my name is Gregg McKella
Vocals/Guitar/Glissando guitar/Clarinet/Synth FX's

Gregg plays clarinet, guitar, space FX, and also writes and sings. He founded Paradise 9 in 1997, following playing a series of singer/songwriter nights in London, with original bassist Andy MacDonald.

 

Originally from Aylesbury Gregg’s early bands was the The Presence, who played gigs with Marillion and Ozric Tentacles in the early 1980's.

Gregg relocated to London in 1987, and teamed up with singer/songwriter Jeanette Murphy to form Image Wot Image? They played extensively around London and the South-east, and also a collection of festivals.

 

Following Image Wot Image?, in 1997, Gregg went on to form Paradise 9, as well as sister band Dreamfield with songwriter/producer Poppy Gonzalez the following year. Dreamfield, released two CD singles, their first “Take Me With You”, was made Single Of The Month on the then GLR Saturday Breakfast Show, and their follow-up single “Christopher’s Dream” also received extensive radio airplay. Dreamfield then went on to perform and record in America and Estonia.

 

As well as keeping busy with Paradise 9, Gregg currently plays with The Glissando Guitar Orchestra, (a collective of guitar glissers performing the 7 drones, a guitar string bowing technique and musical concept conceived by Gong’s Daevid Allen and Steve Hillage). He contributed in June 2014 to "Drones4Daevid", a collection of glissando performances played by Steve Hillage, Fabio Golfetti, Makoto, Harry Williamson, Miquette Giraudy (keys), Josh Pollock, Brian Abbott, Andy Bole, Steve Bemand,Mark Huxley and Kev Hegan, and simultaneously played in different locations around the world. This healing music was timed to coincide with Daevid Allen’s surgery for cancer in Australia. Each part was individually recorded and mixed by Harry Williamson at Spring Studios in Australia, and the recording is now available as a free download.

 

A recording of The Glissando Guitar Orchestra performance at Kozfest 2014 is also due for release later in 2014.

 

In Sept’ 2006, Gregg played clarinet and synthy effects on “The Orchid Show”, a duet with Monty Oxymoron, the keyboardist from The Damned, an improv piece performed over a photographic display by Tim Dowling. This show is now reprised yearly and has included other guest musicians Charlotte Glasson on flute and saw, plus members of Brighton’ s experimental Safehouse Collective, Z*qhygoem, Alistair Strachan, and Kevin Moore.

 

In 2013 Gregg teamed up with Kev Ellis as Gregg and Kev (or Kev and Gregg…depending who gets the gig!), an acoustic duo tribute to the late Judge Trev Thoms, performing and keeping Trev’s songs alive. Gregg and Kev are often joined by others, including Martin Litmus, Dino Ferari (ICU), and individuals with a bucket on their head.

 

Gregg has also guested with Nik Turner’s Inner City Unit, Space Ritual and Outriders Of The Apocalypse. His synthy effects feature on two tracks of Steffe Sharpstring’s SenTieNT album “Live at The Real Music Club Brighton 2012”. His clarinet features on The Higher Craft 2012 EP “Moonbeams & Marble”. He has guested with the late great Mick Farren & The Portobello Allstars, Green Ritual, Aurora, The UnGong Band, Jeanette Murphy, , The Plastic Sturgeons (with Steve Swindells, Cardinal Biggles, Guy Pratt, Adam (Faithless) Bushell ), Peyote Guru Band, The Peoples Free Republic of Pandemonia (PFRP), Dubbal, Micro Cosmic’s Sacred Geometry and Ron Tree Inc (MOAB).

 

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