The Rocking Horse Music Club is a songwriting and performing collective that emerged from Rocking Horse Studio, a world-class recording facility in central New Hampshire, USA. The group features producer/songwriter/instrumentalist Brian Coombes, singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Cohn, and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Patrik Gochez, along with Rocking Horse Studio session musicians Eric Wagley (drums), Myron Kibbee (guitar), Mike McAdam (guitar), Brenden Harisiades (bass), Jon Finn (guitar), Juli Finn (guitar) and Jenna Yagjian (violin). The band members have been working together at Rocking Horse Studio in various configurations since 2008.
The group’s debut single, Everywhere is Home, a gospel-inspired song that features London’s Sing Gospel Choir, was released to critical acclaim in April 2018. The track was featured on radio in New England and received prime time airplay on BBC Radio 2 in England. In June 2019, just over a year after its release, Everywhere is Home received a Best Song – Gospel award from the Independent Music Awards.
The band’s debut album, EveryChange of Seasons, was released in September 2018, shortly before the band departed for a tour of the UK that saw them perform throughout the country, including appearances on BBC Radio and a special engagement for British Prime Minister Theresa May. New Hampshire Magazine lauded the album as “one of the best recordings to come out of New Hampshire in the past year.”
In October 2019, Rocking Horse Music Club released Which Way the Wind Blows, a tribute to original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. The band traveled to England in November 2019 for two sold out performances at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex.
In June 2019, Rocking Horse Music Club received a Best of New Hampshire Award for “Best Supergroup.” Later that month, the band made a rare USA live appearance at the Best of New Hampshire Awards show in Manchester, New Hampshire.
About Brian Coombes
Brian Coombes is an award-winning producer, songwriter, and musician. He is the owner of Rocking Horse Studio. He has also produced projects at Sun Studio in Memphis, Abbey Road in London, and Genesis’ Fisher Lane Farm in Chiddingfold. Brian has received various honors for his production work. In 2014, he received two Emmy award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he received a “Producer of the Year” award from the New England Music Awards.
Prior to Rocking Horse, Brian was a founding member of Tristan Park, a progressive rock band that was signed to the British record label, Cyclops/GFT. The band recorded four albums and toured extensively in Europe and North America before going into hiatus in 1998. After Tristan Park, Brian recorded a record with his wife, using the name Waking in the Blue. That band’s record, Isn’t it Pretty to Think So, featured guest appearances by Ian McDonald and Chris Difford.
In his time as a producer, Brian has worked with such notable musicians as Steve Hackett (Genesis), Anthony Phillips (Genesis), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Garth Hudson (The Band), Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Ingrid Chavez (Prince), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Jonathan Mover (GTR) and Kenwood Dennard (Brand X).