Café Jacques

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Café Jacques
Cafe Jacques Band Logo.jpg
The Café Jacques band logo
Background information
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1973—1978, 2010—Present
Labels Epic, Columbia
Associated acts Caravan, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Simple Minds, Fiction Factory, Anacoustic Mind
  • Chris Thomson
  • Chris Glen
  • Stuart Clyde
  • Davie (Hoo-Haa) Halley
Past members

Café Jacques are a progressive rock band originally formed in Edinburgh, Scotland and most active in the 1970s. An early version of Café Jacques numbered seven musicians, however the most successful line-up was a trio, consisting of Chris Thomson, Peter Veitch (later with Penguin Cafe Orchestra), and Mike Ogletree (later with Simple Minds, and Fiction Factory). They released two albums and a single on Epic Records (Columbia Records in the U.S.), produced by Rupert Hine, before disbanding in 1978. Café Jacques reformed in 2010, led by original member Chris Thomson.[1]

Recording sessions[edit]

The band recorded both albums at Trident Studios, London, and the trio was augmented by Geoff Richardson (at that time a member of Caravan, later with Penguin Cafe Orchestra), and John G. Perry (ex Caravan, Quantum Jump).[2] Phil Collins played percussion on four tracks of the first album.[3]

Live TV performance[edit]

Café Jacques performed live on The Old Grey Whistle Test on 6 December 1977; hosted by Bob Harris.[4]




  • Chris Thomson - guitar, lead vocals
  • Peter Veitch - keyboads, violin, accordion, background vocals
  • Mike Ogletree - drums, lead vocals on Man in the Meadow, background vocals


  • Geoff Richardson - viola, flute, clarinet
  • John G. Perry - Wal bass
  • Phil Collins - percussion

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard described Café Jacques as having "a subtle ethereal feel, very progressive in content, both musically and lyrically."[3] John Swenson in The new Rolling Stone record guide referred to them as an "excellent British studio band whose dense rhythmic mix and melodic keyboard textures recall Traffic's lyricism and Little Feat's syncopation."[9]

Recent history[edit]

Peter Veitch died in 1990.[10] Mike Ogletree has lived and worked in Manhattan, New York since 2006.[citation needed] He continues to work as a musician and his band Anacoustic Mind has released two albums:The Kilmarnock Edition andNew Gold Dream (11,12,13,14). He regularly performs live with his band in and around the New York area.[11]


  1. ^ Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hughes, Mark Round the Back review at Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Billboard review of Round the Back, 18 February 1978, p. 72. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test of 6 December 1977 at BFI Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ Allmusic Discography Listing. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ Deseret news review of International, 16 March 1979, p. 6C. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. ^ Hughes, Mark International review at Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Discogs Discography Listing. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  9. ^ Marsh,Dave (1983). The new Rolling Stone record guide (1st. Ed.). New York: Random House/Rolling Stone Press p. 76. ISBN 0-394-72107-1
  10. ^ calyx biography of Geoff Richardson. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  11. ^ Russell, Ian (23 January 2009). "Former Kilmarnock man releases unique Scots album". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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