Beggars Opera were a six piece classical, progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who formed in 1969. Signed to Vertigo Records, they were a furiously hard working band who toured UK and Europe extensively in the late 60’s through to mid 70’s.
They played the legendary Speyer Festival Germany 1971– The Great British Rock Meeting alongside Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac and played their final show alongside the New York Doll’s at London’s infamous designer clothes shop Biba’s.
The follow up was to be Glam Figurine concept Diana Demon that was to feature mellotronist Virginia Scott on vocals and was demoed with Tony Visconti in London. DD was put on hold as guitarist Ricky Gardiner’s work with David Bowie on Low and then Iggy Pop on Lust for Life took hold.
Fast forward twenty odd years filled with a retreat to the country, children, meditation, musical experimentation, several ambient electronic albums and solo projects later, the Beggars Opera tradition is now being carried forward by founder member Ricky Gardiner Guitairst, Virginia Scott Mellotronist and Tom Gardiner Drummer.