A Scottish folk rock band.
Formed in Glasgow. 1990.
The band that would become Travis (initially called "Running Red", and later, "Glass Onion") was initially formed by brothers Chris and Geoff Martyn. Andy Dunlop, a school friend at Lenzie Academy, was drafted in on guitar, followed soon after by Neil Primrose on drums.
The line-up was completed by a female vocalist, and the band's name then changed to "Glass Onion" ("Glass Onion" is the name of a Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney).
Fran Healy (lead vocals, guitar, piano)
Dougie Payne (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals)
Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, keyboards, backing vocals)
Neil Primrose (drums, percussion).
Travis have twice been awarded British album of the year at the annual BRIT Awards, and are often credited with having paved the way for bands such as Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol.
Good Feeling (1997)
The Man Who (1999)
The Invisible Band (2001)
12 Memories (2003)
The Boy with No Name (2007)
In June 2007, Travis participated in BBC Radio 2's project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. All the album's tracks were re-recorded by contemporary artists, supervised by the original engineer, Geoff Emerick, using the same 4-track studio equipment. Travis contributed a rendition of "Lovely Rita". The band wanted to be as faithful to the original as possible, even to the extent of recording the guitars in the stairwell of Abbey Road Studios in order to recreate the acoustics.
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