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rivers and rain

by keith bayley

New album 'Rivers and Rain' released January 2017. 10 intimate and emotive songs steeped in Troubadour Americana and performed on acoustic and lap steel guitars, piano and voice. 

Songs by KB, except 6 & 10 - traditional, arranged by KB.

Harmonica on 7 - Gavin Thomas.

Mastered by George Shilling 

Download on iTunes here

Thanks to Blackham Images for the profile photo

Keith Bayley

Guitar player, songwriter, composer. Lover of wood, steel, valves and song. Guitar sessions for love and money: Americana Slide Blues Acoustic Lap Steel Fingerstyle Ambient Electric …...

TV, film & commercial soundtracks worldwide; credits include work for BBC, c4, Scott Free, Nat Geo USA, BBH, Publicis Groupe & Lionsgate; album sessions include Marina & The Diamonds, Cousin Marnie, Faultline; production music tracks for Gothic Storm; songwriting. Live performances (mostly for love) - solo acoustic & lap steel and with The Slide Hawks.

Check out The Slide Hawks here:

'Rivers and Rain' -  solo album available now on all digital platforms. 


"Just because I wrote it doesn't mean I can play it." (Joe Walsh)




Winter 2017 ..back to live duties and TV work too.. Dec 1st saw the release of 'Tall and Strong' -  written for nephew Will Rutt and his journey vs cancer in 2017.. lead vocals by Charlie and Dan of Portland .. all download and CD sales to CLIC Sargent Charity.. promo interviews for BBC Radio and London Live TV station .. live performances of the song with Portland at the ICA and for GT Live sessions... huge thanks to everyone for their support of the song and to Will for letting us tell his story..   

Summer/Autumn 2017 .. a busy summer of recording, filming and festivals ended with a crunch. Performed at Sweethomefest and Weyfest ... more composition and TV sessions for The Futz Butler... filmed 2 songs on the beach at Bedruthan: 'The Same Sea' and 'Dark Was The Night', filmed by John Ingle.. then freak accident on a tennis court led to surgery and 10 weeks recuperation. The Taylor and I worked on new songs for next year's record, to be called 'The Same Sea'

Spring 2017 .. another show for GT Live Sessions at The Kings Head, alongside a memorable line-up of talent ..more TV composing work for The Futz Butler .. wonderful day performing at One Spring Afternoon at The University of Surrey - the weather was kind and GT again blew soulful harp on 'Gallolwglass Eve' .. delighted to contribute lap steel to 2 tracks on Jim Cozens' new album .. writing has started on follow-up to 'Rivers & Rain'...  

Feb/March 2017 .. solo performance for GT Live Sessions at The Kings Head Guildford.. followed by acoustic set by The Slide Hawks at The Britannia. Filmed performance of 'Devil's Lake' from One Winter's Night now on Youtube here - huge thanks (again) to Gavin T and the mighty Video Trends team.. new TV ad track produced for The Futz Butler, on-air in Germany .. more solo slots confirmed including One Spring Afternoon in May

Winter 2016/17 .. recorded new solo album 'Rivers and Rain' at The Old Barn Shenley, Dec/Jan -  released 15/1/2017 .. mastered by the wonderful George Shilling. Performed at One Winter's Night at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford 14/1/17; truly a night to remember.. hosted by Gavin Thomas who joined me on harmonica, reprising his performance on 'Gallowglass Eve' from the album.  

Autumn 2016 .. solo performances at GT Acoustic Showcases, The Kings Head Guildford and The Britannia.. supported the remarkable Harry Baker at The Surrey Songwriter's Showcase, Elstead ... another TV ad soundtrack approaches sign-off.. recording is starting in Shenley for solo album of original songs, to be called 'Rivers and Rain' 

September 2016 ... solo acoustic & lap steel sets at The Meadrow Festival and GT Acoustic Showcase in Guildford.. new music project to launch this month for The Futz Butler... demos & pre-production for solo album project

Spring/Summer 2016 ... more TV and sound design work for the The Futz Butler... The Slide Hawks' first live gig at The Horn on June 1st ... check out The Slide Hawks here: .. working on a solo live set and recordings with my new Anderwood AW series lap steel; thanks to Ed at

Autumn/Winter 2015/16...Lots of dayjob session work for TV and advertising; rehearsals for a new live project underway, unveiling in 2016…slides and lap steel getting lots of use

July/August 2015.. Took my old red strat to the sun.. more live solo acoustic … exciting new professional challenges in the world of TV & film

June 2015 ... just completed a new track "The Road Home' for the wonderful Gothic Storm library, for a new acoustic album; looking forward to making lots more music for them.. 

June 2015 .. solo acoustic set at Watford Museum, Saturday 27 June 2pm

April 2015 ... Marina & The Diamonds "Forget" from the "Froot" album is Number 1 on USA iTunes downloads! I played acoustic and electric guitars on this and 4 other tracks. Big shouts to producer DK and Marina ...