyersThe Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
1975CaravanCunning Stunts
1976CaravanBlind Dog at St. Dunstans
1976John G. PerrySunset Wading
1977CaravanBetter by Far
1977Quantum JumpBarracuda
1977Quantum JumpMixing
1977Ozark Mountain DaredevilsDon't Look Down
1977Café JacquesRound The Back
1978Café JacquesInternational
1979Murray HeadBetween Us
1979 John GloverMidnight Over England
1980CaravanThe Album
1980BuzzcocksWhy She's a Girl From The Chainstore
1980 Bob WestonNightlight
1980 WildlifeBurning
1980Rupert HineImmunity
1981Murray HeadVoices
1981Murray HeadFind the Crowd
1982Rupert HineWaving Not Drowning
1982Murray HeadShade
1982John GreavesAccident
1982Julien ClercFemmes, Indicrétions, Blasphéme
1983Penguin Cafe OrchestraPenguin Cafe Orchestra
1983Penguin Cafe OrchestraThe Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album
1984Penguin Cafe OrchestraBroadcasting from Home
1985MicrodisneyThe Clock Comes Down The Stairs
1986Murray HeadRestless
1986Murray HeadSooner or Later
1986Murray HeadSome People
1987Paul BradyPrimitive Dance
1987Penguin Cafe OrchestraSigns of Life
1988Penguin Cafe OrchestraWhen in Rome...
1990ThinkmanHard Hat Zone
1990Dubh ChapterSilence, Cunning & Exile
1990Bob GeldofThe Vegetarians of Love
1991The CrossBlue Rock
1991BBC Concert Orchestra'Still Life' at the Penguin Cafe
1991Murray HeadWave
1991RenaudMarchand de cailloux
1991BlissA Change In The Weather
1992Bob GeldofThe Happy Club
1992Chris de BurghPower of Ten
1993Milla JovovichThe Divine Comedy
1993Penguin Cafe OrchestraUnion Café
1993Rachid TahaRachid Taha
1993Geoffrey RichardsonViola Mon Amour
1993Salif Keita & Steve HillageL'Enfant Lion
1994Penguin Cafe OrchestraConcert Program
1994RenaudA La Belle de Mai
1995CaravanBattle of Hastings
1995Murray HeadWhen You're in Love
1995Jim Leverton & Geoffrey RichardsonFollow Your Heart
1995Murray HeadPipe Dreams
1995Nina MoratoL'Allumeuse
1995John G PerrySeabird
1995Rachid TahaOlé, Olé
1996CaravanAll Over You
1996Nick HeywardTangled
1996Bruno MamanAujourd'hui
1997Frankie ValentineSummary of Evidence
1997Rachid TahaDiwan
1997Justin HaywardThe View From The Hill
1997Penguin Cafe OrchestraPreludes, Airs and Yodels
1998Linda McCartneyWide Prairie
1998Wolf MaahnAlbum
1998Rachid Taha/Khaled/Faudel1,2,3 Soleils
1998Rachid TahaCarte Blanche
1998Bloem de LignyZink
1999Nova NovaLa Chanson de Roland
1999The Uncalled FourRubbed Raw
1999CaravanSurprise Supplies – Live
1999CaravanAll Over You Too
1999Rachid TahaMade in Medina
2000Kofi DakoKologo
2000Jim Leverton & Geoffrey RichardsonPoor Man's Rich Man
2000Francis KendallGoodbye Rambling Man
2000Penguin Cafe OrchestraSimon Jeffes Piano Music
2000VariousMiniatures 2 (Music for the Millenium)
2000Nova NovaPlaid
2001Howard JonesMetamorphosis
2002CaravanLive at Fairfield Halls, 1974
2002Mostly AutumnCatch The Spirit
2002Michael GilesProgress
2003CaravanThe Unauthorized Breakfast Item
2003Francis Kendall & Geoffrey RichardsonOh Sister...
2004Francis Kendall & Geoffrey RichardsonEstella In Lux
2005David BlossePilot Episode
2005Julian WhitfieldChristopher
2005Jim LevertonBright New Way
2005The Fat River BandThe Last Great Guitar Heist
2005Jim LaslettLoving Should Be Easy
2006Lupen CrookAccidents Occur Whilst Sleeping
2006Jim Leverton & Geoffrey RichardsonThe End Of The Pier Show
2006Paul RolandRe-animator
2007Raphael MeadOn The Hill
2007Murray HeadTête à Tête
2007Darwin BayPluies Acides
2008Murray HeadRien N'est Ecrit
2008Up-C Down-C Left-C Right-CEmbers
2008Chris de BurghFootsteps
2008RenaudTournée Rouge Sang (the Rouge Sang live album)
2009RenaudMolly Malone – Balade irlandaise
2009Chris de BurghYou'll Never Walk Alone
2010Raphael MeadRuled By The Heart
2010Murray HeadLive 2009/Collection Live 2009
2010Chris de BurghMoonfleet
2011Chris de BurghFootsteps 2
2011Geoffrey RichardsonMoving Up A Cloud
2011Last KnightTalking To The Moon
2011Mattea de LucaAlbum
2016Geoffrey RichardsonThe Garden of Love



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