Mar 29 2009
Oct 22 2009
In 1980 I bought my first Fairlight (the very first sampler made) and was soon happily creating 1000’s of samples. Then a few years later Akai developed their incredibly cheap, compared to the Fairlight, range of samplers.
This prompted an incredible amount of people and companies trying to sell their own samples every music magazine was smothered with their ad’s each professing to be better than the rest so I created my own range. You can see my ad at the bottom of my “instruments” page.
Sep 14 2009
Just returned from a fabulous weekend in London. It was the Strawbs 40th reunion concerts in Twickenham. Over 2 days we had fantastic lineups which included myself, Dave Cousins, Rick Wakeman, Jo Partridge, Andy Richards, Oliver Wakeman, Rod Coombes, Brian Willoughby, Cathryn Craig, Sonja Kristina, Tony Fernadez, Ian Cutler, Melvin Duffy, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Roy Hill, Robert Kirby + orchestra and compered hilariously by Fred Wedlock.
Sadly Robert Kirby died a few weeks after this concert.
Full details to follow
Aug 22 2009
3 EVENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOTT THE HOOPLE REUNION CONCERTS (to be held at Hammersmith Apollo, first week of October)
MTH-MTK (MOTT THE HOOPLE – MEET THE KEYBOARDS)
After organist Verden Allen departed Mott the Hoople in 1973, Morgan Fisher was drafted in as a sideman, soon to become a full member, playing organ, piano and synthesizer on The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live albums. Also playing organ onstage with the band was Mick Bolton (later with Dexy’s Midnight Runners) followed by Blue Weaver (from Amen Corner, The Strawbs, and later with The Bee Gees).
The three keyboard men, still very active in music, have decided to put on their own events to tie in with the Mott the Hoople reunion concerts. The two afternoon events (in a venue just a short walk from Hammersmith Apollo) will feature:
* MOTT IN AMERICA – A first time showing of the full 40-minute 8mm film shot by Morgan Fisher on Mott the Hoople’s 1974 US tour, with a soundtrack recently created by Morgan.
* PERFORMANCES by all three members – and at least one surprise guest!
* QUESTION & ANSWER session (prepare your questions!)
* Signed numbered limited-edition DVD’s of the tour film and personal photos of Mott the Hoople on tour by Morgan Fisher will be on sale.
This was a great success and many thanks to all that attended….
see photos in the gallery
Jul 12 2009
Just looking through biog’s of Mott and I do get a bit ‘pissed off’ when I’m not even mentioned playing with them even if I wasn’t a so-called full member and only guesting, sadly this happens to a lot of musicians during their lifetime. I did, however, participate in a very succesful and important part of their carreer and later on the Hunter Ronson tour where I played all keyboards. Anyway that’s life and there is now video evidence (and a handful of photo’s) that I was there as well as the thousands of people that saw the amazing shows in the US and especially Broadway just ask Brian May what it was like.
Morgan (wara’ bloke!) kindly gives me a mention here…
Wara’ bloke is what Ariel always used to say about Morgan usually with the knuckle of his first finger between his teeth.
Quote from CIRCUS RAVES
by Ron Ross
“Filling out the Hunter-Ronson lineup are a first-rate keyboardist, Peter Arnesen, and Geoff Appleby on bass, from the Rats, an old band of Ronno’s. Since Arneson had to go into the hospi tal for an operation before Hunter and Ronson began their British tour, they borrowed the Bee Gees’ Blue Weaver temporarily. Weaver had previously worked with Mott on one of their American tours.”
Mar 30 2009
In 1982 I got a call from Tony Visconti to go to his Middle Earth studios to do some Fairlight programming. When I got there I was really suprised to find out it was for an album with Linda. She had just published ‘Photographs’ and proceeded to give me a signed copy. To this day one of my prized posessesions.
Unfortunately it was at the same time Paul was making ‘Give My Regards To Broadway’ and came in one day and told Linda he needed her to be on-set with him, so that was the end of that project but I believe ‘Wide Prairie’ has some of those tracks on. It was so long ago I can’t really remember which ones.
I first met Linda when I was doing a session at Air Studios Oxford Circus London, during a break I went to get a drink, the drinks machine was next to the entrance to Studio A, I could hear music comming from inside and went closer to the door just at that moment Paul opened the door I was leaning against and I fell in at his feet. Tony Visconti was sat at the desk and said ‘My God Blue what are you doing?’ Paul said, do you know this guy? and Tony explained who I was. I was invited in and Paul and Linda told Geoff Emerick, the engineer, to wind the tape back, I was then treated to a private listening of ‘Band On The Run’ the ochestrations had just been recorded then I was present when Howie Casey created that wonderful sax on ‘Bluebird’ . Needless to say I completely forgot I was supposed to be playing piano on a session in Studio B. WhenI returned no-one believed my excuse but I didn’t really care I’d had the experience of a lifetime.
Mar 28 2009
Anyone close to Bremen/Hamburg/Hanover check out Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders at Worpswede Music Hall http://musichall-worpswede.de/ onthe 3rd/4th April. Andy is now getting recognition again (rightly so) as an artist in his own right and not just a sidekick to Eric Clapton or Roger Waters. Go for it Fair!
Who says there’s no such thing as ‘Welsh Soul’ ….. b*ll*cks! check this out ‘People Get Ready – Jeff Beck and Andy’
Feb 23 2009
Jimi used to come and jam with Amen Corner when they had a residency at the famous Speakeasy club in Margaret St. London.
The first time he asked to play bass and so Clive handed over his bass then Jimi turned to me and asked what we were going to play I said Otis Readin’s “Can’t turn you loose’ he immediately turned to Dennis, the drummer, and counted us in 1-2-3-4- and he had the right key and bass part even though I believe he played with the bass upside down (he was a left-handed player), work that one out!
There are many stories to tell about our tour with Jimi Hendrix I will post them all here eventually.
Did you see the tour? Please tell me about that night.