Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story’ is a brand new documentary premiering at the Doc ’N’ Roll Film Festival in London in 2019. The film traces the history of Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a pioneering transgender musician who, at the age of 74, is preparing to embark on his first international tour.

Originally a children’s television music composer, Glenn-Copeland wrote his third album ‘Keyboard Fantasies’ in 1986 after feeling inspired by the natural environment around his home studio in Huntsville, Ontario. The cassette-only release was written entirely using a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and a Roland TR-707 drum machine.

It went largely undiscovered for nearly three decades, before a Japanese fan helped to inspire a vinyl re-release in 2017. Championed by the likes of Four Tet and Caribou, the record is now considered a pioneering example of the folktronica genre.

‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story’ premieres at the Barbican on November 2.

He performs at Bush Hall on November 13.