Mostly Autumn is a British band, producing music heavily influenced by classic 1970s rock. The group formed in 1996, and have built their reputation through constant touring, never signing to a major label. The group's early influences were Genesis and Pink Floyd, and folk music. Later albums also included more contemporary influences.
Mostly Autumn was formed in the late 1990s. The line-up that recorded their first album For All We Shared... in 1998 was Bryan Josh, Heather Findlay, Iain Jennings, Liam Davison, Bob Faulds, Stuart Carver, Kev Gibbons and Allan Scott. On their second album The Spirit of Autumn Past, Allan Scott was replaced by Rob McNeil. In 2000 (as a three piece - Bryan, Heather and Angela Goldthorpe) they achieved a support slot for Blackmore's Night on their Under a Violet Moon tour, bringing them to a wider audience. On the cover artwork for the following Blackmore's Night album Fires at Midnight, Heather Findlay provided the illustration for the song "Hanging Tree".
On Mostly Autumn's third album (The Last Bright Light, 2001), Rob McNeil in turn was replaced by Jonathan Blackmore (not related to Ritchie). Andy Smith replaced Stuart Carver on the bass guitar. In 2004, shortly before the band's 'V Shows' tour, Iain's brother, Andrew Jennings, took over on drums and percussion. By this time, the band had been praised by Rick Wright of Pink Floyd. Olivia Sparnenn joined the band in 2005 to provide additional backing vocals. Ben Matthews of Thunder stood in on keyboards for Mostly Autumn's headline gig at the Baja Prog Festival in Mexico in March 2006. Chris Johnson was then recruited as a permanent replacement, with Angela Gordon (formerly Goldthorpe) also taking a more prominent role on keyboards.
At the beginning of 2007 both guitarist Liam Davison and drummer Andrew Jennings left the band, Liam to concentrate on his solo album and Andrew to devote his time to his other projects. The guitar parts were shared out amongst the rest of the group. Ex-Karnataka drummer Gavin Griffiths stood in on drums for most of the 2007 live shows, Andrew Jennings temporarily rejoined the group at the end of 2007, until Henry Bourne took over in 2008. Gavin Griffiths returned for the first shows of 2009 in Manchester and London.
When Chris Johnson and Angela Gordon left in 2008, Iain Jennings and Liam Davison returned to the group on keyboards and guitar respectively. Anne-Marie Helder, who had played support slots in the past and stood in for Angela during her pregnancy, took over the role of flute, keyboards and backing vocals. A new studio album, entitled Glass Shadows was released in 2008 and an accompanying tour took place in spring and early summer 2008. A 100-minute DVD, 'The Making Of Glass Shadows', accompanied the special pre-order version of the album.
During October 2008 Mostly Autumn performed two gigs with an alternative, semi-acoustic line-up in support of the Bad Shepherds. The line-up consisted of Bryan Josh (guitar and vocals), Olivia Sparnenn (lead vocals), Andy Smith (bass), Anne-Marie Helder (keyboards and flute) and Robbie Baxter (drums). This tour was truncated after the Bad Shepherds cancelled many dates.
Mostly Autumn have their own independent record label and choose to finance each album release itself. The group typically prints a limited edition of each album, and sells those to cover their recording costs. A retail version of the album is then made available via retail outlets, distributors, the group's concerts and through their website.
Up to and including Heart Full Of Sky Mostly Autumn's albums have opened with the last few seconds of the final song on the previous album. This tradition was dropped with the release of Glass Shadows.
At the beginning of 2010 Heather Findlay announced her intention to leave the band to focus on solo work and her family. She performed her last gig with the band at Leamington Spa Assembly on 2 April 2010. She was replaced by former backing singer and Breathing Space lead vocalist Olivia Sparnenn. Heather's last gig with the band was on 2nd April 2010 and was filmed. This film released as a 2-disc DVD under the name That Night In Leamington which also included a 30 minute interview with Josh & Findlay.
In October 2010, the band's first album without Findlay, Go Well Diamond Heart was released.
Source: Wikipedia 2011