My music on French TV show: ‘Entre Ciel Et Terre: Jordanie’

I’m very excited to see that my music is now featured on French TV several times a month! The track used is called ‘Uneasy Dreams’ and is part of the soundtrack for ‘Entre Ciel Et Terre: Jordanie’ – currently broadcast on channels such as TV5Monde and Ushuaia TV.

This programme investigates the mysterious Lost City of Petra – a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the ‘New 7 Wonders Of The World’.

It’s not very straightforward to watch it in this country (although you may find it online), and so I hope my French friends enjoy it! If I find a way, I will make sure to share any clips.

Also look out for any clips from ‘Open Skies’ – A Czech Republic TV show that has picked up the same composition.

 

‘The Boogie Monster’! My new short course in the 12 Bar Blues

I’m very excited to say that I’ve now finished my introductory Blues course!

Designed primarily for students in school year groups 5 – 9, it is also likely to prove useful for instrumental tutors as well as higher ages.

You can buy/download it by clicking HERE.

Download FREE preview files from ‘The Boogie Monster’ here: [media-downloader media_id=”135682013″ texts=”‘The Boogie Monster’ 12 Bar Blues – preview files zipped”]

Product Description:

A fun and rocking course that includes high-quality audio tracks, scores (including guitar and bass tab) and an accompanying power point presentation.

It works through fundamental aspects of the 12 bar Blues and includes 7 practical exercises in the key of E (one of the most common keys in all Blues music). In detail it covers the following:

Powerpoint PDF:

– Brief History of Blues music
– 12 Bar Blues structure
– Blues ‘groove pattern’
– Blues walking basslines
– Straight and Shuffle rhythms
– Blues ‘turnarounds’
– Call and Response improvisation
– Improvising with the Major pentatonic scale
– Final piece combining all elements above
– Suggestions for how to compose a Blues piece

Audio files:

– 10 professionally recorded Mp3 files including examples and backing tracks

Scores:

– 7 scores with additional tab for guitarists and bassists

I hope this course is helpful for your lessons and please contact me if you have any questions!

 

Clip art in ‘The Boogie Monster’ created by:

 

 

 

 

Hiking and songwriting – New EP ‘On Mt Luxmore’ released 7th October

After 5-10 years of hiking in Britain and New Zealand and 3-4 years of writing songs about those adventures, I have finally finished my EP ‘On Mt Luxmore’.

All the songs are about some of my favourite places in the world, from ‘Lily Tarn’ (the instrumental of my EP), which is about a spot on Loughrigg Fell, The Lake District to ‘On Mt Luxmore’, which describes the stunning Fiordland in New Zealand.

Some of these songs have sat waiting to be finished for a long time, mainly because inspiration is a fickle thing, but thankfully this summer the ideas have come thick and fast and I recently enjoyed a 12 hour day in the studio – it’s hard to stop sometimes!

I’ve also collaborated with my girlfriend Hannah Watts who provided the flute playing on ‘Lily Tarn’, so with that song expect something a little different than my normal folk/rock sound. In short expect folk, not rock on that one!

Here is a trailer featuring short clips of every track on the EP:

Here is the link to the pre-order:

Pre-order (release date 7/10/16)

 

‘On Mt Luxmore’ new song and lyrics

I’ve been playing around with a few song ideas in recent months and last weekend was a big and unexpected dose of inspiration. Fortunately I had time to take advantage of it and so moved into the studio and finished my track ‘On Mt Luxmore’.

It’s a song about a hike I went on in New Zealand that besides being stunningly good looking, came at a pivotal time in my life. It had such a profound and restorative effect on me, that I decided to go on many more similar adventures over the coming years. I hope you enjoy it and for those who are interested here are the lyrics:

‘On Mt Luxmore’

In a hut on the top of the world
I spent some time with my friends
In a lawless and beautiful land
Where history belonged only to the hills

And I’ll never forget the sun setting
Over the mountains of Fiordland
Nor the feeling that I was content
Not four walls but a timeless home

I felt that there was nothing left but the view ahead
Just this, no past to trouble my soul

Stepping above the clouds
Was to leave all memories below
Fresh as the emerald fire
Sweeping over the fellside

The untouched wilderness
Stripped me to my purity
Earlier than I can express
Where I have always been

I felt that there was nothing left but the view ahead
Just this, no past to trouble my soul