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2nd June

Lots has been happening - we had an ace time launching Phil's CD in Bristol, London and elsewhere - he's had some great reviews - here's a couple...

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Review of St George's launch gig 

 

The Brass Junkies have been hotting up for the summer - lots of private bookings and a knees up at the Big Brass Band Bash in Shoreditch's Blues Kitchen, hosted by the BrassRoots - fun times!

 

Chirimoya have rehearsed up some tasty new tunes - Cuban stylee Eryka Badu, D'Angelo and Peter Green - we tried them out last week at the Canteen and they went down a treat  - got the crowd dancing on a Wednesday woohoo!

Exciting workshop yesterday at the National Theatre in prep for a production later in the year...... more news to follow! 

This month brings more gigs for Chirimoya plus rehearsals with Ilya in preparation for our first gig after the album release........ in an amphitheatre in Poland at the end of June.

11th April 2016

So only two days to go - we've rehearsed up a tasty treat of a concert and now it's nearly time...

PHIL KING releases his new album "The Wreckage" this Wednesday - get your tickets here and come join us for some beautiful music  - so excited to be performing Phil's songs in the gorgeous surroundings and acoustics of St George's Hall....

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7th April

 Great gig with Celestine  tonight - she really is one classy lady! Good times at the Old Duke!

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April 4th

Looking forward to my gig on Friday with my good mate Emma Hutchinson - here's a funky little number of hers....

Already Gone

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April 3rd 2016

Just done a little recording session with those musical shapeshifters ILYA for their forthcoming album....... Have really enjoyed recording at their home studio of late, lots of laughs, tea and cake and Minnie the dog getting involved! Gigs over the summer including a trip to an amphitheatre in Poland - more news soon - here's a recent Ilya  track........enjoy!

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April 1st 2016

Rehearsals are about to get under way for Phil King's launch tour - we kick off in Bristol on April the 13th.

 

Check out Phil on iplayer  - Bob Harris gave him a plug on Radio 2 and played his beautiful song "I wonder if I will ever learn".......

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March 23rd 2016

About to embark on a three day trip up to Ronnie Scott's with Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley -

EXCITED!!!! SOLD OUT EVERY NIGHT WHOOP!! Feel very honoured to play with these two musical icons.

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March 2016

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is fast approaching (18-20 March).

Looking forward to playing at the Colston Hall..... Friday 18th with the Big Swing Thing, Saturday 19th with Chirimoya in the foyer and Sunday with two legends Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley (both played with James Brown).......But also the chance to hang out with mates and enjoy all that the local Bristol jazz and blues scene has to offer, so many great bands. 

Check out the weekend's programme here ......... 

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12th February

Just sat in rehearsals at the beautiful St George's Hall - as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival - playing the music of the amazing TV and film composer Barry Gray......

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!!!! CAPTAIN SCARLETT!!!!  STINGRAY!!!!!

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JARVIS COCKER AND MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH PARAORCHESTRA, TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT  BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR IT ON RADIO 6 IN THE NEAR FUTURE, CHECK IT OUT HERE .... 

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17th January 2016

Lovely way to finish the Sleeping Beauty run, my entire family in the audience.

It's been a complete pleasure - thankyou to the amazing Sally Cookson for giving me this opportunity to work at the Old Vic, in such a great company. Lucky! 

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January 1st 2016

Happy new year all you lovelies!!!!

Great night as ever at my bro's pub, the band did us proud (thankyou Lewis Creaven, Patrick Farrell and Scott Hammond! Massive fun playin with you) A few sore heads back at work at the Sleeping Beauty matinee today - but we were of course complete pro's!  

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November 2015

I have just spent six weeks in rehearsal at Bristol Old Vic - now about to open in Sally Cookson's production of "Sleeping Beauty"  - feeling properly lucky to be amongst such fine actors/musicians/costume/design/crew......... all lovely and talented people. Really great to do something different too, challenging and fun ;-) Come and see us - running till mid Jan.... 

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October 2015

So as promised - here's the finished CD "RESTROP WOOD"  - a duo album with myself on sax, all beautiful compositions and tasty piano playing by my talented chum Gary Bamford. Check it out!

June 22nd 2015

Just starting a string of gigs with the very lovely and talented Emma Hutchinson  - in the run up to her CD LAUNCH next week on the 1st of July - in the beautiful Old Manor House in her hometown of Keynsham. It promises to be a special and intimate performance by Em and it will be great to get the CD out there - all great original tracks by the lady herself.

Also about to go into the studio tomorrow to record some rhodes for the Colman Brothers, who are in the midst of recording their second album - check out some of their first album on my recordings page, they're ace! 

June 18th 2015

Been doing a fair few gigs with the Brass Junkies including a fun walkabout at Bowood House in Wiltshire......

Also had a trip to London with fab singer songwriter Tammy Payne to play at the Green Note in Camden . . . we had such a lovely crowd. Here's a track up from the gig on youtube, Singing Peaches Regalia  , it gets pretty cookin'!! . . . .  

The band - Matt Brown on drums, Will Harris double bass, Neil Smith guitar, Tammy Payne vox and perc.

May 31st 2015

I've just had a fab week in the studio with two lovely blokes . . . . . . .

First up was four days @ Real World with singer, guitarist and songsmith Phil King recording his latest album  - also with Daisy Palmer on drums and Dave Johnston on bass, so much fun and I think we all done good! Phil's written some corking songs and it was a pleasure to work with Greg Freeman who worked his magic in the control room and also his assistant Jamie Neale, manning the all important tape machine of warm loveliness and generally looking after us all. Some great pics taken by Gorm Ashurst too, check them out on his website . . .  

Phil King @ Real World Studios     

 

Real World rocks! More news on the release of Phil's album later in the year . . . .

This was closely followed by a couple of days @ Bristol Music Club with pianist Gary Bamford - I would count Gary as someone who had a real influence on me musically growing up, we share alot of history, musical and otherwise :-) I was very excited and honoured to be asked by him to do a duo album of his original compositions, with me on saxophone and Gary on piano, wurlitzer and organ. It's been a treat to spend the time working towards this recording - reconnecting musically and just hanging out. We spent a great couple of days at Bristol Music Club with the lovely Jeff Spencer on sound and musical suggestion - and the result is "Restrop Wood" - I'll keep you posted on it's release . . .