About Caravan

Long time ago (the 60's), there lived a bunch of creative spirits. They lived in Canterbury, called themselves The Wilde Flowers and occupied themselves with rhythm & blues, mixed with jazz and British folk-influences. When The Wilde Flowers split up in 1966, nobody could have anticipated that this collective would later on enter the history books as the foundation of the Canterbury scene, one of the most influential and artistic musical trends coming out of England during the Sixties.

As unexpected as it was, it happened all the same: one half of the band ( singer Kevin Ayers and drummer/singer Robert Wyatt ) left the group to start Soft Machine. The remaining members, consisting of guitarists Pye Hastings and Richard Sinclair, keyboardist David Sinclair and drummer Richard Coughlan regrouped in 1968 under the moniker of CARAVAN. Following in the footsteps of Soft Machine, the band got involved in London's underground scene, although initially Caravan had to be content with a spot in the shadow of its "big brother". Nevertheless, in the late 60's, early 70's, the band managed to establish itself as one of the most original and innovative acts doing the rounds in the national club-circuit. Jazz and folk were still an important ingredient, solid rock and a good dose of psychedelia completed the finished product.

Caravan in 1967:

Left to right: Richard Sinclair (bass, vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards),
Richard Coughlan (drums, percussion), Pye Hastings (vocals, guitars)

Click here for the excellent Caravan biography by Ralph Cross.

Caravan nowadays:

Left to right: Jim Leverton (bass, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Mark Walker (drums, percussion),
Geoff Richardson (viola, guitar, flute, vocals, mandolin, spoons), Pye Hastings (vocals, guitars)