Ted Key is the original bass player and songwriter for the 1980s iconic, ground-breaking band The Housemartins. He received BPI gold discs for his contributions to the albums “London 0 – Hull 4”, and “Now That’s What I Call Quite Good”, and toured with the Housemartins for almost two years before leaving to continue with cult Hull punk-a-billy band The Gargoyles, with singer Eddie Smith and drummer Hugh Whitaker.
In 1990 he diverted into a 25-year career as a Maths teacher, during which time he still managed to spend ten years as guitarist with internationally-acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute band, Keep it Cash. Continuing to write and record throughout this period he released a critically-acclaimed debut album, “Madolescent Street” in 2011, then in 2016 wrote a Hull musical based in a local history class called “The All New Kingston Ramblers’ Audio Guide”.
While supporting legendary Mighty Wah! front-man Pete Wylie in Hull, Ted was spotted by promoter Paul Greendale who brought him to London for a handful of solo spots. From this was born the current project, Ted Key and The Kingstons, in March 2017. With Paul on bass and renowned Ladbroke Grove drummer Nick Harrison, they formed a folky, funked-up reggae protest trio, with memorable tunes and thought-provoking, story-driven lyrics, powered on with blazing harmonica.
They have now performed over 30 gigs in the UK, including Hull and London. These include slots supporting The Vibrators and with The Southmartins at the O2 Academy in Islington. Ther3 have also been headline slots at Portobello Live! Festival and a series of killer shows at the famous KPH in the heart of Ladbroke Grove. A video for “Anarchy in Argos” was shot in May at O’Rileys and other locations around Hull, including that of the new Banksy artwork on Bankside.
The band spent 2018 recording debut LP, “Raconteur Rock” at Studio West Eleven, in the heart of West London’s Portobello Road. Produced by Paul Greendale, the album will be released in all formats on Jan 25th 2019, at the same time as debut single “The Queen of Ella Street”. The video for the single was shot at the Fish Factory in West London and on location in Hull
Friday 25th January 2019 is the release date for our debut album, Raconteur Rock.
Pre-order your copy of Raconteur Rock from Amazon by following the link below or click on the cover.
Check out our playlist on youtube. Includes exclusive footage of the band recording the new album, Raconteur Rock, as well as videos for Anarchy in Argos, The Queen of Ella Street and blistering live versions of Oh Cruella and live favourite, A Thousand Bands for a Hundred Gigs.