Monday, 13 June 2011

The Bungay Bash, 4th June 2011

Well what a day it was. With all the drama that preceded it, the day proved to be a roaring success in it's execution. And if only more people had turned up, but those that did seemed to have a good time and were very friendly giving us all a lot of support and encouragement.

The day kicked off with my Geigertek set. Despite a number of bum notes (which no-one seemed to notice), it went very well and if the compliments I received afterwards were anything to go by, it went down well with the audience. I was joined on two tracks in the opening section of my set by Code Indigo's guitarist/bassist, Nigel Turner-Heffer, who played some absolutely blinding lead guitar - huge thanks to him for his invaluable contribution. My set list was as follows:

1. The Theme from The Avengers (yes, you read right and it was the Emma Peel version with the horn stabs and trumpet solo)
2. The Gift of Goodbye Part 1 (from "The Timeless Mind")
3. In Another Light (from "The Timeless Mind" with Nigel Turner-Heffer on lead guitar)
4. Spirit-Walking (from "The Timeless Mind" with Nigel Turner-Heffer on lead guitar)
5. Between Two Worlds (from "The Garden")
6. The Stirring of Echoes (from "The Timeless Mind")
7. The Rivered Moon (from "The Garden")
8. Songbird Bathing In Blue (from "The Garden")
9. Excerpts (a medley of pieces from the forth-coming "Soundtrack For City Living" CD)
10. The Sculpture and the Wall (from "The Garden")
11. Fast Lane (from the forth-coming "Soundtrack For City Living")

It was good to play the new stuff that will be on the next Geigertek album (hopefully released in August 2011), but nice also to "re-do" a couple of tracks from "The Garden". I had a terrific video back drop, created by the awesomely clever Dave Massey, which featured some of my Urbex images.



David Wright's set was a fantastic mixture of hypnotic sequences and lilting melodies with an awesome video graphics back drop created by the immensely talented and creative Dave Massey. Again, this set was very well received by the audience.


There was a break of an hour or so while David Wright and I prepared for the Callisto set. I enjoy performing the music of Callisto as it's intricate and a challenge to play, particularly as I was running sequences live on four Moog Modular VST's - the adrenalin ran high and it was a great set full of darkness and light, melody and rhythm, but above all, driving sequences and another breath-taking Dave Massey video back drop. A very satisfying set for me personally which, as with the previous two acts, was very well received.


A short break ensued before David Wright and I changed shirts and donned black suits ready to join our colleagues, Nigel Turner-Heffer and Andy Lobban for the headline act, Code Indigo. We played a storming one and a half hour set which was backed with yet another fabulous video back drop done by David Massey.


  

In between acts, in the theatre's cellar bar, the amazing Stephen Scott was performing his unique guitar-looping music. He is one man and his guitar with a rack of gadgets that allow him to layer up sequences live. Think Robert Fripp and you'll be getting close. I'm going to be doing some recordings with Stephen this year, so please keep an eye for that!!! You can get recordings taken from Stephen's performances, title "Lives In The Cellar" HERE


The end of the night, and indeed the whole day, soon came and we were all very pleased with the audience reaction and the way everything finally went.

Special mention has to be made of Nigel Turner-Heffer who put in a solid three days of hard intensive work on the lighting systems at the Fisher Theatre - he did some amazing work and made all of us look great. Well done Nigel!!!

And thanks also to David Wright's wife, Elaine, and my partner, Anne, for keeping us in check and looking after us not just through the day but also in the weeks leading up to the event.

AD Music have released a very limited edition "Bungay Bash" CDr with tracks from all the acts who performed on the day - my contribution was a live recording of "The Sculpture and the Wall" during rehearsals.

The event was filmed and AD Music hope to release at least three DVD's (my Geigertek set, Callisto and Code Indigo) at the end of this year/beginning of next year. The footage seen thus far looks great and I understand that the finished products will strongly feature Dave Massey's awesome graphics.

AD Music have said that due to the success of the day, they will be planning another Bungay Bash next year, so watch this space for details.

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