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Trained at the Royal College of Music and was in an orchestra for 21 years, I am at home in any musical situation, charts or not, studio or live, symphony or solo, concert hall to Scarborough Spa sun court, calling ceilidhs to contemporary workshops.
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32 4 2 desk with FX, small PA with two way monitors, mics, stands and 30m multicore.
Two electric violins, GT8, RC50
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An Coolin Track number: 2 Genre: Acoustic
Traditional Irish song my mum taught me.
Derbyshire Rains Track number: 1 Genre: Acoustic
This track was inspired by ever changing weather encountered when walking my dogs over the hills above Glossop.
The Tiff reel
The Tiff reel Track number: 3 Genre: Acoustic
This tune was composed in a blind panic at a dance class in Manchester.
Four Sketches for a Short Film
Four Sketches for a Short FilmThis is a collection of sketches for an imagined short film. The setting is a mix between Blade Runner / Maze Runner set in a decayed urban jungle. The four tracks are titled: Fight or Flight, Boy meets Girl, First Kiss and Tragedy. The creative process was a fiorst go at working on a Mac Mini, Snow leopard) running Logic 8 and Komplete 8, all a bit of a learning curve. Comments / advice is most welcome.
Danny Boy, trying out the Yamaha app
Danny Boy, trying out the Yamaha app
Toon town army rave up
Toon town army rave upThis started as a practice run for unit 3 of Music Technology coursework, the task was to take Seven Nation Army and re work it so this is my attempt to portray what happens when a cartoon Quentin Tarantino meets a spaghetti western. One of the synth patches was on preview so it randomly drops notes.
La ValseComments welcome. This is a bit of GCSE composition coursework by one of my students. The key rule was one take only no edits, nothing like pressure and as my French is pretty poor I hope it is not too rude.
Old Malton & The Road North
Old Malton & The Road NorthThe first of the tunes was inspired by some old photos of Malton in Yorkshire when it was flooded. The second tune (not mine / probably traditional) represents the long journey to the far north of Scotland. The recording happened as part of the development of local repertoire for my school Ceilidh band.
Blowing in the Wind
Blowing in the WindThis is a bit of "market research". Be interested in hearing any feedback on this cover. Any suggestions on the kick drum welcome. The track came together very quickly, the vocalist is in year 10 and it was her first time in a studio. Methinks she has a future.
"Love Child" by Tom Layden
"Love Child" by Tom LaydenAnother rediscovered long lost recording. Recorded this demo for Tom in the mid 90s if memory serves me right. My first attempt at multi tracking. Used a Tascam 8 track with channel 8 used for time code to drive a Roland JV1000 workstation synth. Yes I know that there are sync problems but it’s pretty clean for analogue. Love to hear from Tom, lost contact yonks ago.
One Day Ill Fly Away
One Day Ill Fly AwayThis track came happened as a result the chamber orchestra I direct got together with the school ceilidh band.
Frenchies ReelOne of the earliest folk "recordings" I ever did. Frenchies Reel, Mittons Breakdoen and Jack Broke da Prison Door with Richard Bazen on mandolin and vocals, Melanie on octave mandolin. Many thanks to Roger Fiskin and Steve Landin for the tunes. Please excuse the quality, recorded onto tape playback on USB tale to audio converter with lots of wow for free.
14 The Dawn
14 The DawnThis reel set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve, Anna, Neil and Glen for the session. Originally learned the tunes from a John Doonan record.
13 Upon a Summers Day
13 Upon a Summers DayThis Playford dance set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session. First played these tunes with The Old Mole band in Ealing, many thanks to Bob and Pris.
08 Grey eagle
08 Grey eagleThis American set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session. First heard the tunes from Roger Fiskin in the Salutation in Manchester.
05 Kitty Tyrell Give me your hand
05 Kitty Tyrell Give me your handThis waltz set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session.
04 Old Joe Clarke
04 Old Joe ClarkeThis American set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session. Thanks to Road and Melandra for the tune.
02 Diel among the taylors
02 Diel among the taylorsThis Scottish set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session.
01 Lark in the Morning
01 Lark in the MorningThis Jig set is off a disk from years ago done on a Tascam 8 track, many thanks to James, Steve and Glen for the session.
Raggle TaggleThis arrangement was originally done for string quartet but overdubbing it for the duo was fun.
Old English Hornpipe meets Bach
Old English Hornpipe meets BachThe chance to try out the juxtaposition of an old English Hornpipe and a Bach two part invention with a third part added by Hindemith seemed too much to turn down.
04 Cajun Cooking
04 Cajun CookingA fun set of tunes that was a hoot to record.
Elgar ElegyRecorded this with the chamber orchestra in my school. OK they are kids but they do know how Elgar ebbs and flows.
The Mail Boat
The Mail BoatThe Mail Boat was the method I along with countless other Irishmen emigrated unknowingly. Only intending to stay overseas for the duration of my studies in London which commenced in 1977 I am here in the UK ever since. The throbbing of the engines are reflected in the music along with the sense of nervous expectation interspersed with pangs of homesickness and empathy with my mother on having her youngest leave home. There are clear influences from Elgar’sEenigma variation *** and Adams’ Chairman Dances.
Bulgarian SOBI heard this tune from the wonder kid of the mandolin Richard Bazen. Learning it by ear was interesting as every bar is in a different time signature. As neither of us knew the name of it and it is a bit of a sod to play we called it the Bulgarian S.O.B.
The Tiff Reel
The Tiff Reel
03 Metropolitan Tango
03 Metropolitan TangoOn this day 20 years ago I was in Buenos Aires and the bustle of the city hit me like a brick. When siesta time came, the city stopped, the streets emptied and the sound of old Tangos could be heard from the courtyard gardens, couldn’t pass up this kind of inspiration with an attempted homage to Piazzolla.
An CoolinAn Coolin is a traditional Irish air oft sung at wakes, late in the evening at weddings and general old timer family gatherings. It deals with a dark haired young girl who is as elusive as the one in "She moved through the fair”. This setting is meant to portray a passage, over the Styx, or to another place, choose for yourself.
Jovano JovankeThis Macadonian folk song stuck to me like a limpet when I was on holiday there. I composed the second tune the "Chromatic reel" by way of a dare to/for the late John Snelson
05 The Battle of Clontarf
05 The Battle of ClontarfThis my attempt to portray the Battle of Clontarf that marked the end of the Viking era in Ireland. The picce is devided into The Gathering of the armies, Battle Cry, The Battle and The Price. The composition is based around Brian Boru's March.
Derbyshire RainsHere’s another track from that disk that’s been sitting in the drawer for years (2003~). It was inspired by the moods in the weather encountered whilst while taking the dog for long walks, yomping over the moors in Derbyshire. The sections are; Derbyshire Rains, Summit panorama, Christmas Blizzard, and Blind Panic. The third and fourth tunes are by Murray Grainger who is playing the accordion on the track.
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Dance of the Blessed SpiritsRediscovered this recording of “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” whilst clearing out a drawer of random CDRs. It was recorded in the Abbey church at Ampleforth by one of the students as part of his Music Technology coursework and had to be recorded without edits or effects.
Chisworth WaltzAfter years of sitting in a drawer I decided to dig this tune out and share it. It was composed to mark the end of an arts festival in Derbyshire and the idea is that the tune is memorable yet hard to sing or hum as it is made up of two interlocking parts. The accordion is beautifully played by Murray Grainger. Comments and feedback welcome as I must decide what the heck to do with the entire CD.
Ampleforth Christmas Song Nov 11b mix
Ampleforth Christmas Song Nov 11b mixMy attempt at creating a Christmas song. Enjoy .