GUITARIST

Craig Gannon has had a highly distinguished and varied career and is now well into his fourth decade in music.

Craig was born and raised in Manchester, England. His career as a professional musician began shortly after leaving school when, aged 16, he joined the Scottish band Aztec Camera at the start of 1983. After this he played with Terry Hall’s (The Specials) new band The Colourfield before being asked to join another Scottish band, the Bluebells who he stayed with throughout 1984 and 1985. During this period he played occasional sessions for others including Edwyn Collins & Paul Quinn before again playing with the Colourfield at the start of 1986. It was at this time that Craig was asked to join The Smiths as an official member making them a five piece (he is known as ‘The Fifth Smith’). After the Smiths split he was then asked by Morrissey to collaborate with him on his solo career recording his planned follow up album to ‘Viva Hate’ and also two singles, ‘Last Of The Famous International Playboys’ and ‘Interesting Drug’. Among others, Craig then went on to collaborate extensively with Terry Hall for most of the 1990’s. Throughout his career Craig has played and recorded (and occasionally written and arranged) with a huge array of influential artists over the years including…

Aztec Camera
The Smiths
Morrissey (solo)
Alison Moyet
The Colourfield
Terry Hall
Roddy Frame (solo)
Edwyn Collins and Paul Quinn
Buzzcocks/FOC
The Bluebells
Black Grape
Deadly Avenger
The Blue Orchids
The Adult Net
Red Venom
The Family Foundation
Robert Lloyd
Craig Leon and Cassel Webb
Denise Van Outen
Honey Couture
Craig Davies
Vinny Peculiar
Sophisticated Savage
Marc Carroll
Doris Decker

Craig also co-wrote Terry Hall’s two critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Home’ and ‘Laugh’ as well as playing all the guitars, writing the string arrangements and co-producing. He continues to collaborate with various artists and co-writers.

Full discography coming soon…