Billy Bottle is a composer and musician who dwells in the hinterlands between jazz, rock, classical and folk. Greatly influenced by the so-called ‘Canterbury’ scene, he has spent the last few years as aide to the renowned organist, Caravan’s Dave Sinclair.
Whether performing guitar with Giffords Circus, vibraslap for Mike Westbrook or singing songs for a naturist volleyball tournament, his sense of improvisation and openness often hints humorously at the metaphysical.
His own solo album, ‘Message From…’, was released whilst on tour in Japan in 2009. His band, The Multiple, are due to release his poignant settings of Thoreau this year on an experimental jazz label. As Qadesh, his surreal vaudeville take on part of the Finnish epic, The Kalevala, has just been reissued by Musea Records.
As a music practitioner he teaches Samba and Sound Alchemy to people with learning disabilities for Robert Owen Communities, and is a course leader for Devon’s Music Peg charity.
Inextricably linked to Dougald Hine since their days busking around County Durham, he is interested in how non-verbal communication can be part of the Dark Mountain conversation. Billy played at the first two Uncivilisation festivals.
‘Like Nick Drake on jazz mushrooms’ – Nick Harper