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Sat. August 27th 2016 Vinyl Envy (All Ages)
7:30PM - 10PM doors at 7PM
$10 at the door only.
Presented by: Vinyl Envy
Vinyl Envy Presents:

An ALL AGES special event in-store featuring Martin Springett with The Gardening Club at 1717 Quadra Street

Martin Springett has deep artistic roots in the city of Victoria, joining his first bands and beginning his artistic career here as well. (He created the iconic Munro's Bookmark which has been in use since 1971).

In 1984, UK-born Martin Springett—an accomplished musician and illustrator who had produced comics for the legendary Heavy Metal magazine and designed and illustrated record covers for Columbia—was commissioned to illustrate the cover of 'The Summer Tree' by Guy Gavriel Kay, the first novel of the acclaimed Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy. A classic of fantasy literature, the trilogy is beloved worldwide, and it launched Springett to international fantasy illustration fame.

In 1983, Springett is living in Toronto and releases his own album: The Gardening Club. A musically rich and diverse album, The Gardening Club combined King Crimson-like complexity, Canterbury scene-infused whimsy, and a strong pop sensibility, but in the shadow of new wave it was the right album, at the wrong time.

In 2016, The Gardening Club will be revitalized with a trilogy of releases: a deluxe repackaged version of the original LP, an EP filled with previously unreleased songs and a brand new companion graphic novel filled with Springett’s signature lush, oneiric imagery, wonderful wordplay and decidedly English brand of the fantastic.

To mark the release this year, come join us on
Saturday August 27th
for a set by Martin Springett & The Gardening Club
Doors @ 7PM - $10
1717 Quadra Street


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Martin Springett

*Martin Springett was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (that is he learned to play the Guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to the West Coast of Canada in 1965, but returned to the UK in 1973 to pursue music in various bands. He spent time in Germany, and toured through Eur... more info
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