Miloco Studios Album Session, 11 July 2011

On Monday 11th of July 2011, a dashing group of ne’er-do-wells descended upon Miloco Studios for the recording of American jazz singer Joe Francis’ latest album. There was blood, sweat, tears, and other fluids (tea, mainly) but by the end 12 full tracks were in the bag.
A very special day with the whole band (all 9 of us) tracking simultaneously in the same room – not such a common thing these days! We had a lot of fun playing Ben Donnelly’s classy arrangements.
A note for the gear heads, I played the entire session with my strat through a gorgeous Fender Bassman – the only pedal I used was a Boss Tuner! If that isn’t old school, I don’t know what is!


Joe Francis Album Session, a set on Flickr.


Amp Death Emergency!

Hi guys,

Long story short, I recently found myself in the middle of the English channel with a dead Amp. Despite a full (and expensive) service at a respected London guitar store literally two days before the trip, my amp died. After checking every part of the signal chain, it became clear that the naughty standby switch was malfunctioning somehow, causing the amp to remain in permanent standby-mode. Without a soldering iron and other tools to hand, all I could resort to in terms of repair was a swift kick the grill (which didn’t work).

We arrived in Hull the next day and found a fantastic husband and wife repair team at ADR Soundsense. Mack and Liz graciously welcomed our impromptu visit to their workshop and repaired the amp in record time for that night’s gig – amazing!

Mack’s about as hip as they come, here’s a picture of us at his home workshop.

The Gandalf of Amp Repair

Jesus Christ Superstar w/Photos

Hi guys,

In March I did a run on Jesus Christ Superstar in the guitar 1 chair – it was a blast!  I used to watch the movie as a kid so it was really cool to be able to play those parts (awesome movie, check it out if you haven’t already). Interesting incidents included a nightly spraying from a bloodied Jesus when he took a bow, Herod’s concubines dropping grapes on us etc…see below for photographic evidence!

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