Latest News – April 2018

AOC supporting the legendary Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) at the Citidel in St Helens.

It has been a wonderful start to Spring, projects are certainly starting blossom with my new originals band Apostles of Chaos, making a fantastic start to the year with two great performances. The first was this years ‘Fusion Festival’ in Stourport, there was a fantastic line up of bands including ‘Godstick’s’ and ‘IT’. The Second performance was a support gig for the legendary Martin Barre of Jethro Tull! It was certainly an occasion, performing to a sold out Cititdel in St Helens. It will be a night, I will certainly remember.

I’ve been gigging fairly recently with my covers band, ‘Limited Edition’. It’s nice having a band that plays some varied material, I enjoy the change in tempo and the variety of gig’s. We’re returning to the Taproom at Batley on the 21st April, it’s always a pleasure playing at a venue that’s welcoming, and very close to home.

Teaching has been steady away recently, I’m teaching anything from ‘Metal’ to ‘folk’ songs on Ukulele, so as you can imagine lessons are varied! I’m still enjoying the challenge, and it’s wonderful when I see my students doing well!

Looking ahead I can only see things getting busier, Apostles of Chaos and I are set to record our debut tracks ahead of our Album release. This trend will be reflected in gigging as we’ve got many new and exciting gig’s lined up!

Latest News – January 2018

It’s been a long while since I’ve updated the website but you’ll be pleased to know that I’m back on track with lots of great news and exciting things for 2018.

Firstly I’d just like to say a big thank you to all who supported me in 2017, it means a lot! I hope you all had a good Christmas, mine was quiet, but it was nice having time to relax. Since I didn’t gig much, I had chance to spend some quality time with my family and girlfriend which was lovely.

I made great progress with my instrumental album in 2017, the good news is that most of the album is finished; I have just a bit more recording to do before handing it over to my good friend Ian Richardson to finish it off with the mixing and mastering. Check out his work out here, I highly recommend him! Another area that picked up for me towards the back end of 2017 is teaching. I was delighted with the challenge of some new students and enquires. One challenge in particular was teaching ukulele, having only being playing a short while myself. I am now teaching ukulele too as well as guitar and piano.

On the band front there is some big news too, the first being my departure from ‘This is England’. I will be gigging with the guys until March when a worthy replacement will be taking over my duties.

“I would just like to say thank you to the band, and all who have come to watch us! It’s been a great journey and I’ve learnt so much. I’ll miss you all, especially car sharing with Nigel Cunliffe haha! I’m certain you’ll see me around though, it’ll make a nice change to have a few beers and listen to how ‘This is England’ sound as a spectator.”

However this change gives me chance to join new upcoming rock originals band, Apostles of Chaos

“Hailing out of Yorkshire England, A.O.C are a quintet, consisting of seasoned musicians whom have shared stages with the likes of Magnum, Kaiser Chiefs, Budgie, Screaming Lord Such and Gary Moore but to name a few.

Taking their influences from bands dating from the 70s to present day (Led Zeppelin, Marillion, Rival Sons, Porcupine Tree etc…), the band truly have a unique sound, mixing great rock riffs and melodies with a twist of prog!”

I am looking forward to the challenge of a new band, writing our own music excites me tremendously. More news to follow very soon!

Apostles of Chaos, more news coming soon!

Latest News – April 2017

It’s been a busy start to 2017, with a lot happening. Recording of my album has continued and is making progress, I’m hoping recording will finish by June. After that there’s still quite a bit to do in preparing it for release but for now, one step at a time.

Gigging is going well, This is England have had some great gig’s recently and the band’s fan base is going strong: thank you to all who support us! I’ve had some good gig’s with  Limited Edition too, we’ve had singer ‘Zoe Beech’ join us for our gigs so far this year. The set list is changing and I’m enjoying a slight change in direction.

I’ve had a few inquires on the teaching front too, more so since this good weather, I think BBQ weather makes people want to learn guitar especially haha! If there’s anybody who would like lessons, please contact me!

Latest News – December 2016

Join us on this Christmas Eve at the Taproom Batley!

Join us on this Christmas Eve at the Taproom Batley for Debbie’s last gig!

I’m amazed with how fast this year has gone! The amount of projects I have had going on has been insane, at one point I was in even three bands. There has been constant gigging throughout the year and I am happy with how both This is England and Limited Edition are doing, between the two bands there has been a whopping 46 gigs so far! The future looks bright on the gigging scene with bookings rolling in. I’ve met some great people to this year, managing to enjoy fun things along the way such as my MA Graduation! I am very blessed to be in such a position.

As always there is change, Limited Edition’s singer Debbie will be hanging up her mic at the end of the year with her last gig being at The Taproom in Batley on Christmas Eve – All are welcome (19:30 start).  We would like to wish her all the very best in the future.

I have lots planned for 2017 beside gigging. I want to concentrate on the release of my Instrumental Album. I may also have a look at doing some more free YouTube guitar lessons. Mostly though I just want to enjoy what’s here and now.

Lastly I would like to say a massive thank you for all the support in 2016 and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Latest News – September 2016

Preparing a score for my upcoming Instrumental Album!

Preparing a score for my upcoming Instrumental Album!

It’s been a mixed few months I have to say. The trip to Malta with the Rolling Stones Tribute ended up being cancelled through no fault of the bands. Whilst being slightly disappointing, the lesson’s I learned from learning the Keith Richards Guitar parts was valuable! Gigging has been quiet due to the holiday season, although it’s been a much welcomed rest, one gig that I am looking forward to is the Warehouse 23 gig with ‘This is England’ in Wakefield (7/10/16), this is a huge gig for us, if you’ve not seen us before and would like to this will be a great one, tickets are available here!

In other news I’ve been getting back into composing. I’m delighted to say that I will be releasing an Instrumental album, comprising of workings of my MA portfolio. The album has a concept of two people on a day out, each track tells a little part of what happens during the day. The music has ‘Film Music’/’Soundtrack’ quality to it. At the moment I’m just preparing the tracks and the players for recording, I’m pleased to be

working with my good friend Ian Richardson on this Album, Ian will be taking care of the recording side for me! Here’s a sneak peak of one of the demo tracks.

Latest News – July 2016

My new John McGuire Valley Pro!

My new John McGuire Valley Pro!

As always it’s been a busy couple of months since my last post. I’ve been gigging a lot with both ‘Limited Edition‘ and ‘This is England‘, as well as rehearsing with ‘Jagged’ for the Rolling Stones gigs in Malta. I am getting to grips with the parts that I will be playing as I will be ‘Keith Richards’ for the shows. There is some very clever guitar work in tracks such as ‘Street Fighting Man’ which has a somewhat ‘Howlin Wolf’ influence.

I also received my ‘John McGuire Valley Pro‘ Guitar which has been custom built! The Guitar is very reminiscent of the old ‘Valley Arts’ Guitars and is made out of Swamp Ash and features EMG SLV pickups complete with a Floyd Rose Tremolo. I have recently just got it back from my friend/tech John Marlow, who has once again done a phenomenal job of setting the guitar up. I strongly recommend him if you live near Dewsbury.

The Valley Pro ‘sings like a bird’ and is probably my best guitar, the neck is incredibly comfy as is the body. The guitar sounds amazing and I strongly recommend John McGuire Guitars to anyone who is looking for a serious piece of kit, he is one top Luthier. The Pickups are simply brilliant and as a long standing user of EMG SA Pickups I thought I’d try the SLV’s, I wasn’t disappointed.

This next month is going to be very busy as Malta is only one month away, and I’ve got gigs in between that as well.

Latest News – May 2016

Having some fun at a recent gig.

Having some fun at a recent gig.

The past two months have been steady away, although a lot still has happened. I’ve recently got two gigs with top Rolling Stones Tribute

act ‘Jagged’. The gigs are in Malta and will be taking place in August; I’ll be playing the part of Keith Richards complete with costume haha! This has left me with an hour and half set list to learn which isn’t bad, however trying to nail Keith’s ‘feel’ on the tracks is proving quite a challenge. I was pleased to see one YouTube teacher (mnaicck) though who is nailing the feel thing! He’s an excellent player and there’s a load to be learnt from his videos. I’m figuring the rest of the songs out by ear.

Other than this I’ve been learning new songs with ‘This is England’, they seem to be going down well which is pleasing. One of them is ‘My Girl by Madness’; once again the rhythm of the parts on this track is very cleverly put together.

So all in all it’s been an active couple of months, the hard work starts now!

 

 

Latest News – March 2016

Me and Alex rocking out at a recent 'This is England' Gig.

Me and Alex rocking out at a recent ‘This is England’ Gig.

This year has started out great! I’ve got plenty of gig’s booked in with both ‘Limited Edition’ and ‘This is England’. We’ve just hit March and ‘This is England’ have already filled up gig dates for this year, with only New Years Eve left.

Teaching is also going well, one of my students has been accepted to study music at college and I’m now teaching quite a range of ages which keeps things interesting. Ed Sheeran has been a popular artist to teach to students.

On the other hand, I’ve had little time to do any composition or collaboration. Hopefully I’ll find some time over the next month or two to start!

 

Magic! Fitting two lots of kit in a 3 door Toyta Yaris!

Magic! Fitting two lots of kit in a 3 door Toyta Yaris!

To finish off with a story about ‘Rock n Roll’, I recently had a gig in Barnsley, it was interesting to say the least, and this is before we’d even started! To start with, we had Alan (Singer) deping with us from The Detail, a different set including songs I’d never heard. Plus to top it off me and Nigel the other guitarist in ‘This is England’ somehow managed to fit all our kit in my little Toyota Yaris. And it was my first trip on the motorway! Despite all this it was a great gig and Alan did a great job of covering for us! #RocknRoll

Latest News – December 2015

For a change, the past few months have been ‘steady away’. For the first time in a long time, I’ve actually managed to have some time off. I had a great little break in the middle of November up in Northumberland, it was very refreshing not to have a guitar in my hand, or some piano key’s under my fingers.

Teaching has been going well, and all of my students are really making great progress. There’s been a great mix of students, and material that I’ve been teaching them, this has ranged from ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi, to learning new soloing concepts on the guitar.

A photo taken after my debut gig with 'This is England'.

A photo taken after my debut gig with ‘This is England’.

Gigging has been steady too. I am pleased to announce that back in October, I joined Yorkshire based Mod, Punk and Ska band, ‘This is England‘. This a slightly different turn in direction for me but I’m already enjoying the challenge. We have lot’s of gigs booked in for 2016, it’s looking like I’m going to be gigging nearly every weekend as I am still going to be gigging with Limited Edition.

As always I have some new projects lined up for the new year. I want to work more on the compositions that I came up with for my final MA submission. Hopefully there will be more collaboration with guitarist/singer-songwriter, Roz Firth.

Thank you for your support in 2015

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Latest News – October 2015

Spitfire Studio's London.Well one again it’s been busy, I’ve been down to ‘Spitfire Studio’s in London for a mixing session and have generally been all over the place, however I think I may have some time to relax, as I am pleased to announce that I have just passed my Masters in Composition at Leeds College of Music. It’s been challenging undertaking but it’s been good, I think I am now getting to a point where I am ‘liking’ more of my own work… amazing I know! I mainly focused on stand alone composition, however I did do some composition to picture like this re-score of the opening titles of ‘Where the Heart is’:

Rae Morris I have also been collaborating with guitarist/singer songwriter, Roz Firth. We recently did a few songs at one of my favorite local venue’s: The Taproom Batley supporting my current band Limited Edition. We’re working on a cover of a Rae Morris song which will hopefully be finished before Christmas. Me and Roz went to see Rae the other the month at Leeds, the gig was phenomenal, the band was ultra tight and her vocals where flawless.

Teaching and gigging has been fairly steady recently, although the other week we did gig at ‘Band on The Wall’ as part of ‘Rail-house Rock’, for the children’s cancer charity: Sargent. I’ve taken on a few more students and teaching seems to be going well.

There are a few exciting things in the pipeline including a new band and possibly some more teaching, however more on that next time.