Under His Eye

In this case, the title of this week’s blog does not refer specifically to the creepy greeting from The Handmaid’s Tale. Rather, it describes how I felt playing last night and earlier in the week for two of my favourite songwriter friends, Michael Sheen Cuddy and Jody Ferrer.


Relish Show: September 29, 2018

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Photo by Cam McInnes

After a week of working trough the songs, I was as well prepared as could be to do justice to Michael’s challenging yet fun songs, but still felt the pressure to do well, given that many of the song recordings I used to prep were produced by and featured guitar work by the great Tim Bovaconti, which I was hoping to satisfactorily emulate. On top of that, playing with Paul Brennan (drums), and David Macmichael (bass), two players whose taste and ears I massively respect, further drove the need to excel. It did not make things easier when another superlative guitarist, Cam McInnes of Cadre renown walked in and sat a metre away from me. Still, I think I held my own, certainly enjoyed the night, and I’d love to do it again as I’ve learned the material now!


Leadfoot Studio Session for Jody Ferrer: September 26, 2019

Recording for Jody Ferrer (Jody and the Friendzone) last Wednesday turned out to be more of a challenge than I expected. Although I had prepared for it, with charts and a mockup recording to work out the riffs, for some reason I could not get through a full song without making a flub somewhere along the line. Hopefully, digital recording magic and patience from engineer Mike at Leadfoot Studio should fix things. We’ll see…


Three Guys – One Rhythm Section

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Poster courtesy Fraz Milne

Looking for a fun night this coming Tuesday, October 2? Make it down to the Linsmore Tavern for a great evening of original music (and some covers) by friends Fraz Milne and Sal Indigo, and with the Cats and me. As you can see from the poster, drumming and bass will be shared amongst the three acts, ably performed by Chris Bender and Neil Morris respectively. Can’t wait!

Until then, be well!

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