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The Story So Far...


My Dog Has No Nose formed in early 1986, in Loughborough, England, UK. The band always consisted of a combination of diverse individuals, from different cultural backgrounds and different musical backgrounds, with different musical tastes. A mixture of students and non-students with no preconceptions about what music they should or shouldn't be playing, the band's main aims were to have fun and to create and play interesting music that people could dance to, in a fusion of musical styles. From this melting pot of styles and ethnic influences, the "low-tech ethnobop" style of My Dog Has No Nose music evolved. Complementing the music, My Dog Has No Nose always had something more serious to say in their lyrics, from human rights to the environment, from the rigours of modern life to the current state of popular music, from the commerciality of Christmas to the joys of drinking tea.

MDHNN's first live performance was at the Knighthorpe Lodge Festival in May 1986. Since then they have performed hundreds of times both around the UK and abroad, have performed at numerous festivals, and have toured Europe three times, as well as occasionally hosting their own game show. MDHNN have been featured on BBC Radio 1 FM and on BBC Radio Five Live, and on local radio countless times. They have had five official releases, two on CD and three on cassette tape, and there have been various remixes done over the years, with possibly more planned for the future.

There have been fifteen official members of MDHNN since 1986, and there have been several guest appearances with MDHNN by other artists. Band members have come from from a variety of countries around the world, including England, Scotland, India, Nigeria, Ukraine, Pakistan and Algeria.

MDHNN's final live performance came in 1997, and following the departure of Yomi, who emigrated to Germany, the rest of the band felt unable to continue as before. They worked on remixes and new material into the next year, but decided to officially call it a day in 1998. Individual band members have occasionally worked on remixes since then. Both Yomi and Dem have played in other bands since then, and Rik's son has made a successful career as a music artist known as LA Priest, and was previously in the band Late Of The Pier. As for the future of MDHNN, anything is possible.


There were fourteen official different line-ups of My Dog Has No Nose, as follows:



#1 (1986)
The original line-up

Rik Eastgate - vocals
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Tony Garlick - guitar
Djamal Touati-Ahmed - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum
Sandy Robertson - keyboards



#2 (1986)
Sandy Robertson left

Rik Eastgate - vocals
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Tony Garlick - guitar
Djamal Touati-Ahmed - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum

(Bruce Bateson occasionally filled in on keyboards without becoming an official band member)



#3 (1987)
Christine Walmsley joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Christine Walmsley - vocals
Tony Garlick - guitar
Djamal Touati-Ahmed - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#4 (1987)
Robin Gravina joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Christine Walmsley - vocals
Tony Garlick - guitar
Djamal Touati-Ahmed - guitar
Robin Gravina - saxophone
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#5 (1987 - 1988)
Djamal Touati-Ahmed left

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Christine Walmsley - vocals
Tony Garlick - guitar
Robin Gravina - saxophone
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#6 (1988)
Chris Walmsley left

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Tony Garlick - guitar
Robin Gravina - saxophone
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#7 (1988)
Robin Gravina left

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Tony Garlick - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#8 (1988 - 1989)
Tony Garlick left
Harry 'H' Stokes joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
'H' - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#9 (1989)
Martha Lea joined
Cathy Morrison joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Cathy Morrison - vocals
'H' - guitar
Martha Lea - saxophone
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#10 (1989)
Harry 'H' Stokes left
Grant MacNaughton joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Cathy Morrison - vocals
Grant MacNaughton - guitar
Martha Lea - saxophone
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#11 (1989 - 1992)
Martha Lea left
Cathy Morrison left

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion
Grant MacNaughton - guitar
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum

(Omelan Demianczuk filled in on guitar and bass guitar, without becoming an official band member, until...)



#12 (1992 - 1994)
Grant MacNaughton left
Omelan Demianczuk joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion, keyboards, violin
Omelan Demianczuk - guitar, mandolin, accordion
Khalid Mahmood - bass guitar, benjo
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#13 (1994 - 1997)
Khalid Mahmood left
Steve Glover joined

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar
Yomi Otubushin - vocals, percussion, keyboards, violin
Omelan Demianczuk - guitar, mandolin, accordion
Steve Glover - bass guitar, lead guitar
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum



#14 (1997 - 1998)
Yomi Otubushin left

Rik Eastgate - vocals, guitar, keyboards, computers
Omelan Demianczuk - guitar, mandolin, accordion, keyboards, computers
Steve Glover - bass guitar, lead guitar, keyboards, computers
Gurmej Virk - drums, bhangra drum, keyboards, computers




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