Basic Background Info

Birth: May 29, 1963
Location: Harrow, North London, England
Band: Porcupine Tree
Genres: Progressive, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



London native Gavin Harrison started playing drums when he was six years old with the assistance of his father, a jazz trumpeter and part-time drummer. Joe Hodson taught young Gavin Harrison to read and write music and helped him develop a firm foundation of grip and timing skills. Later, Gavin Harrison studied under Dave Cutler and then taught himself.

Gavin Harrison started playing professionally when he was sixteen. As a young musician, Gavin Harrison played with the progressive band Renaissance and Iggy Pop. After returning to London, Gavin Harrison became a dedicated and in-demand studio drummer, recording with Sam Brown, Black, Gail Ann Dorsey, and Tom Roinson. Gavin Harrison also created Dizrhythmia with Danny Thompson and Pandit Dinesh. Gavin also recorded with Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin for nearly 20 years.

In the early 1990s, Gavin Harrison joined British funk band Incognito to record their most successful album, Inside Life. He then performed with Japanese artist Yasuaki Shimizu and next with Italian Claudio Baglioni in 1992. Gavin then joined Level 42 on their last tour and went to Brazil with Heitor Pereira.

In 1995 Gavin Harrison was honored to work with bass player Mick Karn on The Tooth Mother and a European tour. Mick later played on Gavinís solo album, Sanity & Gravity.

Throughout the 1990s, Gavin Harrison regularly recorded in Italian studios, with Eros Ramazzotti and Claudio Baglioni in particular. In 1997, Gavin performed with British soul vocalist Lisa Stansfield.

In addition to performing, Gavin Harrison co-produced artist Shooter and served as musical director for Artful Dodger. Gavin also wrote two drum texts, Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives, and developed two instructional DVDs, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons.

In 2002, Gavin Harrison joined the progressive art rock band Porcupine Tree. The band has recorded several albums and toured Europe and the US.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1986 Domino Effect Zerra One
1988 Big Idea Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
1988 Dizrhythmia Dizrhythmia
1988 Stop Sam Brown
1989 Corporate World Gail Ann Dorsey
1989 Transparent Music B.J. Cole
1990 March Lene Lovich
1990 Meanwhile Camouflage
1991 Inside Life Incognito
1991 Spin Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
1992 Still Life with Guitar Kevin Ayers
1993 Cannibali Raf
1994 Canzoni Fiorella Mannoia
1994 Flame Richard Barbieri/Tim Bowness
1994 I Treni a Vapore Fiorella Mannoia
1995 Heart of the Moment B.J. Cole
1995 Live at the Ritz NYC (1986) Iggy Pop
1995 Tooth Mother Mick Karn
1996 Attori E Spettatori Claudio Baglioni
1996 Imboscata Franco Battiato
1996 Mustard Gas & Roses Jakko/Barbieri/Karn
1996 Shadow, Light Franco Battiato
1996 Soft Vengeance Manfred Mann's Earth Band
1997 Blood Brother Tom Robinson & Jakko M. Jakszyk
1997 Collector's Edition Mick Karn
1997 Songs from Renaissance Days Renaissance
1998 Collection David Torn
1998 Gommalacca Franco Battiato
1998 One's & Zero's Saro Cosentino
1999 ...And Your Point? Shooter
1999 Anime in Gioco Claudio Baglioni
1999 Io Sono Qui Claudio Baglioni
1999 Life's a Bitch Shooter
1999 Nights of the Iguana Iggy Pop
1999 Road To Ballina Jakko M. Jakszyk
1999 Swing Lisa Stansfield
2000 Personal Juke Box Alice
2002 In Absentia Porcupine Tree
2002 Radio Station Patty Pravo
2002 Still Life with Guitar Kevin Ayers
2002 Wake Sheila Nicholls
2003 Sky Moves Sideways Porcupine Tree
2003 Sono Io: L'uomo Della Storia Accanto Claudio Baglioni
2003 True Ballads Tony Hadley
2004 Blackfield Blackfield
2004 Songs from the Southland Hans Theessink
2005 Deadwing Porcupine Tree
2005 Stars Die: The Delerium Years '91-97 Porcupine Tree
2005 Up the Downstair Porcupine Tree
2005 Vacuous Waxing Dawud Wharnsby & Bill Kocher
2006 Bruised Romantic Glee Club Jakko M. Jakszyk
2006 Poets & The Prophet Dawud Wharnsby
2006 Quelli Degli Altri Tutti Qui Claudio Baglioni
2006 Two's Company: The Duets Cliff Richard
2007 Blackfield II Blackfield
2007 Canzoni Nel Tempo Fiorella Mannoia
2007 Fear of a Blank Planet Porcupine Tree
2008 Heat Beats Live/Tourbook 1991 Mats/Morgan
2008 Nil Recurring Porcupine Tree
2008 Schoolyard Ghosts No-Man
2008 ED4 Ed Poole
2008 Stranger Inside Richard Barbieri
2008 Insurgents Steve Wilson
2009 Circles Gavin Harrison & O5Ric
2009 Blood OSI
2009 Blue & Green Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
2009 Pane e Nuvole Paolo Gianolio
2009 The Incident Porcupine Tree
2009 Into the Ether Steve Thorne
2009 TLG Collection Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
2009 Q.P.G.A. Claudio Baglioni
2009 Endless Fjieri
2010 Depth Ed Poole
2010 Reset Marco Tafelli
2011 Giving Up on Miracles Jakzsyk Fripp Collins
2011 P'Dice Paul Cusick
2011 Rebirth Alberto Rigioni
2012 The Man Who Sold Himself Gavin Harrison & O5Ric
2012 Storm Corrosion Storm Corrsion
2012 Tribu' de Note Paolo Gionolio
2012 Fire Make Thunder OSI
2012 Can't Take a Hint Harry Shearer
2012 Fusion Syndicate Fusion Syndicate
2012 Beneath the Waves Komendium
2012 Octane Twisted Porcupine Tree
2012 Routes Ed Poole
2012 Apriti Sesamo Franco Battiato
2013 Le Sacre Du Travail  The Tangent
2013 Occultus Tramitis Atoine Fafard
2013 Schizanimus Amadeus Amad
2013 Con Voi Claudio Baglioni


  • Modern Drummer named Gavin Best Progressive Drummer in 2007.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Sonor
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama/Gibraltar
Heads: Remo 
Electronics: Korg 
Sticks: Vic Firth

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