Action Research – end of the first year!

Just come to the end of the first year of my action research project using online practise diaries with my degree students. It’s been a great year, they’ve all engaged with the idea really well (some have even modified the diaries in really innovative ways) and all have made some really fantastic progress. Now I’ve got 60 mins of interview / discussion to wade through so I can start writing up my research paper.

New Album Release: ‘Inver’ by HAV

Very pleased that the debut album ‘Inver’ by atmospheric-folk trio HAV has been released on Folkwit Records. It’s been three years in the making so it’s great that it’s finally seeing the light!

It’s had some great reviews so far including: ‘(a) profoundly moving and expressive album that is the perfect antidote to quick fixes and empty gestures’ (FRUK); ‘mellifluous, immersive and gentle’(NARC); ‘beautiful‘ (The Crack) & a five star review from Rock ‘n’ Reel who say “Inver might just be the most inspired folk offering you’ll hear in the next twelve months”.

Check it out here or on Spotify and let us know what you think!

HAV – Loch Tay Boat Song (single release)

This new video by HAV has just been put out ahead of their forthcoming first studio album “Inver’ which is released on May 2nd 2017 on Fokwit Records. Whilst you wait for the album to drop this video gives you a little taste of some of this new material – a nice mix of folk tunes mixed with ‘found-sound’ and electonica – very atmospheric!

I’m looking forward to firing up all my basses (upright, electric, ukelele) for the album launch at the end of May!

Wood of the Pilgrims – Marcella O’Sullivan

The new record by Marcella O’Sullivan is out. It is called ‘Wood of the Pilgrims’ and I’m very pleased to have been able to contribute bass to two tracks. Featuring Marcella (of course!) alongside Christophe, Harry, Adam Downey and Adam Sinclair of the Rubber Wellies among others. Here’s the opening track for you to listen to right now. If you like it check out the album and drop Marcella a message – I know she’d be thrilled to hear from you. Enjoy!

Custom built pedals – a shout out!

As I’ve been building up my pedal board in the last few months I’ve dealt with various custom pedal builders with great results…so I wanted to give a bit of a shout out to:

Southampton Pedals

Poultone Devices

COG FX

SFX Sound

These guys have all been great with communication and delivery and their pedals are super well built and perform really well. Massively recommend all of them. Go forth and spend some money!

PS I’m not endorsed by any of these companies (I wish I was), it’s just my opinion / personal experience.