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Beggars Opera were a six piece classical progressive rock band from Glasgow Scotland formed in 1969 by Ricky Gardiner Guitarist. In 1970 they signed to Vertigo Records and produced 4 iconic Vertigo prog rock albums including Waters of Change/ Time Machine.

They toured extensively through to the mid 70’s, including an appearance at the now famous Speyer Festival Germany 1971-The Great British Rock Meeting.

Ricky Gardiner Guitarist then worked with Tony Visconti and David Bowie on Low and Iggy Pop on Lust for Life co-writing The Passenger with Iggy Pop in 1977.

Find out more on the Beggars Opera blog.


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