The Wilde Flowers

The Wilde Flowers were the archetypal Canterbury scene music group based in the vicinity of Canterbury, England.

The Wilde Flowers
The Wilde Flowers 1966: Pye Hastings, Brian Hopper, Hugh Hopper, Richard Coughlan
Background information
OriginCanterbury, England
Years active1964–1969
LabelsVoiceprint Records
Associated actsSoft Machine
Past membersHugh Hopper
Robert Wyatt
Kevin Ayers
Graham Flight
Richard Sinclair
Pye Hastings
David Sinclair
Richard Coughlan
Brian Hopper


The group was active between 1964 and 1969 but never released any records during its existence; however former members went on to form two other groups that became central to the Canterbury scene: Soft Machine and Caravan. These bands spawned a vast number of Canterbury-related or Canterbury-sounding bands.

A compact disc of previously unreleased archival demo recordings (1965-1969) by the Wilde Flowers was issued in 1994,[1] available from Voiceprint Records (Blueprint BP123CD).


Band members included, at various times:



Year Artist Title
1962–1970Various artistsCanterburied Sounds, Vol.s 1-4 (released 1998 as separate CDs and as a 4CD boxed set in 2013, Voiceprint: VPBOX101)[4]
1965–1969The Wilde FlowersTales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story (released 1994, Voiceprint: VP 123 CD)[5]
1965–1969The Wilde FlowersThe Wilde Flowers (released 2015, 2CD, Floating World Records: FLOATCD6250)[6]



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