Gary Boyle

Gary Boyle is a true local guitar hero with a CV as long as yer arm.

During the 60s Gary  played the Star club in Hamburg and the German club circuit. He played guitar with artists like pop singer Millie and vocal legend Dusty Springfield. He toured the UK, Europe and America with Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger playing on two albums. He then joined cult folk/rock band Eclection.

ln the 70s Gary became a studio session guitarist in London. He recorded with the likes of Mike Westbrook, Norma Winstone, Keith Tippett and Mike Gibbs. He recorded an album with folk legend Bert Jansch then did sessions with Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamash'ta's group East Wind.

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ln 1973 Gary formed his own jazz-fusion group lsotope recording three albums and touring extensively around Europe and the USA. Later he formed another group Triple Echo. Gary now teaches and continues gigging with his own trio. His latest album titled "Games" is recorded on the Red Kite label.


Gary Boyle (b. Gary Winston Boyle, November 24, 1941, Patna, Bihar, Eastern British India), is a famous British jazz fusion guitarist. He came to England at 8 and took up the guitar in his early teens and played local gigs and started playing in small clubs. He later attended Leeds College of Music in Leeds, West Yorkshire. 

In 1962 he moved to Hamburg, Germany to play R & B at The Top Ten Club at 136 Reeperbahn in St Pauli. He then moved back to England in 1964 and backed Jamaican singer Millie (b. Millicent Dolly May Small, Sunday, October 6, 1946, Gibralter, Clarendon Parish, Middlesex County, Jamaica, West Indies) and opened for The Rolling Stones on sold-out UK Tour. 

In 1965 was in Lulu and the Luvvers, who included Lulu on lead vocals (b. Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, Wednesday, November 3, 1948, Lennox Castle Maternity Hospital, Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK). 

In 1966 Boyle joined Dusty Springfield's backing group The Echoes, whose line-up at this time was Boyle on lead guitar, Douggie Reece on bass (b. Douglas Reece), Jimmy O'Brien on organ (b. James O'Brien) and Peter Wolf on drums. Mike O'Neal (Nero) (b. Michael O'Neill, Sunday, July 3, 1938, Lowton, Lancashire, UK d. Thursday, October 10, 2013, of liver cancer) (ex-Nero and the Gladiators), replaced O'Brian. He did not stay long and was replaced by Ivan Chandler. 

In January 1967 Boyle left The Echoes and joined Julie Driscol, Brian Auger and the Trinity (aka Julie Driscol and the Brian Auger Trinity), whose line-up was Brian Auger on vocals, piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, backing vocals (b. Brian Albert Gordon Auger, Monday, July 18, 1938, London, UK), Boyle on lead guitar, harmony vocals, Julie Driscol on lead vocals (b. Sunday, June 8, 1947, London, UK), Roger J. Sutton on bass, harmony vocals and Clive Theaker on drums (b. Tuesday, February 13, 1940, Enfield, Middlesex, UK). He did not stay long and left in May 1967. 

After attending Leeds College of Music, in Early April 1969 Boyle joined Folk Rock band Eclection. Eclection had been formed in August 1967 by Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist Mike Rosen (b. Michael Rosen, Canada), who was living in London and met Norwegian singer, songwriter, guitarist Georg Hultgreen (b. Prince Georg Johan Tchegodaieff, Sunday, June 9, 1946, Trondheim, Norway) in Bangers Restaurant in Bayswater, West London. They decided to form a group with Rosen on guitar, vocals, trumpet and Hultgreen on guitar, vocals, adding Australian guitarist, vocalist Trevor Lucas (b. Trevor George Lucas, Saturday, December 25, 1943, Bungree, Victoria, Australia d. February 4, 1989, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), both having seen him perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival. He recommends fellow Australian Kerrilee Male (b. Kerrilee Newsome) as lead vocalist. The last to join the band was English drummer Gerry Conway (b. Thursday, September 11, 1947, King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK). 

Male is the first to leave and is replaced by American singer Dorris Henderson (b. 1933, Lakeland, Florida, USA d. Thursday, March 3, 2005). Mike Rosen was the next to leave in Early April 1969 and was replaced by Boyle and they also add vibes player John 'Poli' Palmer (b. John Michael Palmer, Tuesday, May 25, 1943, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK).    

He did not stay long in Eclection and left in Late May 1969 to rejoin Brian Auger and the Trinity (aka Julie Driscol and the Brian Auger Trinity) again, whose line-up was Auger, Boyle, Driscol, Theaker and Dave Ambrose on bass (b. David Ambrose, Tuesday, December 11, 1945, Highgate, North London, UK). He stayed with the band until they split in August 1970. 

John H. Warburg

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Topic: Gary Boyle
John H. Warburg says...
Gary Boyle (b. Gary Winston Boyle, November 24, 1941, Patna, Bihar, Eastern India), is a British jazz fusion guitarist. He cam to England at 8 and took up the guitar in his early teens and played local gigs. He later attended Leeds College of Music ... Read More
3rd May 2014 7:09pm
Michael Jensen says...
Hi there... Mr .Boyle once played with a danish band called Burnin Red Ivanhoe. Is there anyway that it is possiblme to get i touch with him? I know that the band would very much like to. Kindest Regards Michael
16th December 2014 5:23pm
Michael Jensen says...
Does he have a website with contact information?
16th December 2014 5:24pm
Graham Crawford says...
Gary Boyle plays fairly frequently at the Railway pub, 74-76, Wellington Road North, Stockport in the North of England. He is playing this Sunday 8th Feb with the Tim Franks Quartet. The pub is just a 10 minute walk from Stockport Railway Station. ... Read More
7th February 2015 5:43am

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