Mark Fry, born in Essex in 1952, began art school in Florence at the turn of the ’70s. There he met RCA Italiana record producer Vincenzo Micocci, who signed him to the label’s IT subsidiary. His debut LP, Dreaming with Alice, was recorded in Rome during the summer of 1971. That fall, after touring with Lucio Dalla, Fry returned to England, where he continued working in music for a time without much success. In the years since, he’s become known as a painter, and Dreaming with Alice has (justifiably) developed kind of a cult; original pressings have sold at auction for over $3000. Perhaps emboldened by Sunbeam‘s 2007 reissue of the album, Fry finally recorded its follow-up, Shoot the Moon, which saw release in 2008. In 2011, he collaborated with The A. Lords to record I Lived in Trees.