Welcome to the Homepage of Deckchair Poets, a bunch of beachside frolickers who enjoy building gigantic sand castles, watching Punch and Judy shows, hugging donkeys, dipping their tootsies into the frothing briny, modelling knotted hankies, scoffing iced lollies, and of course reciting wonderfully daft poetry to each other whilst lounging about on brightly-striped deck chairs - and let's not forget that they also find time to make a bit of seaside music too.

A relatively newish hobby, which the 'Poets have taken to, is rolling along the shoreline inside big see-through globes, in an activity known as zorbing - and those who indulge in a zorb are rather splendidly called, Zorbonauts.
With that name in mind, and after years of releasing their material as either Deckchair Poets (fun stuff), Zorbonauts (serious stuff), or Zebras Don't Smoke (cover songs), Deckchair Poets decided to consolidate their many names into just the one, for material completed from the Summer of 2022 onwards.
Zorbonauts became that chosen name.

Therefore a Zorbonauts album can now be made up of just cover songs, fun songs, serious songs, or a mixture of all.

They're still the indescribable Deckchair Poets, but their art-drenched adventures in music are now housed under the moniker, Zorbonauts.

The present line-up, who'll hopefully sprinkle diamonds in your ears and paint rainbows in your mind, consists of...

Lynden Williams (vocals) - Jerusalem. The Britz. OXOXOX.
Ollie Hannifan (guitars & mandolin) - Mister Kanish. Synaesthesia. Mamma Mia.
Geoff Downes (keyboards) - Asia. Yes. The Buggles. Downes Braide Association.
Nick D'Virgilio
(drums & percussion) - Big Big Train. Spock's Beard. Genesis. Tears For Fears.
Dave Meros (bass guitar) - Spock's Beard. Pattern-Seeking Animals. Iron Butterfly. Eric Burdon.
Rachael Hawnt (vocals) - The Beautiful Secret. Great Scott!

Like many bands their musical journey is an ongoing and lengthy adventure, which started many decades ago when vocalist, Lynden Williams, joined the Salisbury-based band, Jerusalem, and made a lifelong friend of guitarist, Bob Cooke. Since those days the pair have been involved with many line-ups, have changed the band's name repeatedly, and invariably diversified into many interesting musical styles, never being afraid to even venture back to the beat music of their teenage years.

With the release of the second Jerusalem album, Escalator (2009), some 37 years after the release of their first, Jerusalem (1972), and with no knowledge of anything else, a reporter asked Bob what he'd been doing in the intervening years. Bob replied with a John Lennonism, saying he'd been 'sitting watching the the wheels go round', when in actual fact years of slogging around gigging, writing, recording and 'never giving up' had been happening. Looking back on those times Lynden and Bob discovered that they'd sent 32 release quality recordings to record companies during those 'in-between years'. A few of the submitted recordings were of just a single song, whilst many were of between 4 to 9 songs, along with several completed albums.

As those recordings were mostly sent out with just a band name, along with song titles written on cassette inserts, or on a slip of card slotted into a CD case, Bob and Lynden decided to add these historic recordings to the Discography Section of this website. They came up with some fun cover images and amusing titles, some named after specific songs, to show what could have been.

The band names used during this musical interlude were, The Page Of Swords, Lynden's Green Hippo, The Ghost Band, Stirling,The Britz, Footprints In The Snow, The Men Of The Doomsbury Lifeboat, OXOXOX, The Faith Healers, Via Dolorosa, The Mummies, Turn Left At Pluto, The Spotty Dogs and The Hubble Bubbles.

Jerusalem's other guitarist, Bill Hinde, recorded with The Page Of Swords and played a gig with them at Strathclyde University, along with the bands, Skid Row and The Parlour Band. Stirling played Dagenham Roundhouse with Chapman-Whitney Streetwalkers. Jerusalem drummer, Ray Sparrow, played a Spotty Dogs gig, which featured a three piece line up completed by Bob and Lynden, who played bass guitar.

Sadly Bob Cooke lost the use of his left arm, after his second stroke, in 2010. Thankfully he still composes, via his music computer, and his forthcoming work will always find an outlet on future releases. Despite his absence Bob's playing still occasionally features as part of the band's output due to a backlog of unreleased material containing his musical input.

Another invaluable member of the recording team, who flings many an extra noise, and effect, into the musical mix, is studio owner, producer and engineer, Rob Aubrey, who's worked with Bob and Lynden since 1987. His ears are enshrined in music legend, but he did have to get them syringed out lately.

If you're reading this out of curiosity, then please listen to the music.

If you've heard the music then stay curious, as you never know what might happen next!?

Now where's that tin of rainbow paint?

Ah! Sarah-Jane Szikora, former artist in residence at Deckchair Palace, has obviously pinched it!

Bring back that tin of rainbow paint you very naughty, but exceptionally lovely and talented, artistic genius!!

Zorbonauts
'One Flew Outta The Cuckoo's Nest'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 50 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - November 2022

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Will Wilde.
Ray Drury, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'Cannibals On A Health Kick Only Eat Vegetarians'

(Limited Edition - Private Print Of 50 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - September 2022

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes,
Dave Meros, Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt,
Ray Drury, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zebras Don't Smoke
'Inflatable Noise'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 172)

Digital Album
Released - 18th March 2022

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes,
Dave Meros, Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt & Rob Aubrey

Zebras Don't Smoke
'Inflatable Noise'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - February 2022

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes,
Dave Meros, Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Be My Pillow'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 154)

Digital Album
Released - 14th January 2022

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes,
Dave Meros, Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Bob Cooke,
Rachel Hall, Ray Drury & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Forever Christmas'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 127)

Digital Single
Released - 12th November 2021

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Be My Pillow'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - July 2021

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes,
Dave Meros, Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Bob Cooke,
Rachel Hall, Ray Drury & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'Armed Slobbery'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 134)

Digital Album
Released - 21st May 2021

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Ray Drury, Will Wilde,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'The Unobserved Beaver'

(Talking Elephant: TECD462)

Released - 19th March 2021

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'The Crop Circlers' Guide To Abstract Expressionism'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 129)

Digital Album
Released - 26th February 2021

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Ray Drury, Will Wilde, Bob Cooke,
Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'The Smartypants Variations'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - December 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Bob Cooke & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'Armed Slobbery'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CDs)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - December 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Ray Drury, Will Wilde,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zebras Don't Smoke
'Don't Mention The Swedes'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 115)

Digital Album
Released - 20th November 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'The Crop Circlers' Guide To Abstract Expressionism'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CDs)
Not For Retail
Manufactured - October 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Dave Meros,
Nick D’Virgilio, Rachael Hawnt, Ray Drury, Will Wilde, Bob Cooke,
Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Jerusalam
'Escalator'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 114)
Digital Album
Released - 14th August 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Bob Cooke, Geoff Downes, Nick D’Virgilio and Dave Meros

Zorbonauts
'The Unobserved Beaver'

(Singsong Music: Singsong 110)
Digital Album
Released - 24th July 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'Throw A Halo On It'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 26 CD's)
Not For Retail

Manufactured - July 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Bob Cooke, Geoff Downes,
Nick D’Virgilio & Dave Meros, 

Zebras Don't Smoke
'Don't Mention The Swedes'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 52 CD's)
Not For Retail
Manufactured - June 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'The Unobserved Beaver'

(Limited Edition - Private Print of 25 CD's)
Not For Retail
Manufactured - June 2020

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Always Piste At Christmas'

(Angel Air: SJPCD604)
Released - 1st November 2019

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall, Will Wilde & Rob Aubrey

Zorbonauts
'Tall Tails'

(Angel Air: SJPCD603)
Released - 25th October 2019

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Ollie Hannifan,
Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt,
Bob Cooke, Rachel Hall, Will Wilde & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'A Bit Of Pottery'

(Angel Air: SJPCD517)
Released 22nd March 2019

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Geoff Downes, Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Rachael Hawnt, Sue Lord & Rob Aubrey

Jerusalem
'Cooler Than Antarctica'

(Angel Air: SJPCD487)
Released 24th June 2016

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Nick D’Virgilio, Ashley Cutler,
Ray Drury, Geoff Downes, Will Wilde, Rachael Hawnt,
Dave Meros, Rachel Hall & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Searchin' For A Lemon Squeezer'

(Angel Air: SJPCD456)
Released 6th July 2015

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Nick D’Virgilio, Ashley Cutler, Geoff Downes, Ray Drury, Rachael Hawnt, Will Wilde &
Rob Aubrey

Jerusalam
'Black Horses'

(Angel Air: SJPCD447)
Released 3rd November 2014

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Ollie Hannifan, Nick D’Virgilio, Ashley Cutler, Geoff Downes, Rachael Hawnt, Ray Drury, Rachel Hall, Will Wilde, Henk Leerink & Rob Aubrey

Deckchair Poets
'Who Needs Pyjamas?'

(Angel Air: SJPCD410)
Released 7th October 2013

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Geoff Downes, Nick D’Virgilio, Ollie Hannifan, Ashley Cutler, Rachel Hall, Will Wilde, Rachael Hawnt &
Rob Aubrey

Jerusalam
'Escalator'

(Mausoleum: 251105)
Released 3rd July 2009

Featuring:
Lynden Williams, Bob Cooke, Geoff Downes, Nick D’Virgilio and Dave Meros