John Giblin

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John Giblin
Giblin in 2007
Giblin in 2007
Background information
Born(1952-02-26)26 February 1952
Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died14 May 2023(2023-05-14) (aged 71)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

John Giblin (26 February 1952 – 14 May 2023) was a Scottish musician who worked as an acoustic and electric bass player spanning jazz, classical, rock, folk, and avant-garde music.


Best known as a studio musician, recording film scores and contemporary music, Giblin also performed live and recorded with Peter Gabriel, John Martyn, Elkie Brooks, Annie Lennox, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Phil Collins, Empire with Peter Banks, Fish, rock/pop band Simple Minds,and has been closely associated with artists ranging from Kate Bush, Jon Anderson (Yes), to jazz fusion group Brand X, and with the avant-garde recordings by Scott Walker (including the album Tilt).

Later in life, Giblin moved further into the direction of acoustic bass, with projects involving drummer Peter Erskine (of Weather Report), and pianist Alan Pasqua (of Tony Williams Lifetime).


Giblin died from sepsis on 14 May 2023, at the age of 71.[1][2] Following his death, Kate Bush released a statement, saying: " I loved John so very much. He was one of my very dearest and closest friends for over forty years. We were always there for each other. He was very special. I loved working with him, not just because he was such an extraordinary musician but because he was always huge amounts of fun. We would often laugh so much that we had to just give in to it and sit and roar with laughter for a while. He loved to be pushed in a musical context, and it was really exciting to feel him cross that line and find incredibly gorgeous musical phrases that were only there for him. He would really sing. It was such a joy and an inspiration to see where he could take it. We’ve all lost a great man, an unmatchable musician and I’ve lost my very special friend. My world will never be the same again without him."[3][4]

Musical work and collaborations[edit]



  1. ^ "John Giblin obituary". The Times. 8 June 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Remembering bassist John Giblin". Kate Bush News. 16 May 2023. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  3. ^ "John". Kate Bush. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  4. ^ Skinner, Tom (16 May 2023). "Kate Bush pays tribute to bassist John Giblin, who has died aged 71". NME. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  5. ^ Allmusic Credits

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