The Enid

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


Influential art-rockers, formed in 1974 at experimental school Finchden Manor by keyboard player Robert John Godfrey (30 July 1947, Leeds Castle, Kent, England) with guitarists Stephen Stewart and Francis Lickerish. The Enid’s leader, Godfrey was educated at Finchden Manor (other alumni included Alexis Korner and Tom Robinson) and the Royal Academy Of Music. After starting a promising career as a concert pianist, Godfrey joined Barclay James Harvest as musical director in 1969 and moved them towards large orchestral works. He left the band in 1972, then recorded a solo album, The Fall Of Hyperion, for Charisma Records in 1973. He returned to Finchden Manor to form the Enid in 1974, taking the name from a school in-joke. The founding members were joined by Glen Tollet (bass), Chris North (drums) and Dave Storey (drums). Supported by dynamic live shows, a debut album, In The Region Of The Summer Stars, appeared in 1976. The simultaneous growth of punk ‘put...

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