Rainy is a Singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist. Currently performing as a solo act. Rainy is finishing up recording a new album due for release in September 2018. He writes, records and performs all the music on his tracks excluding guest appearances from friends. From his home studio he released 'What It All Boils Down To' in 1999 and performed and developed these songs with his band Little Gaia (Justin Fellows, Tom Forgaard, Gareth Anthony). He engineered and featured on Nayfe sj's album 'All About The Lessons' in 2001. After traveling and performing in Australia he returned in 2006 with 'Hold On To The Rhythm' recorded at his new home near Bath U.K. and a new band line up. In 2012 he produced Caroline Harrison’s EP ‘A Simple Wish’. Rainy continued to perform with his band at festivals and venues across the UK. After a couple of years performing as a duo with Jazz guitarist Rob York. He has since been performing as a solo act whilst recording and writing new music.
A favourite on BBC Radio Bristol, Radio Cardiff and Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show among others, Rainy won a 2011 PRS song writing competition and has played at the likes of Glastonbury, Beachbreak, Lakefest (supporting Reef alongside Toploader), Goldcoast Oceanfest (supporting Ash Grunwald, Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran) with his band and many other festivals and venues across the U.K.
After graduating from Gateway School of Recording in 1997 Rainy went on to work as a house engineer at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, working with a wide variety of bands and producers, from Metal band Napalm Death to world musics Dr. Didg to alternative Scottish Rock band Del Amitri. He then moved to Wales and engineered for guitarist Uli Jon Roth (The Scorpions) as well as continuing to work as a studio and live engineer.
Rainy and The Dust is the live band project of Bristol-based singer/songwriter Rainy. In whatever form it takes they bring to the stage beautiful rootsy-acoustic world grooves, infused with the positivity of Rainy’s lyrics and tied together by an eclectic and laid back musical style. When people are trying to put a finger on Rainy and The Dust’s sound, they are often compared with the likes of Dave Matthews, G-Love and Paul Simon. In truth, they are nuances of all of the above... and something else entirely!
“Is this the new west coast sound? Like Bill Withers on a surf board or a slacker generation Paul Simon. Rainy’s laid-back grooves get under your skin" Justin Adams (Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters & Tinariwen producer, BBC3 world music award winner.)
"Soundtrack to the summer!" Sophie Oliver (BBC Radio Bristol)