Ronnie Golden


Ronnie Golden's journey has been a long and
fascinating one. 

From opening shows for Tom Jones, Scott Walker and Engelbert
Humperdinck as a teenaged guitarist, he worked with David
Bowie in his Beckenham Arts Lab days then went on to form cult late 70s
renegades Fabulous Poodles whose album Mirror Stars outsold
both The Clash and The Jam in America in the early 80's. 

Within a few short weeks of that band's
demise he was doing stand-up at London's Boulevard Theatre alongside Comic
Strip regulars Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, a nascent French and
Saunders and Alexei Sayle and performing a legendary Buddy Holly in the
first series of BBC 2's The Young Ones. He remains the only original
member from The Comic Strip team to still be actively working on
today's comedy circuit. There were several guest spots and cameos: he
played Tracey Ullman's son inC4's  first Friday Night
Live then performed with Mac McDonald in Saturday
Live and was a detective and then a doo-wop singer in a couple
of Lenny Henry Shows. His voice, regularly heard
on Spitting Image was featured on the No.1 single The Chicken
Song/We're Scared Of Bob.

Radio jingle writing won him an award for
most interesting use of music in Independent Radio Awards in the early 90s for
60sec acapella song for Ariel Automatic and his harmonica could be heard on
TV's Finger of Fudge commercial(!!)

He's played an MI6 agent in the 1986 movie The
Fourth Protocol (with Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine,) a heroin addict
in C4's How Much Is Too Much? won awards for composing advertising
jingles, and is a much sought after voiceover artist.

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, a
two-man piece Ronnie performed with Arthur, won considerable plaudits on the
Edinburgh Fringe 2000 and went on to the Ambassadors Theatre in London's West
End and then onto Montreal Comedy Festival.

His 6 piece R&B/Soul outfit Ronnie
and the Rex still perform their Club Senseless nights in N. London and the
West End and, over the past five years, have recorded four series
of Radio 4's The Right Time for which Ronnie  wrote songs and

A selection of some of his best
compositions for the band is available on cd Return of the
Fabulous Poodle (Turns)

Eight nights of solo music gigs in New
Orleans back in April 2003 led to him writing an article about these shows as
well as reviewing the Jazz Heritage Festival for July issue of Word

He performed standup in Brit.Com
at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in July 2003 as well
as a reprise of the Leonard Cohen show with Arthur. 

A winning combination with comedy
legend Barry Cryer has yielded several successful Edinburgh Festival
shows and a live cd: Rock 'N' Droll on Laughing Stock Recs. They regularly
perform their 2 hour show in theatres across the UK. 

At 2004 Edinburgh Festival he played a
drug-addled, alcoholic, self-destructive blues singer Prince Royale in ‘noir'
boogie woogie / blues musical The City Club which became a
small budget Hollywood movie entitled Dark Streets.  He
collaborated on the score for this with composer / musician James Compton. 

He appeared in Radio
4 sitcom Ed Reardon's Week and recently on the panel
show Act Your Age and has guested in several series  Radio 2
music / comedy show Jammin' . 

Ronnie has just returned from a series
of shows at the Edinburgh Festival .  First A Fender, his first ever
solo show, is an autobiographical guitar lesson and he hopes to tour
the UK with it. 

New Zealand-born composer Mark Hardy
invited Ronnie to contribute vocals to his songcycle Listen To Me which
was released late 2010. 

The City Club, blues/boogie musical, is
opening for off-Broadway previews at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village,
New York at the end of March 2012. Alongside a whole bunch of songs he's
written for the project he has two great new numbers Copacetic! and Why Did It
Have To Be You? the big soul ballad which closes Act One.

He continues to write and tour with Barry

On twitter at @RonnieGolden1