Francis Lickerish

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John Francis Lickerish, known professionally as Francis Lickerish (born 11 April 1954, in Cambridge), is a British composer, guitarist and lutenist, and founder member of British art-rock band The Enid.[1]

Lickerish was a member of The Enid from its creation in 1974 until 1980, and appears on their first four studio albums and the two 'Live at Hammersmith' albums. He is an alumnus of the Finchden Manor school, as are fellow Enid founders Robert John Godfrey and Stephen Stewart.

Lickerish appears uncredited as the session bass guitarist on the Kim Wilde song "Kids in America".

After leaving The Enid he graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, later pursuing a career in counselling, and is a respected professional in the fields of adult addiction and family services,[2] working at Clouds House, The Priory and Capio Nightingale Hospital.[3]

After a 20-year absence from the music industry, he formed a new band Secret Green, in 2006, who released their first album 'To Wake The King' in May 2009.

Lickerish is married with three children and lives in Dorset, England.

Work with The Enid[edit]

Francis Lickerish's skill as a musician is second only to his skill as a storyteller. A much awaited feature of concerts given by The Enid was his storytelling. He would sit, often cross-legged, on stage and narrate a long "shaggy dog" style story while the roadies changed instruments or re-arranged the stage for the next set. Having their roots in traditional tales, the stories were novel time-fillers which would captivate an audience of thousands and entertain them while otherwise boring technical work was going on. A favourite of Enid fans was the story of The Archangel Barry. This was the introduction to "Albion Fair" in which an angel exhorted the band to write music with "more notes in it".

His magnum opus however was the story of Fand. This ancient myth was amalgamated with the legends of King Arthur to create an epic and magical tale that was at once fresh and rooted in tradition.


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • The Enid - Live at Hammersmith (Vol 1) (Recorded 1979) (1984) (ENID 1)
  • The Enid - Live at Hammersmith (Vol 2) (Recorded 1979) (1984) (ENID 2)


  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Biography: The Enid". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Home".
  3. ^ "Francis Lickerish - Capio Nightingale Hospital". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2009.