It’s rock around the clock as Cally spire stars in video

Musician who grew up in Canonbury chooses park for song shoot

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Todd Sharpville at Caledonian Park’s clock tower, which features in the video for Walk Out in the Rain

THE distinctive spire of an Islington clock tower has become the backdrop to a new music video by the UK’s “best guitarist”.

Caledonian clock tower has reached an international audience as the setting of bluesman Todd Sharpville’s latest music video.

The song, titled Walk Out in the Rain, has been featured in Rolling Stone France. Mr Sharpville, 52, is also set to release a charity duet with Robbie Williams, called Love Knows No Bounds, by the end of the year.

He said he selected the iconic clock tower as the backdrop to his latest track because it is emblematic of the strong community he has discovered there during his daily dog walks.

In a vertiginous opening shot, a drone camera swoops up to the clock tower’s viewing platform, where Mr Sharpville is riffing out on his guitar.

The musician and songwriter, who grew up in Canonbury and settled in Islington to look after his mother, said Caledonian Park holds a special place in his heart.

“There are certain folks with dogs who come here at the same time every day – we have all come to know each other over the years,” he said. “It is a slice of real community.”

Filming the video proved to be more difficult than Mr Sharpville had anticipated, as flash floods struck the capital and Cally Park had to close. As a result he had to film certain scenes from home.

“I found myself in my garden with a green screen and neighbours who had all come out to hold the green screen whilst my missus was there with a hose, trying to make it look like I was playing guitar in the rain.”

The song is part of Mr Sharpville’s new album, Medication Time, set to be released on July 8. His new music will explore his mental breakdown in December 2005 and subsequent two-month stay in hospital following a complicated divorce and a child contact battle.

As the youngest son of the late third Viscount St Davids, Todd Sharpville is a stage name that obscures his aristocratic roots. For Mr Sharpville, his background often means he is misunderstood by those in his industry.

“They all assume that if you come from a posh background then that implies lots of privilege and wealth and support. Most of the aristocracy that I know from the old blue-blood families are all nouveau poor, their money was in farming and that died a death years ago,” he said.

According to Mr Sharpville, his grandad Jestyn Phillips “blew everything on sex, drugs and rock and roll – generations of wealth. So, my dad was self-made. He had to leave school at 16.”

Although this blue-bloodedness may have impacted his career in the music industry, it was perhaps a factor in the Conservatives’ decision to offer him a position as a prospective parliamentary candidate in 2010.

Mr Sharpville said he declined the offer, adding: “I would rather the nest of vipers in the music industry than the one in the world of politics.”

He is now looking forward to the launch of his new album. And he hopes featuring Cally clock tower in his latest video will show people the park is “a special place – it’s a special place if you open your eyes and realise it”.

Medication Time will be launched on Friday, July 8 at The Camden Club, 7pm until 11pm.

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