Andy founded the band in 1980 with violinist Marc Elton. Following the split in 1985, a change of tack led to touring as guitarist for american soul legends Bill Withers and Geno Washington and his work as a sound engineer to five American tours and long tours of Europe and the UK with prog heroes, Jethro Tull. Nothing would prove as satisfying as playing with Solstice though and so, inevitably, Andy reformed the band in it's current line up in 2007.
Andy had been looking for a new fiddle player ever since Marc Elton's tinnitus made it impossible for him to continue playing amplified music. A mutual friend introduced Jenny and, although she was up for playing on Circles, by the time recording started Jenny was touring in Canada and beyond with folk rock band Rock, Salt and Nails. On her return though, she joined the band for live shows and her celtic musical roots have been gracing gigs and recordings ever since.
Steve's brilliant piano playing came to the attention of Andy during a recording session in the dungeon that was the Madcap Studio, where Steve was conjuring poetry from a Fender Rhodes so battered that it was a miracle it worked at all. Steve joined Solstice in the wake of Circles and remains the only Solstice keyboard player. Beyond Solstice Steve is an accomplished sessioneer and songsmith as his solo album, Lark , will testify.
Pete first played with Solstice on the 1992 album, New Life. Pete and Andy had already been working together closely having met whilst Pete was signed to Virgin with the Jazz Devils. Soon after New Life Pete immigrated to Australia where he made a name for himself as an award winning producer and artist and released the acclaimed Lords Garden album through Sony....oh and he worked with Page and Plant too!!! Since his return from Oz Pete's encouragement played no small part in the band's 2007 reformation.
Robin is the son of Margaret Phillips, who played on Silent Dance and occasionally joined the band onstage at the Marquee. He grew up surrounded by music and so it was destiny that he should join Clive Bunker to form the Solstice rhythm section that gigged in support of 1996's Circles.Â His reputation as a great bass player and 'the nicest guy you could meet' has led to work with numerous projects along side his recent work as a wolf handler......yes really!
Emma joined Solstice to sing on 1996 album Circles. Whilst Andy was engineering at a Buckingham studio and keeping an eye out for a replacement for Heidi Kemp, in walked Emma. Moonlighting as a session singer whilst studying at university for a music degree she agreed to sing on the tracks that became Circles and has been with the band ever since.