The Biography will be amended to cover albums released after Geoff's
death at some time in the future.
Edmund Geoffrey Mann makes his grand entrance in Altrincham Hospital,
Cheshire. Two weeks later, knowing the writing is on the wall, Rocky
Marciano announces his retirement.
Arrives at Reading University to study Fine Art and finds himself
lodged in the same halls of residence as Andy Revell. The two meet
when Geoff knocks on Andy’s door to ask what record he is
playing only to find it is Andy playing the guitar.
Forms ‘Canvas’, a ‘live painting’ group,
with two other first year students. Performances are limited to
one show in Reading High Street and an exhibition in nearby Basingstoke.
The exhibition is mainly one of drunken rowdiness.
Along with close friend Pete Lawrence writes, produces and stars
in several performance events including the revues Piles and Crabs.
Later in the year the pair collaborate on the mini-epic Christmas
at the O.K. Corral which was billed as an ‘anti-war games
media manipulation event’, something you don’t see too
often these days.
The Andy Revell Band, featuring Andy on guitar and Brian Devoil
on drums, wins the Reading University talent competition. Geoff
is gainfully employed as a backdrop painter and general roadie alongside
Rick Battersby who is entrusted with command of the dry ice machine.
Becomes a graduate after receiving a Bachelors Honours Degree in
Relinquishes bachelorhood by marrying Jane Day. A whirlwind romance
as they had only been going out for a couple of months but they
had been friends for ‘almost a year’. Andy Revell and
Rick Battersby act as ushers at the wedding.
First of many one-man exhibitions of paintings and sketches.
Geoff performs at a Midsummer Rock Concert at Reading University
with his friends Andy and Brian who, following the addition of Clive
Mitten on bass guitar, had changed their name to Twelfth Night.
Following a couple of open air gigs in the summer the band retire
to Geoff’s parents house for rehearsals taking Rick Battersby
with them whom it has been discovered is a classically trained pianist.
Whilst in Manchester the five-piece band performs a memorable gig
to an audience of 10-year-olds in Salford. Geoff decides to stay
in Manchester to paint and continue his working relationship with
close friend Pete Lawrence.
Geoff maintains contact with Twelfth Night and even writes a review
of one of their gigs at The Target Club in Reading.
Geoff and Pete Lawrence play support dates for the Instrumental
Twelfth Night as the wacky improvisation duo The God Stars, having
honed their performance skills opening for such acts as The Poison
Seventh exhibition of paintings since 1978 opens in the North West
of England. During this time Geoff also completed the unperformed
stage play Sidney’s Armchair.
Geoff ‘rejoins’ Twelfth Night as full-time vocalist.
First gig is in front of 30,000 people opening the Reading festival,
a double honour as they are the first local band to appear at the
Twelfth Night release cassette album Smiling at Grief, a collection
of demos recorded in the preceding three months in the hope of attracting
record company interest.
Twelfth Night single Eleanor Rigby/East of Eden released on Revo
Twelfth Night album Fact and Fiction released on their own label
after buying the album back from Revo Records in order to maintain
Geoff and Jane’s first son, Thomas, is born. Sixteen days
later the whole Mann Clan is present at the Reading Rock festival
where Twelfth Night performs on the Sunday afternoon.
Geoff amicably leaves Twelfth Night after two sell out shows at
The Marquee. As Geoff had communicated his decision to leave the
band a couple of months previously it allows time to make arrangements
for the final concerts to be recorded for a live album. It also
gives the rest of the band time to compose a ‘touching’
farewell instrumental for Geoff, The End of The Endless Majority,
which (after years of rumour and speculation) we can now officially
confirm that this refers to the fact that with Geoff's departure
the the band was left with more uncircumcised members than circumcised.
Now there's a thing eh!
Twelfth Night live album Live and Let Live released during tour
with new vocalist Andy Sears.
Geoff's first self-financed solo album Chants Would be a Fine Thing
released on cassette. Geoff performs most of the material himself
although various friends and relatives make ‘guest’
appearances. Geoff starts performing solo shows which will include
in the coming months several appearances at The Marquee in London,
often supporting bands like IQ whom he had got to know when they
were support acts for Twelfth Night. At a couple of shows Geoff
encores with Love Song including one memorable occasion where Geoff
is joined by Clive Mitten on guitar and Andy Sears on harmony vocals.
Geoff's second solo album I May Sing Grace released on Food for
Thought Records, an off-shoot of Music For Nations who had released
Geoff’s farewell live album with Twelfth Night. Songs are
given a fuller arrangement with various local musicians adding ‘the
A play written and performed in by Geoff, A Convenient Day performed
in London and on the Fringe at Edinburgh.
Geoff's third solo album Psalm Enchanted Evening released on vinyl
by Geoff’s own Wobbly Records. As it is another self-financed
release the album is more of an individual effort than its predecessor.
Geoff forms a new band, The Bond, with Steve Ridley on keyboards/computer
things/very occasional blowing-type saxophone thing and Dave Mortimer
on the infamous Ghastly Green Gibson Guitar. Dave had played on
all three of Geoff’s previous solo albums and so should have
known what he was letting himself in for. Drumming effects came
courtesy of ‘Roland’, the friendly, but a nightmare
to programme, drum machine. At several concerts Roland is replaced
by Andy Mason who, despite adding a bit more fluidity to the band
never manages to record with them, aside from two demos, which have
subsequently been used on Peace Offering and Recorded Delivery.
James Mann born. Shares a birthday (but different
age) with Roger Miller - go look on google! Different genre,
but may be aspiring to a similar career.
Begins training for ordination into The Church of England whilst
maintaining his musical career with The Bond.
Geoff produces, sings backing vocals and programmes drum machines
on Marc Catley's EP, The Peel Tower Hop.
The Bond release the vinyl album Won by One on Marshall Pickering
Records, a Christian music label.
In one of those ironic twists of fate The Bond are supported at
The Marquee by Rick Battersby, Brian Devoil, Andy Revell, and new
singer/bass guitarist Martyn Watson after Twelfth Night implode
following the commercial disappointment of their XII album on Virgin
Records. Geoff reunites with his ex-bandmates for a rendition of
The Creep Show and the obligatory encore of Love Song during which
they are joined on stage by Andy Sears.
Marc Catley and Geoff Mann release the cassette album Indifference
on the Plankton Records label.
Marshal Pickering Records release Prints of Peace, the second vinyl
album by The Bond.
Final Marquee concert by The Bond sees Brian Devoil behind the drum
kit for a rare performance as a four-piece. The concert is recorded
in a lo-tech fashion and offered as an inexpensive memento for anyone
who is interested.
The demise of The Bond leads Geoff to form a more rock oriented
A Geoff Mann Band, with John Maycraft (guitar), Paul Keeble (bass)
and Gary Mitchell (drums). A real drummer! Geoff gets very excited.
Geoff is ordained a deacon at Manchester Cathedral, and begins work
as a curate at Christs' Church Harwood.
The first A Geoff Mann Band album, Loud Symbols is released on Food
for Thought Records. There is much rejoicing as this is Geoff's
first release on CD.
Geoff is ordained a priest at Bolton Parish Church.
Bethany Mann born. Rocky Marciano was also born this day in
1923. Yes that's the same chap who announced his retirement just
after Geoff was born. Interesting but not at all spooky.
Twelfth Night album Collectors Item released on Music for Nations.
The album gathers material from all periods of the band’s
career but was significant as it saw the reuniting of Twelfth Night
to record the 20 minute epic The Collector, the last thing that
Geoff wrote with the band before leaving seven and a half years
earlier. In addition, a newly recorded version of Love Song is also
included on the album.
Marc Catley & Geoff Mann release the instrumental album The
Off The End Of The Pier Show on Plankton Records.
After a change of name to "Eh! Geoff Mann Band", the band
release Ministry Of The Interior, their second album for Food for
A CD, Fine Difference, a compilation of the cassette album Indifference
and several other tracks by Geoff (from Chants Would Be A Fine Thing)
and Marc never before available on CD is released.
Geoff's forth solo album Second Chants is released on the Dutch
SI Records label. It is intended as a follow up to his first solo
effort, the cassette album Chants Would Be A Fine Thing.
Casino, a collaboration with Clive Nolan of Pendragon and Shadowlands
(with Guest appearances from several other progressive musicians,
including another reunion with Twelfth Night drummer Brian Devoil)
is released on SI Records.
After being unwell for several months Geoff is diagnosed as having
Crohns' disease, although this doesn’t prevent him from being
inducted as vicar of St. Luke's, Deeplish in Rochdale, Lancashire.
Geoff’s new doctor in Rochdale expresses concerns over the
diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and after further tests a new
diagnosis of intestinal cancer is confirmed.
Following inoperable spread of the cancer to the liver, Geoff dies
at home in Rochdale.
Twelfth Night live album Live and Let Live is re-released on CD
featuring three extra tracks, including the encore Love Song which
was secretly recorded by the staff of The Marquee Studios as a departing
gift for Geoff.
"In One Era...", a compilation of I May Sing Grace and
Psalm Enchanted Evening is released on CD by Cyclops Records. The
concept, title and cover for the album had been arranged by Geoff
before his death.
A tribute album, mannerisms, is released to raise money for Geoff's
family and Cancer Research. It features 11 songs, originally written
or performed by Geoff, played by bands and friends who knew and
worked with him over his 10-year musical career.