CV

Selected work… an extended CV, or a potted biography?

2015

February
Public Service Broadcasting – Guest Horn Section – BBC 6Music Festival
Alto/Tenor Saxophones
Radio and web-cast performance at part of 3 day BBC 6Music Festival in Newcastle/Gateshead

April
Thunkfish BBC Radio Scotland Session
Alto/Tenor Saxophones, Flute, Composer
Thunkfish play 4 tune live session plus interview for BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’, broadcast 22nd April 2015

March/April
Poción de Fe UK Tour
Tenor Saxophone/Percussion – Tour Manager/Booker
7 date tour from Inverness to London with 7 piece latin/afrobeat band

May

Jacob’s Heep – EP Recording
Alto Saxophone
Debut EP from composter/trombone player Matthew Hawke

Hidden Door Festival – Collision Point
Curator
Programming and organising multi-band bill for Hidden Door (27th May) pop-up festival, bands from Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Blueswater Rural Scotland Tour
Tenor Saxophone
Stripped back rural tour of ‘Blues!’ show, inc Skye, Arrochar and Killin.

June
Glasgow West End Festival Parade
Saxophone/Assistant
Performing and assisting TNT Youth Street Band with first large scale carnival parade performance.

June-August
Orkestra del Sol present ‘Larger than life’
Soprano/Tenor Saxophone
Development and performances of narrative new street show with performances in Tynemouth, Stockton and Birmingham.

August
The Katet plays Stevie Wonder – Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Tenor Saxophone/Flute/Producer
Produced and co-arranged 90 minute tribute to Stevie Wonder, performed for 5 nights to sell-out crowds at The Jazz Bar

2014

February
The Katet – UK Tour
Alto Saxophone/Flute + Booker/Tour Manager
Debut UK tour from highlands to Leicester.

April
Mardi Gras Allstars – Edinburgh Mardi Gras, Summerhall
Tenor Saxophone/Muscal Director
2nd Year of Edinburgh Mardi Gras Event: directed large scratch band, playing New Orleans classics and new arrangements
Oi Musica – Street Band Workshop Weekend, Assistant Tutor
Nethy Bridge, Highlands – working towards amalgamation of Aberdeen and Highland street bands, horn tutoring and performance.

May
Orkestra del Sol – 6 Night England Tour
Tenor/Soprano Saxophone
Hebden Bridge, Brighton, Bristol, Ipswich, London, Norwich

June
Edinburgh’s Got Soul Choir – Queens Hall
Tenor Saxophone/Flute/Horn Arrangements
First involvement of horn section with community soul choir – sold out Queens Hall.

June/July –  Barrowlands Ballet: ‘The River’, London/Glasgow
Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
Large scale community dance/choir piece, with 5 piece mobile band.
Performances as part of East London Dance and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Peter Straker ‘Black Magic’, Pleasance Theatre
Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Melodica, Backing Vocals, Percussion
5 Piece Band, 21 Shows over 3 weeks.
Blues! A Musical Salute To The Titans of Blues, theSpace, Surgeons Hall
Tenor Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
12 Piece Band: 40+ shows, including Gilded Balloon Late’n’Live for 5 nights.

September
Macbeth – The Remix
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Whistle
Community production for inaugural Findhorn Bay Arts Festival – large scale outdoor production.

2013

July
Thunkfish Recording
Alto Saxophone/Flute
Recording of ‘Unknown Species’ EP at Castlesound, Pentcaitland
Amanda Palmer with Horndog Brass Band
Alto Saxophone
Support slot and horn section backing for Amanda Palmer,
inc unplugged performance of St James Infirmary (View on YouTube)

Public Service Broadcasting – Guest Horn Section
Tenor Saxophone
Wickerman Festival, Dumfries – Closing Main Stage, Saturday Night

August
Orkestra del Sol – UK Festivals
Tenor/Soprano Saxophone
Edinburgh Fringe (Queens Hall), Boomtown Fair, Doune The Rabbit Hole, Towersey Folk Festival
Paul Simon Treatment – Liquid Room
Tenor Saxophone/Flute/Whistle
13 PIece Band – Musical tribute to Paul Simon.

October
Orkestra del Sol – Berlin
Tenor/Soprano Saxophone
Corporate and public gigs

November
Public Service Broadcasting – Guest Horn Section
Tenor Saxophone
Edinburgh Picturehouse/Glasgow Oran Mor
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside – Guest Horn Section
Tenor Saxophone/Horn arrangements
Edinburgh Wee Red Bar

2012

March
Horndog Brass Band support Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in Edinburgh and B. Dolan in Glasgow
inc. collaboration with hip-hop artist B. Dolan (US) (View on YouTube)

April
Horndog Brass Band support Snarky Puppy
Alto Saxophone/Co-director
Horndogs support Snarky Puppy in Edinburgh/Glasgow for their debut Scottish shows, including guesting on ‘Quartermaster’ each night.

August
Mikelango – The Balkan Elvis
Tenor/Soprano Sax, Co-Arranger/MD
Key member of band for short Edinburgh Fringe run with Mikelangelo (Melbourne, AU) inc band and horn section arrangements.

October
Recording Project: ABNQ
Flute/Effects/Composer
Studio project – flute/organ/drums trio, resulting in a 5 track EP of originals, recorded/mixed in one day: Listen on Bandcamp

2012-2013
Smash Kafana
Alto/Soprano Saxophones
Member of 7 piece Balkan music ensemble, creating new arrangements of klezmer and Balkan music.

2011

Horndog Brass Band
Alto Saxophone/Co-director
Busiest summer season to date, inc. Glastonbury, Bestival, T in the Park, Belladrum, Insider, Eden and Knockengorroch festivals.

The Mike Kearney Ka-tet – Philosophika Album
Alto Saxophone
Recording and release of first full band album by Mike Kearney

2009
Formation of Horndog Brass Band
8 piece street-funk drum’n’brass ensemble – co-directed with Tom Donaldson (tuba/sousaphone).

2008-2012
The Banana Sessions

Flute/Melodica
Member of five piece folk-pop-acoustic-techno outfit – 2 EPs + album recorded, performances inc. Glastonbury, T in the Park and Beatherder festivals. Listen on Bandcamp

2007-2008
Junction Pool
Tenor Saxophone
Member of 14 piece folk-funk orchestra – performances inc. Knockengorroch World Ceilidh and opening of BBC Pacific Quay Scottish HQ.

2006-2011
Aberdeen International Youth Festival – Ceol Mor
Saxophones/Horn Section Leader/Assistant MD
Horn section leader/co-arranger for large youth folk orchestra – anuual residential development courses plus performances at AIYF, Edinburgh Mela, Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish Trad Music Awards and Celtic Connections.

2005-2010
Bombskare
Alto Saxophone/Flute/Piccolo
Full-time member of 10 piee ska band, 4 piece horn section, gigs throughout UK

2002-2006
Napier University: BMus (Hons) Music
Flute/Jazz/Composition
First class Hons degree gained with specialism in flute (performance) plus composition and jazz.