Ronnie Goldens 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 80s.
Within a few short weeks of that bands demise he was doing stand-up at Londons 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 2s The Young Ones. He remains the only original member from the Comic Strip team to still be actively working on todays comedy circuit. There were several guest spots and cameos: he played Tracey Ullmans son in C4s 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/Were Scared Of Bob.
Hes played an MI6 agent in the 1986 movie The Fourth Protocol (with Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine,) a heroin addict in C4s 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 Londons West End.
His 6 piece R&B/Soul outfit Ronnie and the Rex still perform their Club Senseless nights in N. London and the West End recorded their third series of Radio 4s The Right Time, for transmission in March / April 03 and for which Ronnie wrote songs and sketches. The Rex were featured at the Purcell Room on the South Bank on Sept 21st celebrating the history of the comic song with various guests, amongst them Graham Fellowes, Barry Cryer and John Dowie.
After a period of song-writing and general musical pursuits hes back to performing his very individual style of stand-up in both this country and in Ireland, Holland and the USA.
Last Edinburgh Festival he was at the Traverse Theatre performing in the sell-out show Rock Of Ages alongside the great stand-up and writer Barry Cryer. This show recorded for BBC Radio 4 was broadcast in July 03.
Eight nights of solo music gigs in New Orleans back in April led to him writing an article about these shows as well as the Jazz Heritage Festival for July issue of Word magazine.
He performed standup in Brit. Com at Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in July as well as a reprise of the Leonard Cohen show with Arthur.
Unplugged his second show with Barry Cryer was highly-acclaimed sellout show at the Gilded Balloon during this years Edinburgh Festival. A cd of this will be recorded live in London in the near future.