Session work

“Ian joined forces with me for a handful of recordings over lockdown and it was a pleasure to work with him. He did exactly what anyone would hope a pro bassist would do – listened and responded. He picked up on feel, left space where it needed it, followed any improvised rhythmic figures, interpreted the charts effectively, sent a one take video that was well framed and well recorded, all while being a top class, kind, thoughtful chap. Use this man for your recordings!”

– Ben Helm, guitarist

“I have worked with Ian a lot over the years both live and in the studio. Remote recording, however, is a whole new kettle o’ fish for me. Ian was, naturally, first choice on bass. Not only has he nailed every track in terms of creativity and performance but his professionalism, positivity and enthusiasm have really helped me personally in keeping up the momentum and energy of the project at distance. 100% recommended!” 

– Harry Bird (Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies)

I am available to work both face to face and / or remotely on any project that you need bass on. This might entail reading a pre-written notated score, working off a lead sheet, creating a bass line in discussion with you, simply just ‘going for it’ or any combination of the above! I’m flexible!

Recent remote work has included John Waugh (the 1975), Jamie McCredie (Roisin Murphy / Kid Creole and the Coconuts), Harry Bird (The Rubber Wellies), Nick Pride and the Pimptones (Record Kicks / Legere), Cattle and Cane (Quiet Crown Recordings), HAV (Folkwit) & Christophe Le Pu (The Rubber Wellies) amongst others.

I am able to record both electric and double bass to a professional standard in my home studio and then email the tracks directly to you. Listen below to the recordings I have recorded remotely as a example of some of the varied electric / upright bass sounds I can provide from my home studio:

Upright bass (online ‘Corona Collaboration’ during the recent lockdown):

Electric bass with electro-pop band Joy Atlas

Upright bass with folk singer Marcella O’Sullivan (bass in @31sec)

Upright bass with baroque-folk band Matt Stalker and Fables

Fretless bass with folk singer Marcella O’Sllivan (bass in @1min56)