The Swamp Sessions- update

15 tracks of swampy goodness are now set for release by DeWolfe. Since this album’s  inception, at the end of last year, I’ve acquired a cigar box guitar, got some harmonica playing down and built and recorded a washtub bass. The final album features about 16 different instruments, along with miscellaneous percussion, and I’m proud to say, is 100% me.

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Delicate Guitar tracks

It looks as though the tracks from my “Delicate Guitar” ep are going to be released by Focus Music later on in the year, I am happy to report. I’m quite pleased with these tunes, now that I listen back to them. Some time infront of Wavelab doing edits is now called for…

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acoustic Americana album in progress

I’ve just started working on an album of acoustic Americana for DeWolfe. It’s going to feature acoustic guitars of various shades, banjos, dobro, resophonic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, cigar box guitar and maybe some appalachian dulcimer and banjo-lele. Something will appear in the “current projects” once I’ve got a few tracks recorded.

 

Gypsy jazz album

I’ve finally got round to starting my long planned gypsy jazz project. I’m going to be recording a selection of tracks that typify the most important tunes and styles in the gypsy jazz repertoire. There will be swing tunes or course, but also later more bop tracks, a waltz or two and perhaps something along the lines of one of Django’s solo guitar improvisations. I’m going for a fairly vintage sound and I might do some real old school mixes, but I’ve also got a couple of ideas for electro swing remixes of some of these tracks.

There is a more detailed page here.

 

 

 

feelgood rock

Some real progress is being made with this album now, and we should be pitching it to potential publishers in a couple of weeks’ time.

Fingers crossed…

 

Acoustic Kitchen

I’ve been making some good progress with this project in the past week or two. There will be tracks for those “busy cooking” scenes, something to go with more exotic cuisine and tension building underscores. A musical toolkit for the kitchen, with acoustic instruments, played live, and percussion built up from kitchen appliances and utensils.

8 bars, 16 guitars

 

My idea started with an eight bar chord progression that I was messing around with on the guitar one day. I took the chords, split up the voices, mixed them around and, quite strictly, kept to this as the harmonic basis for the whole album.

Consequently, it’s got a coherence about it that I really like, despite the tracks all being very different from one another. I’ve kept everything very “organic”; no synths or samples.

At present, I’m quite pleased with this one- just looking for a publisher….

There are some audio clips to be found under the “current projects” menu heading.

 

Yodel tracks destined for a Universal release

I’m pleased to say that it looks as though a couple of tracks are going to feature on an upcoming Universal album release. Recorded last year, tweaked a bit this year and probably not to see the metaphorical light of day for a good couple of months- such is the prolonged nascence of production music tracks.

Amstardam

I’ve had the good fortune to do some session work recently for the upcoming Lennox Brothers movie, Amstardam. Bass and guitars with a bit of gypsy jazz, right up my street! Thanks to Bob and Barn for this.

CH4 recording sessions

Some weeks ago I spent a day recording guitars for the recently aired “My Gay Wedding; the musical” on CH4, at DIN studios in Limehouse. The engineer Julian Simmons is a man with great ears who really knows what he is doing!

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