Welcome

live at leedsIā€™m a looping guitarist living in Sheffield, England. I have been performing for 45 years in a variety of professional bands and latterly, as a solo artist / collaborator.

Repetition and Intuition are the key factors behind my music, which places dynamics & timbre high up the list. I see the guitar as an organic sound source that uses looping technology and laptop treatment to build moods & soundscapes. My pieces are born, evolve and die away.

Forthcoming gigs:
West Street Live Sunday 17th September
Diversity Fest Sunday 8th October 2017 Hagglers Corner

At the Zoo

We were joined at today’s rehearsal by all round good bloke Martyn Bailey. He likes his cameras and took some photos.

Dig Vis Drill – Survival

Dig Vis Drill were a mid-80s band that I am *immensely* proud of and we couldda been contenders. Here’s a 12″ mix (with a vid from Phil M) that Fon Records were going to release before it all went pear-shaped ;(

Play LOUD & enjoy some of Ogy’s finest lyrics, still chillingly relevant today!

I’ve also uploaded some recordings we did.

Arachnid Audio custom pedal for my Boss GT-1

I’m now using the superb Boss GT-1 both my primary tone source as well as providing a USB/audio interface. One of the compromises of its low price is limited switch options; if you want to retain the patch up/down switches, you are left with a control switch and a further switch on the expression pedal (which usually triggers pitch or wah but can be reconfigured and extended). However, round the back is an input for either another expression pedal, or two single pedals via a stereo cable. This works with either latching or momentary foot-switches, you set the mode internally.

So, you can set up further foot-operated options such as effect on/off, boost, solo, tuning as well as changing parameters within a setting (best done through the graphical interface of the Tone Studio software). Having selected a control target for these external switches, you can then layer up to 6 simultaneous changes, so one tap could add echo, subtle chorus and a deeper reverb, for example.

Having got my had around this, I commissioned Arachnid Audio to come up with a suitably hi-spec container fitted with two “silent” momentary switches, different colour LEDs (they let me choose!) and a “thru” system for the power, so the GT-1 power cable plugs into the switch (to power the LEDs), then a standard male to male power cable passes power on to the GT-1. It arrived and works perfectly, looking pretty cool into the bargain šŸ˜‰

I highly recommend this solution which provides a huge increase in versatility and slips nicely into your gig-bag. Arachnid Audio were superb to work with and their pedal is top quality and looks cool, plus it cost me less than Ā£30, including postage! They do lots of other switching solutions as well.

Red Zoo by errr Red Zoo

This tune was first recorded during our demos made in Fairview Studios near Hull and appeared on the “Bucket of Sleet Cassette release. Here it is, 35 years later at a recent rehearsal, showing at least one of us (cough) can’t count backwards šŸ˜‰

      red_zoo 9 July

 

Harriet track

Here’s “Late Nights”, one of a set of demos I recorded at Phonogram Studios with Harriet Roberts, Jonny Short and Russ Courtenay. I’m particularly happy with the opening guitar and especially the minimal solo plus there’s Jon’s amazing bubbly bass šŸ˜‰

We were managed by Rob Allen (brother of Leppard’s Rick) who went on to work with Taylor Swift amongst others. Sadly, red light nerves got to Harriet (who was incredibly young) and she’s not quite pitching perfectly, despite having a superb voice – in them days, autotune was just a dream. They gathered no interest from the labels and the project petered out. Harriet went on to great success with Russ, composing for Tina Turner amongst others. Below a few assorted images from the recordings.

      late nights remaster

 

I got a new toy (OEO)

After a looong period of restraint, I bought this today for a reasonable Ā£170. It’s an Ibanez S470. Will have to refresh my double-locking bridge skills! I still love my long-term Strat, but felt this might suit my rock covers band a bit better.