I am delighted to announce that I’ll be joining The 12 Tenors as Drummer on their Winter ‘Best Of’ tour from 1 December until 1 March 2019.
This will be my first big international tour, playing shows in South Korea, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and I am delighted to be offered this incredible opportunity!
“With their new tour, THE 12 TENORS pay homage to the world hits of the last millennium!
In their 2-hour stage show, the 12 exceptional singers pick up on music history. Powerful and unique, they bring to life songs of all sorts of genres: songs that have shaped pop and rock culture, ballads that have touched millions of people, and classic arias that will probably last for ever.
Be there! Enjoy a concert of emotions with songs that everyone knows, everyone loves, uniquely interpreted and specially arranged for the 12 tenors and their band”.
For more information on the show, visit the Facebook page here.
I am especially happy of course to be taking my branded stick of choice, PROMARK, on this epic journey - for information on Promark and their products, visit the link here; highly recommend!
. . . and by that, I don’t just mean how lucky we’ve been in Britain with the weather, but how amazing it’s been to be so busy over the last few months!
It’s been a year now since I moved to London and took the risk of working there – and although the start was slow, the hard work has started to pay off. Here’s just a few things I’ve been up to:
Tuition – I began teaching one student back in September – and now I’m thrilled to be teaching several young budding drummers in the Redhill and Carshalton areas, and via The Surrey Sound Of Music, school tuition in Carshalton and on the outskirts of Croydon. I’ve enjoyed passing knowledge on to students (of all ages and abilities) and in turn, seeing them grow with their drumming.
Dep work – The last few months have seen me play with some incredible musicians – and not just good music makers, but genuinely good people too. That’s very true of The Gentlemen Of The Road band (thanks Craig Robinson for introducing me), who have had me in to play mostly weddings (and one hen do!) this Summer. And, a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to learn that the bassist on the Motown gig I was depping on is the ex-bass player for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – if that doesn’t ring any bells, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpJ0cyXbMbI
The Wilderminds – my folk-influenced function band from Stag Promotions played its debut gig at the height of the Summer Season; and what a crowd we had for it! If you’re in need of a function band and enjoy acoustic folk rock music, look no further – book us by clicking here.
Sound Refuge – I have been working on and off with Markus Michelucci and his incredible session musicians which make up Sound Refuge. It’s a nice small setup for me, consisting of small kit (snare and hats), woodblocks, finger cymbals, mark tree, shakers and tambourine – yes, that’s literally it! It’s nice to bring ideas to the table for Markus’ original material, as well as re-worked acoustic classics. Next gig for us is St Thomas’ Hospital, London on 20 August, 1pm.
In a few weeks, I will return to schools to commence new term of teaching, and I’ll have a few new private students too. A lot to look forward to!
As with all freelancers, January is a time of organisation, admin and tidying up after Christmas etc. . . which is why I haven't had time to do a post recently! So I thought I'd share some stuff with you of my five week run of panto in Rhyl, North Wales.
Overall, I had a fantastic time with the amazing team that is the cast, creatives and musicians that put on this wonderful show, produced by UK Productions. It had been a while since I'd used a Roland electronic kit - in fact, this was the longest run I'd played on one since I first started out 14 years ago!
The show, Sleeping Beauty, was full of modern pop numbers familiar to a younger audience, but a few Queen classics made it in there, which were a joy to play (Somebody To Love, Seven Seas Of Rhye) and even a little bit of musical theatre (If You Believe - The Wiz).
The Act I opening, a disco-fied version of Leslie Bricusse's Pure Imagination, from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, was a fab number to kick off the show. Although a particular favourite of mine was the Toy Dance: a medley of 4 or 5 numbers, including latin, swing, rock and ballad - lots of different tempo changes, with track too, always fun for a drummer!
As with all pantos, the show relied on a huge amount of SFX from the drummer to add comedy - on this show, I used a vibraslap, flex-a-tone, swanee whistle, siren whistle, woodblocks and other percussive toys (pictured in gallery below).
Aside from the show, it was nice to go out for a day trip to Chester and Liverpool for some Christmas shopping. . . and a beer, or two!
Here's some pictures I took during my time in Rhyl. . . enjoy and thanks for reading!
For more, follow #fiveweeksinrhyl on Instagram.
It’s been 6 months now since I moved to London, and there’s been a lot happening behind the scenes already! Over the last few months, I’ve been working with a superb singer-songwriter, Markus Michelucci, whom I met randomly last April whilst he was busking at Borough Market. He’s a brilliant guy to be around and I’m looking forward to developing projects with him next year – check out his own band website, www.soundrefugemusic.com.
Last month, I was fortunate to be asked to play for Tally Koren, an Israeli-born international singer-songwriter and voiceover artist, at the Royal Albert Hall. I think that has to be the most amazing venue I have ever played in – the sound from the choir and orchestra was incredible. If you get the chance even to see a show there, go – it’s fantastic!
Also, I’ve been rehearsing with a brand new folk-inspired band (more on that soon). I auditioned and was lucky enough to get the gig! Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this band next year.
And at present, it’s all go with panto preparation. I’m looking forward to spending five weeks with UK Productions at The Rhyl Pavilion next month, where The Sleeping Beauty will run until 6th January 2018. More here: www.rhylpavilion.co.uk/sleeping-beauty/
I am delighted to be working with UK Productions on panto this year. The Sleeping Beauty opens at The Rhyl Pavilion in Rhyl, North Wales on 13 December 2017.
The show's cast includes Coronation Street’s Janice Battersby (Vicky Entswistle) and
Channel 5’s Milkshake Presenter Amy Thompson.
Tickets can be booked online here: http://www.rhylpavilion.co.uk/sleeping-beauty/