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Gringo

Henry Marsh: guitar, keyboards, vocals
Simon Byrne: drums, vocals
Casey: vocals
John G. Perry: bass, vocals


Album: Gringo 1972 (Germany) MAPS 4890 - Teldec / MCA

Gringo - the album - front

Gringo - the album - back
Left to right: John Perry, Henry Marsh, Simon Byrne, Casey

Cry The Beloved Country
Im Another Man
More And More
Our Time Is Our Time
Gently Step Through The Stream
Emma And Harry
Moonstone
Land Of Who Knows Where
Patriotic Song

(All songs written by Gringo)



In 2000 the "Gringo" album was released on CD (AACD 036) by the "Audio Archives" label.
It includes the same songs as the LP from 1972 and the two bonus tracks "I'm Another Man" (single version) and "Soft Mud".

Here you can see the back of the CD re-release of the "Gringo" album:


Gringo at the "Weeley Festival" - August 1971:

Weeley program:
GRINGO is: CASEY . . . Lead Vocals; SIMON BYRNE . . . Drums, Vocals , HENRY MARSH . . . Guitar,
Keyboards Vocal; JOHN PERRY . . . Bass Guitar, Vocals.
While pop music searches for a dominant style, and is divided by want of a firm sense of direction, GRINGO Is a refreshingly direct new group with a very clear idea ot what it wants to do. Casey, Irish born but resident in London for three years, had been working for a year as a solo singer prior to her meeting with the newly born Gringo last autumn. Her distinctive voice and wide range fitted in perfectly, giving Gringo the extra richness and balance that characterise their style. And on stage she is an impressive sight fronting the band, demanding attention from her audience.
Musically, Gringo work as a compact and tightly integrated unit. They write and arrange all their own material, each of them freely contributing ideas. Their songs are strongly melodic, with powerful, precise backing, and they make ex tensive use of swelling three part and four part harmonies and striking time changes, all three instrumentalists also sing solo. The three musicians in Gringo formerly worked together as Toast, a three piece put together In the West Country In 1967. They worked solidly, with a packed date sheet, for three year, but finally outgrew this incarnation in favour of the musically challenging new Gringo identity last autumn. Gringo's first concert dates came in April, 1971, supporting Caravan on a 10 day tour of Britain, and preceding by two months their first NCA album titled simply "Gringo."

...and Henry's memories of the concert, taken from a website about the "Weeley Festival":

"I was so pleased to be put on to this website and recall all the Weeley memories.
I was the lead guitarist of Gringo at the time and remember the band was scared enough about doing a gig that was so massive.
The fear turned to paranoia, probably enhanced by what we'd been smoking, when the Hells Angels appeared. It became so ridiculous that at the point we were due to go on stage, the self appointed security guard, a massive guy with club and full Angel attire, refused to let us on stage and we had to point out our roadie and prove that we knew him in order to get on.
The sound was pretty bad on stage, but I think we played OK. In those days there were few fold-back monitors, which meant that you couldn't really hear what the rest of the band was playing!
I remember we had a song in the repertoire called "Murder In the Nursery" (!!) which seemed to reflect the activity at the back of the enclosure, where the Angels were setting a car alight.
I had a beaten up Morris Traveller at the time and as we left the gig an Angel scraped the side of the car with his bike. He was very apologetic and offered his name and address if I needed to get it fixed. Quite in contrast to the activities witnessed the rest of the day.
All The Best
Henry"


Follow this link to see an interview with the former Gringo-member John G. Perry


Last updated: 08 September 2001


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