Factory Fast Records of New York USA, also included a number of tracks from Handover on their compilation albums. The first ‘Oh Girl’ appeared on the Hot, Sweet And Blue album in August of 2015. The second ‘Dead Man Blues’ appeared on the Road To The Sun album in November 2015. The third track, ‘Cycles’ appeared on the compilation album ‘Curtains Against the Wind’ released early in 2016. A really good body of work. Check out clips from the compilations by clicking on the album covers.
‘Handover’, was released in February 2015. It was composed of original material which had been hanging around waiting to be polished for a long time. It is a retrospective re-work of material going back to my first days of writing, brought up to date with modern recordings and treatments.
I thank Brian and the Guys at Factory Fast Records, and we continue to pick up a lot of Radio and internet play in the States and worldwide as a result. Great news.
I have other albums in the pipe alongside ‘Musicalis Grumpiosa’ and ‘Electronicalis’ and have every intention of releasing them as soon as possible.
We still have the Pig’n’aif core musicians plugging away in the studio, and that’s great fun of course. We released the second and final Pig’n’aif album from the jam-band line-up. ‘Pig’n’aif Blue-ish’ is the follow up to ‘Pig’n’aif Blue’, and takes over where the previous one left off. Both albums have received a lot of good critical acclaim from the press and media (click on the images for reviews and audio). The ‘Pig’n’aif Blue-ish’ album is again composed of old blues and rock standards but with even more of a groove and interpretation twist. Check it out, you’ll see what I mean. This was the last time I will be visiting this musical area for a while, but it was fun to do.
In the last few years I have written, produced, re-mastered and collaborated on, a significant number of albums and videos. The limited edition vinyl release of the Phoenix Rising classic album is now sold out at HIgh Roller Records and is on it’s way to becoming a collectors item (especially the red vinyl version). I have a few copies myself which I may make available for sale in the future if you contact me directly. We have a new Phoenix Rising album titled
‘After The Fire’ in the can and scheduled for release soon (that’s not a schedule...). This album features definitive studio versions of the Phoenix Rising material and includes some Digitised version of Danny’s drums taken from original recordings. It will bring the Phoenix Rising saga to a close and all new heavy rock musical development will be done under the Pig’n’aif banner in future where it naturally belongs. Still, ‘After The Fire’ promises to be well worth the effort, as those songs deserve to be released in their definitive versions at last. You can find out more info on that story on the Rising Records Website and Phoenix Rising Website.
As always, there are sample tracks and a video nasty or two on the Discography and Video pages.
My primary recording gear has now been bolstered by a Kemper profiling amp which immensely simplifies the workflow around guitar recording and brings the added bonus joy of re-amping (or second guessing, depending how you think about it). The amp sources continue to be my rack mounted Mesa Boogie TriAxis and Simul Class 2:NInety valve amps. I use these with Palmer load DI boxes and Impulse models of my stage rig on the second channel of the TriAxis output. The second channel of my power amp is used on the Axon Guitar Synth setup. The whole thing is incredibly versatile but I still use my Orange rig or Vox AC10 occasionally (especially for live blues based stuff) just for sheer simplicity and fun. Of course I have taken to opportunity to model of these into my Kemper - sweet...
For guitars, I switch between my vintage Gibson Flying ‘V’ my custom-made Phoenix ‘V’ which has a beautiful, powerful character all of its own and is a joy to play live. Looks good as well eh? (Click the image for a better look) I also use a Variax alongside the others for a bit of variation. I am currently recording with a very nice sounding Les Paul, kitted out with 490s and ‘Jimmy Page style’ multi-tap wiring. Very variable tonal quality and is an excellent foil to and a real change from my beloved ‘V’. And then, there’s always my 70’s Strat for those glassy tones. Enough said.
I’m still thinking that maybe I’ll finish that novel this year? The problem is getting the uninterrupted time to sit down and think about it. Every time I do that I get a new riff or lyric idea and have to put that down before advanced senility wipes it from my head or the arthritis makes it impossible to play (even more frustrating). But, I would like to see how the novel turns out...
Please feel free to click on the mug shots on the right for some potted history and links.