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2017 started off with a few days away with Patrick’s girlfriend in Cork, Ireland where they did some exploring and sightseeing. They also managed to find the most fantastic vegetarian restaurant called “Cafe Pardiso” – Wow! Definitely worth a visit.
There were a few performances with the London Dance Orchestra for private events in January. This band specialises in dance music of the 1920s-1930s and is great fun to play.
Towards the end of January Patrick recorded some horn section tracks at his studio for his good friend Timo Peach of Momotempo for an exciting new project taking place in October – watch this space!
February was a busy month of recording for Patrick and started with a new writing collaboration with producer/guitarist Charlie Morton and drummer James Nall. Some of the work was recorded at Patrick’s studio however the majority was done at a studio in Bromley, Essex all through a vintage Amek Angela mixing desk – what a beautiful sound desk! It has definitely turned Patrick over onto the analogue side of things and he will definitely be looking for one of his own in the near future.
Other recording Patrick did from his own studio included some horns for a new television programme for Sky and the trombone section for a big band recording in America.
There was also some education work for Hampshire music service in February. Patrick was invited down to Horndean Technical College as part of the London City Big Band where they ran some workshops for students. These were focusing on aspects of playing in a big band and some improvisation and culminated in a concert with both the student big bands and the London City Big Band.
One of the highlights of this year so far was in March where Patrick was invited to play as part of legendary Jazz guitarist Jim Mullen’s benefit concert at London’s 606 Club.
This was a fantastic evening with many amazing musicians performing including Stan Sulzmann, Henry Lowther, Noel McCalla (Morrissey Mullen), Tony O’Malley (Kokomo), Claire Martin and Hamish Stuart. Patrick was a member of the Hamish Stuart band featuring Molly Duncan and performed to a sold out audience. It was a very memorable night for a great cause with all proceeds going towards Jim in his rehabilitation. Thankfully Jim is on the mend and everybody hopes to see and hear him soon.
Patrick also performed for a few performances of “Strictly Come Dancing” dancer Brendan Cole’s UK touring show “All Night Long”. This was a great high energy show showcasing Brendan and his dancers backed by a terrific 14 piece band.
Another memorable performance that Patrick took part in April was for the final episode of “The Voice – UK”. Patrick was performing live alongside the legendary Sir Tom Jones and his finalists “Into The Ark”. This was brilliant to work alongside a living legend who is still blowing everyone away at the age of 76!
Lastly, in April Patrick celebrated his birthday and was taken away by his girlfriend to the beautiful Stoke Park country club, spa and hotel where he was spoilt rotten for two days!
Alongside this work Patrick has had a mix of performing for private events, Motown the musical as well as recording and arranging for other artists.
This has been a great start to 2017 for Patrick and he looks forward to see what the rest of the year has in store.
Highlights of January – April 2017 include:
Charlie Morton and James Nall – A new writing and recording collaboration
Hamish Stuart Band – Performing as part of the Jim Mullen benefit concert
Brendan Cole – Performing for the UK touring show “All Night Long”
Sir Tom Jones – A live performance on the final of “The Voice – UK”