snapshot of score of Lullaby

Lullaby for solo guitar

Good evening! Welcome to my web site, where you can find out about my music, and listen to some of it, as well as my various other ventures over the years.

12 November 2021

Time for a change of colour scheme — got a bit bored with the Rupert Bear red and yellow.

Progress with Perfect Stranger: we managed to get everyone together for a rehearsal in August, at which a couple of friends shot some video. Since then it’s been a long haul to coordinate all the material — audio and video — from five cameras, but we’ve finally stitched together four short films. One is an intro with just extracts of the band playing, and the other three make up a mini-documentary including some of me talking about the project. More detail as we make the videos generally available.

The band consists of these excellent people: Adam Bishop and Mick Foster (saxes, clarinets, flutes), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tom Green (trombone), Alcyona Mick (piano), Rob Millett (vibes and percussion), Eddy White (guitar), Paul Michael (bass) and Gary Willcox (drums) with me conducting (mostly, with the odd bit of fretless bass) — and they’re fantastic! The challenge remains though of finding times when suitable combinations of these good people are available to rehearse. Not easy, but I won’t be deterred, because this is too good to let it drop. Now actively seeking gigs to get really comfortable with the music, with a view to making an album titled Unfinished Business, because that’s exactly what it is. Watch this space!

Delighted to report that, having first discovered that the recording of my Concerto for Trumpet and Brass Band (Richard Marshall, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth) was still available after all, then found it no longer was... now it is again!

PsychoYogi News

(For newcomers to this site, along with the activities described here, I also play fretless bass guitar in PsychoYogi — see my Biography.)

Things have been grinding back into motion lately. We played at the apostrophically challenged Birds Nest in Deptford in July, then made our debut appearance (well, for me it was) at the famous Dublin Castle pub in Camden Town in October. We’re about to return to Biddle Bros. in Hackney on 20 November, and then we’re at the Birds Nest yet again in early January. I can barely keep up!

The ‘live’ videos of four of our songs have been well received and appreciated. These were not in front of an audience, hence my scare-quotes, but we did play and record in real time — it was all done in our sometime drummer Jonas Golland’s bedroom! It was good fun, if a little tricky to negotiate the stands for three mics, three cameras and three lights in a very confined space — but we managed. They’re all on YouTube: Therapy Session, The Magic Tellingbone, Happy Family and Evening Call.

We’re still chopping and changing between drummers. Ravi Low-Beer is very busy with other projects, not least MFC Chicken, so at the moment we’re alternating between the excellent Arnold Lane and the aforementioned Jonas Golland.

The album Shrine is still available to download and/or listen to on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon (among others?).

Older News

Apart from all that, naturally, this web site: explore my works, find out about Perfect Stranger, read my biography, keep track of your harp pedal settings, and see what’s on the various other pages. You can also get in touch with me via the Contact form. And for those with a taste for historical technical curiosities, there’s even a page about my NotaFile document — and the document itself.

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Also on the Listen page is my standard disclaimer about MIDI recordings, and a note about browser compatibility with the players for YouTube, SoundCloud and plain MP3s embedded in these pages.

 
And in case anyone’s wondering, what I’m actually looking at in that photo is not the score of Lullaby, but a large owl perched on my wrist.