Apr 13 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
HELLO one and all, I hope you’re getting on well.
I’m back from my time in Australia and can I just say it’s great to be back!
A wee word of advice for any would-be travellers out there – don’t try to come back through Jakarta, in Indonesia, without money for an arrivals visa or you’re going to find yourself stuck in immigration for 10 hours!
So, back to Ayrshire, and I was invited to visit a great wee recording studio in Prestwick called Bombshed Studios, run by UWS Commercial Music graduate Lee Brady.
Lee has been running this business for around two years and I was really impressed by what I saw at the studio.
Lee is a fine drummer, as well as a talented music producer, and it was great to have him guide me through the music production process – something I admit is not really my area of expertise.
He offered me some time to record in his studio and I was very impressed with my experience there.
Offering services in recording, drum tuition and PA rental, I was really impressed by Lee’s enthusiasm and passion for music.
A recent graduate, I find him to be an exceptional guy with a real ear and heart for music.
He joined me on the drums for a jam of some of my songs and we had a great time improvising on some new material.
You can find out more about Lee and Bombshed Studios in Prestwick at www.bombshed.co.uk
l WALKING in Troon the other day I bumped into a good friend of mine, Canadian Bob, a superb guy with a great sense of humour and an ardent supporter of live music in Ayrshire, as well as someone who has really encouraged a lot of new bands to get out there and strut their stuff.
Bob came to Scotland in 1999 and has since been passionate about the new music scene in Ayrshire and Scotland.
I first met Bob a few years back when I was playing at the Jam at The Dam event, in Ayr, which was organised by Brian McKinlay.
Bob has been filming videos of Ayrshire bands and singer-songwriters for some time now and they’re a fine resource which you can find here: www.youtube.com/user/TheCanadianbob
l IT’S not long now until the superb Knockengorroch World Ceilidh taking place, just near Dalmellington.
This is an absolutely superb event, encompassing all the best features of a truly great wee music festival, and now in its 14th year.
This year’s World Ceilidh promises to be even better than before with a brilliant line-up including The Skatalites, Stanley Odd, Mungos Hi-Fi Sound System, Hector Bizerk, monks from the Tibetan Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and a whole lot more.
With an always welcoming atmosphere, the World Ceilidh is renowned for its friendly ethos, diverse line-up and innovative features.
There are always plenty of things to keep you interested and involved, with a great range of activities for all age groups including drumming workshops and holistic therapy.
There are also a wide range of superb home-brewed ales for those who are interested in that!
Until next week,