Live Showreel

Cary Grace

from Lady of Turquoise, released January 31, 2020
Cary Grace: vocals, acoustic guitar, samples, sequencing, sound effects
John Garden: electric guitar, drums
Andy Budge: bass

Lyrics and music by Cary Grace.

Live Film Scores

In association with Bristol Silents, Aardman Animation, The Bristol Arnolfini and The French Institute, London, John has composed and performed live scores to accompany silent classics by early cinematic masters such as Georges Méliès, Harry Hoyt and Segundo de Chomón.

Commissions and special projects always welcome.

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The Lost World – Live Silent Film Score – UK Cinema Tour 2011 / 2012

Courtesy French Institute London

Georges Méliès Revival – Live Silent Film Score – London, UK 2011

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The Perfume of  Dreams – Chomon Retrospective – Bristol, UK 2011

Tales of the City The Musical

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City the Musical premiered at the American Conservatory Theater in 2011, with a book by Jeff Whitty and score by Jake Shears and John Garden. The musical stage adaptation, based on Armistead Maupin’s best-selling books began previews on May 18 2011 and ran until July 31, with direction by Jason Moore, and a cast featuring Judy Kaye as Anna Madrigal, Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, Mary Birdsong as Mona Ramsay, and Wesley Taylor as Michael “Mouse” Tolliver. Orchestrations were by Bruce Coughlin, with musical direction by Stephen Oremus, Carmel Dean and Cian Mcarthy. Set design by Doug Schmidt, and choreography by Larry Keigwin. Tony Award nominee Mx. Justin Vivian Bond made history as the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway when they took on the role of Mrs. Madrigal for the one-night-only 2017 benefit concert of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical at the Music Box Theatre. 

Video courtesy of Wes Taylor.

Nathan Daniel / Tilted City

“I Know Corridors” (N. Daniel, J. Garden, R. Harvey) by Tilted City from the 2009 album “Cheek Denied”.
Bass/Keys/Guitar – J. Garden
Lead guitar – Russ Harvey
Vocals/All other guitars – Nathan Daniel
Drums – Scott Hammond
Backing Vocals – Russ Harvey/Dan Brown

Produced by John Garden with additional production by Dan Brown
Mixed by Dan Brown

“Murder Summer Burbia” (N. Daniel, J. Garden, R. Harvey) by Tilted City from the 2009 album “Cheek Denied”.

Vocals/Acoustic guitars – Nathan Daniel
Bass/Keys/Guitar/Lap Steel – J. Garden
Lead guitar – Russ Harvey
Drums – Scott Hammond
Strings – Ros Stephen/Juliet McCarthy
Backing Vocals – Dan Brown/Russ Harvey/Bryony Willow
Assorted percussion and magical instruments – Dan Brown

String arrangements by John Garden/Ros Stephen
Produced by John Garden with additional production by Dan Brown
Mixed by Dan Brown

Jimmy Goodrich

Jimmy Goodrich – Vocals / Guitar / Bass
Jason Newman – Drums
John Garden – Keys / Bass / Guitar

Produced by John Garden & Jimmy Goodrich

Two Thumb

John Garden – Fender Rhodes
Duncan Lutz – Bass
Scott Hammond – Drums

My Girl The River

Produced by John Garden.

Chamber 25 Music

Written, performed and produced by John Garden.

The Rarest Birds – co-written by John Garden with Alison Moyet and Sean McGhee. Produced by Guy Sigsworth.


Jon Wygens – Guitar

Paul Wygens – Drums

Dave Perry – Sax

Roger Mills – Trumpet

Joe Evans – Bass

John Garden – Keys