Call Me An Ambience
Fellow composer Jon William Richard has invited me to contribute flute and percussion to his forthcoming ‘JWR’ live shows. His music is ethereal and ambient: whilst I’m not on the recordings, it’s easy to hear how the flute might fit. The live shows will also incorporate spoken word and theatrical elements to create an immersive experience.
Everything and Anything
A couple of years ago, I bumped into members of a community orchestra, whilst setting up for a gig at Bath Festival’s Party in The City. They were there as part of a band but disappeared before my set saying ‘sorry we’ve got to go and play in our orchestra’. I mentioned I play flute and they said ‘come along’. So I did.
Putting the ‘Mad’ into Hod-oddery
One of the greatest complements I ever received was from guitarist Ed Boyd. Ed performs regularly with folk-maestros Flook, alongside some of the best flautists in the business. He was on the sound desk when I played with Hodmadoddery a few years ago for Bath Festival and commended me for my flute playing. Cheers Ed.
Between 1992 and 1996, I was a member of the astonishing, acoustic-psych-folk band Wise Wound, on percussion and flute. The band’s founder and Songwriter, Sue Chewter, had an amazing ear for counter-melody. So, I would interweave flute lines between the main vocal, cello and – occasionally – second flute. Happy days.
An early collaboration saw me team up with singer-songwriter Sarah Portlock, who grew up in my home town of Sandhurst, Berkshire. Though we didn’t know one another prior to that, she sought me out as a fellow ambitious local musician and writer. Together, we wrote, recorded and did the then-traditional trawling round record companies in London. Bizarrely, we recorded a demo in the home studio of one Matthew Corbett (he of Sooty fame!). It’s a long story.
JWR – flute, precussion
Orchestra of Everything – flute, percussion
Andy Burden Band – flute, percussion, vocals
Child Roland – percussion, flute
Hodmadoddery – flute, percussion
Madigan – drums, flute
Bath Tub Ceilidh – drums, flute
Legend – drums, keys, guitar, vocals, flute