Glyn Bailey isn’t your average musician.
He was in bands when he was younger and entered the very first Gazette Rock Quest (“the band was Urbane Gorillas … a good name but we didn’t win”).
But then he dropped out of music and it wasn’t until the early 2000s, in his early 40s, that he finally started to write music and release albums.
What makes all this worth writing about is that Glyn’s albums aren’t just some second-rate attempt. They are highly-polished, adventurous, experimental records that, whatever your taste in music, demand respect.
“It is a bit odd it’s taken me this long to get my backside in gear and start writing stuff but I think it took me a very long time to find my voice,” said Glyn, who lives in Poulton.
“I dropped out of music for about 10 years, did the settling down and having a family thing. I think it’s only when you’ve got a bit of experience that you can actually write something decent.
“At my age it was either go for it or give up and play golf … and I didn’t fancy the second one.”
Since his solo career belatedly began, Glyn and his band The Many Splendid Things have released four albums, the latest Happiness. It evokes the spirit of Nick Cave, with Glyn’s deep voice and smart lyrics enhanced by rich orchestral arrangements.
“I’m pleased if people think I’m a little different. There’s no point trying to be like others,” said Glyn, who writes with long-term collaborator, Thornton-based Phil Senior
“The artists I admire tell stories. There’s already enough I love you, you love me music out there.”
By day Glyn works in IT, by night he gigs throughout the North West and beyond.
“I’m not chasing pop stardom any more,” he added. “I just hope people enjoy my music.”
Tonight he plays a solo set at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham (part of the monthly An Intimate Evening With… along with two other artists, Franco and the Dreadnought and Harleigh-Jay Roberts).
On Thursday he is at the Galleon Bar in Blackpool.
For more information go to www.glynbailey.com