b. England. Deighton is a familiar name on the UK music scene through his work with acid jazz favourites Mother Earth and his association with Paul Weller and Oasis. Additionally, he has established a minor solo career with a series of low-key but undeniably charming folk rock albums.
Deighton initially made a name for himself in the mid-80s as a member of London-based indie rock band the Wolfhounds, before moving on to Mother Earth in the early 90s. As the band’s chief songwriter he was responsible for some of their most memorable songs, including the sublime ballad ‘Jesse’. In 1995, shortly before Mother Earth’s demise, Deighton released his solo debut Villager, a charming folk rock collection that earned admiring comparisons to the work of Richard Thompson. In 1997, he joined Paul Weller’s band for the Heavy Soul tour and remained as lead guitarist until late 1999. The following year Deighton issued his second solo album, You Are The Healer. Originally recorded in 1996 but delayed because of contractual difficulties, the album was reworked for release on the Yeaah! label and featured excellent keyboard work from UK music legend Brian Auger.
In 2001, Deighton joined Oasis as Noel Gallagher’s temporary replacement on their world tour. Following his stint with Oasis, Deighton completed work on his new album, The Common Good, adopting a more electric approach than on his previous recordings. The same year, the four original members of Mother Earth reunited to play a series of live shows.