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August 1st 2020

This news post is an update really from spring through to Aug 1st.

My furloughed instruments

March-July 2020

It’s been so weird not playing live, but I’ve certainly played bass most days. I’ve been able to practice elements of music I don’t usually have time to look at. As I’m always trying to balance work commitments with family life, it means I don’t have the luxury of just playing the hours away like I did as a kid, so I’ve been enjoying playing bass again just for the love of bass. I’ve also been hanging with my family way more than I’m usually able to, so that’s a massive plus amongst all the negative.

I’ve not been posting a huge amount these past months. So far I’ve kept the online performance stuff down to a minimum as there is already a lot of great stuff out there. I didn’t want to just put things out unless there was a reason for it beyond, “just because I want to”.

One of the few I did do was this early lockdown experiment back in March.

I posted a clip of a short little funky groove on facebook playing bass and guitar.

which my mate drummer Westley Joseph later added drums to.

This was then picked up by Alex Wilson, Nolita Golding, Phillip Harper, Rodrigo Rodriguez who all added their take on things.

The finished product sounded like this.

“Mother Nature” Lyrics by Nolita Golding & Rodrigo Rodriguez

Nice little bit of fun watching that process come together!

NEW BASS!!!!

My bass had been delivered during the lockdown but hadn’t quite made it to my place for a short while. By May I had it in my hands and I’ve played my new four string jazz every day since. It’s basicially a perfect match for my tone and style – must post a video soon. It was made with the loving craftsmanship of Jason Smith at the Fender custom shop.

All finished and at the custom shop at Fender in Corona, Calif.
In my hands in London a few weeks later!
Thanks Jason!

I also took part in Fenders “technique of the week” series on instagram.

Here are the insta links if you wanna take a look:

Squeeze

http://www.squeezeofficial.com/

I’ll be playing a couple of dates with Squeeze in September which I’m really excited about cause I miss those guys. Not quite sure if the dates will stick in this ever changing covid situation, but for now here’s hoping I’ll see you live in September!

Here’s the announcement on their website:

“We are really excited to announce that we will be performing live at Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park Drive In Garden Parties this September.

We will be at Henley on 6th Sept and Tunbridge Wells on 20th Sept.  To find tickets and info please go here:

www.driveingardenparty.com

Sting

https://www.sting.com/

Through all the upheaval the Sting dates moved to later in the year, but then with all the uncertainty everything was moved to 2021 and there are now solid plans in place re. rescheduled dates.

Rescheduled dates are as follows: 

Sting’s Las Vegas residency performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

January 29 & 30, 2021
February 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13, 2021
May 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 & 22, 2021

Sting’s performances at the London Palladium will be rescheduled as follows:

Thu 17 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Thu 3 Jun 2021
Fri 18 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Fri 4 Jun 2021
Sat 19 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Sat 5 Jun 2021
Mon 21 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Mon 7 Jun 2021
Tue 22 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Tue 8 Jun 2021
Tue 15 Sep 2020 now rescheduled to Thu 10 Jun 2021

04 Oct 2021, Steel Arena, Kosice, SK rescheduled from 08 Oct 2020
06 Oct 2021, Quarterback Immobilien Arena, Leipzig, DE rescheduled from 16 Oct 2020
07 Oct 2021, Konig-Pilsner Arena, Oberhausen, DE rescheduled from 14 Oct 2020
10 Oct 2021, Zenith, Strasbourg, FR rescheduled from 19 Oct 2020
12 Oct 2021, Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, DE rescheduled from 15 Oct 2020
14 Oct 2021, Zenith, Dijon, FR rescheduled from 21 Oct 2020
15 Oct 2021, Hallenstadion, Zurich, CH rescheduled from 18 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2021, Arena, Aix-en-Provence, FR rescheduled from 11 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2021, Zenith, Toulouse, FR rescheduled from 12 Oct 2020

Project PH

I released some footage of one of our original tracks performed in 2019 filmed by Vakaris Vladimirovas at Spice Jazz Soho.

“Everything you need” – PROJECT PH

LIVE SHOWS

As of right now I have 2 pencils for London performances but that’s TBA. Fingers crossed my band will be playing live this year!