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Producer Chris Kimsey to reveal the secrets of Marillion's Clutching At Straws

Chris Kimsey

Legendary music producer, Chris Kimsey, will be opening the studio doors to reveal the production of Clutching of Straws, Marillion’s fourth album, during Festival of Sound 28-30 September 2018 at the Novotel Conference Centre, Hammersmith, London.

As part of The Inside Track music seminar series running throughout the weekend, Chris will be taking Marillion fans and anyone interested in the recording process through the creation of this landmark album that marked a watershed in the careers of Marillion and Fish.

Recorded at Westside Studios, London, and released in 1987, Clutching at Straws was certified Gold and went to number two in the UK album charts. The band’s last album with Fish, it was critically acclaimed by the likes of Rolling Stone and Q magazines, with the former stating that "Marillion's fourth album balanced melody and melodrama" and commenting on its "atmospheric production”. Three UK Top 40 singles were released from the album: Incommunicado, Sugar Mice and Warm Wet Circles – songs that remain live favourites to this day.

Vernon Hamblin, event producer, says “Chris Kimsey’s attendance at the show again this year is brilliant for our visitors as they can receive inside knowledge on how to produce a chart-topping album. With all the seminal work he’s completed with the Rolling Stones, Marillion and Fish, and many other music legends, our music-loving audience will not want to miss Chris’ talks, which are sure to be a sell-out.”

More information can be found at the Festival of Sound website.

Clutching At Straws

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.