live at leedsI’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:

String Theology / A Collection Of Notes 
Bishops’ House : Saturday December 02 2017

Frostlake / Red Zoo
Bishops’ House : Sunday December 17 2017

and then there were two…

When you get your 80s band together again, the freedom is amazing, all the ego problems of our youth long sublimated by maturity. But then different issues arise, middle-aged choices about life-style and commitment, resulting in Elaine and I now working as a duo, stripped back with a few loops (hopefully) entering the equation. Some old tunes re-imagined and hopefully some new material.

Our first outing is at Bishops’ house on Dec. 17, supporting the inimitable Frostlake. Coincidentally, I’m also there on Dec. 2nd playing with a shakuhachi player (Herve Perez) as String Theology 😉

Tickets here

Bill & Gordon – we made it through the night

Despite a variety of teething troubles with the sound (looping with no monitors can be dicey!) , we survived to the end of our first gig. The set was

Driftwood (Travis)
Climbing Up To The Moon (Eels)
Ramble On (Led Zepp)
The Gnome (Pink Floyd)
Soon I Will Be Gone (Free)
Tangerine (Led Zepp)
Squeezebox (Who)
With Or Without You (U2)

photo by Suzie. Here’s a short vid…

Bill & Gordon hit town

Tomorrow sees the debut of a duo I’m in with my old mate Dave on vocals. I’m doing loopy acoustic. We started this some years ago but it didn’t take off. We’re on at 6.10 at the Diversity festival in Sheffield, covering some old classics and a few more recent ones. For looping geeks, I’ve resurrected my EDP and relearned how to tapdance it into action. We’ll be going for a retro look 😉

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 😉

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 £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 😉

      red_zoo 9 July