Texas Radio 2 Live Glasgow

Did a wee session on sax with Texas a few weeks ago, filmed & recorded for Radio 2 Live. Cheers for ol’ pal Cat (drums) for getting me onboard.

Lovely to play to such a warm, intimate audience, in beautiful surroundings, made extra impressive with a lot of BBC production in a small space!

It’s on iPlayer now if you fancy a look. I pop up about 19 mins in, then again at the end for a bit of an impromptu cover version.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09s489c/radio-2-live-2021-texas

VSL Academy (Engraving)

Did some work for Vienna Symphonic Library last year transferring a huge set of notated examples into Steinberg Dorico (Sibelius is dead, long live Dorico) to make use of its much superior graphics exporting ability.

That work is now live on their Academy page, which has extensive information (history, range etc) and examples on a huge number of orchestral instruments. Might be of interest to my music teacher friends, as well as composers writing for new/unfamiliar instruments.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Fitted in a wee video session with the rather ridiculously talented Angus Munro just before everything went a bit terrible.

Here’s my arrangement of the Pokémon theme (obviously). 

With Chris Lyons on piano and Phil Cardwell on trumpet. And apparently you can edit gifs into videos. 

Kobi Onyame – TRNSMT

Been loads of fun hitting a few festivals with Kobi Onyame this summer.

Got to do it with the full 4 piece horn section (that I arranged) at TRNSMT pretty early on the first day of the festival on Glasgow Green. Check it out via the BBC here:

Hackney Colliery Band – Moonbeams Festival

Had the absolute pleasure of standing in with the mighty Hackney Colliery Band at a festival in Yorkshire a couple of weeks ago, and some bits of it were caught on video…

Here’s their cover of Three Trapped Tigers’ “Cramm’ (which was a whole lot of fun to get under the fingers).

Don Grolnick – Pools

Helped out an old friend, Ewan Gibson (bass) on his degree recital at Napier University a few months ago, alongside Gaz Laidlaw (guitar) and Alex Palmer (drums), on a few tracks including this one, originally played by the late great Michael Brecker. Was fun getting to play something a little different from my normal output…

See also our arrangement of Take 5 here and Billy Cobham’s Stratus here.