(born Edward Henry Richard Harcourt-Smith
, 14 August 1977, Wimbledon
) is an English singer-songwriter
. To date, he has released five studio albums
, two EPs
, and thirteen singles
. His debut album, Here Be Monsters
, was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize
. His music is influenced by Tom Waits
, Nick Cave
, and Jeff Buckley
, among others.
Born the third son of a British Army officer
, his family home is the manor house
of Wootton, East Sussex
. He is a great-nephew of the food author Elizabeth David
and of Nicholas Ridley, Baron Ridley of Liddesdale
, and a great-grand nephew of the one-time mayor
, Roland Gwynne
. His brother is noted paleo-anthropologist William Harcourt-Smith. He is married to the singer and musician Gita Harcourt-Smith, née Langley, singer and songwriter in The Langley Sisters. Together, the couple have one child, a daughter named Roxy.
Before going solo, Harcourt played the bass and keyboards for Snug, a band formed in the mid-1990s by Harcourt, James Deane, Ed Groves, and Johnny Lewsley at school. The band recorded two albums and a handful of singles together before dissolving.
In 2000, Harcourt recorded his debut mini-album Maplewood EP
straight to a 4-track recorder
at his grandmother's house in......