Beau (guitarist)

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Live in Lichfield (2012)
Live in Lichfield (2012)
Background information
Birth nameChristopher John Trevor Midgley
Also known asBeau, John Trevor
Born(1946-05-00)May 1946
Leeds, England
GenresFolk, psychedelic folk, electronica
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, 12-string guitar, guitar, keyboards
Years active1969–present
LabelsDandelion, See For Miles, Cherry Red, Angel Air, Airmail Archive (Japan), Fruits de Mer, Ritual Echo, Salvation Records, Grapefruit, Local Underground, Sommor (Spain), Cathedral Transmissions, TM Studios, Cold Spring Records
Associated actsThe Raiders, Tractor, Simfonica
Website[1], [2]

Beau, born Christopher John Trevor Midgley, is a British singer-songwriter and twelve-string guitar player, who first became known in the late 1960s through his recordings for John Peel's Dandelion Records label.[1] He released two albums on DandelionBeau (1969)[2] and Creation (1971)[3] (which featured Jim Milne and Steve Clayton from Tractor as backing musicians on some tracks), plus the single "1917 Revolution" which had greater success abroad than it did in the United Kingdom. "1917 Revolution" is said to have been the inspiration for America's "A Horse with No Name".

His best known song however is probably "The Roses of Eyam" (written under the name of John Trevor) which folk singer Roy Bailey took around the world and which he recorded on his Hard Times LP in 1985. This version was subsequently re-released on Bailey's Past Masters CD in 1998. Beau himself released the song officially for the first time as a bonus track on the 2007 British reissue of the original Beau disc (Cherry Red), and on the 2008 Japanese release of the same album (Airmail Recordings).

A CD of eighteen previously unissued songs – Edge of the Dark – was issued on the Angel Air label in 2009, followed in 2011 by the Cherry Red download albums The Way It Was and Creation Recreated. The latter was a remastered, partially remixed and much expanded version of 1971's Creation. Beau also contributed a previously unreleased song – In The Court of Conscience – to vinyl specialist Fruits de Mer Records' 2012 Annual, and a 180gram vinyl version of The Way It Was was issued by Ritual Echo Records in 2012.

A download album – Fables & Façades – was also released in 2012 on the Cherry Red label. An unusual departure, this was made up of eighteen mostly full-band arrangements recorded between 1978 and 2000.

Beau has produced several hundred songs - newly recorded albums continue to be released by Cherry Red for both download and streaming - and he has also recorded under the names of John Trevor, Trevor Midgley and Simfonica. Though mostly known as a "folk" performer, his writing has also been strongly influenced by blues and rock. He co-wrote "WARHOL – The Musical" with Steve Clayton of the band Tractor.

List of work[edit]


  • 1917 Revolution [single] (Dandelion, 1969)
  • Beau (Dandelion, 1969)
  • 1917 Revolution [single] (Dandelion (Netherlands), 1970)
  • Creation (Dandelion, 1971)
  • Creation/Beau (See For Miles, 1995)
  • Beau (Cherry Red, 2007)
  • Beau (Air Mail Archive (Japan), 2008)
  • Creation (Air Mail Archive (Japan), 2008)
  • Edge of the Dark (Angel Air, 2009)
  • The Way It Was (Cherry Red, 2011)
  • Creation Recreated (Cherry Red, 2011)
  • The Was It Was [vinyl] (Ritual Echo, 2012)
  • Fables & Façades (Cherry Red, 2012)
  • Twelve Strings to the Beau [vinyl] (Salvation Records, 2013)
  • Fly the Bluebird (Cherry Red, 2014)
  • Recorded @ Rocker’s – The Dandelion Radio Sessions… (Local Underground, 2014)
  • Creation [vinyl] (Sommor (Spain), 2015)
  • Shoeless In The Desert (Cherry Red, 2015)
  • An Original Thought (Cherry Red, 2016)
  • Song Of The Volcanoes [as Simfonica] (Cathedral Transmissions, 2016)
  • When Butterflies Scream (Cherry Red, 2017)
  • Letters In Time [DVD] [as Simfonica] (TM Studios, 2017)
  • Rattle The Asylum Bars (Cherry Red, 2018)
  • Body Mass [as Simfonica] (TM Studios, 2018)
  • Damascus Road (Cherry Red, 2019)
  • The Magic Of Public Relations (Cherry Red, 2020)
  • The Methadone Of Time (Cherry Red, 2021)

Compilations and other recordings[edit]

  • There Is Some Fun Going Forward [Compilation] (Dandelion, 1972)
  • There Is Some Fun Going Forward… plus (See For Miles, 1995)
  • The Dandelion Sampler (See For Miles, 1996)
  • Life Too, Has Surface Noise – The Complete Dandelion Records Singles Collection 1969–1972 (Cherry Red, 2006)
  • Plain Sailing: An Acoustic Alternative (Cherry Red, 2008)
  • All For Tomorrow (Cherry Red, 2009)
  • Favourites From John Peel's Record Collection (Cherry Red, 2011)
  • 2012 Annual (Fruits de Mer Records, 2011)
  • Summer Folk Festival (Cherry Red, 2012)
  • Indie Xmas (Cherry Red, 2012)
  • The Crabs Sell Out / The Crabs Freak Out (Fruits de Mer Records, 2012)
  • My Acoustic Valentine (Cherry Red, 2013)
  • strange fish 5 (Fruits de Mer Records, 2013)
  • Vintage Folk Festival Favourites (Cherry Red, 2013)
  • A Vintage Summer Holiday (Cherry Red, 2013)
  • Fruits de Mer Annual 2014 [with The Raiders] (Fruits de Mer Records, 2013)
  • Love, Poetry and Revolution (Grapefruit, 2013)
  • An Alternative Guide to Singer Songwriters (Cherry Red, 2014)
  • Classic John Peel Collection (Cherry Red, 2014)
  • Memories of a Folk Festival (Cherry Red, 2014)
  • Dust On The Nettles (Grapefruit, 2015)
  • The 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival CD 1 (Fruits de Mer Records, 2015)
  • The 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival CD 3 [as Simfonica] (Fruits de Mer Records, 2015)
  • The 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus - Day Two [as Simfonica] (Fruits de Mer Records, 2016)
  • Ascending Scales [with The Honey Pot] (Fruits de Mer Records, 2017)
  • Strangers In The Room: A Journey Through British Folk-Rock (1967-1973) (Grapefruit, 2019)
  • The Forme To The Fynisment Foldes Ful Selden (Cold Spring Records, 2020)
  • Peephole In My Brain – The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1971 (Grapefruit, 2020)


  1. ^ Breznikar, Klemen (4 April 2015). "Beau interview". It's Psychedelic Baby! Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Dandelion Album Discography". Both Sides Now Publications. Archived from the original on 13 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Dandelion Album Discography". Both Sides Now Publications. Archived from the original on 13 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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