Beggars Opera were a six piece classical progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland formed in 1969 by Ricky Gardiner, guitarist. Signed to Vertigo Records and producing 4 iconic Vertigo prog albums.
They toured extensively in the late 60’s through to mid 70’s including an appearance at the now famous Speyer Festival Germany 1971-The Great British Rock Meeting, alongside Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac.
Their final show was played 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 at that point.
Fast forward twenty odd years filled with a sudden retreat to the country, children, meditation, musical experimentation, several ambient electronic albums and solo projects later, Beggars Opera are now husband and wife team, songwriters Virginia Scott/ Keys and Vox and Ricky Gardiner/ Guitars.
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