In just over a week, will be joining Bwani Junction as part of a 15 PIECE BAND to perform Paul Simon’s Graceland in its entirety as part of Celtic Connections, as it reaches 30 years old.
Have been arranging horns for a 6 piece section, which as well as my usual suspects, will include two of the original sax players – Morris Goldberg (who also played the famous penny whistle solo on You Can Call Me Al) and Barney Rachabane (who toured Graceland with Paul Simon alongside Hugh Masekela in the 80s).
The band have put a lot into recreating the feel of the album, which adding their own touches, and I’ve endeavoured to do the same with the horns. Been having a lot of fun finding new approaches and writing for such a large section…
Turns out over 900 folk have already thought this sounds good, so if you want to come, get your tickets quickly!
SATURDAY 23rd DECEMBER – THE OLD FRUITMARKET, GLASGOW
Another August, another Fringe, and here’s what I have in store for three weeks of late nights and slow pavements…
The Katet plays Stevie Wonder Very excited to be finally presenting something I’ve wanted to do with The Katet for a long time – Stevie Wonder has been a huge influence on all of us, especially Mike Kearney who writes and fronts for the band, so what better opportunity than the Fringe to pay homage… We’ll all be taking a shot at the arrangements, and putting our own takes on some of our favourite Stevie tunes. Five nights only, with a 10pm 2for1 night on Tuesday 11th…
Another 5 night run at The Jazz Bar – where we began life a year ago. The line up has settled, lots of new tunes, and we are more than ready to throw a high energy 90 minute set at a midnight Fringe audience!
Am very excited to be taking the reeds chair in this absolutely 100% improvised musical – a London based company, they’ve been a hit of the Fringe for the last 6 or 7 years, and are heading to the West End in October… very exciting!
The sultry and exquisite Bevvy Sisters have teamed up with the Loveboat Big Band rhythm section and me, and are creating a curated night of music and dancing at Summerhall – something different for each of the 3 nights. A classy night out!
Orkestra del Sol (Nothing Ever Happens Here presents…)
Our traditional Fringe one-nighter has a new home this year, in the form of the (new improved?) Summerhall Dissection Room – and we’ve got support from the excellent Bevvy Sisters. What more can you ask for?! Tickets
Plus no doubt some other surprise appearances… looking like 30+ gigs in the three weeks just now. A quiet year!
Saturday 18th July: Brass Gumbo at Mardi Gras, Grassmarket 1-4pm
Sunday 19th July: Brass Gumbo at Carnival: The Mound/Princes St Gardens 1-5pm
Monday 20th July: Jazz Bar Big Band: The Jazz Bar, Chambers St, 8pm
Wednesday 22nd July: Orkestra del Sol, St Andrews Square Spiegeltent 10pm
Friday 24th July: Brass Gumbo, Tron Kirk 7.30pm
Sunday 25th July: Poción de Fe, Tron Kirk, 10pm
A project formed by Felipe Schrieberg of The Blueswater, Poción De Fe is a ‘latin afrobeat’ band, with myself and Matt Hawke as a tenor/trombone horn section, Spanish lyrics, percussion and lots of groove. Pleased to be taking it out on tour over the next couple of months… Dates below!
Had the pleasure of putting together the horns and performing with the Edinburgh’s Got Soul choir a couple of weeks ago at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh, under Robert Harrison as MD, with several other of our Jazz Bar co-conspirators as rhythm section…
Here’s a video from the night, with horn arrangement & sax solo by me (with Charles Dearness on trumpet and Chris Grieve on trombone).
We’ll be back with the choir at the Queens Hall again in December.
Two years ago, one dark night, I got a call from my very talented producer friend Garry Boyle (responsible for recording The Katet, Thunkfish & Horndog Brass Band amongst others), which went along the lines of “In the studio, need horns. Coming?” I called Matt Hawke, for he has trombone and a car, and we headed straight to Granton, and came up with some lines for a tune that some of Garry’s friends, along with Mike Kearney, had just written and recorded, simply for fun and experimentation. The result was the first ‘Wolfpack’ tune, ‘Mama Told Me‘.
On Monday, I met some of these guys for the second time, plus more more new faces, and we did it again. I hung out for the whole thing, inputted a bit more this time, and invited along Jonny White to join me on horn duties. I think we did the Wolfpack justice once more. Free to download and share: