My full name is John
Edward Buckingham, I sometimes call myself John Buck, and more recently "Noteslinger", I was born
in Bedfordshire in the late 1950's.
My first introduction
to music was when I sang in Willesborough
Church Choir, Ashford, Kent from when I was 7 to 15. I became
head choirboy and was responsible for singing all the solos at weddings and other special functions. The highlight
of this time was when church choirs from around Kent gathered
at Canterbury Cathedral for a festival. The sound
of everyone singing in that wonderful building was awesome and
will always be with me. At this time I also sang in the school choir and
played percussion instruments in the orchestra.
the ages of 12 to 16 I learned to play the piano and was taught
by Ted Solly, my school and church choirmaster. Ted taught me
classical music which I really hated at the time and
my mother would literally bully me into practicing. But without my mother's help none of my music would
have been written.
had become a musician but I needed that spark to ignite my enthusiasm.
the age of 14 I saw Marc
Bolan and T. Rex playing "Jeepster" on Top of the
Pops and that did it and I purchased the album “T.
Rex” which happened to be Marc Bolan's first attempt at recording and playing the electric guitar. This is still my favourite T. Rex
album, Marc Bolan had totally inspired me to write my own songs, in particular with lyrics like this:
Time of Love is Now by
Marc Bolan and T. Rex
Light up your face
With all the love within you
Say your word
Make it heard
Light up the world
With poems from within you
Shout it out
Have no doubts
For the time of love is now
managed to get a cheap acoustic guitar in a jumble sale for £5 but I really craved for an electric guitar and a friend of the family
did a special deal for me on a Hofner
electric guitar with a tremolo arm and tape wound strings.
I taught myself to play the guitar using the “Play in
a Day” book by Bert
Weedon . . . but it would be much, much longer than just one
day. When I was learning I swore that I
would never play the blues so that my style would be different
to other guitarists. I also never played along to records afraid
of developing someone else’s style. But I have to admit now that
this was a big mistake because it took longer to learn the instrument.
At the age of 14 I started to play music with my sister Julia Buckingham (now known as Jules).
We performed as a duet
at first just playing Beatles songs and other covers. Even then
the harmonies we constructed were very unique, our rendition of “She’s Leaving Home” was
probably one of our best. We then teamed up with a drummer
and friend, Mick Kennedy, and called ourselves Morning
Mist. We played wherever we could get a gig and it didn't
matter about money, money never mattered to us, it was playing live music
joined my first full band “Orpheus”
around about 1974 and we played our own material plus covers
such as “One of These Nights” by the Eagles and “Caroline”
by Status Quo.
When I was 16 I started a 5 year apprenticeship as a compositor
(typesetter) which is where I really started to play around
with words, writing poems and songs (sometimes during work time!). It was a gruelling
but rewarding apprenticeship where I learned everything about
the print trade. I was earning peanuts compared to my friends
but I reckon that it shaped me as a person and taught me
to never give up.
Dream, my next full band was formed about 1977 with Alan Cork the guitarist from
Orpheus. I still
think that this was the high point of my musical life, the band
were so fresh and young with lots of new ideas. At that time Pipe
Dream were listening to the likes of Steve Hillage, Jimmy Hendrix
and Camel and our music seemed to reflect that.
I had finished my apprenticeship, I started to have piano
lessons again, this time with a tallented female Welsh piano teacher.
then there have been a string of bands:
SPG - 1988:
Tall Man Thin - 1990:
Desk Top Muzak - 1991:
Sinfear and the Love - 2005:
Animalian - 2004-2010:
Jamjar - 2009-2010:
Looney Ginger Boys Ltd - 2010-Present:
I love to play the guitar and piano and singing is very important to me too. But I really class myself
as a song writer using whatever medium I can lay my hands on
at the time, from a battered old acoustic guitar to a full on computer multi
track recording system.
major influences are:
The Beatles, Deep Purple, T. Rex, Pink Floyd, Man, Nektar, Steve
Hillage, Led Zeppelin, Caravan, Camel, The Stranglers and a relatively
unknown band Cressida. I have always liked a bit of dance and
ambience and I respect the likes of The Prodigy and Boards of
songs listed in buckmusic are my diary, the quality isn't that great sometimes
but my soul seems to always be there in the recordings. I
hope that you can give these songs a chance because I think
that there is something for everyone, a different song to match
all your moods, although they are mostly unfinished.
. . . ooh and have a look at Early
Bands and Buck
Memorabilia for a laugh too!
to mention that I have created all these songs, organized all
these bands and performed loads of gigs while mostly holding down full
2009 I tried something very different, I was playing guitar
and singing backing vocals with an outstanding blues guitarist, Dave Carson.
We were an "acoustic act" that went under the band
name of Sugar
Mama UK here is a small example of our live music: Green Manalishi. We performed quite a few gigs in the Hampshire/Dorset
area and also in St. Ives, Cornwall, particularly the St. Ives
Music Festival. I also played guitar in an offshoot jazz band, Dave
Carson's 4am but I left both bands in October 2009.
In July 2009 I played keyboards in a covers band called Rumbling Spires. We played songs by bands such as T. Rex, The Doors and The Stranglers.
On 21/7/2010 I joined
Hereafter as keyboard player using the name of "Noteslinger". The band had catchy songs and a lot of energy and their music enabled me to experiment with my keyboard playing. I left the band in September 2015 when I went to live in Canterbury, Kent.
I am currently working on my second prog rock album written mainly on the piano, here is a live version of my first prog rock offering "All So Far". I would love to work with any musicians that are interested in this type of music.
In 2019 I formed a covers band based in Salisbury called Uncovered Ground I play keyboards and sing.
yea, I would love to hear from you and I like constructive criticism!
To contact me click here: John