profile: christopher holland

 
    NAME: Christopher Holland / organ / keyboards / vox
    DATE OF BIRTH: 18/9/66
    PLACE OF BIRTH: Greenwich

    YOUR MUSICAL HISTORY: Started playing about age 10 - had some lessons, then taught myself.  Had 1st band at school, built up local following as B#Sharp.  Left school to do tour with Squeeze as 2nd keyboards.  Had a couple of singles out as (indistinct) and the Pearl on IRS with twin brother Richard on drums & school friend Lisa on guitar.  Joined Green on Red in 88/89. Touring over Europe/USA/Japan.  Started playing organ in JH Big Band.  Doing various session work in between working with Shakin' Stevens, Mamas & Papas, Chuck Prophet.  Currently working on own materal in between gigs.
    MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Michael McDonald, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lowell George, Chuck Prophet, Mac Rebberneck, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Lennon & McCartney, Billy Preston, Oscar Peterson, Difford & Tilbrook, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Smith, Randy Newman, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Julian Holland
    FIRST ALBUM BOUGHT: Motown Chartbusters 2 / Songs in the Key of Life
    LAST ALBUM BOUGHT: Bob Dylan - Saved / Aretha Franklin - Gospel
    FIRST GIG SEEN, WHERE: SQUEEZE (Skyco) The Kids - St. James Church Hall, Kidbrooke.
    LAST GIG SEEN, WHERE: Black Crowes / Velvet Underground - Glastonbury
    FAV BANDS: Take That! / Eternal / Scritti Pollitti / The Jacksons / Prince / Isley Bros / Kinks / Little Feat / The Band / Beatles / Black Crowes / Jimi Hendrix / Neville Brothers / Carpenters / Crowded House / Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    FAV ALBUMS: Aretha Franklin - Almighty Fire, Spirit in the Dark, Together Again / Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta, Innervisions, Fulfillingness First Finale, Talking Book / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks, Saved / James Taylor - Live Recordings / Squeeze - Some Fantastic Place
    FAV JOOLS OR JHBB SONG: Lady Don't Fall Backwards
    FAV JOOLS OR JHBB ALBUM: A-Z Piano
    BEST JHBB GIG AND WHY: Blackheath Concert Halls, Dec/93 - Best gig because it was with full orchestra including strings, and was local - so easy to get back after. P.S. Also coz there was a certain female person there!

    (1994)