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An essential reference guide for anyone sad enough to play "Six Degrees of Kirsty"

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Pete Waterman  Producer (and now media personality).

Pete produced Denise Gyngell's version of Kirsty's You Broke My Heart In 17 Places which was "without doubt one of the greatest pop records ever made" according to Terry Hurley (and he should know).

Jamie West-Oram  (2+) Connecting in 1994.  Guitar.

JamieGuitar on You know it's you and Big boy on a Saturday night.  Also appeared in the Kirsty touring band.  Jamie is lead guitarist with the Fixx, and has also worked with Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson (which should give an indication of his calibre), Jane Siberry and Doctor Rain.  Photo by Steve Pariseau.

Michael White  Connecting in 1991.  Engineer.

MichaelAssistant engineer on Electric Landlady.  

He has also worked with Sally Taylor, Whitney Houston, Lisa Loeb, Bobby Brown, Al Jarreau, Lloyd Cole and Family of God.

The Wonderstuff  (1) Connecting in 1991.  Band.

Kirsty sang backing vocals on the album Never loved Elvis - she is in the video for Welcome to the cheap seats and appeared live on Top of the Pops with the band.

Terry Woods (0+) Connecting in 1981.  Stringed instruments.

Irish folk musician, joined the Pogues for several years, played on Kirsty's Tour of the Irish Ballrooms in 1981 alongside Lu Edmonds, Gavin Povey, Phil Johnstone and Jon Moss.

Dave Woodcock  (2) Connecting in 1989.  Violin.

Violin on Innocence and You and me baby, David has also played with Craig Armstrong, Robbie Williams, Nanci Griffith, Bryan Ferry, Milton Nascimento, Phil Collins, Dot Allison, Ian Brown, Atomic Kitten,  Maria Bethania (with Mark Berrow and Wilf Gibson), Joni Mitchell, Swing Out Sister, Paul McCartney, Steve Duffy, Sugarcubes, Elvis Costello and Richard Harvey.  He appears on the soundtracks to Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Man in the Iron Mask.

Ronnie Wood  Connecting in 1989.  Musician.

Ronnie Wood's solo album at Wood's Wimbledon home studio in 1987 was never released but featured Johnny Marr and Kirsty on backing vocals and Bobby Womack as co-producer.

Terry Woods  (1+) Connecting in 1991.  Cittern.

Cittern on The one and onlyLu Edmonds recalls Woods from the ill fated "tour of the ballrooms": "We did studio stuff and then went on what was for her a very difficult tour around Ireland, the ballrooms, because she had a very Bad case of stage fright - around 1980.  We had Terry Woods playing with us.  It was a really bizarre bunch, with muggins here on the guitar.  We did the ballrooms, from Lochrae to Letterkenny, all the way down to Cashel, Limerick, Dublin.  Frank Murray was tour managing it, who was the Pogues manager later, and before that he was Thin Lizzy's tour manager, so it was really Irish.  It was great.  We went to Strand Hill with Planxty's manager who ran a pub and who put the gig on there."

Woods is of course steeped in Irish music and has played with the Pogues, Sweeney's Men (with fine singer Andy Irvine), Steeleye Span and as a duo with his wife Gay.

Gavyn Wright  (4) Connecting from 1989 to 1994.  Violin, Arranger.

Lead Violin on Innocence, Don't come the cowboy, You and me baby.  Leader of the Strings on Titanic Days.  Gavyn played "Tartini was a punk" strings on the Jane Aire album, and has also been instrumental in the work of XTC, Sade, Sting, The The, Sam Brown (alongside Chucho Merchan, Dave Gilmour and Guy Barker), Cliff Richard, Bjork's (with Mark Berrow), Seal (with Mark Berrow and Pino Palladino), Kristen Hersh, Oasis connecting with Phil Todd, Azufumi Miyazawa, Shola Ama with Craig Armstong, Martin Barre, Mike Scott, Everything but the Girl along with Stuart Brooks, Todd and Frank Ricotti, Talk Talk, the Wonderstuff, NEXT, Passione, Rich Mullins, John Taverner, So Sister, Terence Trent d'Arby, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Martin Barre, Patricia Kaas, Ray Russell, Brian Kennedy, Pavlov's Dog and Gary Clark's fine King L.  Let's just say, if you're looking for that special string driven sound, give Gavyn a call!

Ian Wright: Manager.

Wright was Steve Lillywhite's manager in 1991, when he took over Kirsty's affairs. According to Karen O'Brien's biography, Wright and the Virgin executives of the time never really saw eye to eye, and this relationship contributed to Virgin's decision not to renew Kirsty's contract.

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Justice For Kirsty

 


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