Great news for those who prefer downloads to CDs.
“Reflections in Blue” is now in my Digital Store – click here
If you want a CD there’s still time to get your copy before Christmas – order here
Signed copies are no problem – just ask 🙂
The new album ‘Reflections In Blue’ (for Guitar and Orchestra) is now available on CD. It’s been a year in the making and I’m really happy with the result. I am not signed to a big label so I’ve chosen to release it on my own label of Dark Sea Records.
More details, snippets from the tracks and CD purchase options here.
The idea for the album title came to me in two ways. Firstly, the pieces were written as personal reflections on times and places in my life. Secondly, as so often in my music, I wanted to feature a colour. I actually see music in colour – but that’s a story for another time! Choosing the colour blue was easy because I purposely chose to include elements of blues and jazz harmony in most of the tracks. So there is a ‘story’ to each piece and I’ll share a couple of those with you now.
This piece describes a magical day a couple of years ago just south of Paris when I visited a small village on the river Loing called Grez. I had wanted to find where the Yorkshire-born composer Frederick Delius lived and where much of his best music had been created. Many icons of 20th century music and art had been visitors there including Rodin, Elgar, Peter Warlock and Sir Thomas Beecham. I was lucky enough to meet the current owner and was invited in. The garden in particular made a big impression and had a truly magical atmosphere which will stay with me forever.
Many years ago I played Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and in the audience were some record company executives from Japan. After the concert I was offered a 2 week tour of Japan to help promote acoustic music. In between concerts I did a little sightseeing including a visit to the great Buddha statue at Kamakura. What made the visit particularly special was that my father had been there during his military service in 1947.
Visit the Music section for more about ‘Reflections In Blue‘.
At last I can confirm that the new album is ready for release. Just a few finishing touches to add to the artwork (which I decided to do myself) and it’s off to the pressing plant!
Release date currently set at 11 November.
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Welcome to my new website which I hope you’ll find easy to navigate and full of information about my musical activities. As some of you will already know, I’ve had a lot of time away from music not by choice but mainly due to family circumstances.
In the past few months I have once again been working pretty much full time on music with the production of a recording of my Edel Rhapsody for Wagner Tuba and Orchestra which can be heard here.
At the moment I’m recording a new album containing material written many years ago plus some brand-new tracks as well. I hope to complete this new album by the New Year and will post updates to it on my Facebook page.
On the subject of albums, this new website for the first time has all my previously recorded CDs for sale. So if you want to get hold of any of these please visit the Music page here.
Before I go I would just add that I have posted a new video onto my videos page just in time for Halloween which I think pretty much fits with the theme. It’s a Gothic fantasy created using music from ‘Gargantuan’ (Earth in Turquoise album). Here’s the link
Hope you enjoy it……