He stated that after being so fortunate to have attached himself to a "major talent" for so long that there was a period of time that he mourned, as did quite a few others. [6] For a time, Davies played in folk clubs, one being the "hub" of folk music in London, the Cecil Sharp House. Davies' experience, similar tastes in the emerging folk-rock genre, and capabilities with guitar and voice placed him in a pivotal role in Stevens' career, resulting in hit songs and a string of RIAA platinum certified breakthrough albums. Not only does it come at a time when beguiling television is a gift without price to audiences still largely homebound, it’s a series whose picture of the police stands in sharp contrast to those found today in the nation’s newspapers, TV commentaries and other major organs of opinion. Davies then moved on to session work again and soon was composing songs and performing with vocalist Ronnie Lane who was an old friend and former member of the English bands, The Faces and the Small Faces. Photo Credit: Acorn TV. [12] The album was produced by Stevens and Paul Samwell-Smith. Others in this band include Davies' daughter, Becky Moncurr. Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Photo: Acorn TV By ... Close Dorothy Rabinowitz. Sion Alun Davies. He continued to tour with him and recorded on all but one of his albums, until Stevens' conversion to Islam and retirement from the pop scene in 1977. The eponymous album that resulted was released, but never had a chance with the public. The Left Behind. Murray Booth S 4: Ep 3 Lazaretto. As his accompanist on Stevens' first tour of the United States, Davies said that the two experienced some stage fright, upon hearing that they'd be opening for Steve Winwood's band, Traffic, at the Fillmore East. Nothing ever came easy for him. Daydo peaked at umber 43 in Australia. Local boy Owen Vaughan grew up on a rough, tough housing estate in Caernarfon. Eventually he advanced, and met up with former schoolfriend Michael Burchell, who later assumed the stage name of Jon Mark. After they completed Mona Bone Jakon, within six weeks' time had already begun to work on Tea for the Tillerman. Endeavour. Davies was first recruited to work with Cat Stevens in early 1970, by Stevens' producer, Paul Samwell-Smith. "Daydo" was Davies' nickname until age 18. An exceptionally compelling bilingual drama set in Wales (and with English subtitles), “Hidden,” about a police team’s determined pursuit of justice, couldn’t have arrived at a better moment. [1] After a time, the two had enough of sailing. He is 56 years old and is a Aquarius. [8], In 1972, Davies' at last found the time and opportunity to launch his own solo album. Contact Details Address Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DT Tel +44 (0) 20 7628 2571 Fax +44 (0) 20 7256 9438 ©2015 Guildhall School of Music & Drama But it also pushes them to do things out of fear and want, and plays with the morality and character of … Davies continues to perform with Yusuf to the present day, in addition to pursuing other musical projects. Profile. 2, Cat Stevens' comments about Salman Rushdie, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alun_Davies_(guitarist)&oldid=979045124, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1977 Say It Ain't So – Murray Head – Acoustic Guitar on Say It Ain't So, Boats Away, and Never Even Thought, This page was last edited on 18 September 2020, at 12:50. The two young men composed and performed songs together, and by 1963, just two years out of school, had been signed by Decca Records. Davies also performs with the group Good Men in the Jungle with his former bandmate from their Cat Stevens days, drummer Gerry Conway. Such finishing touches kept him the most essential member of Stevens' artistic team. When their label declared bankruptcy, Davies was invited to join Cat Stevens as a session musician, who was attempting to change his sound and advance in the music world. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Director Gareth Bryn. Much of the material was written as early as 1970, but this was just prior to Davies' introduction, backup work, and devoted friendship with Cat Stevens. I then found there was a lot of session work available for a fingerstyle acoustic player", he said to Beat Instrumental Magazine. CV. Guest Star (1) Role. [8] He was considered a perfect complement to Stevens' new, folk-rock based approach to music, and the combination clicked. Davies and Mark reunited in 1968, forming a band with Nicky Hopkins as keyboardist, bass guitarist Brian Odgers, and drummer Harvey Burns, under the name Sweet Thursday. Credits. [17], "Magicat: Relax Your Mind With Jon and Alun", "Davis the Guitar (Surname spelled incorrectly)", List of members of Good Men in the Jungle, Davies & Fairport Convention perform with Yusuf Islam at the 2009 Cropredy Festival, Rolling Stone interview upon Yusuf's return to music, New Musical Express September '72 review of Davies' Daydo single, "I'm Gonna Love You Too", Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. Director Joseph Bullman. He also gave guitar lessons to support himself. [15] Together, the two wrote and recorded the opening track for Lane's album See Me, as well as "One Step", and another tune, "She's Leaving", in 1979. The song and the album laid the groundwork for Stevens' most productive albums to come. [12], After Cat Stevens left the pop music business, Davies confessed feeling quite sad. [7] He continued to write new material of his own, with hopes of a solo album in the future. Within a short time, Davies was regarded by astute fans as a perfectionist, arriving before Stevens at each concert to personally check out both the sound and instruments after the sound checks, and practising the material until he was satisfied that the audience would receive the best concert available. Nothing ever came easy for him. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat both were platinum albums in the United States, and each produced top charting singles. Since that time, many "box sets", compilations, and "best hits" albums have been assembled for sale with Davies' guitar work and vocals on each album. Here's Why, What States Trump and Biden Need to Get Elected, This Week in Celebrity Homes: Ellen DeGeneres, Sting, News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. [8] Liner notes for the LP were written by Jon Mark, of Sweet Thursday and the Mark-Almond Band. Read about our approach to external linking. No biography is available for Sion Alun Davies. His inferiority complex is woven into his DNA and infects all his relationships – including with his pregnant girlfriend, Sam, a young solicitor. Actors Sarah MacCormick, +44 (0)20 7393 4474 Email Sarah MacCormick. Thus, Davies said in an interview that covered Cat Stevens' career on the VH1 series, Behind the Music, that he thought he was merely going through another phase up until the last month or so.[14]. Prior to his association with Stevens, Davies co-wrote, sang, and performed on two albums: in 1963, with Jon Mark, (known then as John Michael Burchell)[1] and in 1968, as a member of the band Sweet Thursday with Mark, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, Harvey Burns and Brian Odgers, when folk-rock music was still in its infancy. Their American record label, Tetragrammaton Records, abruptly declared bankruptcy[3][4] (by legend, the same day the album was released),[5] and the musicians never had the opportunity to perform their new material on stage or promote the album. Deep down, Vaughan has an impulse to self-destruct; an urge to desecrate his achievements and the new life he has made for himself. He had to fight for everything, often with his fists. 8 on the pop charts in the United Kingdom,[10] and is credited as the first Cat Stevens song to gain attention in the United States. Everyone is having a hard time, and everyone just wants to keep getting by. Daydo was released in 1972, containing songs written or co-written by Davies, and supported by Stevens on piano with other members of Cat Stevens' band, including drummer Gerry Conway. Lauded as Stevens' right-hand man, Davies put off his dreams of solo albums because he insisted that Stevens' work was more essential, and he remained loyal to him, saying he would eventually find time for his own project. 1/22/17. But he knew he had to escape, so he fought his way out. The LP at last was released in the summer of 1972. [9] Initially hired as a session musician on the album Mona Bone Jakon, Davies' more experienced guitar finger-work and backing vocals helped Stevens achieve his new sound. TV. Davies commented that he had not expected this major change in Stevens', since Stevens' search for spiritual fulfilment had led him to experiment with a number of religions, including Numerology, Buddhism and I-Ching. Sian Reese-Williams, Sion Alun Davies – Hidden. [16], Alun Davies' only solo album as of 2008 was Daydo, released in 1972.