As I mentioned last month, 2019 is Banco’s 30th anniversary and I’ve created a 30 track digital-only compilation to look back and celebrate.

30 Times Around the Sun is a compilation of tracks drawn from the last 30 years of Banco de Gaia, with one track that was written, recorded or released in each year during that time. In chronological order, the compilation begins with an early experimental live track and ends with my latest Banco track. The collection spans house, techno, breakbeats, world music, ambient, dub and avant garde, showcasing the wide range of my (and Andy Guthrie’s) musical interests. Various guest musicians are featured as well as a variety of remixers who further extend the styles on offer.

The collection includes some early tracks which have never seen the light of day before (or not since the very early cassette-release days) and a never-released live recording from 1989. The quality of those early tracks may not match what came later but I hope they are at least of interest, historically if nothing else!

The album is available from Bandcamp only.

Andy and I will be discussing the birth and early days of Banco in Birmingham on March 16th, and hopefully trying to re-create one of those early tracks. The talk and performance are part of the West Midlands Synth Network Event, held at The Birmingham And Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS and entrance is free all day from 10am to 5pm.

I’ve added more dates to the calendar below, with plenty more to come ….


Banco de Gaia
March 16: Birmingham, St Paul’s Church (with Ulrich Schnauss)
April 26: Frome, Cheese & Grain (with Eat Static)
April 27: Frome, Cheese & Grain (with Eat Static) (SOLD OUT)
May 26: Bearded Theory Festival, UK
August 7: Samsara Festival, Hungary

Toby Marks and Andrew Heath present: Motion
April 6: Leamington Spa, Temperance
May 10: Stroud, SVA Goods Shed
May 11: Sheffield, Regather
May 17: Kingkerswell, St Mary’s Church
May 18: Frome, Silk Mill
June 14: London, The Old Church
June 15: Birmingham, Blue Orange Theatre