Bonanza-Studios - restoration and archive Exit card designer P. Spencer Martin with BD & Exit at Wm. Twn Hall

Martin @ the Fulham Volunteer
Brian Diamond & the Exit band

Martin Kirby Biography
Martin KirbyMartin Kirby - bass
Born: 1948

Fender Precision

The Vikings
Chapter 4
Pegasus (dep)
Brian Diamond & the Exit
John Martin Sound
Ray Rich Band

Martin is one those people who are generally quiet, and just gets on with the job. A very accomplish bass player, he hears that subtly that you want from a bassist. A solid dependable back line, riffs that take you somewhere else, contrapuntal significance when it is appropriate about sums up his playing style.

His earliest memories are with the "Vikings" sporting a Hagstrom "Futurama" deluxe bass guitar (1963-65). A school group in which he cut his teeth on music along side of Allan Collings. The group made one demo disc at the Tony Pike Studios in Putney - now restored and to be part of a new special collection CD.

He stayed with Alan, in a reincarnation of "Inner Circle" (1967-1970) and subsequently "Dry Ice" (1970-1972) and "Stormy Monday" (1972-1973), with Chris Long. One demo disc survives of this period, which may be also part of the above CD.

In 1975 he joined Brian Diamond and The Exit
An remained with us for the life of the band.
During that time he would deputise (dep) for Ken Bates bass player in Pegasus.

After Exit disbanded (no pun intended).
His skills made him a a good dep if you needed one. On the recommendation of Pete Spencer he did a session at "The Manor", Biggin Hill with Mick Clarke and whilst there he became friends with drummer from "B Sharp" - who are still very active.

He spent some time gigging and working with John Haines in the John Martin Sound, depped with Pete Spencer in the Ray Rich Band and eventually joined and became member of "Kaluki". Martin spent about 12 years working with Kaluki in and around London.

He now lives in North London (Edmonton) and is still doing sessions, recently with Honey B Mama with Pete Spencer.
The Vikings (1964)
Allan Collings - rhythm/vocals
Martin Kirby - bass
Ray Smith - lead/vocals
Dave Makepeace - drums

Inner Circle (1967-1970)
Inner Circle (2)
Alan Collings - guitar/vocals
Chris Long - guitar/vocals
Martin Kirby - bass
Don James - drums
Exit 1976
Early Exit photo of Martin, Pete, Peter Phipps (drums)
Pete Spencer - guitar
Martin Kirby - bass
Pete Phipps - drums
George Gillam - Keybds/vocals 
Martin and Brian - Wimbledon Town Hall (Exit)
Martin and Brian - Wimbledon Town Hall (Exit)

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Kaluki card
The Vikings Kaluki in 2005
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