Tom Crossley played the flute.
I got to know Tom through the years rehearsing and playing with The Pastels. He has his own group, International Airport, and I think he was in an early version of V Twin. He played drums on a couple of records by Alasdair Roberts, on one of which I also played bass. Tom, like Dave, seems to be able to play everything, but does so in a slightly more instinctive free style. In the backing tracks session at Leeders Farm, his playing was loosely guided by mellotron parts I had recorded in demos. He also added a couple of nice glockenspiel parts and some northumberland pipes.
When I eventually got around to recording the vocals and overdubs back home in Glasgow - about 18 months later - Tom dropped by a couple of days and recorded slightly more idiosyncratic flute lines, much closer to his natural free-flowing style.
p.s. Looking at this snap, I now realise that the studio was in a bit of a mess at this point - if I was any good at photoshop I’d go in there and move the monorail poly bag and possibly the green jotter…
p.p.s. Tom’s partner Annabel painted the front cover of the LP and is currently putting finishing touches to the back cover, the spine and the insides.