Lancaster Band

Formed in Cape Town in 1979. The line-up of the band for their 1981 album, Comic Strip Heroes was Simon Cotton (vocals), Robin Lancaster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Garth Hichens (lead guitar), Simon Walker (lead guitar), Howard Butcher (bass guitar), Harry Lancaster (drums).

The band also featured Robin Auld (guitar), Brian Davidson (Vocals), Cheryl Gunning (Keyboards), Lloyd Martin (drims), and Charl Vorster (percussion), at various points.

Although not releasing any new music  for the next two decades the band continued to perform from time to time. After a long layoff the group reconvened to record the Eden Sessions EP in 2006, with Robin Lancaster, Howard Butcher, Harry Lancaster, Garth Hichens with Gary Munroe (sax and flute) and Brett Lancaster (keyboard, vocals) joining.

Robin Auld

Singer songwriter who was born in Zambia and moved to Cape Town as a child. He was a member of the Lancaster Band in 1979 before joining Steve Walsh’s Root Rhythms.

He released a solo album, At the Corner, in 1983, then formed the band Z-Astaire (Auld on guitar and vocals, Michael Bush on drums, Murray Anderson on keyboards and Robert Hack on bass). They released two albums before Auld went solo again, with his biggest commercial success, Ocean Motion in 1985. It include the singles ‘Baby You’ve Been Good To Me’, ‘All Of Woman’ and ‘After The Fire’.

Auld has continued to release albums on a regular basis and continues to perform in South Africa and abroad.