Gayna Rose Madder
has spent a large part of the last two years writing potentially classic,
straight-from-the-heart pop songs, a very small number of which have
actually escaped onto vinyl or tape. These have invariably attracted
the appreciation and emotional stirrings of a select group of followers,
across Europe, and Gayna has been lavished with heaped teaspoonfuls
of praise for her efforts.
With the release of 'Ties', however, her emergence from (self-induced)
semi-oblivion should be ensured. Previously dismissed from the independent
scene for being 'too commercial' , whilst being rejected by majors for
'being too independent, Gayna should now find that 'Ties' transcends
such ephemeral barriers. Produced by Dave Dix, the song, written by
Gayna, attracted offers of cover versions, via major publishing and
record companies, from the time of its inception, and is now finally
to be made available.
Gayna is, however, by no means a complete stranger to musical success.
In her previous incarnation as Flo Sullivan, she enjoyed early favour,
in the form of Radio One sessions, with her first group ' A Formal Sigh'.
Following this she gave up a promising career in educational research
to devote herself to being one half of duo 'Shiny Two Shiny' who quickly
demoed four songs on a cassette player and naively took them down to
London with no appointments but a view to taking the capital by storm.
Remarkably, they received four offers to release their material, in
one form or another, the most promising being from Dave Kitson's Red
Flame label to record a mini LP.
This, completed in four days in a local eight-track studio, went straight
into the independent charts and received rave reviews in NME and Melody
Maker, among others. This was followed by a single which obtained Radio
One daytime airplay and three successful tours of Europe (Shiny Two
Shiny did not let the fact that their entire ownership of instruments
still consisted solely of one acoustic guitar and a Casio MT40 deter
them from recording or touring).
Robin Surtees, now guitarist with 'Benny Profane', and Gayna then went
their separate ways, Gayna signing to a major label in a deal which
never fully materialised (producing only one single). Following this,
four major companies paid for her to demo for them, but no suitable
deals were struck.
Finally, last year, Gayna released 'Are you in pain?' on the Uglyman
label. Self-produced, and again attracting Radio One airplay, many considered
this to be her finest song to (that) date. She also made some rare live
appearances last year; notably with an all-female backing group at `The
Blackie`s Women In Music` festival; supporting 'It's Immaterial'; and
at last year's three-day national 'Earthbeat' festival of music and
dance (both of the latter with different mixed-sex backing groups).
Having now moved also into other areas of music such as producticn,
and writing original scores for such diverse items as a fashion show
and a set of relaxation tapes, Gayna is most definitely back in her
own right. 'Ties' is available on the Destiny Angel label, via Foresight
records, from Sept. 30 (cat. Gypsy 3).
'Halfway across the rainbow' mini LP rel. Mar '83, Red Flame, RFM 16.
'Waiting for us' single rel. Nov. '83, Red Flame, RFB 29 12 & RFB
'Moment to moment' , on ' The Zulu Compilation' , LP rel. Mar. '84,
"Waiting for us' , on 'Goodbye to all that' , rel 1984, Red Flame
' 7/4' on the Trance Compilation' , rel. 1987, Primitive records, BC
(All above by Shiny Two Shiny).
'Higher', Flo Sullivan, single rel. June '85, Red Flame, RF 1243 and
'Are you in pain?' Gayna Rose Madder, rel. April '87 , Uglyman Ugly
4T & Ugly 4
`Ties / Bigger than a dream' Gayna Rose Madder, rel. Sept. '88, Destiny
Angel Gypsy 3.
backing vocals for next Peter Coyle LP, 1988; for top Belgian band 'Parade
Ground' 1987, and for mini LP by 'Barbell` to be released Jan. ' 89.