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I have a small studio for soloists at very affordable rates and access to thousands of quality backing tracks.

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Rock and Blues


I can record your gig from your mixing console or you can record 'Live' without an audience if you prefer. If you have questions please just ask.

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Radio Shows


Samples of pre-recorded music radio shows. Music shows can be made from your song playlists. Arabic pop to Rock and Classical music. Presenters and DJ's available in all styles.

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Classical Piano


Composer - David Jennings Pianist - James Wilshire - Absolute Recordings Mobile ©

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Latest News

 

January 2016 - Announcing soloist deals for February 2016

Throughout February I am offering three special discounted recording options for you soloists out there who use backing tracks.

I have thousands of tracks available including most of the current top 40 which are bundled in for free, yes, I will source and include your backing tracks with each recording option. You get your songs recorded and mastered professionally to cd and I will also provide your finished tracks in any standard audio file format for you to upload to your web or social media page.

My place or yours ?  Studio or Mobile

You have a choice of where you want to record, my small but professional studio in Morecambe is cosy and comfortable but alternatively I now have an excellent and easily portable computer based recording system if you prefer to sing in the comfort of your home or perhaps at a venue that you really like, so whether you’re a professional singer ready for new promo tracks for your agent or just someone who has always wanted to feel like a recording star for a day then there’s no better time to do it than during this discounted period. So here’s the deal, I try to be fair to everyone (including myself) so the first package is a minimum of a two song session which starts at only £30 per song  A three song session is £25 pounds per track and a four song session works out at a very affordable £20 per song.  

Book now to avoid disappointment the diary is already filling up, please contact me by emailing info@absoluterecordings.co.uk  or if you have questions and prefer to speak to me personally please call 07903937577 and ask for Neil

* These are the only discount options during February 2016 and only offered to singers using backing tracks. All other recording rates are as usual. Please ask for a quote for any singer songwriter, band, ensemble and live concert recordings.

 

November 2015 - Charity Single & Video - He Ain't Heavy ( He's My Brother )

Very proud to have contributed to a third charity single with our areas amazing musicians and singing talent. The first single in January 2014 was for the Phillipines Typhoon appeal with our version of the Peter Gabriel song 'Don't Give Up'.  We followed that up later in the same year with a Christmas version of the bandaid classic Feed The World with Stuart Michaels for Unique Kidz . Then again this year the same people and more joined us for what I think was our best effort yet with a rendition of He Ain't Heavy ( He's My Brother ). I recorded the backing track this year with a full band in addition to the many talented singers all of whom are credited on the videos. I think a special mention is in order for Mick Kirk and his team from eyeandeye productions for the video, they were so professional and went the extra mile to lift us up a level.  You can watch the videos by following the links below and if you enjoy them please leave us a nice comment. 

Born From The Storm - Don't Give Up January 2014

Stuart Michaels - Feed The World December 2014

He Aint Heavy  ( He's My Brother ) December 2015

 

 

 

February 2015 - Thrashing Crew - Annihilated - Jason Mcloughlin vocal.

Jason Mcloughlin asked me to track his vocal for a collaboration with Thrashing Crew who were recording their "anti social engineering" album in Suffolk. I had worked on a few tracks with Jason before but nothing as heavy as this, I sort of like it in a guilty pleasure kinda way, take a look at the video on Youtube and decide for yourself. www.youtube.com/watch

 

July  2014 - St James School Choirs - Millom

Delighted to have been asked back to St James School Millom to record a collection of songs for their second cd. The standard of singing was brilliant on the first recording and this time it was equally as good, well done to Nerissa and her team for keeping everyone focused and disciplined throughout the recording sessions, you all deserve a medal :)

 

June 2014 - Hullabaloo

Just finished recording a session with Hullaballo who are an excellent new soul and funk covers band. You can find the tracks over at their website here along with all their gig and booking details.

 

January 2014 - Philippines charity single

The track is now available to download, please buy it now and help tus to raise cash for the people of the Philippines who's lives have been torn apart, they need food, clean water and shelter urgently and will need our continued support long after the politicians and media crews have had their fill. Massive thanks to our singers : Steven Wren, Oliver Hirst - Greenham, Laura Musgrave, Emma Haslam, Jay Blackburn, Rein Salem, Andy Creevy and Fiona Ford who all gave their time so generously and were absolutely brilliant. You can download the track by clicking on the buy button underneath the artwork. Thank you.

 

Charity single by Born From The Storm - Don't Give Up.  All monies to DEC.ORG.UK
 

 

June 2013 - Ulpha 590 - Live Recording

I'm just at the mixing stage of a live recording with Ulpha 590 who are a talented four piece band from the Cumbria / South lakes area. The band features Mike Addison on Guitar and lead vocals, Simon Kennaugh - Bass, Ryan Wheatman - Drums and Matt Price - Keyboards. Check them out at their website HERE They are a solid outfit and well worth going to see. I'll be uploading a sample of the recording to 'Live Recordings' as soon as possible, watch this space for updates.

 

May 2013 - David Jennings - music for piano

In July 2012 I had the pleasure of recording original piano works by local composer David Jennings played by James Wilshire. The CD has been very well received and getting some really good reviews, you can hear Sonatina No3 from the CD to the left of this page. The cd is for sale here 

This is a beautifully produced CD in every manner. The sound quality is outstanding, with each nuance of the music being clear 

Sound quality, presentation and notes are all to be commended, resulting in a very good disc of enjoyable music and sound interpretation."

 

 

 

April 2013 - Original Recording of "Impressions"

My love of dutch band Focus is well documented and recently I had the absolute pleasure of working with fellow focus fan Steffen Staugaard from Denmark. Steffen is a fabulous keyboard player, drummer, bassist, composer and all round great guy to work with. I contacted him following a shared email from a mutual friend discussing the recording of some original music in the style of Focus. I offered my services as guitar player and producer for the recording of his composition "impressions"  long story short we exchanged audio files and a couple of weeks later decided on our final mix .

January 2016 Update - Steffen and myself have been working on new material for an album which we intend to release on itunes in the spring of 2016.

 

February 2013 - Live Recordings - Free Parking - Bluejuice - PNUK

Good progress being made with the live recordings of Free Parking at the Mad Ferret, Preston - Bluejuice at the Ranch House in Morecambe and the most recent of PNUK at The Yorkshire House in Lancaster. I will be uploading samples of these recordings and other recent projects very soon, watch out for "latest recordings" audio to the left of this page.

 

January 2013 - Happy New Year - Work in progress

A really big thank you to everyone who recorded with me in 2012 I can only keep doing my job with the help of you musicians out there, I'm really lucky that my work is also my hobby and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead, if you have any projects in mind please get in touch info@absoluterecordings.co.uk 

 

December 2012 - Jason Mcloughlin - Kenny Vickers

Two more excellent singers from the bay area came into the studio just before Christmas... Jason Mcloughlin recorded three tracks for a solo project and Kenny Vickers recorded 12 tracks 'live' with his guitar. Both really great people to work with, I will post more details from these guys when I have them, both well worth checking out.

 

November 2012 - Mike Jackson - Sings The Greats

Mike is a fabulous singer who has been a professional entertainer for over 25 years. He first starting singing with rock bands in the 80s, touring Europe and making albums. I've known him for a long time now, he's a good friend and we always have a real laugh when we record together.

After working on the cabaret scene for a while now Mike has decided to revisit one of his first loves, singing from a repertoire of people like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Matt Munroe. Mike specializes in weddings, parties & corporate functions. Visit his website here for more details of how to book him and to hear tracks from his album.

 

October 2012 - Mark McKenna - Big Mac and Swing CD

Mark McKenna is formerly the lead singer of successful Morecambe band The Ice Factory, he now works as a solo singer and DJ throughout the north west.. Marks repertoire includes Swing, Soul and Pop tunes, covering artistes such as Frank Sinatra, Take That, Elton John, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Will Young, The Killers, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Snow Patrol, Oasis, Simply Red, Dean Martin, Lionel Ritchie and The Script to name but a few. Mark came in to my little studio to record an album of swing tunes and great fun it was too, you can buy his CD and find out more about Mark at www.markmckenna.co.uk

 

September 2012 - Monster Music - True Harmony Demo

Thrilled to have been working with my good friend Mike Croft of Monster Music once again, this time on a demo of his song "True Harmony" featuring the vocals of the fabulous Tommy Blaize.

Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy has kept a surprisingly low public profile and that’s just the way he likes it. In almost four decades as a performer, he has risen to the top of his game and chalked up gigs with the kinds of artists most players can only dream of yet despite his achievements, which include major tours and session work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Take That and Portishead.

Fingers crossed for Mike, he deserves every success for the enthusiasm and hard work that he puts into his work.

 

August 2012 - David Jennings & James Willshire - music for piano

Having worked with David Jennings before I knew this would be an exciting project to be involved in. David started to compose music at the age of 12. He read Music at Durham University with the distinguished composer John Casken and went on to Manchester University to study composition at postgraduate level, again with John Casken. David is a very dedicated and meticulous man so I knew he would bring in someone very special to play on this recording of his piano works, that someone special being pianist James Willshire. James appears as concerto soloist, solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout the UK and abroad. He has performed a wide-ranging concerto repertoire with orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Ensemble of London, and collaborated with conductors Benjamin Zander and Michael Christie. He has given solo recitals at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK, Europe, Russia, Australia, South Africa, the US, and has toured India three times. It was a real pleasure to work with these very professional and hugely talented people. The CD will be released on the Divine Art label in the new year but before that will be available as a digital download towards the end of October 2012, I will post links once these become available.

 

                                                                                                                                       DAVID JENNINGS website

                     JAMES WILLSHIRE website

 

July 2012 - In flight audio

It's been a really enjoyable first couple of years working on a series of two hour shows for the airline industry, I managed to team up with some of the best UK and International presenters available and we now have twelve different genres of music channels from Classical to Classic Rock, Jazz to New Country, Easy Listening to Prog, Arabic pop to Blues and even a Comedy programme.

If you're travelling abroad soon be sure to plug into your in flight entertainment system and check out the audio playlist, you could find yourself enjoying one of our shows.

 

June 2012 - St James School Choir - Millom

Felt like a really long day travelling to and from Millom in Cumbria but well worth the effort for the fabulous young choir of St James Catholic Primary School.

I have never heard children sing so well and be so dedicated and well behaved at the same time, congratulations to Nerissa the musical director for putting together such a fine group of singers and to Norma for playing so well. 

 

May 2012 - MBBA New CD - Hymns & Things

It is always a real pleasure to work with Andrew Warriner and Morecambe Band, their latest cd Hymns & Things had been in the planning for a while, the band continue to go from strength to strength, some very fine musicians and nice people involved over our weekend recording session. Why not visit the MBBA website and see if you can grab a copy of the cd here

 

April 2012 - Joe McCorriston - Try As You Might

Joes debut album 'Try As You Might' is now available on itunes HERE.

It's been great fun recording with him again, big thanks to our very good friends Mo Witham ( Dobro), Gary Thistlethwaite ( Bass ) Richard Curran ( Fiddle and Mandolin ) and Mark McCorriston ( backing vox )

We couldn't have done it without you !

 

March 2012 - British Midland International

Recently completed the second cycle of audio channels for BMI's in flight entertainment system, we supply a series of hosted radio shows and have some excellent presenters bringing Ambient Dance, Classical, Easy Listening, Arabic Classics, Pop and Urban, and a Comedy channel to their fleet.

Next month we're introducing two brand new presenters for Modern Soul and Classic Rock shows.

 

November 2011 - Mr Newton - The Morning After

Debut album from instrumental collaboration Mr Newton.

 

 

October 2011 - Bamjimba - Rhythm

October 14th UPDATE Album now available from the itunes store, click here

I'm just back from mastering the Bamjimba album which will be available as a download very soon.

We recorded the entire album at Jims home near Preston over the past year or so during which time Jim has undergone and subsequently been recovering from some pretty major medical stuff shall we say, the man is an absolute inspiration, unbelievable courage, spirit and determination to be creative.

A huge thank you to our brilliant friends the musicians who brought so much to the album,  John Pagan ( piano ) Martin Lee Normington ( alto sax ) Steve Chadwick ( trumpet ) Gary Thistlethwaite ( bass )

Charlie Bluglass (guitar ) Tom Collins ( tenor sax and flute ) Richard Curran ( mandolin and fiddle ) Mark Townson ( guitar ) Ben Farmer ( accordian ) Arno Chadwick ( vocals ) Bill Roberts ( piano) Steven Wren ( vocals )

Ben Ruth ( Harmonica ) Mo Witham ( guitar ) and of course Bamjimba on drums and percussion.

 

 

July 2011 - Focus

Finally got to the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam this year and while I was there took the opportunity to visit Delft where I met up with Bobby Jacobs and Menno Gootjes from Focus who were working in the studio on the new album, the compositions sound incredible and I have no doubt that Focus 10 will be another masterpiece. 

I asked Bobby when the cd will be released "maybe in time for the UK tour"  Be sure to go and see them in October/ November 2011, every Focus concert is a unique experience, also we will be recording a couple of the shows so come and say hello  www.focustheband.com/

 

June 2011 - James Evison - EP

UPDATE October 14th. Check out the itunes store for three songs from James Evison HERE

Really excited about working with James, he's a very talented songwriter and a nice lad, he studied BA Music Production at Huddersfield University and graduated in 2010.  We love his songs so we're remixing some of his own multitrack recordings for an itunes EP.

 

May 2011 - Bamjimba album Rhythm

Working on ideas lately with Jim Bamber for his new album Rhythm and some fine musicians have contributed so far, people like Martin Normington (Alto sax) Jim Collins ( Tenor sax and Flute) Mark Townson (Guitar) Ben Farmer ( Accordian ) Richard Curran ( Fiddle and Mandolin) Charlie Bluegrass ( Hi- Life Guitar) John Pagan ( Piano) Gary Thistlethwaite ( Bass) BJ ( Drums & percussion) and myself throwing in the odd bit of keys and guitar.

It's a mix of Jazz, rock n roll, and world music so far, great fun, looking to release towards the end of the year. 

  

March 2011 - The Convulsions EP available from itunes

The Convulsions EP has now been mixed and mastered and available from itunes here

 

March 2011 - ReGrooved 

I've been really fortunate to have been collaborating with top bloke Neil Thompson on a couple of soul remixes under his ReGrooved banner.

I was introduced to Neil by our very good mutual friend and networking guru Sean Milward..... thanks Sean.

Neil T' has worked with Incognito, Kenny Thomas, West Coast Soulstars, Tom Glide & The Luv All Stars to name but a few, it's been great fun and I'm really looking forward to working on ReGrooved projects in the future. 

 

March 2011 - Joe McCorriston - Debut EP


Joe is a 16 year old Singer / Songwriter from Morecambe in Lancashire, his music is mainly acoustic and he writes original songs mixing Pop, Punk, Rock, and Folk. He takes influences from great artists such as Frank Turner, Green Day, The Gaslight Anthem, McFly, Blink 182, Sum 41, The Offspring, NOFX, and many many more. It was really refreshing to meet a young singer songwriter with the talent and confidence to write, play and perform his own songs so professionally.  All the best for your future Joe, we'll be watching your career with a special interest.

Listen to Joe here

 

 

February 2011 Bamjimba Neil G Remix

The original mix of Sunny Spells raised over £2000 for the HIV orphans of Tanzania, hopefully this new version will do the same and find a new audience willing to donate. Thanks for your generosity. Download here

 

December 2010 - Redding, Bell & Coghlan LIVE album on itunes NOW !

 ** January 8th 2011 Update,  album is now available from the itunes store ** HERE

It's taken a little longer than expected to get this album registered and uploaded as we've had problems with the distributor messing up the track order and file name metadata, no doubt the experience will serve us well for future releases. We'll keep you updated with links once the album goes live and is available for download.

Many thanks to Eric Bell and John Coghlan for their support and patience.

 

 

November 2010 - Reggie Mental Band Live Recording

The excellent 10 piece Reggie Mental Band hired Absolute to record their set at Lancaster Uni Grad Bar in late October 2010...were you there ? You might well be able to hear yourself in the crowd. Follow the band and hear samples of the recording at their facebook page here www.facebook.com/pages/The-Reggie-Mental-Band/109500362445428

 

 

August 2010 - Bamjimba - Sunny Spells

 

Just had a really great time working with Bamjiba on the new charity single "Sunny Spells" an instrumental Cuban mambo groove track. ALL proceeds from sales go to Tanzanian Orphanages for children affected by HIV AIDS. 

The single is released on September 1st available from all the major download sites, more details about the charity can be found here  www.causes.com/causes/512252/about please support the cause by purchasing the single.

*** UPDATE Sept 1st 2010 RELEASE *** Available NOW from itunes

 

  

July 2010 - Key Arts

We're continuing to build the Key Arts catalogue of incidental music throughout 2010 and we're now also back into songwriting with a view to pitching our songs to recording artists. We are still looking for people to join us so if you are a composer or songwriter and would like to speak to us about a joint venture you can contact us here info@absoluterecordings.co.uk

 

Redding, Coghlan & Bell Album almost done !

I'm in the final stages of mixing the Noel Redding, Eric Bell and John Coghlan live album recorded in 1999. I was asked to record the concert by the tour manager who shall we say forgot to reimburse me for my time and energy so I contacted Eric Bell and John Coghlan and asked their permission to go ahead with the release as a tribute to Noel who died in 2003. The plan is to release as a download only album initially in late October early November 2010. Will keep you all posted.

 

 

June 2010 - The Convulsions - Live Recording and Studio Single

The Convulsions are a Mod Punk Boogaloo band originally based in Chicago. Ben Ruth, band founder member had taken with him from England the old concept of British Rhythm and Blues with roots in bands such as the Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Animals and Big Three. Now back in the UK Ben has assembled a band which has developed a repertoire comprising of that same 1960’s British RnB vibe with funk and 1990’s punk rock energy and incendiary inventiveness.


  

March 2010 - Monster Music - ELC Nursery Rhymes Project

Been working pretty hard on a nursery rhymes project this month with Mike Croft of Monster Music for the Early Learning Centre, it's the first time I've written or arranged any childrens music and it really is an entirely different discipline and I was well outside of my comfort zone for the first couple of weeks.  I was really suprised at the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into to producing educational music to the high standard that Mike has done for years, he's a nice guy and we quickly formed a good working strategy and a solid friendship developed over the many sessions recording and mixing together. We'll be working together a lot in the future starting with a re-record of one of Mikes hit songs 'True Harmony' later in the year.


February 2010 - Live recording for bands in 2010

We can now record your gig/concert at your favourite venue straight from our front of house console and also capture the sound of your audience with ambience microphones.

There is a choice of two fully engineered PA / live recording systems, first is a compact but powerful 2.5 K for the tighter venues on your circuit or our full 5K rig with four way monitor mix. Because everthing is now under our control we can provide not only a fantastic live sound but also ensure optimum recording signals to our multitrack. See our mobile recording section or contact us for further details

 

January 2010 - Key Arts - Production Music

Working really hard on our production music library this year and on course in keeping with our new years resolution of tracks per month composed and recorded. We have another fine composer recruited to our team who is fantastic, we want to build our catalogue as quickly as possible this year so if you are reading this as a composer and you have your own production facilities and original music why not get in touch and let us hear your work.

 

December 2009 - Brass Band Concert - Keyarts.tv - Starpoint Radio

The run up to Christmas has been a busy time (long may it continue into 2010) there have been radio shows to record on location, original compositions to write for Key Arts and more and more solo singers have been recording tracks to give as Christmas gifts which has meant quite a few late nights and early mornings getting things recorded, mixed and mastered in time.

Following the success of the Morecambe Brass Band Easter concert release 'Live and Winning' I was asked to record their Christmas concert in late December.  As it takes around four to six weeks to design artwork, edit, licence and produce a release it was decided by the MBBA that the CD would be manufactured sometime early this year in plenty of time for next Christmas.

 

November 2009 - Paul Hayes - IVR - Starpoint Radio

It's been a busy month recording shows with Sean Oconnor and planning our 2010 schedule for Starpoint Radio which is a London based soul music station.  There has also been an unusual amount of audio editing to do for IVR (telephone systems) in addition to recording a few new solo singers one of which was BBC TV presenter, antiques expert and all round good egg Paul Hayes.

Paul was discovered by chance by the BBC1's Bargain Hunt programme, the producers were so impressed with him that he appeared as one of their regular experts. In January 2001 he was asked to appear as the antiques specialist on BBC1's popular daytime show Housecall, sharing his considerable knowledge about different categories of antiques and collectibles. He has been co-presenter of Cash in the Attic since Autumn 2002 and was the expert presenter on BBC1’s Star Sale in 2004 and has also been the expert contributor to Crimewatch UK.


Paul contacted me at the beginning of November, he is clearly very passionate about music and wanted to put some of his favourite songs to disc, we recorded three tracks at his home and he was so pleased with the results that he came to my project studio to record more tracks later in the month, he's a talented and likeable lad, we had a lot of laughs along the way and made some very good recordings too.

 

 

October 2009 - Focus DVD - Release

Following the recording we featured back in April at the Robin 2, Focus have now released their 'Live In England' dvd to coincide with the extensive ' Classic Legends Of Rock' tour of the UK on which they headline with Martin Turners Wishbone Ash and The Strawbs.

At the time of writing, the dvd is currently only on sale at live shows from the merchandise stall, for future availability updates and further tour news visit the bands website at www.focustheband.com

 

 

September 2009 - Keyarts - Dan In Gdansk - Soundtrack

Alone in the historic city of Gdansk once a place of great conflicts and struggles for the freedom of the human spirit, Dan is free to walk the streets and contemplate his own place in the Cosmos. As time seems to pass, he senses the distinction between himself and the rest of the material World starts to blur.

There’s only one conclusion he can make !


Produced and directed by John Pagan

Music composed and performed by Neil Gowland

 

 

August 12th -13th  2009 Phillip Fawcett. Pianist
One of the things I enjoy most about being a recording engineer is that you get to meet and work with some nice people, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Phillip before and have just spent the last couple of evenings with him recording material for his new Grieg CD featuring The Holberg Suite, Lyric Pieces Op.65 (including the great 'Wedding day at Troldhaugen'), the much-loved 'Notturno' and the charismatic 'March of the Trolls'.


We’ll be putting the CD together over the next week or so and it will be available to order sometime in September from Phillips website here

 

 

 

JUNE 13th 2009 Massed Choir Recording
I've been recording with my good friend David Wood for many years, he and I were asked back by the

K Shoes Male Voice Choir to record and produce their second cd of 2009, this time it was to be ‘Live’ and the main concert event of their 40th anniversary celebrations at the Leisure Centre in Kendal, Cumbria.

The concert was a huge success performed to an enthusiastic ‘sold out’ audience who enjoyed pieces by massed choirs and performances by guest choirs from Steeton, Chapel - en - le - Frith and Much Wenlock.

Joining the choirs on stage was Mezzo Soprano Wendy Sharrock.



The cd is on sale from the K Shoes MVC website

 

 

MAY 29th - 31st  2009 Starpoint Radio Show with Sean OConnor
I’ve been producing soul radio shows with Sean since his Solar days but this weekend was going to be very special as we were out and about to record interviews on location with some of the top soul dj’s from around the UK .


The Seaside Soul Club pulled out all the stops to promote the third annual event and Sean O'Connor's intimate knowledge of the soul radio scene got the message across the whole country.
 
Ian Dewhirst, a soul DJ based in London and who can command a four figure fee for a night's work, raved over the great setting for the weekend. "You walk down that promenade, take in the beautiful view across the bay to the lake district and you just couldn't wish for a better setting for sweet soul music," he enthused.

 

The two hour show eventually featured music and chat from the Morecambe weekend festival for a Starpoint radio special which attracted peak listening figures at the station so we're very pleased about that, well done Sean.

 

You can catch regular shows by Sean at www.starpointradio.com

 

 

APRIL 28th 2009 FOCUS at The Robin 2 Wolverhampton
As a life long fan of this fantastic band I was delighted to be asked along to assist my very good friend and Focus engineer Geert Scheijgrond with the recording of the live sound for a brand new CD & DVD.

This was to be the bands first DVD shoot since the 2003 release of Focus Live in America.

With their unique classical, jazz and progressive rock style Focus manifested themselves at the start of the seventies as the most successful and the most appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports.

The band had split in the late seventies but after an initial careful comeback which resulted in a well received album "Focus 8", the band are now back on the frontline with a fantastic line-up with founder member and musical genius Thijs van Leer still holding the fort and with Pierre van der Linden the drummer who is internationally renowned for his unique style and technical skill, together with Bobby Jacobs on bass who stems from a well acclaimed Dutch jazz family they are responsible for the rhythm section and that unmistakable Focus groove, the line up is completed by the sensational guitarist Niels van der Steenhoven.

www.focustheband.com

 

 

APRIL 11th 2009 - MORECAMBE BRASS BAND - Live & Winning
The band performed their now traditional Easter Concert at the Platform, receiving glowing reports from the packed audience. The programme included a number of beautifully played solos - Share My Yoke (Paul Woodhead - Prinipal Cornet), Dmitri (Carol Blaylock - Flugel Horn), The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Jeff Cunningham - Solo Horn). Particularly moving for both band and audience alike was Pie Jesu, a duet showcasing the talents of both Carol Blaylock and Samantha Barbary (Soprano Cornet).

You can buy the cd from the MBBA website

http://www.morecambebrassband.co.uk/