Artist: Ted Key / Ted Key And The Kingstons

by on 27th July 2017

(c) Rowan Zynoni

Years Active

1983 – Present


(Ted Key And The Kingstons)

Ted Key (guitar, vocals)
Paul Greendale (bass)
Nick Harrison (drums)


Ted Key is the original bass player and songwriter for the 1980s iconic, ground-breaking band The Housemartins. He received BPI gold discs for his contributions to the albums “London 0 – Hull 4”, and “Now That’s What I Call Quite Good”, and toured with the Housemartins for almost two years before leaving to continue with cult Hull punk-abilly band The Gargoyles, with singer Eddie Smith and drummer Hugh Whitaker. They released two seminal albums, “Mrs Twodinners” and “Steamflapper” on Reasonable Records and a handful of memorable singles.

In 1990 he diverted into a 25-year career as a Maths teacher, during which time he still managed to spend ten years as guitarist with internationally-acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute band, Keep it Cash. Continuing to write and record throughout this period he released a critically-acclaimed debut solo album, Madolescent Street in 2011, then in 2016 wrote a Hull musical based in a local history class called The All New Kingston Ramblers’ Audio Guide.

While supporting legendary Mighty Wah! front-man Pete Wylie in Hull, Ted was spotted by promoter Paul Greendale who brought him to London for a handful of solo spots. From this was born the current project, Ted Key and The Kingstons, in March 2017. With Paul on bass and renowned Ladbroke Grove drummer Nick Harrison, they formed a folky, funked-up reggae protest trio, with memorable tunes and thought-provoking, story-driven lyrics, powered on with blazing harmonica.

They have now performed numerous gigs in Hull and London, including supporting The Vibrators, headline slots at Portobello Live! Festival, and a series of killer shows at the famous KPH in the heart of Ladbroke Grove. A video for “Anarchy in Argos” was shot in May 2017 at O’Rileys and other locations around Hull. Ted & The Kingstons released their debut album Raconteur Rock in January 2019.

(Paul Greendale)



Madolescent Street (CD) – self released, 2011 (Ted Key)

Raconteur Rock (CD) – Right Recordings, 2019 (Ted Key & The Kingstons)

Appears On

Best Of Hull Volume One (CD) – Purple Worm, 2009 (track – Can’t Stand The Rain:Ted Key And The Human Voice)

See Also

The Housemartins
The Gargoyles
Keep It Cash