Keith Nuttall is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester. He directs and plays guitar with Music in Sheds in Heaton Moor. Previously, he has written, produced and recorded rock, post-punk, experimental and electronic music — most recently as Yammer.

Living in the Eighties

He was in several long-forgotten bands in the eighties: Cloudburst (later Albino Dinnerjacket) and Back to the Grind in his home town of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire, and Paddy’s Wigwam and First Night with the Indians in Liverpool. Although he enjoyed playing in bands, he was also fascinated by the writing and recording process, and experimenting with sound, using tape recorders, electronic kits, and even household objects.

Live at Darwen AFC
Keith, back in 1982

In the late eighties, Keith moved to Yorkshire for work, and took a long break from music. For a while, he felt nostalgic about making music, but eventually resigned himself to being a listener, rather than a performer.

Going Digital

Keith always wished he could have lots of musical instruments, and a multitrack studio. In 2001, he realised that he could create a virtual studio with sampled instruments in his computer, and Yammer was born.

Over 2 years, he recorded Long Division, only once picking up a guitar. It was a rewarding but painfully slow process. Further frustrated by a lack of willing participants to form a band over the next 3 years, Keith eventually sold most of the gear. Remembering the instant feedback from playing a real instrument, he decided that his next musical foray would involve his old guitar. But, that would take another 12 years.

Going Back to My Roots

Meanwhile, Keith moved back across the Pennines to the North West, to South Manchester. He heard about a group being set up in Stockport, for more mature musicians looking to play together. He now directs Stockport Music in Sheds at its weekly sessions in Heaton Moor, and plays guitar.

Keith in 2019
Keith, right about now

After a year of playing catch-up on guitar, Keith has started writing and recording music again. He’s thinking of forming a band, but has no definite plans for what sort of music it might make. Get in touch with Keith, if you’d like to collaborate.