Roddy Lorimer

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Roddy Lorimer (born 19 May 1953 in Glasgow) is a Scottish musician who plays trumpet and fluglehorn. He has performed with a wide array of artists, including Blur, Gene, The Rolling Stones, Draco Rosa, The Who, The Style Council, Eric Clapton, Suede, Supergrass, Beyoncé, Jamiroquai, Dr John, The Waterboys, Nik Kershaw, Bruce Foxton, Fish (of Marillion). He is a founding member of the horn section Kick Horns.


Lorimer studied the trumpet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. His classical music background can be heard quite distinctively in his work for The Waterboys' single "The Whole of the Moon", which later turned out to be the band's greatest commercial success. Lorimer includes another Waterboys recording, an arrangement of W. B. Yeats' poem "The Stolen Child", amongst his top ten favourite recordings of all time[1].

Roddy Lorimer, as part of the Kick Horns, toured the North America and the UK with The Who in 1989. World tours with Eric Clapton in 1993-96 and later a European tour for six months with the Clapton Band in 2006. He was a member of Pete Townshend's 'Deep End' (1985), a short-lived supergroup founded by Townshend featuring Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. The group also included drummer Simon Phillips, bassist Chucho Merchan, percussionist Jody Linscott, keyboardist John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, harmonica player Peter Hope Evans, vocalists Billy Nicholls, Cleveland Watkiss, and Chyna.[1][2]

He toured extensively through the 80' and early 90's with The Waterboys. Currently he is playing with Cotton Mouth, one of Bangkok, Thailand's best blues rock bands, and Rolling Stones tribute band Midnight Ramblers, also based in Bangkok.

Select discography[edit]

  • Baaba Maal - Firin’ in Fouta, Nomad soul
  • The Beautiful South - Perfect 10, Good as gold, Quench
  • Beyonce – Green light
  • Eric Bibb - Natural Light
  • Blur - Parklife, Country house, The great escape, Modern life is rubbish, Popscene
  • Boyzone – Picture of you
  • China Crisis -Working with fire and steel, Flaunt the imperfection
  • Erasure – The Innocents
  • Eric Clapton - From the cradle, Back Home
  • Deep Purple - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000)
  • Dodgy - Good enough, Making the most of, Free peace sweet
  • Dr John - Anutha zone (Sweet home New Orleans, Party hellfire, Voices in my head, Look out)
  • Gabrielle - Give me a little more time
  • David Gilmour – About face
  • David Gray - Life in Slow Motion
  • Groove Armada - Vertigo (Pre 63/)
  • Geri Halliwell - Look at me, Bag it up, Schizophonic
  • Iron Maiden - Elected
  • Jamiroquai - Synkronized
  • Tom Jones - Reload, Carrying a torch
  • The Lightening Seeds - Sense
  • Michael McDonald - SoulSpeak
  • The Pretenders - Human on the inside
  • Primal Scream - Screamadelica, Dixie-narco e.p.
  • Finley Quaye - Sunday shining, Maverick a strike, Vanguard
  • Chris Rea - Auberge
  • The Rolling Stones - Steel wheels, Flashpoint
  • S Club 7 - Reach, Everybody wants you, Lately
  • Jimmy Somerville - Read my lips, Mighty real, Hurts so good, Too much of a good thing, Step inside
  • The Spice Girls - Stop, Too much
  • Spiritualized - Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space, Electric mainline, Lazer guided melodies, Feel so sad
  • Stereo MCs - Connected, Deep down & dirty
  • Rod Stewart - A spanner in the works
  • Supergrass - Going out
  • James Taylor Quartet - Theme from Starsky and Hutch
  • Toploader - Onka’s big moka
  • Pete Townshend - White city, Face the face, Deep End live, Psychoderelict
  • The Waterboys - A pagan Place, This is the Sea, Fisherman's Blues, Room to Roam, Book of Lightening (The Whole of the Moon.)
  • Westernhagen - Jaja, Krieg, Affentheater, Keine Zeit
  • Wham - Fantastic ( Club Tropicana)
  • The Who - Join Together

Others by country[edit]

  • Germany – Die Fantastischen Vier, Udo Lindenberg, Nina Hagen, Extrabreit. Klaus Hoffmann
  • France – Lio, John Jaques Goldman, Ettiene Daho, Carmel
  • Spain - Danza Invisible
  • Scotland - Nazareth, Fish, The Proclaimers, Danny Wilson, John Martyn.
  • Ireland - The Pogues (without Shane MacGowan), Shane MacGowan (without the Pogues)
  • Wales - Cerys Matthews
  • England – The Levellers, Pele, The Pale Fountains, Bernie Marsden, Andy Fairweather Low, Bros, Dead or alive, Mel C, Lighthouse Family, Hard-fi, Public Image Limited, Duran Duran, Kim Wilde, Bruce Foxton, Richard Ashcroft, The Style Council, Holly Johnson, The Communards, Mr Blobby
  • Scandinavia – Ah Ha, Ace of Base.
  • Australia – Kylie Minogue, The Sunny boys
  • Brazil – Robi Draco Rosa
  • Japan – Nobohide Sake, Miss Honda
  • Africa – Papa Wemba, Miryam Mursall
  • America – Rufus Wainwright, Michael McDonald, Jay Owens, Ben Taylor


  1. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd – The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 9781849383707.
  2. ^ Artist Direct listing

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Roddy Lorimer". Kick Horns Line Up. Archived from the original on 24 October 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2005.