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Dave Sinclair

David Sinclair (born 24 November 1947 in Herne Bay, Kent, England), is a keyboardist (organ, piano, harpsichord, electric piano, Mellotron, Davolisint, etc.) associated with the "psychedelia"/"progressive rock" Canterbury Scene since the late 1960s. He became famous with the band Caravan and was responsible as a songwriter for creating some of their best-known tracks: "For Richard", "Nine Feet Underground", "The Dabsong Conshirtoe", "Proper Job/Back To Front".


Having started his musical career 1966-67 with the Wilde Flowers, he founded Caravan in 1968 with his cousin Richard Sinclair (bass/vocals), Pye Hastings (guitar/vocals), and Richard Coughlan (drums) and was in and out of the band for 35 years (so far 1968-71, 1973–75, 1979–82, 1990–2002). Over the course of Caravan's first three albums he developed his playing enormously on his favoured model of Hammond organ, the A100 (similar in configuration and features to the B3 and C3 models, but slightly smaller in overall bulk), culminating in his soaring work on what is perhaps their most celebrated album, In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971). "Calyx, The Canterbury Website" refers to him as "master of the typical Canterbury organ sound/playing". However, from the second album onwards, he also added other keyboards to his palette, including piano, harpsichord and Mellotron. On his return to Caravan for their fifth album, For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, he pioneered the Davolisint.

In between his stints with Caravan, he was a member of Matching Mole (1971–72), Hatfield and the North (1972–73), Polite Force (1976–77) and Camel (1978-1979).

In the early 2000s he released two solo albums, Full Circle and Into the Sun (both 2003). Since then, he has been engaged in a solo career, including concert appearances in Japan and England. A 30th anniversary re-release of his Moon Over Man album featuring vocalists Tim Lynk and Gay Perez (demos for an unreleased solo album recorded 1976-77, originally issued on CD by Voiceprint in 1993) appeared in 2006 (including improved sound and bonus tracks), although this is due to be superseded by a further enhanced release of the same material some time in the near future.

He moved to Kyoto, Japan in 2005. Since 2016, he lives in Yuge Island of Kamijima in the Seto Inland Sea.

Two solo albums, PianoWorks1 - Frozen In Time and Stream (the latter featuring several distinguished guest artists) were released in 2010 and 2011 respectively; licensing problems have so far prevented Stream from being officially issued outside Japan, although it has recently become available in other territories.The Little Things, intended as a follow-up to Stream, was released in 2013, the Japanese version being slightly different in packaging and content from the international version.

In May 2015 a series of well-received concert dates with saxophonist Jimmy Hastings took place in Japan.

Dave Sinclair's most recent solo album, Out of Sinc, was released in June 2018.



  • 1993 - Moon Over Man (Voiceprint VP119CD)
  • 2003 - Full Circle (DSincs-Music 001)
  • 2003 - Into the Sun (DSincs-Music 002)
  • 2010 - Pianoworks I - Frozen In Time (CRSCNT 001)
  • 2011 - Stream (CRSCNT 002)
  • 2014 - The Little Things (DSincs-Music)
  • 2018 - Out of Sinc (DSincs-Music)



Robert Wyatt

Matching Mole

Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams

  • 1992 - Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams (HTD CD7)
  • 1993 - An Evening of Magic (HTD CD 17)

Polite Force

  • 1997 - Canterbury Knights (Voiceprint VP187)



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