Tony Butler (musician)

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Tony Butler
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Tony Butler on stage in Dunfermline, 1991
Background information
Born (1957-02-13) 13 February 1957 (age 61)
Origin Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1981–present
Labels Phonogram Records, Track-BCR Records
Associated acts Big Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend
Website Big Country official website

Anthony Earle Peter "Tony" Butler (born 13 February 1957) is an English musician and rock bassist, best known for his work with the Scottish rock band Big Country. He has also worked with On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, among others.[1]


Early life[edit]

Anthony Earle Peter Butler was born on 13 February 1957 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England. His parents are of Dominican heritage.[2]


In 1981 Butler joined Big Country with his drumming partner Mark Brzezicki, which enjoyed considerable success internationally during the 1980s and 90s, and remained in the band until singer Stuart Adamson committed suicide in 2001.[3]

He also did session work with other artists including Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and The Pretenders among others, and declined an invitation by Chrissie Hynde to join The Pretenders.[2]

In 2007, to celebrate 25 years of Big Country, he reunited with founder members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki to embark on a tour of the UK. He became lead vocalist for the first time, taking over from the deceased Stuart Adamson. The band toured during 2010-11 with Mike Peters of The Alarm on vocals. Butler left Big Country again in 2012, citing differences with his bandmates, to be replaced by former Simple Minds bassist Derek Forbes.[3]

Butler moved to Cornwall with his family in the 1990s and became a further education teacher in the 2000s.[2] As of 2017, Butler ran courses in music at Petroc College in Devon.[4]

In 2017/8 Butler launched a solo career with an autobiography and a solo album My Time.[3]


  1. ^ "Anthony Earle Peter Butler". Country Club Fanzine (Issue 1 & 2). Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "From Tony Butler". Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Rowley, Scott (18 November 2017). "Tony Butler: Why I Left Big Country After Over 30 years". Louder Sound. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "THE COOL LIST: Devon's 50 coolest people". DevonLive. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 

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