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Craig Fortnam

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Name  Craig Fortnam

Role  Composer
Education  Dartington College of Arts
Similar People  Arch Garrison, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Stars in Battledress, William D Drake, Kavus Torabi

Fold 13 Craig Fortnam

Craig Fortnam (born September 1967, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England) is an English composer, conductor and musician. Fortnam is a skilled guitarist and bass guitarist, specialising in nylon-string acoustic guitar (which he plays in a style drawing both on classical techniques and the work of Nick Drake) and also sings. He is best known as the leader, conductor and principal composer of the North Sea Radio Orchestra, but also leads the smaller band Arch Garrison and was previously a key member of several other bands, most notably The Shrubbies and Lake of Puppies.


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Musical education and early years in rock bands

Fortnam trained in composition and guitar at Dartington College, England before moving back to London in the early 1990s to seek work as a musician. During this time, he played with several rock and folk bands connected with the cult English rock band Cardiacs, striking up a long-lasting relationship with several of the band members. Among the bands Fortnam played in was Lake Of Puppies (a "psychedelic acoustic" band led by former Cardiacs keyboard player William D. Drake), in which he met his future wife and long-term collaborator Sharron Saddington (later to be known as Sharron Fortnam). Fortnam and Saddington went on to form a similar psychedelic-acoustic band called The Shrubbies (initially Shrubby Veronica) with two more ex-Cardiacs - saxophonist Sarah Smith and drummer Dominic Luckman.

During this time, Fortnam wrote a wide variety of music including some contemporary classical compositions which were performed by ensembles including the Kreutzer Quartet and the Britten Sinfonia.

North Sea Radio Orchestra

Craig and Sharron Fortnam formed North Sea Radio Orchestra (also known as NSRO) in 2002 as a vehicle for Craig's more classically inclined compositions and Sharron's voice (an unusual soprano blending elements of folk, rock, and classical music). The ensemble grew from an octet to a twenty-person grouping including a vocal chorus and has released four albums of original compositions - North Sea Radio Orchestra (2006), Birds (2008) and "I A Moon" (2011) and 'Dronne' (2016). NSRO has received a large amount of critical acclaim and played a wide variety of venues including many historic London churches and the Roundhouse.

Arch Garrison

Fortnam has recently founded a new "solo" project called Arch Garrison. The debut Arch Garrison album, King of the Down, was released by Double Six records on 22 February 2010. The live line-up consists of Craig Fortnam on guitar and James Larcombe on keys. 2014 saw the release of the second AG album 'I Will Be A Pilgrim' (THM003).

Work as session musician/instrumentalist

Fortnam was a featured musician on the soundtrack to the film A Mighty Heart, playing both guitar and bass guitar. and also played guitar on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Shifty (written by Molly Nyman and NSRO member Harry Escott


Craig Fortnam Wikipedia

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