Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He led cult band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of five critically acclaimed albums and a number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band have occasionally reformed since 2007, recording two brand new albums: “Life In Reverse” (2007) and “Present Tense” (2015). The band toured to support these releases and the three CD box set of “The Complete Stiff Recordings 1980-1981” (2013). Grown men cried!
In 1985, Clive released his first solo album and he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for his prolific songwriting and a solo “Best Of…” compilation was released in April 2009. Clive’s solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from a stripped down one man and his acoustic intimacy to a full on electric band approach. Clive’s live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in their “1,000 Great Guitarists” are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and 1992, he formed a partnership with Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called “the state of the art in British folk-rock”. They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine’s distinctive voice allied to Clive’s songs, instrumental and production skills created something truly special and their decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a “Best Of…” compilation were re-issued in 2009.
Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson (1982 to 1992), Nanci Griffith (1996 to 2007), Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine (1993 and 1999), Plainsong (1997) and he was the musical director for the Dennis Locorriere “Hits & History” tour in 2007, which resulted in a gold album and a concert DVD that also charted. His songs have been recorded by many artists, including Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson and Smokie. Nanci’s version of “I Love This Town” (performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the UK, receiving more than 5,000 spins in the USA.
Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continued to tour regularly, write prolifically and remain in demand as a record producer and session musician. Clive has decided to retire from solo touring at the end of 2020 in order to concentrate on writing and studio work. He will still consider live projects that capture his interest… but his days of sitting alone in the car in a Friday afternoon traffic jam on the M6 are now numbered!