Madwort’s Menagerie album launch concert

Madwort’s Menagerie is Tom Ward’s chamber-ish sextet project, which I became a member of relatively recently. We recorded a set of Tom’s music in 2017 and the album is coming out this Spring on his new label Madwort Records. To celebrate the release, we’ll be playing at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton on Saturday 9th February. For this date the lineup will be:

Tom Ward – flute
Alex Bonney – cornet
Adam Spiers – cello
Andrew Woolf – bass clarinet
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Tim Fairhall – double bass

Vole resurfaces…

The latest incarnation of the band VOLE, led by Roland Ramanan (trumpet) and Roberto Sassi (guitar), will play its first gig at SETspace in Dalston on Wednesday 16th January. I’m on baritone sax, and the lineup now has added Colin Webster (alto sax) and Andrew Lisle (drums). After a lot of rehearsal, it will be great to play Roland and Roberto’s compositions live with the new band!

BRÅK Spring 2019 season

We’ve got a great selection of guest artists coming through for the next season of BRÅK at waterintobeer. I’ll be playing with Anton Hunter (for our first Ripsaw Catfish gig of the year), Lara Jones and Andrew Cheetham. Flyer below with all the dates and info.

In BRÅK-related news, Taran Singh published a really lovely interview with Colin, Tom and me about the night, which you can read on the Taran’s Free Jazz Hour site.

See you in 2019!

Wishing everyone who has followed and supported my work in 2018 a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m signing off for the festive break, but the blog will be back early next year with news of upcoming activities.

Thanks to Chris Muktar for this lovely photo of Favourite Animals in action at City, University of London last week (click to see the full-sized version):

Favourite Animals return to City

The Favourite Animals large ensemble will gather for a one-off 2018 date on 10th December at City, University of London. I’m looking forward to playing this music again, with a nine-piece version of the group:

Dee Byrne – alto sax
Sam Andreae – alto sax
Tom Ward – bassclarinet/flute
Graham South – trumpet
Tullis Rennie – trombone
Cath Roberts – baritone sax
Anton Hunter – guitar
Otto Willberg – double bass
Johnny Hunter – drums

The concert is free to attend, but you need to register your place on the City website as spaces are limited….