3 Boxes comprises Clive Gregson, Andy Roberts and Mark Griffiths. They first came together in 1997 as three quarters of Plainsong. Subsequently they worked together on various recording and touring projects and the idea for an acoustic guitar trio gradually formed.
In 2014 the trio released their debut CD, “Strings Attached”, an album of original instrumental music. The material encompasses a vast range of musicality – from folk, blues, country, swing, ballads and beyond. Producer John Wood captured the dynamics of their live studio performances, adding that magical third dimension of resonance and clarity.
Clive is perhaps best known as the writer of the Nanci Griffiths hit ‘I Love This Town’, but his extensive career has incorporated cult ’80s band Any Trouble, hugely popular folk/rock duo Gregson & Collister and many solo albums. As a band member, he has toured with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and as MD for Dennis Locorriere, with whom he played alongside Mark and Andy. He is an in demand session musician and record producer and his songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Fairport Convention, Norma Waterson, Claire Martin and Kim Carnes amongst others.
Mark was the bass player for The Shadows for over 20 years. He has also recorded and/or toured with Al Stewart, The Everly Brothers, Sonny Curtis, Duane Eddy, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Lynne, Neil Innes, The Rutles, Dobie Gray, Gallagher & Lyle, Dennis Loccoriere, Iain Matthews, Cliff Richard, Plainsong (with Andy and Clive) and Any Trouble (with Clive). He was a principal member of Matthews Southern Comfort, whose UK No. 1 recording of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’ became a world-wide hit.
Andy has worked as a solo artist and session musician for the better part of fifty years. He toured with Pink Floyd as part of the live band for ‘The Wall’. He has also played with Richard Thompson, Kirsty MacColl, The Albion Band, Maddy Prior, Roy Harper, Cat Stevens, Scaffold, Liverpool Scene, Plainsong (with Mark and Clive), GRIMMS and Dennis Locorriere, amongst many others. He wrote his first stage musical (‘Mind Your Head’) in 1973, his first TV score in 1974, and was Musical Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1979 until 1983. He has scored films for the BBC, Miramax, ABCTV in the US, and Disney (Touchstone Films) in Hollywood, and has written extensively for TV drama and factual programmes.
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