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Virgil Howe (September 23, 1975 – September 11, 2017) was a British musician best known for his work in Little Barrie and with his father Steve Howe.

Career[]

Born in London,[1] Virgil Howe was the second son of guitarist Steve Howe (of Yes). He played on several of his father's projects: he performed on keys, alongside his brother Dylan Howe on drums, for the Steve Howe solo albums The Grand Scheme of Things (1993) and Spectrum (2005). He was in Steve Howe's Remedy band, who released an album Elements (2003), toured the UK and then released a live DVD. He wrote and performed on a piece on his father's 2011 release Time. He also plays drums on 11 tracks of Steve Howe's Anthology 2: Groups and Collaborations that were largely recorded in the 1980s. Under the name The Verge, Virgil Howe produced the Yes Remixes album, released 2003.[2]

Howe was in The Dirty Feel, with Kerim 'Kez' Gunes (bass, vocals) and Nick Hirsch (guitar, vocals; died 2012[3]). A debut single, "Get Down and Love In", had a limited UK release in 2004. They were signed to DirtE. In 2005, the band took part in MTV's A-Cut amateur band competition. In 2005, Howe formed a related band The Killer Meters with again Gunes on bass and Hirsch on guitar, with Karime Kendra (vocals), Henry Broadbent (keyboards) and Stephen Wilcock (saxophone). They released a tribute album to The Meters and then signed to Breaking Bread records in 2008, releasing an original album.[4]

Howe also worked for a period with psychedelic group Amorphous Androgynous, fronted by Garry Cobain of The Future Sound Of London.

Howe produced under his own name, having previously produced under the name "Sparo", under which he released the album Sparo Worlds. He also played DJ sets in London, and a regular radio show for Soho Radio.[1]

In 2008, Howe joined band Little Barrie on drums. Between 2009 and October 2010 the band wrote and recorded their third album King of the Waves, working again with Edwyn Collins, Seb Lewsley at the controls and Shawn Lee mixing. Chris Potter mastered the album. The first single off King of the Waves was "Surf Hell". This track was featured as the theme tune to the 2011 Channel 4 series Sirens and an advert for Rimmel "scandal eyes" mascara; it was also playable on the multi-platform video game "Rocksmith". The album was released in the UK on June 27, 2011[5] and in the US on February 28, 2012.[6] After touring with Charles Bradley in Spain, Little Barrie was invited onto his North American Tour in early 2012.[7] The band went on to do the theme music for the US TV series Better Call Saul.

Session work included drumming on the Pet Shop Boys' album Fundamental and for Demis Roussos.

Nexus, due November 2017, is a joint album by Virgil & Steve Howe,[8] due on InsideOut.[9] Father Steve described the album: "Most of the credit goes to Virgil on this; it's Virgil's bed and melodies but I've come in to add a little bit more."[10]

Howe died unexpectedly in September 2017 at the age of 41, shortly before Little Barrie were to embark on a tour for their fourth album, Death Express.[1][11][12]

Personal life[]

Howe married fashion model Jen Dawson in 2007[13] and they had a daughter, Zuni, in September 2012.[14] They had separated in 2015.Template:Fix/category[citation needed] He was living with his partner, Mariah do Vale, at the time of his death.

Discography[]

Main projects[]

  • The Verge/Yes: Yes Remixes, 2003
  • Virgil Howe: "Someday", 2009 (single)[15]
  • Virgil Howe & Malcolm Catto: "B-Boy Bounce", 2010 (single)[16]
  • Virgil Howe & Mark Claydon: "The Claydon Break", 2011 (single)
  • Virgil Howe & Shawn Lee: "Electronic Brain Break", 2011 (single)
  • Virgil & Steve Howe: Nexus, 2017 (forthcoming)

The Dirty Feel[]

  • "Get Down and Love In", 2004 (single)
  • Talk in the City (EP)

As Sparo[]

  • Geniac
  • Sparo Worlds (mix CD)
    • "Astroscience" (single)
    • "The Falling" (single)

The Killer Meters[]

  • A Tribute to the Meters, 2005[17]
    • "Dance Move Shake!", 2008 (single)
    • "Freak" (single)[18]
  • Breakin' Out![19][4]
    • "Rainbow of Love", 2017 (single)[20]

Little Barrie[]

  • King of the Waves, 2010
    • "Surf Hell", 2011 (single)
    • "How Come", 2011 (single)
  • Shadow, 2013
    • "Fuzz Bomb", 2014 (single)
    • "I.5.C.A.", 2016 (single)
  • Death Express, 2017
    • "Produkt", 2017 (single)

Also appear on:

  • Better Call Saul—Original Television Soundtrack: Season 1, 2015

Steve Howe[]

  • The Grand Scheme of Things, 1993
  • Spectrum, 2005
  • Elements, 2003
  • Remedy Live, 2002 (DVD)
  • Time, 2011
  • Anthology, 2015 (compiling previously released material)
  • Anthology 2: Groups & Collaborations, 2017 (plays on 11 previously unreleased tracks)

Production[]

  • Kitsuné Maison Compilation 15, 2013[21]

Remixes[]

  • Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop: "Al Naafiysh: The Remixes", 2010 (single)
  • Syd Arthur: A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble, 2014[22]

Sessions[]

  • Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental, 2006
  • Mareva Galenter: Happy Fiu, 2008[23]
  • Demis Roussos: Demis, 2009[24][25]

References[]

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  2. Potts, Henry. "Yes Remixes". Relayer35.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Youle, Emma. "Contaminated blood: MP alleges 'cover-up' over scandal that ruined lives in Hampstead and Highgate". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 12 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Longley, Martin. "BBC - Music - Review of The Killer Meters - Breakin' Out". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. "The Howes' Otherwordly Delights", by Natasha Scharf, Prog issue 80, September 2017, pp. 12-3
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  12. "Little Barrie's Virgil Howe Has Died". Clash Music. Retrieved 12 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. "Zuni Nico Howe was born this morning at 11.15am. She is amazing. Xx". Twitter. Retrieved 12 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Someday - Virgil Howe - Kudos Records". Kudos Records. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Breakin Bread (UK) - [BNB 060] Virgil Howe - B-Boy Bounce". Breakinbread.org. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Killer Meters - A Tribute To The Meters". Banquetrecords.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "The Killer Meters - Freak/Stomp 2 x 7", by Breakin Bread". Breakin Bread. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "The Killer Meters - Breakin' Out ! CD BNB052". Web.archive.org. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "The Killer Meters - Rainbow Of Love 12", by Breakin Bread". Breakin Bread. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Kitsuné Maison Compilation, Vol. 15 - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Syd Arthur - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Remixes by The Amorphous Androgynous)". FSOLdigital.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Le disque du jour : Mareva Galanter, "Happy Fiu"". Lesinrocks.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Demis Roussos - Demis - NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl". Nu.nl. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "Demis Roussos – Demis". Rockonnet.com. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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