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2018 has kicked off with work on a number of different shows. These included deputies on the UK tour of “Strictly Come Dancing” dancer Brendan Cole, more deputies on “Motown – the Musical” and the Frankie Valli show “Big Girls Don’t Cry”.
There was also a return to the London City Big Band’s long running residency at The Spice of Life in Soho. The band have been playing the last Wednesday of every month for the past 8 years and have built up a strong following playing some of the least well known but most swinging charts of the idiom.
In February Patrick flew to New York with his Fianceé Laura for a week where they visited some of the most famous sights and sampled some of the largest dishes on offer! They also went to see the world famous “Vanguard Big Band” at the Village Vanguard Jazz Club which was an amazing experience. Whilst they were there, Patrick caught up with his old University of Miami friend Augie Haas who plays trumpet in the hit Broadway musical “Aladdin”.
On their return, Patrick was straight back to work with Acoustik Duo producing more tracks for their promotional material in his studio. There was a real mix of tracks from the Spice Girls to Ed Sheeran. This was an enjoyable challenge adapting the original versions for the small lineup and experimenting with differences to the arrangement and form.
Patrick started a new working relationship with the number one Elvis impersonator, Ben Portsmouth. In 2012 Ben won the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” in Memphis, Tennessee and has since toured the world with his show “Taking Care Of Elvis”. Patrick took part in some of his UK tour in February and did an extensive tour of Ireland in March/April visiting some of the most beautiful parts of the country. He also had his birthday in Wexford and had a meal at the most fantastic fish restaurant “La Cote”. Definitely worth a visit!
In March Patrick went to see one of his favourite artists, Michael McDonald. He took his family to Symphony Hall in Birmingham where he performed his biggest hits as well as some new tracks with his brilliant band.
Later in the month, Patrick continued his work with Omar Kamal and his London Big Band as they performed as the opening act for the Abu Dhabi Festival.
In April Patrick took part in a huge new project with his old partner in crime Timo Peach. The work started with horn recording sessions with the Triple H Horns in the studio recording parts for the album/film/show/spectacular “The Shape of Things To Hum”. The soundtrack is a classic mix of Timo’s trademark Electro Funk identity as well as some cinematic orchestral moments. At the end of the month the horns joined the band for the album launch in Bournemouth to critical acclaim. There is much more to come from this project of Timo’s so watch this space!
The month ended positively as Patrick was asked to be the Associate for the brand new hit musical “Tina – the Tina Turner Musical”. The show has been getting rave revues and is the new big night out in town.