Updated August 8, 2014
Welcome! There have been many changes over the course of the last year and a delay in the release of The Door Into Summer; Gary Davenport's next album. It is still in the works with the exact release date undetermined but it is safe to say that it will be ready by mid August to mid-September at the very latest. Work is still continuing on the recording and is very close to completion. Accompanying Gary is Alchemy, who performs with Gary at live events and in the studio.
Fred Masinter-Violin. Fred has been with Gary since 1994.
Kevin Lewis-Bass guitar and Lead guitar. Kevin has been with Gary since 1998.
Dylan Martin-Drums and Percussion. Dylan has been with Alchemy since 2011.
Brandon Bombardier-Lead Guitar, Support Vocals. Brandon joined the group in January of 2013.
And Gary Davenport-Vocals, Guitar, Mellotron.
Brandon and Dylan are also with the group Triaxe.
Special guest Klaus Weiland added guitar to the song, "The Distant Malverns" and sitar to, "Gilgamesh". Bob Catlin also added tambouras to "Gilgamesh" Heday who was once with Alchemy added keyboards and mellotron to several songs as well. Richard Potter who was also on "Wonder Slips Away" returns adding various flutes and sax to several songs.
Gary Davenport & Alchemy will be performing at Coffee Waves in Port Aransas, Texas on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Coffee Waves in Corpus Christi, Texas at Alameda St. There are also gigs in the works for San Antonio, San Marcos, and Austin, Tx. The dates will be posted here when they are confirmed. These gigs will be to celebrate the release of The Door Into Summer.
Apart from Alchemy, there is Alcyon.
Gary Davenport-Vocals, Guitar.
John Stuart-Cello, Vocals.
Alcyone will be performing live at Coffee Waves on Saturday evening, August 23rd. The music consists of many traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English songs and songs by Gary Davenport as well.
Last but not least and still AVAILABLE from MuseMyth on the Closet Records label is the album "Wait No Longer" by Mannequin. Mannequin was a group that Gary was a member of 30 plus years ago. Originally intended for release in 1981, it is now here and available. It is currently only available on vinyl. The CD is being worked on at this very point in time and will be released in September. It was mixed and mastered at Edit Point Studios by Donnie Meals.
Closet Records (CRD 1001)
More releases from the Closet Records catalog will be re-issued in the next few months primarily on CD and some vinyl. Announcements will be made just prior to the release date for each recording.
What follows below is the text to introduce the launching of the MuseMyth Recordings label and Wonder Slips Away album/CD. It has been left on for the sake of posterity.
March 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Gary Davenport Releases CD, Wonder Slips Away
Gary Davenport, founding member of Mannequin, Red Square, and Himmel is releasing a CD “Wonder Slips Away,” on the newly formed MuseMyth label. The CD features fifteen songs recorded with core group members--Fred Masinter, violin; Kevin Lewis, 5-string bass; and Raul Garcia, drums and percussion.
Also appearing on the recording is Gib Wharton who has previously recorded and performed with Cassandra Wilson, Laurie Anderson, and Van Morrison; Cari Palazzolo, singer/songwriter of Belaire; Rob Meyer, formerly with the San Antonio Symphony on trumpet; Richard Potter on flute and saxophone; Will Willard from the Gilliam Section on electric lead guitar; and multi-instrumentalist, Val Cronk; and many others.
The songs were recorded by Eugene Ng at Krazy Kat and by Donnie Meals at Edit Point with the recording being produced by Donnie Meals and Gary Davenport.
Davenport states, “These songs are highly personal yet I believe they will appeal to all audiences. Like the title of the CD states, wonder has a tendency to slip away. I’ve tried to capture and convey that sense of wonder in my music.”
Davenport has been an integral part of the San Antonio music scene since 1976 fronting such well known bands as Mannequin and Red Square whose release, “Lemmings and Saviors” achieved critical acclaim well beyond the local music scene.
At the same time Davenport wishes to announce the formation of MuseMyth; a label devoted to promoting not only his own recordings but the works of other independent artists. Davenport previously co-founded Closet Records, a label that produced such interesting artists as, Mannequin, The Rejects, and Mike Escamilla; and also the seminal compilation LP, “As Raindrops Become Ocean.”
Davenport will be performing songs Wonder Slips Away for Fredstock to be simulcast on KSYM at San Antonio College campus, Thursday, April 15, 2010. A release party for the CD/album will follow on Friday, June 18, 2010 at Pho Sure (formerly the Big Kahuna), 721 W. Ashby across the street from the San Pedro Playhouse with a live performance there as well.