Restless Blue began in 2002 as a collaboration between composer, John Duggan, and drummer and programmer, Romilly Dobbs. Their first work was Supplication, a three movement dance piece specially commissioned by choreographer Jess Hall for her youth dance group, Slipstream. It was first performed at Jamboree 2002, an annual festival of youth and community drama, dance and music in Oxfordshire. The three sections – "Through a Window", "Supplication", and "The Stone in the Date" – reveal the light and shade of movement using real world samples, North African loops and analogue synthesis, which jostle for space against a constantly shifting backdrop of beats and atmospheres.
In 2003 the duo were joined by Stick® maestro, Dave Bowmer, double bass supremo, Paul Parker Smith, and master metallist and percussionist, Dave Holmes for the world premiere performance of 3 Faces of Mary, composed by John Duggan. This is a massive work, scored for orchestra, electro-acoustic instruments, two choirs and soloists.
In 2006 the group continued collaborating with dancers in several highly successful shows including Turpentine with Oxford Youth Dance Company and Life, the Universe … and Dinner with Oxford Youth Dance. Most recently, Restless Blue have worked with the intergenerational dance group, Crossover, touring Dragon's Tale in southern theatres in 2007/8. You can read more about Dragon's Tale here.
All the while, the band have been working on tracks for the debut album, Lifeline. There are ten completed tracks – a mixture of songs and instrumentals. The music embodies the Restless Blue spirit of improvisation, exotic soundscapes and bittersweet lyricism. The CD is due out in the summer of 2008.