I'm very excited about this new drum kit!! Special thanks to the guys at Manchester Drum Centre who were extremely helpful and knowledgable. The Yamaha Live Custom kit is similar to the Oak Customs but the shells are 10% thicker which means I get a huge, powerful sound!
I took them out on their maiden voyage to The Netherlands for a month in April/May for Icon Theatrical's brand new show 'Somebody to Love' featuring the Bohemian Rhapsody Band. It was such a blast rockin' out every night to packed out theatres playing such well loved music. Long live Queen!
In other news, I'll be heading off to Holland soon to being touring with Icon Theatrical's production The Sopranos versus The Tenors - The Battle of the Voices. It will be great to be on the road again. I won't be away too long though!
Looking for something different for your upcoming event? Well head on over to check out the Sci-Fi Cantina Quartet (watch the video!)- playing a selection of your old favourite TV and movie themes including crazy sound effects and samples of the original programs. Quirky, groovy and fun, you won't be disappointed!
Specialising in guitar driven pop & rock covers from the 60s to present day. Whether it be a splash of motown, 80's rock, 70's disco or a bit of 90's pop, Up All Night will have you up on the dance floor - all night long!
In other news, I'm finally getting used to driving (thanks to Steve Pullan - a fantastic teacher!) and all of my private students are improving and growing each time I see them. I still have a few slots available so do Contact me if you are interested. Likewise, if you need a drummer for anything, I'm your gal!
That's right folks - I've finally got wheels! I can drive to gigs, and drive people to gigs. I've got a Full UK Automatic Licence along with an International Driving Permit and I've got my Canadian passport and valid 2 year UK Residence Leave to Remain Permit. All work is permitted, all systems GO!
Recently, The Allsorts Band got some great videos back from a recent gig @ Splinter at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, check out this crazy video game console original tune by our sax man, Russ...
Don't worry Mom & Dad, my glasses have no lenses! It's the latest in hip stage wear...
Check out my slick new case for my Yamaha Hip Gig. Custom made in California by the folks at Beato Bags, it's made to measure for my odd shaped bass drum. It's waterproof, extremely heavy duty and makes carrying my 25kg of drums much easier (handy side handles). It had it's first wedding gig last night, and I'm a very happy gal. After searching high and low for a company that would make a case to suit my 18'' by 22'' bass drum, I've finally come across a great company with excellent customer service and flexibility (they even made me a secret compartment for sheet music at my request!) Even with the exchange rate, shipping and import tax, it's still an affordable case. They've got an extensive range of all sorts of cases, it's worth having a little gander on their site. Click on the photos below to expand them and see the finer details.
I'm thrilled to announce that I've been issued my UK Residence Permit!! I am still permitted to work in the UK and now I am on route to settlement. Woo hoo!
This month my trio had a great string of workshops with Live Music Now in East Yorkshire, and we are developing a very exciting new activity we like to call 'The Style Bonanza' to debut in schools in March. Also in March, I'm starting regular work for Artforms - Education Leeds each Saturday morning at Boston Spa Music Centre. Really looking forward to leading a youngster's percussion ensemble and a family djembe class.
The Allsorts are playing at Sela Bar on Monday 11 March, and are back in Bradford on 21 March at the Priestley Bar in the basement of The New Bradford Playhouse for an evening of music and cheesecake you don't want to miss. We had lots of fun this month in at the Darlington Jazz Club and can't wait to play there again. You can see us this Sunday 24th Feb at Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle.
Keep an eye out for some revamped promo material in the near future - and as always, please get in touch if you feel so inclined!
I've managed to stay warm this past month with an exciting new purchase of a heater for the practise room - a worthwhile investment! In other news, my main project at the moment, The Allsorts have played some splendid gigs with a few more in the diary worth noting:
As the days start to grow longer (horray!) I'm looking forward to the next few months. A couple potential exciting new jobs and hopefully some other good news will set up 2013 on the positive side. As ever, please get in touch if you are interested in having me join a project of yours, or you would like some drum tuition, or if you have any questions/comments for me!
Welcome to a much needed update of my website! I now have this handy blog to replace my old news page (but you can still read the old news below if you like).
It's been a great couple of months. My main band, The Allsorts are excited for some upcoming gigs, and I recently made this showreel below to give people a better idea of the band. I've you've got a spare 3 minutes, I would love you to check it out. Grab the popcorn!
In other news, I've been busy doing various function gigs, and workshops with Doncaster Community Arts. I had a great time delivering a drumming workshop at Leeds College of Music. I'm looking forward to some work coming up with Live Music Now and now have a profile page for MJP Music Tuition in Leeds. I had a lovely trio gig with Jamil Sheriff and Sam Vicary at one of Leeds' favorite venues, Cafe Lento.
Now it's time for a bit of Christmas hibernation (composing) and cooking for the rest of the month, along with the odd gig. Seasons greetings!