Back in 2011 I had the good fortunate to play bass on an album by Ruarri Joseph called “Brother”. After being on a UK tour, Ruarri, Albert Jones, Harry Harding and myself spent an incredibly creative fortnight recording with the fantastic producer Rich Wilkinson in Church Studios in Crouch End.
The reason I’m writing about it two years later is because yesterday Ruarri mentioned in a post that one of the tracks, “No More Sins”, has been added to the Radio 2 playlist. Ru has been working really hard to get the tunes out there into the public eye so this is a great boost.
So keep your ears peeled to Radio 2 and you might just catch it.
In recent months I’ve been lucky enough to play with a singer-songwriter named Charlie Wingfield. Charlie’s music has been great fun to play and put a little bit of my stamp on the tunes he recently recorded and released on his latest album, “Painted on the Outside“. The other night Charlie, his lovely and talented lady Alex and I recorded an acoustic version of “Devil’s Kiss” which was filmed by Greg Dennis, check him out he’s rad. Hope you enjoy!
I’m happy to announce my new endorsement with Bass Centre Elites Strings! Bass Centre have been at the forefront of the bass world for thirty years and I’m over the moon to be on board and benefiting from their experience and knowledge. I’m usually a nickel string player but I’m currently trying a few sets of their stainless steel “Stadium Series” on my Fender Jazz and they sound brilliant, I may be a convert to steel! I’ve got the “Detroit Flats” on my Precision bass and it’s given me that classic P bass sound. 😀 I’m also looking forward to trying out some of their new Danny Thompson signature double bass strings, I’ll put up a post or a video as soon as I get my hands on them, watch this space!
My stack of new strings comes at a good time as I’m off to The Dairy Studios tomorrow with fellow People’s String Foundation member and rhythm section partner in crime Harry Harding to record with the awesome singer and songwriter Clay. I’ve had the privilege of playing with Clay before on a couple of occasions and can’t wait to get in the studio and be a part of the recording. Have a butchers at some of Clay’s brilliant songs here.
Here’s the blog post people have been asking me to get round to writing for about four months, my apologies. Things are good in Camp Jones and there’s lots to tell you.
Over Christmas I was in Birmingham doing some theatre work for a couple of months and had the opportunity to catch up with lots of friends from my Conservatoire days which was great, I hadn’t realised just how much I missed them. Getting to listen to them play again was inspiring, there are some truly fantastic musicians in this country and more attention needs to be paid to the creative work they all do.
Since New Year things haven’t stopped much, lots of gigs with The People’s String Foundation, Jack Wallen and Gareth Lee have kept me busy, there was also a last minute recording session with a fantastic young singer and songwriter called Saskia Maxwell which was great fun, (I may have been allowed to bust out some guitar playing chops, brace yourselves). I’ll keep you posted as and when things get released.
Speaking of music releases, The People’s String Foundation have released a free download of the forthcoming album which you can pick up here, some other big news is that the Ruarri Joseph album I played bass on, Brother, is set to be re-released by ADA Warner on the 25th March which is exciting so watch this space.
There’s lots more exciting stuff to tell you, (well exciting for me at least), but I’ll get round to that in another post and I promise it won’t take another four months this time.