Julian joined Steeleye in 2010 as replacement for Ken Nicol. The first tour he did was 'Now We are Six Again' when the band played the whole album on tour, followed by a live album. In 2013 Julian wrote three songs for the 'Wintersmith' project including the 'main' theme song 'The Dark Morris Song' which was played on 'Later with Jools Holland' and received good radio airtime. He also wrote 'You' and 'Summer Lady'.
Julian has contributed heavily to the last two studio albums 'Dodgy Bastards' & 'Est'd 1969' where he has written songs and adapted traditional lyrics to new arrangements and melodies. In recent tours he has played Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin and Accordion as the introduction of Spud Sinclair on lead guitar provided opportunities for a wider range of musical arrangements.
Julian has taken on the role of 'Album Coordinator' as well as co-producer on the recent Steeleye albums and is an integral and vital part of today's Steeleye.
Multi talented Julian comes from a background in acting; musical theatre; Musical Direction as well as being a musician and composer in his own right, working with Charlie Dore and Gerry Rafferty for many years.
Julian has worked closely with Charlie since they first performed together in the early 70's. They tour, record and co-write regularly together and recently released the album 'Dark Matter', a taster of which is on the video opposite/above. They have also scored music for TV shows ('Two Thousand Acres of Sky') and written songs for other artists including Sheena Easton.
You can keep up to date with their various projects on Charlie's website: https://www.charliedore.com/
Julian has appeared in many TV shows and films including Madonna's film EVITA where he was 'Brother Juan' and 'London Boulevard'. He appeared in episodes of 'Holby City'; 'The Bill'; 'Doctors; 'The Sweeney; 'Juliet Bravo' and even 'Tuckers Luck'!
Julian has been in many theatre productions both acting and as a musician. He has appeared in 'We will Rock You', 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'; 'Pump Boys and Dinettes', 'A Day at the Racists' amongst others. He was also the Musical Director on various shows including the revival of 'Hair'.
Julian does occasionally perform solo gigs, recently billed as the 'FunkSoulBrother' - 'An evening with...' gigs. He has released two solo albums 'Life’s Rich Bloody Tapestry' (2012) and 'Trueville' (2018)
He can be seen here performing a song from Trueville in the Park Records Studios. (and a promo video at the bottom of the page)
Both albums are available from Amazon Digital by clicking on the pictures below
Back in 1979 Julian released a single under the small Harbour label. It was followed up a year later with 'Young Explorers' but sadly not, as far as I am aware, with an Album.
Julian was one the early regular musicians on the children's TV series 'Rainbow' where he worked with Charlie Dore. He appeared in 1973/1974, so of course a clip from way back then is a must.....