Plane Speaking…

Hi all,

Welcome back and thanks for taking time to read my blog. Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter will know I have recently returned from playing in Switzerland with my musical buddies DiElle and John. Following this trip, I wanted to share with you my experiences of taking instruments on aircraft. […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Bass Gear, Live|0 Comments

Speak(er) Up!!

This week, I had an email from a subscriber asking about bass speakers and cabinets. Which ones to use? Which were the best? Power ratings, sizes, impedance, it’s a minefield of technical jargon! So here goes….

First off, let’s deal with size… Modern day bass speakers come in a few different sizes. The smallest is 10″, […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Live|3 Comments

All The Gear (and some idea)

I often get asked about equipment. “What do you use?”” Why do you use that?”” What should I buy? “”What would you recommend?” On the equipment page of my website, I list all the gear I’m currently using but I wanted to go into a little more detail about the whys and wherefores of my […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Live|0 Comments

What music are you into?

1512423_1613292535597070_8559294212081997497_nAs I have mentioned in previous posts, my dad was a trumpet player whose love of jazz had a huge influence on me growing up. Despite the fact that he was a musician, we didn’t have constant music playing in the house but I vividly […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Live|0 Comments

Look out, it’s a set-up!!!

For anyone who may have missed my numerous Facebook posts recently, I have relinquished responsibility of my harem’s needs to someone else. This is not a small deal as, for years, ¬†I have tweaked and fettled ‘the girls’ myself and generally been able to take care of most of the day-to-day demands of my instruments.

The […]

By |August 5th, 2015|Live|0 Comments

“Well that’s disappointing…”

Music is an artform and like all other forms of art, it boils down to a person, or persons, putting their soul on display and inviting critique. Whether it be music, painting, ¬†sculpture, photography, literature or dance, it involves someone doing something that is precious to them and readily accepting praise or criticism for that […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Live|5 Comments

Flash, bang, wallop (what a picture)

 

DC-21I don’t know of many who people who actually ENJOY having their photo taken. In this world of Instagram, Snapchat, camera phones and social media, it is reckoned that, on average, each of us appear in up to 300 photos per day!

Don’t get me wrong, […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Live|0 Comments

The Terrifying World of The Dep…..

At last count, I was officially a member of 9 bands, of which 5 gig on a regular basis. This means I reckon I have a regular, locked-down setlist of around 150 songs that I can play without manuscript or crib sheets. I have amassed these songs over many years and hundreds, if not thousands, […]

By |May 1st, 2015|Live|0 Comments

The Lovetown Family – from Jazz-funk to Northern Soul

In several of my posts, I have mentioned, with great affection , my connection to the Lovetown Music company in Bath, UK. I would like to tell you the story of how my association with them came about and the wonderful journey we have shared, and continue to share to this day.

Back in the mid-2000’s, […]

By |April 6th, 2015|Live|2 Comments

Listen……

Children_listening_to_the_radio_1940sWhen I was a child, the weekly Top 40 chart was king. I’m sure, like me and my sister, many of you huddled by your radio/cassette player between 4pm and 7pm, tuned into Radio 1 with your finger hovering over the record button. That felling […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Live|0 Comments