KAI JANSEN (F.T.C.L.,
1964 - 73
learning guitar in Singapore and joined three Chinese brothers in 1965
for a Shadows-style-group, resulting in a charity event for 2000
children. Returned to the U.K. in December '66, before 'the band'
started doing local radio & TV.
Took up classical lessons in '67 and played locally around Hampshire in as many folk clubs I could get time in, where I met Fiona Simpson, (later of 'Therapy' a reasonably well-known trio playing colleges and clubs) and with Andrew Baird we formed a brief 'Seekers'-style group. I later heard that Andrew was in the banking sector (always knew he had criminal tendencies!).
From 1969, I spent 4 years at the City of Leeds College of Music and played all the folk clubs around. Practiced hours every day, sang in 2 choirs, formed a duo with guitar & lute teacher Roger Child, playing recitals in the Leeds and Manchester areas and with flautist Elaine Kershaw, performed in Leeds area local wine-bars for two or three years in the early 70's.
A lot of my musical education took place 'out-of-hours', and included hearing & seeing and being influenced by the likes of Pentangle, Tom Paxton & Julie Felix. Leeds being a thoroughly musical place in the late-60's/early 70's I was lucky enough to hear John Williams & Julian Bream together, and all the major classical orchestras of the of the day at the Leeds Town Hall. Other venues visited included The Grand Theatre (Spike Milligan & Wagner's 'Rheingold'), the Leeds University Union and Refectory Halls (John Martyn, Santana & Bob Marley) and at the local folk clubs the likes of the late-Jake Thackray.
1970 - 71
A one year publishing contract with Burlington Music, Maddox Street, (a subsidiary of Chappell’s Music, New Bond Street, London) led to initial appearances on National BBC-TV, Scottish BBC, Radio2 and local BBC radio, as support act to Mike D’Abo (ex-Manfred Mann), Nina (of Nina and Frederick). Guest support to Bridget St. John, at Leeds Polytechnic
1972 - 77
concerts & classical recitals in the Leeds/Manchester areas. Played
on & arranged 6 tracks on the last Tom Yates album for Satril,
"Song of the Shimmering Way" (Satril 1975)
|Since 1980|| Hotel
work, restaurants, wine-bars, pubs, private functions and conferences
in London and the South-East and began a 23 year association with Covent
|1987 - 89||Played bass, guitar & vocals in Los Primos, a Latin-funk 4-piece with humour.|
months musical residency with ‘Los Primos’
in Oranda-Mura (Holland Village) nr. Nagasaki, Japan. Also headed
a solo concert at the nearby Sasebo City Jazz Club, leading a
small band made up of Los Primos and local musicians
performed at many UK festivals, including Glastonbury twice, Birmingham
twice, Kings Lynn, Guildford six times, Chichester and numerous smaller
concerts and other events throughout the UK, including support to
Scotland’s uniquely strange & great singer-songwriter.
|July 1999||Performances around the Guernsey capital, St Peter Port, for the Liberation Day Celebrations|
|Aug. 2000||Played a 'Diva Dinner' – after the Opera Festival on neighbouring island, Jersey|
Super-league Grand Final Event at Old Trafford, Manchester
– support to Samantha Mumba and 30-minute broadcast on SKY-TV,
in front of 64,000 people!
|2003 - 06||Continued with concerts, charity events, festivals and ongoing work mentioned
above, with bumper years for private engagements in 2004/05, working for Cafe Rouge
& PIZZA EXPRESS, amongst others . . . Apparently was a finalist in the ISDN song-competition 2005
with a song called 'Shadows'. Played British Inventors Show '06 - Alexandra Palace
(Press Night & Dinner)
cross-section of gigs this year with more gigs than ever before,
including a wedding in the beautiful Castle Neuburg on the island of Fyn,
|2008 -||Started off this year with a bang and did three rounds of Britain's Got Talent. Played on a Sony (Print by Sony) promotional video in Basingstoke. The rest of the year spent
playing very many private and fewer public gigs except for the only
restaurant to have survived into 2009: PAZZIA in
Sunninghill where I saw the year out with a bang!
|2009 -||This year has been spent entertaining at
very many private and public venues around the south and south-east of the U.K. with the occasional forage up north
beyond the Watford Gap.
December was pretty crowded with a variety of engagements, finishing off with a New Year's Eve party @ PAZZIA where I have now been engaged for three and a half years running.
|2010 - 11||Playing
much as usual with a combination of street-events and indoor gigs.
Still doing PAZZIA but added Penny Hill Park in 20011, just down the
road in Bagshot. Regular gig at the GEORGE Inn, Finchdean has expanded
New recording called 'Now and Then' began in '11 as well, which is a proposed E.P.single dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, finally released on Dec.8th. the day of his death in 1980. I figured people should be talking of World Peace rather than expanding the whole notion of 'endless war'. Gave a CD to Chris Evans (Radio 2 DJ, in case you were wondering) at PAZZIA, as he has been a regular customer. I was a bit embarresed to foist it on him, but, these things have to be done . . . besides, he may like it, he may not - we'll see. Sorry Chris, but I was thinking of the greater good and my kids, for what it's worth.
|2012||Had some luck and got airplay for the new E.P.single on HFM, based in Market Harborough and broadcasting throughout the midlands on the Richard Oliff 'Drivetime' prog. Now a proposed new broadcast happening soon from Kent, details to follow.|
myself from PAZZIA (finally , after 6 and 1/2 years!) and a few pubs
(got sick of them!) and took on another job driving. I am now
a 'Knight of the Road' and loving every minute... well not quite every minute, but it certainly is different!
Meanwhile August and September are being booked up and I may go back to full time playing, although in no rush to do so . . .
Looks like New Year's Eve may be a private House Party this year and that's a first, if we can work out the details... you know - money!
3 & 3/4 yrs have been spent running around these British Isles,
just not in the capacity of musician. Carried on with Penny HIll Park
but we're having a reest from each other while I rethink the future . .
. well, it looks like I'll be playing to the ghost of H.G.Wells
on Christmas Eve at the famous or infamous 'Drum' in Petersfield. It's
gone through a wide variety of changes, was always a cycling pub, but
it's a smart place now with a cosy restaurant, beautiful upstairs
rooms, a garden terrace, and a small conference centre planned in what
looks like a barn . . . and Mr. Wells may well pop by ('scuse the
pun) - you never know -
2 New releases, just too late for Xmas but they are listed below, along with a new download page
|1987||Recorded Xmas single for MRAP Records, London|
|1989||Began own record label, Peartree Recordings, and produced 1st album||To return to:|
|1990||Released first album - ‘SARI: Peartree in the Wilderness’ (vocal & arranged instruments)||Private Functions|
|1991 - 92||Recorded & released 2nd album - 'PASSPORT' - instrumental guitar album||Bookings|
|1995 - 96||Recorded third album - 'Worlds Apart' (all-original & arranged song-album) released in 1996||PublicGigs|
|2002 -||Recorded and released fourth album - 'LIFEFORMS' (live, solo, vocal & guitar)||CDs|
|2010 -||Working on songs & ideas for several recordings one of which will be released later this year||Home|
|2011 - 12||Recorded and released 'Now and Then' , a new E.P. 6-track single dedicated to John Lennon|
|2015 - 16||Recorded and released 'The Only Revolution' an 11 track album, inspired by a book of the same name and the work of Jiddu Krishnamurti, longtime speaker on human affairs...|
|2016||Re-released an old vinyl single from 1987 for Xmas called 'All I Need Is You For Christmas' reworked and harmonised on mini-CD or download along with two tracks from T.O.R. above|