Last week we put on three nights of Prince at Hideaway in Streatham featuring David McAlmont and Baby Sol as part of our Wall To Wall series. Previously we’ve showcased the music of David Bowie, Aretha Franklin and the Bond movies and frankly I’ve been itching to get stuck into Prince night for ages!
If you missed the shows (shame on you!) then luckily for you Hideaway are rather excellent at putting together videos from the shows so ere’s a couple of clips for you to check out. I’m pretty sure we’ll be putting on the Prince show again sometime next year so watch this space for announcements of dates. The Bowie show is definitely happening again at the beginning of next year so check out the Hideaway website for dates and get yourselves booked in. They sell out pretty fast…
Sometimes It Snows In April
When Doves Cry
I’ll be off on the Duckworth Lewis Method tour on the 20th September so hopefully I’ll see some of you there. I reckon the next blog post will be from on the road. It’s gonna be fantastic! See you there…
Just a quick post to let you know about a bass I’m currently looking to sell.
It’s my trusty Danelectro Dano ’63 bass. The one I used with Duke Special for a few festivals and at the Shanghai World Expo. It hasn’t been used that much though and is in pretty near perfect condition.
Here’s some bumpf about the bass:
The Danelectro Dano 63 Short Scale Length offer heavy retro vibe in a 30-inch scale length bass guitar with a unique and versatile sound!
Based on the Silvertone 1457 guitar which Danelectro produced in 1963 for Sear-Roebuck department store in America, the Danelectro Dano 63 Limited Edition Short Scale bass guitar features several improvements over the originals. The Dano 63 Short Scale Bass uses a plywood frame with pressed wood back and front rather than the masonite found on the original, an adjustable bridge rather than the wooded original, and sturdier tuners. The hollowed non-contoured body is light and comfortable, and adds a bit of top end to the bass tones.
The Danelectro Dano 63 Short Scale Bass guitar features two lipstick style Alnico single-coil pickups, volume and tone pots, and 3-way toggle pickup selector switches.
Body: Plywood frame with pressed-wood top and back.
Pickup: Danelectro single-coil lipstick
Controls: Volume, tone.
Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Colour: Red Burst.
I’m looking for about £180 for the bass. It’s currently got flats on it and comes with a soft case. I’ll even throw in a thin leather strap (you need a thin strap for this bass as the strap button is rather awkwardly placed). It sounds great and is so lightweight you’d hardly know you were playing it. Here it is in action at the Beautiful Days Festival a couple of years ago…
If you’re interested in this bass either let me know in the comments or contact me via the contact form above or via Twitter. I’m currently trying to scale down the amount of gear I’ve got and this one just doesn’t get played now I have my new Fender Precision. If you know anyone who might be interested, do pass on the link.
Ladies and gentlemen…. Our new trio record Foreground Music, Vol. I is out today!!
Featuring Jez Carr on piano, Mike Haughton on soprano and tenor saxophones and myself on upright bass this is the culmination of our work together so far as a trio. The eight track album is available right now via Bandcamp in all it’s 24-bit glory in whatever format you prefer.
We are all very excited for you to hear the album. We’re looking to put on some live shows sometime in the new year with a view to recording more material.
Here’s a handy little player from Bandcamp so you can stream the album:
We really hope you like it. If you do, please help spread the word. With no record company or promoters we are relying on you, dear listeners, to help let the world know about our music. You can click the Like button on the Bandcamp page and post the player to your Facebook profiles. You can click the Tweet button and tell all your Twitter followers about us. You can even share the Bandcamp player on your websites and blogs so that others can hear our music.
Any music bloggers or websites that are interested in featuring or reviewing the album, please get in touch either via the comments below or the Contact form.
We’ll keep you informed of any news regarding the album here and via Twitter and Facebook. We’ve already had a few enquiries from radio so hopefully you’ll be hearing us on the airwaves rather soon.