Remembering Beggars Opera

Death from Beggars Can’t be Choosers

Guitars : Ricky Gardiner

Keys: Virginia Scott

Vox: Pete Scott


A film by Virginia Scott 2018

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Lose a Life

Beggars Opera Lose a Life Lyrics

Imagine a world in which every day objects emit such harmful radiation it makes normal existence impossible and what if these emissions seriously damage the health of individuals on a global scale?
It sounds like science fiction, but that is the plight of those suffering from electrosensitivity according to the creators of this extraordinary album.

‘The purpose of this album is to raise the profile of the world problem of electrosensitivity. The method used here is essentially a sonic biography of my ʻexistenceʼ living with the nightmare of electrosensitivity.
The lyrics Virginia has written are a direct reflection of what has been observed in me and in no way exaggerated thus carry the power of truth. It is my contention that all people are to some extent ES which remains at a more or less manageable level until something happens in life which dramatically lowers the threshold to the susceptibility of the ES problem. This has been confirmed by Dr George Carlo, who maintains that there is always an ʻeventʼ that triggers the descent into ES. Does anybody on this earth get through life without some significant event?”

Ricky Gardiner 2010

Lose a Life RGS 9485 nano opera was written by composer Virginia Aurora Scott

based on the true story of Ricky Gardiner‘s ES.

01/ Electrofire Invasion
02/ Electro Half Light
03/ Masts on my Roof
04/ Cosmic Tango
05/ Dr.Carlo
06/ Tango for the End of Time

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A 70’s vintage treat of 10 rock songs, mirroring the zietgeist of 1974, with a hint of the burlesque from Beggars Opera, through the powerful deep sensuous rock blues vocals of Pete Scott’s Jack the Ripper to the soaring melodies of Ricky Gardiner’s guitar solos, gently tucked in by Virginia Scott ‘s multiple keyboards and Mike Travis laid back virtuosity.

Digital remaster of the Beggars Opera vintage Sagittary album originally released on vinyl 1974 by Jupiter Records Germany and on CD in 2007 Repertoire Records Germany.

Ricky Gardiner: Guitars
Virginia Scott: Keys
Pete Scott: Vocals
Mike Travis : Drums

RGS 9505

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Beggars Can’t be Choosers


Beggars Opera Beggars Can’t be Choosers RGS 9506 on itunes:
70’s vintage rock with more than a hint of burlesque Zappa style comedy cartooning raunch from Beggars Opera: through Pete Scott’s power driven hot blues vocals of roadie anthem ‘I’m a Roadie‘, the singsong chord harmonies of Ricky Gardiner‘s guitar, to the Ballardian desolation of the long imaginary expressionist Western style finale ‘Death’, generously coloured by Virginia Scott‘s multiple keys/ synths of the day and drums of the celebrated Clem Cattini.

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If We Couldn’t Speak

RGS 9495 2013

Beggars Opera IWCS lyrics


4 Long progressive art rock tracks, from the Mrs Caligari’s Lighter sessions, on the outer limit of Beggars Opera surrealism: through the unearthly soundscapes of Ricky Gardiner’s powerful sing song guitar and mixes, Virginia Scott’s sound-speak vocals keys-synth- mellotron impastos, Tom Gardiner’s hypnotic drum lobs to densely orchestrated sound samplet extured song lyric of relentless inner preoccupations.

Ricky Gardiner: Guitar and mix
Virginia Scott: Keys and Vox
Tom Gardiner: Drums

01/ Inverary Avenue
02/ Infringed Love
03/ Glasgow Hill
04/ If We Couldn’t Speak