GOLDFRAPP

Happy to say I am playing a few shows with the excellent Goldfrapp this summer, including Latitude Festival, Somerset House and Blue Dot Festival. First one was on Friday in Madrid at Tomavistas Fest – great fun and a lovely bunch! Heres to more…

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APRIL ’17 – PAOLO NUTINI

Most of this month was taking up playing with Paolo and the lads. A show in Switzerland (Zermatt Unplugged festival) followed by a South American tour, taking in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Not shit!

Zermatt Unplugged is a truly wonderful festival and to be up in the fresh mountain air was sublime. A great show and to be joined by a top string quartet was magical, as was hanging with friends in the Ronnie Scotts Quintet who were also playing.

The tour was incredible – we ate our bodyweight in steak and tacos and enjoyed all the local beverages – Pisco sours, Caipirinhas and all the others 😉 Also saw some tango, Mexican wrestling, spectacular views, Samba and plenty more… Gigs were all knockout as the fans have been waiting 10 years to hear the man in person. Electric atmosphere!

 

Wee clip from the other night in Mexico City with @paolonutini #paolonutini #gretschdrums #vicfirth #sabianuk #sabian

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MARCH UPDATE

A great month has been had with lots of music being made. Recording for Matt Calvert’s (Three Trapped Tigers, Strobes) solo project “Typewritten” has been completed and I’m very excited about hearing the end result. Speaking of recording, I did a couple of sessions at Abbey Road Studio 2 this month for producer Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, Marillion) – what a sound in that room, unbelievable. I also recorded the soundtrack for The Treatment – a play running at the Almeida Theatre. The session took place at Air Studios and the reference was “Birdman”, the great film from last year featuring Antonio Sanchez’s fantastic drum score, so I was happy! I also played a show at the Gateshead Jazz festival with Trish Clowes, Ross Stanley and Chris Montague.

Ecstatic to say that the long awaited second album by Brass Mask, Live, is OUT NOW! It has had some great reviews and I’m extremely proud of it. Go get it and take a listen :

https://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/live

 

GOLDIE – Ronnie Scott’s

Back with the big man Goldie again for 4 special gigs in two nights at Ronnie’s. Always special playing at this club, more so with this band as first time playing new material on which I recorded. As you can see from this video, the place went off. Felt like we were on a ship, sailing through a storm. So. Much. Fun. Well be doing this again….

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to one all. I brought it in playing a glorious gig with Paolo Nutini and the gang, in Edinburgh. Growing up, this gig was always on the telly and I used to love watching it so to get to play this iconic location at this time was very special. We did two nights – 30th and 31st of December and as you can see, the fireworks were a bit of a let down….

It’s all gone… PETE TONG

Just completed a three date run with Pete Tong, playing percussion in the gargantuan Heritage Orchestra. We have an album OUT NOW too which was recorded in August. All very exciting and really chuffed with it.

Arena shows in Birmingham, London and Manchester sold out and we performed lots of classic Ibiza tunes with Pete along with singers Ella Eyre, John Newman, Jessie Ware, Brendan Reilly, Vula Malinga and Candi Staton! The tour was a blast and we hope to do it again soon. Yes, there was lots of lasers!!