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, 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.

. This is a select discography, the full list was over 900 recordings So, if it interests you in any way. Here it is. The Beautiful South - Perfect 10, Good as gold, Quench/ Blur - Parklife, Country house, The great escape, Modern life is rubbish, Popscene/ Eric Clapton - From the cradle, Back Home/ Iron Maiden - Elected Pete Townshend - White city, Face the face, Deep End live, Psychoderelict/ Dr John - Anutha zone (Sweet home New Orleans, Party hellfire, Voices in my head, Look out)/ The Who - Join Together/ Jamiroquai - Synkronized/ Tom Jones - Reload, Carrying a torch/ 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/ Beyonce – Green light/ Dodgy - Good enough, Making the most of, Free peace sweet/ Gabrielle - Give me a little more time/ Groove Armada - Vertigo (Pre 63/) David Gilmour – About face/ Geri Halliwell - Look at me, Bag it up, Schizophonic/ Westernhagen - Jaja, Krieg, Affentheater, Keine Zeit/ Wham - Fantastic ( Club Tropicana)/ Erasure – The Innocents/ The Waterboys - A pagan Place, This is the Sea, Fisherman's Blues, Room to Roam, Book of Lightening (The Whole of the Moon.)/ The Lightening Seeds - Sense/ The Pretenders - Human on the inside/ Deep Purple - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000)/ Eric Bibb - Natural Light/ David Gray - Life in Slow Motion/ Michael McDonald - SoulSpeak/ 1,2, 3 Soliel – With Taha, Khaled and Faudel/ Boyzone – Picture of you/ Baaba Maal - Firin’ in Fouta, Nomad soul/ China Crisis -Working with fire and steel, Flaunt the imperfection (produced by Walter Becker - what an education)/ As for the rest of the world - mostly I just can’t remember the titles of albums or singles, but here are some of the bands for which we recorded horns:-/ Germany – Die Fantastischen Vier, Udo Lindenberg, Nina Hagen, Extrabreit. Klaus Hoffmann/ France – Lio, John Jaques Goldman, Ettiene Daho, Carmel (Coz she was bigger there than at home)/ 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 (He he!) Too many others./ Scandinavia – Ah Ha, Ace of Base./ Australia – Kylie Minogue, The Sunny boys (Now that’s going back a bit)/ Brazil – Robi Draco Rosa/ Japan – Nobohide Sake, Miss Honda/ Africa – Papa Wemba, Miryam Mursall/. America – Rufus Wainwright, Michael McDonald, Jay Owens and I will include James Taylor’s son, Ben Taylor, coz I love his stuff and it was a gas./ Currently Roddy 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.


  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.