Today I’m off to Guildford for my first night of the Ruarri Joseph tour. Ru has already been out on the road for a week with Albert doing duo shows but now it’s time Harry Harding and myself to join in and show off the full band sound. After the release of Ruarri’s new album “Brother” earlier this year, there’s definitely been eager anticipation to get out and play the songs everyone waited so long to here and with reports from the first week looking good, it’s made me all the more excited. Hope to see you some of you out on the road.
The Albert “Needs Must” mini tour starts today! I’ve been looking forward to these dates for quite a while now and I can’t wait to get on the road. The 3 piece band consists of Albert, Harry Harding and myself and is a right little power trio. Albert has a habit of changing the songs on the spot so every show is new and interesting and it’s great fun playing in a band of improvising musicians. Come along and have a listen if you can, it promises to be a fun filled few days.
I’ve just got back from tracking the double and electric bass parts for The People’s String Foundation‘s new album, The Lost Dreams of Gilgamesh, and I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to putting my name to a People’s String recording since I started playing with the guys last April and it’s been well worth the wait. Ben and Zaid have been writing some great music and spending the last 5 days in Sawmills Studio playing, recording and making the bass parts my own was an exhausting and glorious process.
For the majority of the tunes I used electric, my workhorse Fender Jazz being my weapon of choice, and recorded in the live room with drummer Harry Harding playing at the same time so that the core of each track was solid and organic. After two days of intense tracking I got to break out the double bass and record some of the more delicate tracks, I always feel more at home playing double bass and even got to use the bow on some tracks which is a rare pleasure.
Sawmills studio is an amazing place to visit let alone record in, it’s situated on the south coast of Cornwall not far from St Austell and over the years has recorded some amazing names in the world of music and I’m stoked to say I’ve worked there. Producer and engineer Tommy Williams has to get a huge mention in his massive and currently on-going role in the making of the album, his skill, positivity and generosity made it all the more an enjoyable experience and I hope he knows how much we all appreciate him.
So with my playing done I packed the boat and headed home, (oh yea, you need a boat to get your gear to Sawmills!). I’m always gutted to leave a recording session there’s such creativity and musicianship combined with a constant strive for perfection that it’s often strange to come back to the real world. A huge thanks to Ben, Zaid, Clare, Harry, Naomi, Beth and Tommy, it was truly a pleasure.
Here’s a shot from the burning of the Green Man at the festival at the weekend, out of all the festivals this season Green Man was the only one I was going to get the chance to stay at and enjoy the weekend, and enjoy it we did. The People’s String Foundation played the Chai Wallahs stage twice on the Saturday, first as the band for the fantastic singer and songwriter Clay, then we had an hour to make our own and we had a blast. Chai Wallahs is always a great stage to play and the audience were in fine voice and mad us feel like a million bucks.
Aside from playing it was nice to get the chance to sit back and watch some other musicians too, (Willie Mason was excellent), and it also seemed to be a festival of bumping into old friends, each from different times in my life, each one a musician cutting their own groove, I felt privileged to get to hang out with them again . On the whole it was an excellent weekend, make sure you come check it out next yearl.