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Really excited to be working at BIMM’s new Birmingham campus teaching guitarists on the Professional Musicianship degree alongside lots of other fantastic tutors. It’s great to be working with so many dedicated and hardworking students.

Check out more info here http://www.bimm.co.uk/birmingham/

Q The Music

Q The Music

Here’s some great footage from an amazing gig a few weeks back with Q The Music at the Harlington Theatre.

RSC – Antony and Cleopatra

RSC – Antony and Cleopatra

Depping on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent production of Antony and Cleopatra was a fantastic experience. Had great fun getting used to different instruments (such as the saz and the laud) with some really interesting textural electric guitar parts. A really interesting score written by Laura Mvula – well worth a look. Excited to do more work with the RSC in the future.

Rhythms Del Mundo – When Doves Cry

Rhythms Del Mundo – When Doves Cry

I had great fun recording some subtle guitar layers for this different take on the Prince classic.

Raw Silk –  The Borders of Light

Raw Silk – The Borders of Light

Last year I worked with Kostas Kyriakidis to record acoustic guitar for the new Raw Silk album, Borders of Light. The finished product sounds great as well as some very cool artwork. Give my favourite track a listen in Spotify using the player below.

Songbird – Vale Studios – Emily Browne

Songbird – Vale Studios – Emily Browne

Another Vale studios session that I’ve just seen has been released – a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’. It was had great fun laying down all the atmospheric electric overdubs – really pleased with the minimal solo section, and the arrangement of some of the piano parts for acoustic acoustic guitar.

Mr Blue Sky (Charity Single)

Mr Blue Sky (Charity Single)

Earlier this year I got asked to play the guitar parts for a re-recording of ELO’s monster hit ‘Mr Blue Sky’.

The proceeds of the recording were to go to a Cancer Research charity, after the sudden death of a local father. His two sons thought it’d be a great idea to record his favourite song, ‘Mr Blue Sky’.

The lovely guys at Vale studios got involved and put a group of musicians together to perform the backing as close to the original as possible, with the vocals being provided by the son’s entire school year. The final result sounds awesome, and is raising some much needed money for a really great cause. It even got Jeff Lynne’s approval!

Have a look at the video here,

and if you’d like to buy a copy to help raise as much as possible, then copy and paste the links below:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mr.-blue-sky-single/id1005610274?ls=1

We Can Dream

We Can Dream

Peter McVeigh’s debut album has just been released after a very successful kickstarter campaign.
I was asked to record guitars for the track ‘We Can Dream’. It’s an energetic indie rocker with a cool anthemic vibe in parts. LOADS of layered parts on this one made for a super fun session, mostly tracked with the mighty Gretsch. I later found out that the drums were performed by Mike Malinin from the Goo Goo Dolls! Pretty cool. Mix by the very talented Mike McGreal.
Give the track a spin. If you like it head on over to Peter’s website and grab a copy. www.petermcveigh.com

Metal Hammer

Metal Hammer

AGES ago one of the guys from fuzzmonsters LongFallBoots asked me to record a guest outro solo for their song Noctavia, from their new album ‘Wait for the Echo’. It’s come out pretty awesome.

Although it’s not released for you to buy until Feb 16th, they have an exclusive stream with non other than METAL HAMMER. Pretty cool. Check them out below if you love to fuzz.

http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-28/longfallboots-stream-new-album

New Music & Videos

New Music & Videos

Hola!

First off… miracles have happened. Cyanide Later have released new music! – Incredible I know. This one has some monstrous riffs and some pretty insane signature changes. All in all, it was an awesome session, and great fun to lay down guitars for. Recorded at our studio, mixed expertly by Mike McGreal and mastered by Tom Waterman.

Give it some ear time here:

More music news…

I’m also finishing up the editing on some new YouTube lessons – lots of diverse and challenging content there, as well as some product videos for the lovely Richards Guitars which will be going live in the next couple of weeks. Videos will be posted on the site once they’re public.

Enjoy the new tune, let me know what you think!

James