Modern English album/tourThe 1st studio album for 30 years, to feature 4 original members of Modern English will be released Feb 24th. It is entitled 'Take Me To The Trees' and i am playing drums all over it. We will then be going on a coast to coast (as they say) USA tour, starting in Austin playing at SXSW on March 14th, finishing in Toronto on April 17th.
Posted 2017-02-22 16:14:35
Touring USAIn the middle of a 21 date USA tour with Modern English. Playing their seminal post punk album' Mesh and Lace' in its entirety. Pictures and stuff on my facebook page.
Massive fun being had. Guzzling life...
Posted 2016-05-29 02:15:33
Touring.At the moment I am in Florida playing some shows with post punk pioneers Modern English. Pictures are on my facebook page.
On finishing this I will be continuing to promote the Connie Lush Band's new album 'Renaissance' playing live all over, including a stint in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in April.(www.connielush.com)
May will see me back in the USA on a 5 week tour, coast to coast, with Modern English playing their seminal debut album 'Mesh and Lace' live in its entirety.
Posted 2016-02-28 03:22:16
The last year.......I have been very lazy in updating this page in the last year or so...
So..I have been gigging all over the place with the great Connie Lush for the last year and a half and we are just about to complete a new album of brand new material. The album has been produced by Steve Wright, Connies new guitar player and old friend of mine, in his beautiful home studio in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. It should be released in the autumn.
I was also recently asked to play with Grammy Award winning singer songwriter James House at a festival in Scotland by my friend, guitarist Simon Johnson. That was an excellent experience and we're hoping to tour more with James in the near future.A very cool guy and great writer..
Modern English have been recording a new album over the last year and I have contributed to that, as well as doing some dates in Europe with them last year. I am about to do some more dates with them in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium in May and June.
Posted 2015-04-29 19:13:06
More Blues and Country for me..Very pleased to be starting work with the irrepressible Connie Lush in October. The twice-voted European Blues Vocalist of the Year is an absolute powerhouse and I'm looking forward to beginning a set of dates in October. Also October sees me playing for American country music legend Gene Watson on his UK and Ireland dates.
Posted 2013-10-02 21:07:27
The Motives NominatedThe Motives have been nominated in the Best Band, Best Album and Best Keyboard player categories at the British Blues Awards 2013. Please go to
and vote for us!! That would be lovely..Thanks.
Posted 2013-06-06 16:14:45
Modern English in ManilaHaving an amazing time in Manila, Philippines with my old mates Modern English. Doing 2 shows and some tv shows. Being treated beautifully by the Philipinos and everyone who is looking after us.
Posted 2013-05-02 17:39:26
Recording...Country Music and the Philippines!I will be recording singer songwriter James Turner's new album in the coming weeks. I will also be playing with American Country Music artist Will Banister on his UK dates over Easter and also going to the Philippines with some old friends, Modern English for two arena shows and some TV appearances. Pretty varied....great..
Posted 2013-03-14 23:27:06
BBC Radio 2 sessionThe Motives recently recorded a session or the Paul Jones Blues Show on Radio 2, which will be broadcast on Monday, Feb 4th at 7pm. There are photis from the session on my Facebook page which can be linked from the icon on the left.
Posted 2013-01-25 15:35:45
More news...The Motives had a great time in Holland supporting The Robert Cray Band. There are lots of photos on my fb page which is accessible on the left....There is also a video available to see there of us playing Leap Of Faith at a radio session in Rotterdam.
There is a new single available on itunes by The Motives, called 'Burning Angel'.Check it out...
I am also pleased to announce I will be playing with country music legend Larry Gatlin on his 3 dates in the U.K.
Posted 2012-11-03 17:56:52
Country, Blues, etcJust finished a nice small tour with country artist Will Banister which was a pleasure. The Motives will be playing in Holland supporting blues artist Robert Cray in October 15th, 16th, 17th..
Posted 2012-09-27 21:09:18
DallasHad an amazing night as the house band drummer playing at the launch of the new series of Dallas on Channel 5 UK at Old Billingsgate, London. Played with American country artists Will Banister and John Permenter. Photos on the fb page. Link to the left of this...
Posted 2012-08-22 14:47:41
Geneva...On saturday I will be playing with The Bernie Marsden Acoustic Band at the Guitar en Scene festival in the Alps above Geneva. Nice..
Posted 2012-07-26 17:25:06
The MOTIVES album OUT NOW!!!The Motives feat Matt Taylor\'s debut album is now out! It came out on June 11th in UK and Holland and will be out in Germany on 22nd June. It is gaining rave reviews that you can see if you go to my FaceBook link....Even better just buy it.... from all the usual outlets: Amazon, itunes, etc or our website
Posted 2012-06-21 23:41:10
Motives gigs..Two Motives gigs next week. Oxford at The Bullingham on Monday 19th March and wednesday 21st at The Jam House in Birmingham. Come on down...
Posted 2012-03-16 11:29:53
Athena album release..I will be appearing at Bush Hall, West London with Athena and her great band on March 27th at the launch gig of her new album 'Peeling Apples' on which I played the drums..Hope to see you there..
Posted 2012-02-01 18:33:53
The Motives new album...If you copy and paste the address below you can listen to clips of every track on The Motives new album. You can then, if you like it, pre order it before its release date and receive goodies in return....
Posted 2012-01-05 19:26:14
More News...I recently completed a little jaunt with my band The Motives which was nice. Bass player Fergie Fulton was standing in with us as Andy Graham has unfortunately had an accident with his knee.. The Motives debut album is nearing completion and will be released on Feb 6th. www.themotives.info
Apparently I am appearing on a few tracks on another Best of by French superstar Patricia Kaas, which is being released in Canada and a few other places I\'m not sure of...
Singer songwriter Chris Bannister\'s new album \'Dont Forget, Forgive\' will be released on March 5th 2012 on which I am playing, with the single \'Maybe You Were Mine\' released on February 6th (like The Motives album!)
In the meantime I hope everyone who reads this has a very Merry Christmas.....
Posted 2011-12-16 01:53:12
Athena single launchI will be playing at the 606 club in London on October 17th helping singer songwriter Athena celebrate the release of her single 'Finding England' from the upcoming album 'Peeling Apples' on which I am contributing copious amounts of drum tracks....If you read this and come down, come and say hello..
Posted 2011-10-12 07:44:16
James Morrison filmed special for Virgin MediaIf you copy and paste the address below you can see a 7 song specially filmed acoustic show I did with James Morrison in London for Virgin Media Music on Demand. James\'s new album The Awakening has come into the UK album charts at No 1!! ...Congratulations to him and his team...
Posted 2011-10-06 18:40:27
TV Show- Paris - James MorrisonThis is one of the tv shows I have recently been doing with James Morrison promoting his new album The Awakening.
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Posted 2011-09-25 01:26:45
Gigs, TV and Radio with James MorrisonI will be appearing behind James Morrison playing various Percussion Drum type instruments at The Hospital Club in London Wednesday 21st September. A specially filmed performance for Virgin Media on Demand. Friday 22nd on The Late Late Show in Dublin. Saturday morning 23rd on T4 and Monday morning on Radio 1 Live Lounge...
Posted 2011-09-20 07:44:01
Album tracks...I appear on 2 tracks (Ben Bean and Rexarama) on west coast instrumental Jazz artist Dave Murrants new album. You can listen here
Posted 2011-09-09 10:55:34
Touring...and TVCompleted a great but exhausting 1st tour with my band The Motives.There are videos on my fb page. Go to button on the left.... More dates are on the horizon in November...
I am about to join James Morrison again to record the French TV show Taratata in Paris..I'm sure a youtube video of it will appear when its done...
Posted 2011-08-27 14:31:54
DatesDid a great show in Paris with James Morrison in late June and hopefully more to come later in the year.
Going on tour with my band The Motives in early august. Tour dates on the 'tours' page. Hope to see you at one of the gigs...
Posted 2011-07-17 13:02:20
JAMES MORRISONI am proud and pleased to announce I will be playing with James Morrison on some dates in the major cities in Northern Europe. The dates will appear on the tour dates page soon...
Posted 2011-06-01 17:45:13
THE MOTIVESGo to
New video by my new band The Motives feat. Matt Taylor
Posted 2011-05-06 17:28:07
New ProjectPaste into your browser
for two free downloads and loads of info about The Motives feat.Matt Taylor, my new project....
Posted 2011-02-24 23:17:52
New Band....New sticks...I am engaging on a band project with friends Jonny Dyke, Matt Taylor and Andy Graham. The album is recorded but we do not have a name yet! Hopefully when we have decided, the album will be released in spring sometime...
I am also proud to announce that I am now an endorser of Vic Firth drumsticks.
Posted 2011-01-27 22:04:40
NEW INTERVIEWThere is now an interview I did with German drum magazine STICKS if you go to the page labelled PRESS on the left hand side....
Posted 2010-12-11 09:00:10
Release...I have played drums on Anglo Greek artist, Athena'a new album, which is called 'Peeling Apples' and will be playing two shows with her, to mark the release, in Athens on November 26th and 27th. Nice....
Posted 2010-11-04 23:34:33
Touring and PressI am in the middle of U.K. tour with Thea Gilmore which is going swimmingly and have just completed another interview with STICKS magazine, the German drum mag, which will be in the November issue. I will get a translation up here as soon as I have one.
Posted 2010-10-06 18:26:21
Radio and TVI will be appearing with Thea Gilmore on the Radcliffe and Marconie Show live in session on BBC Radio 2 @ 8-10pm on September 21st and also on Sky Arts TV show: 'Centre Stage: Summer Festivals' on September 18th 9pm. If anyones interested....
Posted 2010-09-09 23:14:31
THEA GILMORE NEW RELEASESThea Gilmore's new single 'You're the Radio' is released on August 16th and the album 'Murphy's Heart' on August 30th. I will also be going on the road with Thea around the U.K. in late September, early October. The dates will be on the site soon...
Posted 2010-07-22 12:21:30
Nice little Paiste storyPaiste have kindly promoted my involvement in The Snowy White Blues Project ....
Posted 2010-07-21 23:16:21
Mark Butcher album releaseThe album by Mark Butcher to which i contributed, is released on thursday July 8th. It will be launched with a gig at Charlotte Street Blues on, appropriately, Charlotte Street, London this thursday the 8th July. Free entry so come and say hello. Onstage 7.30pm....
Posted 2010-07-05 22:40:52
SNOWY WHITE BLUES PROJECT LIVE ALBUMFrom July 19th the new album from legendary guitar player Snowy White\'s Blues Project is available to download from all the usual sites. It will be available in the shops in September.It was recorded in Holland in February, on my first tour with them and its worth a listen.....
Posted 2010-06-29 14:40:22
INTERVIEWThe interview with me, which is featured in France's premier drum magazine: BATTEUR is now on the site. Just click on the PRESS page. The original and the English translation is right there...
Posted 2010-04-24 23:12:39
Interview, gigs, records....Just back from a quick jaunt to Germany and Israel for some gigs with Snowy White's Blues Project, which was excellent, especially seeing my old friends in Israel, where I have worked alot in the past with the great Israeli artist Shalom Hanoch.
The Batteur Magazine interview is featured in the April issue and is now in the shops for those of you reading this in France. i will try to get it on the site as soon as poss.
Producer/Artist Nigel Stonier has a new album about to be released on May 3rd with me contributing in the drums department. Also just been doing some drum tracks on Thea Gilmore's new album, which will be out sometime when its finished!
Posted 2010-03-31 13:46:41
Snowy White gigsI am happy to announce that I will be playing some dates with legendary guitar player Snowy White, starting in February.
The shows will be on the tour dates page very soon.
Happy New Year!
Posted 2010-01-05 19:53:47
Magazine Feature and Thea Gilmore singleI have recently been interviewed by French drum magazine \'Batteur\' for a feature early next year. I will get it on the site as soon as its published...
Thea Gilmore's new single 'That'll Be Christmas' featuring my subtle pounding, can be heard all over Radio 2 at the moment, as well as a few other stations i gather..
Posted 2009-12-10 00:48:56
Mark SmithMy friend Mark Smith, the great bass player, sadly suddenly passed away this week. A terribly sad day for anyone who had the pleasure to work and socialise with this great musician and all round great guy. R.I.P.
Posted 2009-11-04 13:42:59
UpdateI have recently finished a small but perfectly formed tour of the UK with TEITUR. Thea Gilmores new album STRANGE COMMUNION, on which I played, is out on Nov 2nd. Check it out, its brilliant! ECHO GAMES, which is the new album by the band Katy Lied is also on sale at all the usual outlets.I played on a few tracks on that one. French superstar Patricia Kaas is releasing a new Best Of album entitled 19 on which I appear, on Nov 16th, via all usual outlets (itunes,etc..)I have been doing some gigs with Mark Butcher which has been great fun and there are more to come between now and the end of the year. I am about to start work with somebody new too. Female singer/songwriter Athena has asked me to play on her new album, which I am really looking forward to doing in mid November. Check all these people out on my my space page - they are all in my top friends. On top of all that, I recently played on a session that will be heard constantly all around the world next summer...the official FIFA World Cup theme for South Africa 2010!! For a footie fan like me thats a big, cool DEAL...
Posted 2009-10-31 17:48:37
Posted 2009-10-31 17:38:28
A very nice lunch....Was invited by Paiste to a lunch with Kelly Paiste recently. Link to it here... http://www.paiste.com/e/news.php?menuid=39&actn=det&newsid=712
Posted 2009-08-18 17:01:39
LATITUDE AND CHRISTMAS ALBUMS...Will be playing the Latitude festival with Teitur this friday. If you're there check us out. Just completed a session for Thea Gilmore's Christmas album! Apparently its a big thing in USA, where a lot of artists are doing Christmas albums and Christmas tours. Radio stations are playing seasonal songs from mid November! We even had a Christmas tree in the studio to create the vibe. It was 20 degrees though.....
Posted 2009-07-15 17:03:57
Champions League Session...At present on tour with Teitur - see the tour dates page - but had a day off in London and did a session with Matt Clifford, who is composing the music for the opening ceremony of the Champions League Final on May 27th. Big tribal orchestral thing, which was great fun, involving overdubbing a bass drum played with beaters. A little movie will be on my myspace site soon....
Posted 2009-05-17 17:37:35
Thea Gilmore live albumThea Gilmore's live album 'Recorded Delivery' on which i contribute 7 or so tracks will be released on May 18th on Fullfill/Universal. Tracks should be on my my space page and Thea's very soon, for your listening pleasure...
Posted 2009-04-25 08:42:17
On the road again....After 18 months at home, teaching and doing sessions, I am finally going back on the road again. And this time it is with Faroese singer songwriter: TEITUR. On the release of his 3rd album: The Singer, I am honoured to accompany this excellent artist on a 20 date jaunt round Britain. It is 8 years since i sat in his managers office marvelling at a demo of the song 'I Was Just Thinking' - a more beautiful song you will not hear - and now after all this time, I am very happy to get the opportunity to work with him. His debut album 'Poetry and Aeroplanes' is one of my all time favourite albums. This last 2years or so I seem, very much, to be finding a niche within the acoustic/singer songwriter/alt folk world. Well thats cool with me...
The tour dates should be up on the tour dates page soon. Come and say hello...
Posted 2009-04-25 08:39:04
update..Not been very good at keeping this thing updated recently. Lets see..what's been going on ?
I have finished an album with singer/songwriter Stewart Negus which is a beautiful piece of work by him and producer Nigel Stonier and will be released shortly. I contributed a little to the 2nd album by \\\"Katy Lied\\\' which is still a work in progress but will be out later in the year. I worked on some songs with singer/songwriter Gary Edward Jones which involved a little brush work and a sizzle cymbal and that was a lovely session to do as the songs were so beautiful. I was recently interviewed on Focul Radio in Staffs on a debate about ear protection for musicians which was a new experience for me. In between everything else I have been doing some gigs with Chris Bannister and The Lost Souls. We have just done a session for Radio Lancashire, which is an hour special and will be broadcast on Good Friday if you want to have a listen. I have even done my first jazz gigs of my career recently! A band called the Fab Five, who do beautiful jazzy re-arranged versions of the Beatles catalogue. It wasn\\\'t as scary as I had anticipated actually and hope to do some more...I\'m sure there are some other things that I have forgotten. Oh yes did some gigs with Mark Butcher and his band. There is a little film on my myspace about the recording of his record if you want to see. The album should be out soon...He recently had a text from Eric Clapton complimenting him on the album. Not bad !!
Posted 2009-03-05 14:19:17
Releases...A number of recordings are released soon that I have lent a hand on. The debut album by Katy Lied 'Late Arrival' is out on September 1st with a single of the same name with yours truly on drums, available to download from itunes and all other the usual places from August 25th.(www.myspace.com/katylied
The new album from singer songwriter Dayve Dean on which I played, is also available very soon( this month i think www.myspace.com/dayvedean.) September 23rd sees Thea Gilmores album LIEJACKER, released in the USA on RYKO Records.(www.theagilmore.net)
Posted 2008-07-30 14:37:45
GLASTONBURYHad my first taste of the Glastonbury festival last saturday, playing with Thea Gilmore on the acoustic stage. It was a great gig and an all round fine experience.I managed to see a few of the other bands and got a taste of the event. Excellent...
Posted 2008-07-02 14:16:45
THEA GILMORE RECORD..I am very proud to be heard playing my drums on the brilliant new Thea Gilmore record LIEJACKER, which is released on May 19th. If you go to www.theagilmore.net you can read all about it and even hear some samples of the album. Order it now she is BRILLIANT...
Posted 2008-03-20 00:47:24
Studios...The year has begun and its all sessions for me at the moment. I have been doing cricketer Mark Butchers debut album, which was great fun and am due to be in the studio with singer songwriters Jo Birchall,Sam Roman,Phil Jordan over the next few weeks. I am also due to fly to the states to record the debut album for female singer songwriter Sarah Thiele, with producer Mike Lattanzi very soon. I will be appearing on albums by new band Katy Lied (Late Arrival), which is released soon and also on Thea Gilmores new album \'Liejacker\' which is coming out on March 31st in the U.K. Radio 2 have already started playing a track from the album called \'Old Soul\'. Listen out for it. A small video of me in session is now up on my my space, which you can access from the buttons on the left...
Posted 2008-01-23 12:29:41
MERRY CHRISTMASA very merry Christmas to all who read this.....
Posted 2007-12-21 12:56:16
Liverpool UniversityThank you to Rob Strachen and all the students on the Popular Music Course at Liverpool University who were very gracious on friday in welcoming me to do a talk on the life of a freelance drummer. They didnt seem TOO bored and laughed in all the right places. I look forward to coming back again next year.I have played to many thousands behind a drumkit with very few nerves but the prospect of that was pretty terrifying until I began and their warm welcome and attention made me very relaxed and I actually enjoyed it.
Posted 2007-11-03 23:41:23
Paiste AdI\'m very proud and honoured to be featured at the moment alongside J.R.Robinson, Jim Keltner, Ian Paice and many other great drummers in the gallery on the artist page at Paiste.com. Copy and paiste this link and wait for my ugly mug to appear !!! http://www.paiste.com/news/viewnews.php?newsid=447
Posted 2007-10-26 00:54:38
Flights and T.V. and sessions and Zutons.Just back from a journey to Siberia to do a private show with Patricia Kaas, the last one before she goes in to do her next studio album. It took 3 flights to get there and four flights to get back ! A jet lagged, cough ridden haze of a three day jaunt, but with a great gig in the middle of it, so it was worth it. No time to recover before I was in the studio in Liverpool the next day, with producer Mike Cave doing a track with The Zutons' Dave McCabe for an up coming compliation album celebrating Liverpool world record of No.1 artists. Had huge fun covering an old Frankie Vaughan hit from 1961. Thats strange because I had never met Dave before, yet we are also both on a track of Thea Gilmore's new album, which he had duetted on and now we do another track within weeks.
Before i went to Russia I had done another TV show in Berlin with Barclay James Harvest, which should be on German television in March 08 (will update later) The new Barclays' tour dates are now on my TOUR DATES page as well.
I am also proud to announce that I have been asked to do a talk on Nov 2nd, to the drummers embarking on the Popular Music course at Liverpool University, on the life of the freelance session drummer. It should be an interesting 2 hours ( if not a little scary) for me AND them !!
Posted 2007-10-22 14:55:13
back and forthThe whole summer I\'ve been happily flitting back and forth to Europe doing festivals and private shows with Patricia Kaas and Barclay James Harvest and also a festival here in UK with Thea Gilmore. Just got back from Berlin where we did a big award show live.Another one happening on the 12th October. More sessions with Thea next and then off to Russia with Patricia. . .
Posted 2007-09-21 16:11:44
Back Home..Just got home yesterday after a couple of weeeks in Europe with Barclay James Harvest playing festivals. Massive bus journeys and VERY early mornings meant it was a punishing schedule and I\\\'m knackered ! Also because it was preceded by a flurry of studio work and shows which didnt see me have a day off in 6 weeks almost. Not complaining though. Completed my tracks on the upcoming Thea Gilmore album and did some very enjoyable shows with Thea, Terry Reid, Patricia Kaas and BJH. Some photos of which can be seen on my myspace....
Oh yeah.. and for anyone reading this who works for B.A..... Shameful !! They lost a bag of my cymbals 3 weeks ago and I still havent heard anything...
Posted 2007-07-16 04:13:10
busy, busy...A lot going on at the moment. Private Shows in Europe with Patricia Kaas, TV show in Germany with Barclay James Harvest, rehearsals and shows with Thea Gilmore and Terry Reid and sessions with the formidable yet cuddly producer Matt Clifford for a new artist and tracks for Thea Gilmore's new album. Then in July there's two weeks of festivals with Barclay James Harvest in Europe.
All that whilst trying to cram in my teaching, hug the family and walk the dog !!
And... the CONTACT page is now working, in the sense that my e mail address is there if any one wants to get in touch....
Posted 2007-06-06 13:35:33
E mail problemsAt the moment and for a few weeks, I seem to have a problem receiving mail from the CONTACT page, even though it states it was sent successfully. I therefore apologise to those who have sent mails to me without reply. I am trying to rectify the problem.
Posted 2007-05-06 16:56:23
Breed 77 singleI can be heard on the new Breed 77 single 'Look At Me Now' which is released on April 23rd. Take a listen by clicking on my myspace link to the left.Its a great song (produced by Ron Saint Germain) by an excellent heavy band who are very uniquely merging Rock with flamenco(not neccesarily on this particular song i might add!).
Posted 2007-04-11 23:53:48
jazzed up myspaceI feel a bit sorry for this site now because there is more activity on the my space site (click on the link to your left)
I just jazzed it up a bit with the help of my daughter who knows all about this stuff. Take a look. Even some ridiculous videos going on.
Drum-wise I am just back from a great trip to Russia with a certain French singer who will remain nameless after the previous apology (see below) Had a great time apart from the bands luggage going missing for half the trip !! Managed to meet it again in Moscow and deodorise on the way home !
Going to see The Aeroplanes at The Casa in Liverpool on friday night. Great band. Google them....
Posted 2007-04-04 01:15:24
Funny and Vinnie..Some more 'hilarious' misadventures on the MISADVENTURES page for your perusal ! Also I would like to take this opportunity to point anyone interested towards the Vinnie Colaiuta interview in last months Modern Drummer. It is the most articulate statement of what a freelance drummer should be, or any musician for that matter. Not only is the guy the ultimate musician, he is a remarkably eloquent one at that.
Posted 2007-03-15 12:06:28
ApologyI would like to make a formal apology in the direction of my very dear french friends, particularly Mr Cyril Prieur. A show business legend, who admonished me for advertising the fact that I was accompanying Mlle Patricia Kaas on some PRIVATE shows she was undertaking throughout the world over the next 4 weeks. Apparently he had been inundated with requests for tickets from fans of the aforementioned chanteuse and this has brought stress and discomfort to a man who is already dealing with a huge change (positive) in his life at the moment.This leads me to two conclusions: 1. More people read my website than the six drummers and a goat in Scotland, that I had envisaged. For that I am humbled and grateful.And 2.I can even stress my poor French friend even when i am NOT on tour with him ! Sorry Cyril....
Posted 2007-02-28 00:02:34
JugglingIts an amazing thing when things just fall into place. It doesnt happen very often but the last day of Barclay James Harvest's U.K. tour just happens to be the day before Patricia Kaas starts a little jaunt east, to do some private shows. SO many times things clash and you have to choose what to do, upsetting yourself and other people, its such a nice treat when it dovetails perfectly and you can do it ALL....And just before I go, I can start an album with singer/songwriter Peter Kerrigan in Liverpool, which I am looking forward to immensely !! Hopefully finish it when I come back.
Posted 2007-02-15 14:57:12
New Tour Dates and HAPPY NEW YEARHappy New Year to everybody in the world !! There are new tour dates on the site for my next jaunt on a bus/plane with a suitcase. In the meantime I'm juggling some studio dates and a teaching schedule...
Posted 2007-01-02 01:18:02
Happy Christmas !!Its a Happy Christmas to all of you who check in to my humble little site from time to time. I have just finished a brilliant two weeks in Germany with BJH and the Prague Philharmonic and it was one of the most enjoyable couple weeks of touring I have done. Just brilliant fun !! Back home for Christmas, now. There should be photos from the tour on the BJH site soon. Go to my links page and onto BJH page and Galleries. There are usually far more photos than anyone can ever need !! Well, with that I wish you all a healthy, happy and contented 2007.....
Posted 2006-12-25 17:50:44
On tour...I'm 1 week and therefore halfway through the German tour with Barclay James Harvest with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. A marvellous time is being had by all. These orchestra people, apart from really entering into the spirit on stage are really entering into it offstage too ! They like to gather round an ashtray on the hotel floor they all frequent, when the bar has closed and smoke and drink until dawn. It must be a Czech thing !! They're very Rock n Roll ! They play and sound great too.....and no complaints about my snare drum volume....
Posted 2006-12-16 22:06:35
Orchestra Stories....Starting the rehearsals for the Barclay James Harvest feat. Les Holroyd tour with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany next week. I am looking forward to that as I believe the Orchestra are used to this Rock n Roll thing and play in time with the band and everything !! One orchestra I did a tour with Patricia Kaas with , the Hannover Symphony Orchestra, just complained that my snare drum was too loud and refused to have monitors, so that they could purely watch their conductor.They didnt even want to hear us to play along with !! And they took a union 'break' in the middle of a song in rehearsals. Just stopped !! So...looking forward to encountering a more rock n roll orchestra....Getting a whole thing going on myspace now !! Got lots of new friends.....some good, some interesting......
Posted 2006-11-29 00:04:35
Ukraine and MYSPACEWell i have finally joined the self absorbed MYSPACE generation.You can link to it from the side bar on this site. Some interesting people as my 'friends' already ! You can also read my take on my recent trip to Ukraine, which is pretty controversial i feel !! Nothing wrong with an occasional controversy.
There are also a couple of new links i have put up on this site which you may or not find interesting.Til next time...
Posted 2006-11-01 00:20:21
Thea TourWell we have now finished a very cool tour with Thea Gilmore, which was a very rich musical experience as well as a bit of a medical drama ! Thea being 8 months pregnant by the time we finished and very stoic and me developing a huge elbow after the 3rd gig, which turned out to be bursitis, but looked like an alien had invaded my elbow, it being the size of a grapefruit suddenly. I soldiered on with masses of anti inflammatory drugs and ice and many great shows were conquered after all. No time to really rest it with album tracks to do this week on another album produced by Nigel Stonier and a trip to the Ukraine with Patricia Kaas the following week and then a gig at In the City in Manchester with Liverpool band The Pearl.
Posted 2006-10-13 23:42:30
New Photos, Funnies...There are a load of new photos on the PHOTO page. A lot from the Patricia Kaas tour because it lasted 18months and we went everywhere ! In addition the MISADVENTURE page is back with some funny stories. Hope you laugh....
Posted 2006-08-19 01:22:10
Radio Session. Releases, Interviews,Sheds....Firstly, as I write this there are new developments on the site, with a load of new photos going up soon and an interview i did last October with German drum magazine Sticks, now on the PRESS page. Also i want to announce that Thea Gilmores new album HARPOS GHOST is getting rave reviews in the music press at the moment. 4 and 5 stars all round. Its released on August 21st. Go to my links page and to Theas site and then onto her My Space site to hear some tracks.I will be doing a live radio session with Thea on the Mark Radcliffe show on August 22nd on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm (available on line and on radio !) The rock band BREED 77 are releasing their new single BLIND on which i am bashing the drums, on September 4th. Go to www.breed77.net for a listen to that. In the meantime i have actually been doing some repairs to my garden shed. Not exactly shed BUILDING but very nearly...
Posted 2006-08-09 13:56:01
Back In the USSRJust got back from doing a private show in St Petersburg with Patricia Kaas. What a surreal experience ! It was held in the country retreat of the Russian President where the G8 summit took place. An amazing palace with thousands of acres surrounding. Our dressing room was next to the summit meeting room with the eight microphones still set up !
A firework display that erupted after our performance was worthy of the Millennium celebrations. I cant imagine the expense of the evening.
Had lunch the next day at the restaurant of the offical Kremlin chef which again was ridiculous grandeur. Quite an experience.
In the meantime, Thea Gilmores new single CHEAP TRICKS is now playlisted on Radio 2 and comes out on August 14th.we did our 1st proper gig together at The Sage in Gateshead on 22nd July which went well. Hopefully i will have some photos from that gig on the photo page soon. There are some improvements taking place on the site imminently i hope....
Posted 2006-07-30 13:35:44
UpdateI just had a great week in Europe with Barclay James Harvest playing festivals in Germany and France. Always have a great laugh and the shows were excellent too. Had one day at home and then back to France to play a festival with French rock band "Les Cochons Dans L'Espace" in a beautiful little town in Normandy, right on the main street.
Starting rehearsals with Thea Gilmore next week preparing for her new album press launch in London on July 12th-13th which i am looking forward to. July is looking to be a busy month as i also have an album to do with producer Nigel Stonier, a festival in the north east with Thea and a show with Patricia Kaas in St. Petersburg, Russia on the 28th. Thankfully it all happens after the World Cup finishes so i wont miss England winning !!! Well you've got to be positive......
Posted 2006-06-28 19:44:26
Back on StageThe Thea Gilmore tour dates have been added now to the TOUR page.There will probably be some added for over the summer hopefully. That will be the first tour I've done in England for ages, spending so much time abroad, so looking forward to that. Just came back from Berne in Switzerland where I did a show in Berne Arena with Barclay James Harvest which went great.I hadn't played with them for 2 and half years and with only a quick rehearsal it was a bit scary but all went well i think.There are photos from that if you go to my links page, then click on the Barclays site and then galleries and then BEA nights. Some nice shots on there..
Posted 2006-05-10 12:03:49
sample sessions !I have just spent a whole day in Revolution Studios in Manchester with a hi-hat !! Sampling various single hits with a million different dynamics. Sitting on a drum stool in a big live room with just a set of hi hats looked pretty funny. I did eventually get to play some patterns over some kick and snares which was slightly more interesting ! But.. hey, its work !
On a more serious note i would like to bring peoples attention to a brilliant new Liverpool band; The Aeroplanes, whose new single is released on May 1st. Check them out, they're worth it, at www.myspace.com/theaeroplanes. Cheers...
Posted 2006-04-05 20:59:33
Message from RoyIt seems from now on i can enter the news myself on here, as the great Keith Crooks has cleverly been able to conjure up a way for a computer dunce like me to be able to write direct onto the site.
Well, there should be some more regular news on here from now on as i will probably ramble on from time to time. Drumming wise i am still contributing to a sample cd compliled by Andy McPherson which he\'s been recording for 3 years and is now going to be released soon through a label in Los Angeles. I am very pleased to announce that i have been asked by the fantastic Brit-nominated,Mercury-nominated critically lionised singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore(www.theagilmore.com) to do some shows with her over the summer and a British tour on the release of her new album in September.I recorded her 2nd album with her in 1999 and its very nice to be back on the 'team'. I am also doing some shows with the mighty Barclay James Harvest in europe over the summer, which will also be fun being back with some old mates again.In the meantime i am going to watch The Sugarbabes on Saturday night in Manchester to sample the deep groove that is my friend Steve Barney !!
Posted 2006-03-22 23:59:28
UPDATESince finishing the Patricia Kaas world tour in October Roy has been back in the studio again with various artists in the north west of England, as well as completing an album by Dutch artist Riem de Wolff and contributing to the new album by rock band Breed 77, which reunited him with legendary American producer Ron Saint Germain, a great friend with whom Roy worked on many projects in the past whilst living in New York City.There will be photos from that session on the photos page very soon.
Roy has been interviewed by German drum magazine:STICKS once again and that will also appear on the site shortly. In the meantime, Roy is juggling his session work and his teaching schedule and after being on tour for so long, is reaquainting himself with his family and his dog !