New England / June '02.
Good day to you all !
Thank you again for your patience - I hope this update will be of interest to musicians / music fans everywhere.
First off, I'd like to let you know about some sites :
www.allmusic.com - if you go to the subsection " artists " & type in the name of yours truly, they have one of the most comprehensive listings of the CD's/ recordings I've done ... it's not complete but it's close ....
www.drummerworld.com - has a very comprehensive list of players - with sound bites too - I'm flattered to be included !
www.vintagedrummer.com - is a magazine from Atlanta , GA primarily dealing with the vintage / tech' side of drumming ; by the time you'll be reading this update, the current issue should be available with my interview & other topics of interest to the vintage drum fraternity .
A reminder that the Sept. [UK] " Rhythm " magazine had a lengthy interview ; also Nov. " Modern Drummer " carried an update.
NB : For the players out there, there's a lengthy " tech page " update I hope you enjoy.
I purchased a set of electronic Roland " V drums " just before the new year ( cries of horror from the folk world ! ) & should hasten to add that although they'll never replace acoustic drums / percussion , they're an extremely useful tool to have at one's disposal. I couldn't contemplate using them in a " live " playing scenario, but as a studio / recording device, they are excellent . To date, I've used them on film & documentary work with composer Mason Daring - a Disney movie & a John Sayles film should be released this summer / autumn & I should have details in the next update.
I apologize to the UK readers if you found out about the "Feast of Fiddles" short March tour after the event - scheduling prevented me from posting the dates. Suffice to say, we had a wonderful time, sold-out all of the gigs & the new CD sold well beyond our expectations . The tour also gave me the opportunity - far too briefly I might add - to visit family in Devon which made the excursion overseas all the more worthwhile. If you'd like more information on that band & the new CD, go to www.feastoffiddles.com .
In case some of you were curious, I won't be touring this year with Mary Chapin Carpenter. She's taking time off to get married(June), build a new house & generally take time out from the recording/touring circle. I hope I'll get the chance to work with her when she decides to pick up again.
Recording dates & gigs [ songwriters /jazz /blues /rock ] have been keeping me busy here in New England - although some of these people won't be familiar to all of you, I've had a most enjoyable time with all these artists. A partial list includes :
Kerri Powers / Murali Coryell / Mike Barry [ " Super Genius " ]* / " Paved Country " / Chip Taylor-Carrie Rodriguez / " Dangerous Brothers " / Bob Franke / John Troy-David Brown / " Rust Farm "* / ... I also recently got to record with the fine bass player Tony Levin from Peter Gabriel/King Crimson fame.
Without detracting from any of my wonderful UK musician friends, I'm pleased to tell you that I'm hooking up with great people & super players - on all instruments - in the Boston / New England area.
An explanation of the asterix [*] : these are two bands/individuals that I've become involved with a little beyond the more usual " sideman " role. Both bands have great songwriters in them & I've contributed some extra time [ & keyboards, in the case of " Super Genius " ] to both recording & live dates . Both CD's should be available before the end of this year & you can see me occasionally playing the odd gig with" Rust Farm " around the Boston/NE scene. I'll have more info' for you in the next update.
FYI, Picture # 6 [ recently discovered @ home ] is of yours truly at the [ UK ] Cropredy Music Festival sometime in the early/mid 90's(?) . With Martin Alcock on guitar & Dave Pegg on bass , we're backing Robert Plant on a short set of songs from his old band, you-know-who.
Thank you once more for your interest ( & patience ! ) - I hope you've enjoyed this update ..... please don't hesitate to write if you've any questions .... fondest wishes to you all .... DM