Edgar Jones (musician)

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Edgar Jones
Edgar Jones in Tokyo in 2007
Background information
Birth nameEdgar William Jones
Also known asEdgar Summertyme, Peg Majoly, Edgar "Jones" Jones
Born (1970-12-04) 4 December 1970 (age 48)
Liverpool, England
GenresEnglish beat, blues rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, bass, guitar, keyboards
Years active1990–present
LabelsGo!, Imaginary, Viper, Loud Soul
Associated actsThe Stairs, The Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses, Free Peace

Edgar William Jones (born 4 December 1970), also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Jones was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for the Stairs and has since formed and fronted the Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. He has also played as a session musician for several artists including Ian McCulloch, Paul Weller, Saint Etienne and Ocean Colour Scene.


Early career: to 1994[edit]

Jones was born in Liverpool. With Ged Lynn and Paul Maguire, he formed The Stairs, a 1960s-oriented band with English beat, garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic influences.[1] The band's manager, Jason Otty, would often play harmonica, and the band would later feature 2nd guitarists Carl Cook and Daniel Kearney before splitting in 1994.[2] The band achieved cult status with the album Mexican R'n'B (1992).[3]

1995–2001: The Isrites and the Big Kids[edit]

Jones also formed The Isrites with Sean Payne later of the Zutons, Paul Maguire's younger brother Dave and Luke Goldberg later of Book,[4] and the Big Kids again with Sean Payne and Russell Pritchard later of The Zutons, and Howie Payne of The Stands. Although both bands split before releasing anything, material has since been issued on several compilations released by The Viper Label.

2002–2011: Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace[edit]

Having ditched the Summertyme pseudonym, Edgar released his first solo album as Edgar "Jones" Jones in 2005 entitled Soothing Music for Stray Cats[5] which encompassing elements of jazz, R&B, soul and doo wop and was recorded on a portastudio donated by Johnny Marr. Edgar then followed the album up with Gettin' a Little Help from The Joneses backed by The Joneses in 2007 and The Masked Marauder in 2009.

Jones formed Free Peace in August 2008 with his nephew Nick Miniski and guitarist Stuart Gimblett.[6] An EP was released via gigs, mail order and independent record shops in Liverpool and were in the process of recordings their debut album, which was set to be released on their own label, Loud Soul in October 2009.[7][8] The band saw Jones return to the 3 piece rock sound of The Stairs and they had reportedly finished about 20 songs for their debut album.[9] Despite regularly gigging, including major support slots with Oasis, the band split up with an album entitled "Stormy Weather" released under the name "The Edgar Jones Free Peace Thing" in September 2011 on the Viper label over s year after the band disbanded.[10]

2012–present: Solo work[edit]

Under the name Edgar Summertyme, Jones released his fourth solo album Sense of Harmony in 2012.

In November 2015, Jones reunited with The Stairs. The Stairs later released a collection of rare recordings with The Viper Label.

In April 2016, Jones' Soothing Music For Stray Cats was re-issued on limited edition vinyl via The Viper Label and Mellowtone Records.

In July 2016, Jones put together a backing band for Johnny Echols of Love, for a show at Sefton Park dubbed From Liverpool With Love featuring guest vocalists such as John Power, Dave McCabe and Nick Ellis.[11]

Jones' latest solo record entitled The Song Of Day and Night was released in 2017, on Skeleton Key Records. Jones put together a touring band, dubbed 'The New Joneses' and toured the UK with fellow Skeleton Key acts as well as headlining the Kristian Ealey Stage at Smithdown Road Festival in Sefton Park's Palmhouse.


Since the break-up of the Stairs, Jones has worked with Ian McCulloch on Mysterio (1992),[12] Paul Weller (live and appears on Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD, 2000),[13] Johnny Marr in an early version of the Healers (where he was replaced by Alonza Bevan previously of Kula Shaker), Saint Etienne, Cherry Ghost on their Thirst For Romance (2007)[14] and Lee Mavers following the departure of John Power from the La's.

Associated acts[edit]

Years active Act
1990–1994 The Stairs
  • Edgar Summertyme – vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards (1990–1994)
  • Ged Lynn – backing vocals, guitar (1990–c. 1993)
  • Paul Maguire – drums (1990–1994)
  • Carl Cook – guitar (c. 1993/1994)
  • Daniel Kearney – guitar (c. 1993/1994)
  • Jason Otty – backing vocals, harmonica (c. 1990/1993)
1995–1998 The Isrites
  • Edgar Summertyme
  • Luke Goldberg
  • Dave Maguire
  • Sean Payne
1999–2001 The Big Kids
  • Edgar Summertyme – vocals, guitar
  • Howie Payne – guitar
  • Russell Pritchard – bass
  • Sean Payne – drums
2003–2008 Edgar Jones & the Joneses
  • Edgar Jones – vocals, bass (2003–2008)
  • Kristian Ealey – vocals (2003)
  • Candie Payne – vocals (2003)
  • Mike Marshall – guitar (2003–2004)
  • Nick Miniski – drums (2003–2004)
  • Paul Molloy – guitar (2005)
  • Jamie Backhouse – guitar (2005–2008)
  • Austin Murphy – saxophone, guitar (2005–2008)
  • Grenville Harrop – drums (2005–2006)
  • Hugo Harrison – double bass (2005–2006)
  • Robert Stringer – piano (2005–2008)
  • Karl Penney – drums (2006–2008)
  • Paul Blakesley – bass, double bass (2006–2008)
2008–2010 Free Peace
  • Edgar Jones – vocals, bass
  • Stuart Gimblett – guitar
  • Nick Miniski – drums


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Mexican R'n'B
(as The Stairs)
  • 1st The Stairs album
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Go!
  • Format(s): CD, LP
Soothing Music for Stray Cats
(as Edgar "Jones" Jones)
  • 1st solo album
  • Released: May 2005
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Gettin' a Little Help from The Joneses
(as Edgar "Jones" Jones)
  • 2nd solo album
  • Released: July 2007
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
The Masked Marauder
(as Edgar Jones & Friends)
  • 3rd solo album
  • Released: March 2008
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Who Is This Is
(as The Stairs)
  • 2nd The Stairs album
  • Released: August 2008
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Stormy Weather
(as The Edgar Jones Free Peace Thing)
  • 1st Free Peace album
  • Released: 18 September 2011
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Sense of Harmony
(as Edgar Summertyme)
  • 4th solo album
  • Released: 16 August 2012
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Morphic Fields
(as Edgar Summertyme)
  • 5th solo album
  • Released: 28 October 2013
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Right in the Back of Your Mind
(as The Stairs)
  • The Stairs compilation album
  • Released: 6 June 2006
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download
Keep It On: The Isrites & Big Kids Sessions 1995–2000
(as Edgar Summertyme)
  • The Isrites and The Big Kids compilation album
  • Released: 15 July 2013
  • Label: Viper
  • Format(s): CD, download

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Weed Bus (1991) (as The Stairs)
  • Woman Gone And Say Goodbye (1992) (as The Stairs)
  • Mary Joanna (1992) (as The Stairs)
  • Last Time Around (1992) (as The Stairs)
  • "I'm Bored" (1999) (as The Big Kids)
  • "More than You've Ever Had!" (2006) (as Edgar Jones & the Joneses)
  • "The Way It Is" (2007) (as Edgar Jones & the Joneses)
  • "Mellow Down Pussycat!" (2007) (as Edgar Jones & the Joneses)
  • Free Peace EP (2009) (as Free Peace)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 1965: Through the Looking Glass (1992) – "Moonchild" (as The Stairs)
  • Unearthed: Liverpool Cult Classics, Vol. 1 (2001) – "Skin Up for Me Baby" (as The Stairs)
  • The Great Liverpool Acoustic Experiment (2002) – "Mister Can You Tell Me? " (as Edgar Summertyme)
  • Unearthed: Liverpool Cult Classics, Vol. 3 (2004) – "Keep It On" (as The Isrites)
  • 21st Century Liverpool Underground (2005) – "I'm Bored", "Too Much Baby", "For a Moment", "Up to No Good Again", "Hot Potatoes", "Hey, Hey, Now, Now" (as The Big Kids)

Session discography[edit]


  1. ^ stairs. Ready-steady-go.org.uk. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ Carl Cook. tastemusic.com
  3. ^ Edgar Jones & the Joneses | Music. The Guardian. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  4. ^ Tyne – Entertainment – Edgar Jones and the Joneses @ The Cluny. BBC (29 January 2008). Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  5. ^ Edgar 'Jones' Jones 'Soothing Music for Stray Cats' CD-029 – Tracks. The Viper Label. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Edgar Jones". Manchesteracademy.net. 20 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Edgar Jones ready to let loose new line-up". Liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2013./
  8. ^ [1] Archived 18 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Jade Wright (10 April 2009). "Lifestyles – Features – Edgar Jones ready to let loose new line-up". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  10. ^ "The Edgar Jones Free Peace Thing 'Stormy Weather' – DL078 – Details". The Viper Label. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm7j_yj0vOQ
  12. ^ The Ultimate Echo and the Bunnymen Discography. Villiers Terrace.com. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  13. ^ Paul Weller – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD) at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  14. ^ Cherry Ghost – Thirst For Romance (CD, Album) at Discogs. Discogs.com (9 July 2007). Retrieved on 12 November 2011.

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