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Voices of peace worldwide release

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So happy to hear this compilation of songs come together. We worked hard for a few years having allot of fun, playing and producing Madhavas songs you will hear on the album. Madhava  i think chose very successfully tracks from the bulk of the projects hes recorded with me, a task i find very difficult, and Voices of Peace is the story that unfolds as you listen. Words to wake up the world and vibrations that heal.

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The Transcendence Experience

The Transcendence Experience is a project that came to be when I met new acquaintance,  whom i now regard a brother, Madhava Norton. Madhava came to me and ask me if I could produce an album project for him. The first project we collaborated on was T.I.M.E. After we had produced almost enough for two good albums, the two merged and out popped a very cleverly compiled selection from the songs we had produced. Voices of Peace is the title of the this album. Madhava came to me with great Chords and lyrics that after hearing I would know straight away the bass line or beat I wanted to make, it was never a chore, just a flow. After adding the band parts to his heart felt chords and lyrics we got a band together. It kind of just came together at the right time.

I was already jamming and getting some of my own material going with Gary Lowe, drums, and Toby Wren, Bass/Guitar. Madhava introduced me to Dan Watson, the bass man, and we had a band. We spent a lot of time playing around with the parts we had laid down on the album, grooving with different elements of the tracks and fusing our sound.

This really gave me the passion and drive to play more violin in band scenarios after having so much fun seeing how people where moved by our music. I would really feel locked in with crowd dancing as i played my violin. I felt very humble, you give out energy on stage, all you have, and it bounces straight back at you, by seeing every one dance and snake to you’re music you make or sing along to you’re songs.

I had learned allot from playing in this band and the message in Madhavas words are so meaningful to hear and special, with this timeless magical quality. From the love song of T.I.M.E. (tears in my eyes) to mantra rock, psychedelic jams evolving out of  pop song like One tree (one tree one family),deep mistic songs like Mara to funked up pop grooves like Excuse me sir.

Hear is ending from One Tree which is kind of a song of its own in its own right, always different each time we go into the end jam.

This the original track from the album

argggh midset

If i was on guitar i would have had spare strings when out gigging but for a violin, its never been a worry as rarely would one snap. So a third of the way through the set and my g string snaps mid song. At 38 quid a set i don’t have loads of lavish Piastero strings lying in wait in my case.

It was a Good experience to go through in terms of carrying on the song and set. Weird being limited to just D, A, & E. the show must go on…….and I will now always have spares in my case, Having a G string snap is rare but a good lesson for the future learned.

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Friday night violining

Friday night at the Abbey Cafe was a really fun night musically for me, playing violin for the first time with Sundara, and later with the dead dads Club. D.D.C who have only really been rehearsing for two weeks as a band is doing really good. This was more than just an enjoyment experience of joining in the moment with Sundara but because I have had a deep and long musical connection with Madhava for many years now. This time Liz, whom it was a lovely to hear performing and working so closely with madhava. They are really working like one, so it was a new experience for me to play with Sundara. Gary Lowe on  Cajon works so well with Liz’s rhythmical acoustic guitar style. I look forward so much to being invited to guest with Sundara in more future performances.

Dead Dad’s Club

I recently went out to play some violin at an open mic night at the Abbey Cafe in Malvern. it was a great night, really relaxed, and I don’t think i put my violin down or brought a drink all night. I met Lee Richardson who runs the night and played a few songs of his with him. During the week i get a phone call asking me if I could come back and play some more  violin with him on his material. After one or two more  performances I was jamming away with a band of musicians Lee put together in my studio. Here’s a short bio  we threw together as this is all kinda in its infant stage. We are about three sessions in plus a few live performances, but we are working hard in the studio and crafting our sound……………..

Singer songwriter Lee Richardson composes meaningful lyrics that everyone can relate too. There is a rich deepness as much as sense of humor backed up by strong, dynamic Rock n Roll acoustic Steele String Guitar. Lee’s chords are graced by Milo on Lead Guitar. Milo’s sound scape’s & strong chords structures with lush lead solos really compliment Lee’s songs as well as working closely with JB on Violin creating a unique sound . James Devine, he’s like the root of the band, making every beat a unique sound with his Cajón. Liam Blakmore the bass man bring so much groove to the sound. James Burnham on Electric Violin brings rhythmic, melodic and energetic playing that completes the sound that is Dead Dad’s Club.

Look back for forth coming release dates for what we hope will be a great 2017 for the band.

Learning by accident

one of my favorite violinists Jenő Hubay, so nice to find an interesting tale leading to this virtuoso violinist

Fragmented Mind

When we arrived we went to our hotel, a well-designed modern building; every room has a picture window view over the river.

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This photograph of the parliament building was taken through the window of our bedroom.

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To one side of Reception was a bar, to the other a dining room.

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But behind Reception, to the rear of the building, was something else entirely, an area normally kept locked. Through the doorway we could see beautifully carved woodwork and a flight of stairs.  ‘What is this?’ we asked the receptionist. This, he told us, was a reconstruction of rooms where a famous composer had lived before the Nazis invaded. The house had been destroyed during the defence of Budapest against the Soviets when Germans and Hungarians had tried to hold off Russians and Romanians.

And who was the famous composer? He was Jenő Hubay, which disconcerted me a lot because I hadn’t…

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