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  1. We used to do house gigs regularly in our back room - a couple of times a year. It was great fun. Mostly up and coming singers we’d got to know on the singer-songwriter/art centre circuit and from writing for an online mag. But we also had Steve Lawson doing a solo bass gig with his wife, Lobelia, who’s a singer in her own right. We’d have 24 people sitting on sofas and garden chairs and used a small PA I’ve got (tho to be fair, that’s not really needed but since I had it already... why not).

    It was always a lovely informal setting for music and all our friends who came along loved it (mostly non muso types) and would rave about it to all their friends. We had some great singers from both the UK and US (who were over on small UK tours - solo artists, duos and even a fiddle/cello trio). Highly recommended if you ever fancy it. We’d charge (a voluntary donation of) £10, all of which went straight to the artist plus they invariably picked up a load of CD sales too - which meant it was probably one of their most profitable gigs given the way artists are treated in/near London! Lol!

    One of our house gig artists went on to win a Grammy or two for songs written with Ed Sheeran and some US country artists, another one is now one of the judges on South Africa’s version of “The Voice”... which gives you an idea of the level of quality of the singers making a living plying the folk club circuit!








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  2. Playing at a charity festival at Ascot Racecourse in a big open marquee stage facing the festival. We started play our first set and the bass sounded great on stage. Big and round with a sort of cool ambience - surprising in the circs.

    We finished playing turned off the wireless transmitter and I set my bass back on the stand. Only to  hear my bass amp announce what a treat it was to have the band, that they would be back later and the next event would be over at the...

    Yes, my bass wireless and the announcement mics were on the same frequency. The reason for all that “ambience” was that I had been treating the entirety of the racecourse beyond the music area  to a 45 minute funky bass solo through the Ascot Racecourse tannoy system. Swapped to a cable for the next set!

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  3. Such sad news. The reasons for his retirement are now clear. As others have said it’s good that a veryprivate man was able to live out his last few years and his struggle with an awful condition in privacy. Rest in peace, Neil.

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  4. On 06/01/2020 at 14:53, BassPhil said:

    Oh...and there's also a whole magazine all about playing in church....it's bang up to date and includes advice for the tech team, bass player and drummer...


    Big +1 on OnSong. I curate all our chord charts and have converted them all to OnSong transposable format and PDF for old school printing. However the ability to have the band’s whole repertoire on your iPad at a swipe is really handy when the set list gets changed or songs transposed at the last minute. Love it. Better than kneeling on the floor riffling through a huge lever arch file! I use it with a Bluetooth page turner pedal which makes using it in the service a doddle!

    Here’s a few more resource pages I find really good and helpful...

    WORSHIP TOGETHER:   https://www.worshiptogether.com Lots of current/recent song sheets on here for free use, licensed by the publishers If you register. Includes transposable ChordPro format files for a load which are compatible with OnSong etc. Great video tutorials etc too. I like their “New Song Cafe” videos where a writer talks about one of their songs and demos how to play it. Use this website a lot.

    WE ARE WORSHIP: https://www.weareworship.com/uk Lots of free tutorials and download PDF song sheets when you sign up. More stuff available on subscription but I don’t bother. 

    WORSHIP READY:  https://www.worshipready.com   Similar sort of thing. Really a paid subscription service.  However, the free registration gives you access to lots of tutorials, online chord sheets and a free OnSong etc chord sheet download per month.

    C’mon @Big Rich, we’re on tenterhooks here... how did it go? ;)

  5. Echo a lot of the comments already made. Been playing bass in worship for 30+ years in a number of contexts and situations (tho not for the last 9 months for a number of health and family reasons). From pop-up churches in school halls to conference centres. My current church has its own building now but for the previous 15 years hired rooms at Sandown Park every Sunday.

    Our general format is a small rock band - drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and sometimes keys. Lucky that although none of us are pros (and range in age from 16 to 60ish) we manage to play to a pretty good standard. We’re also fortunate that all our keys players know how to stay away from the bass register! Yay! It’s great fun playing in the band as well as really rewarding. Looking forward to getting back to it this month!

    Here’s a few photos of the band... general typical Sunday set up...


    An acoustic evening we did...


    Our Pentecost service celebrating the various nationalities in the church...


    Me rockin’ the bass...




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  6. Zombie thread resurrection... ordering some strings (don’t panic, from Strings Direct) and thought... I wonder how Stringbusters is getting on after all the shenanigans a year or so ago. Like many others here I was a regular user and satisfied customer for many years - until the downhill slide. Logged onto the site URL and just found a placeholder page which is trying (and failing) to look like an ongoing guitar blog. Pretty final looking for now...


  7. 7 hours ago, Skinnyman said:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned this gem yet....

    Not a hit, admittedly but, along with Greg Lake, one of my favourite Christmas songs.


    I love this and got the 7” when it came out too! One of my faves. I bought the super delux reissue of CS’ Fish Out Of Water simply to get the original, pre-Swiss Choir version on CD.

    PS the Swiss Choir version of Gaudete is pretty cool too...

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  8. 8 hours ago, LeftyP said:

    I thought I had posted this before but it has not appeared.  The lyrics were written by stand-up comedian Mark Lowry with music by Buddy Greene.  It gets me every time.


    Love this song too. Never heard this version before, though. Kathy Mattea has got a great voice.

    As it happens we’re doing this song this Sunday morning!

  9. @Graham’s Mariah recommendation reminded me of this one we used to do quite often in our Christmas service.  Great fun to play on bass, especially when it goes full on gospel after the false ending. 

    We would often have the singer, Miquel Brown, guesting with us - she’s got an amazing gospel voice. That was a lot of fun!

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  10. 7 hours ago, xgsjx said:

    This is probably my fave Xmas song just now. 


    I normally like Phil Wickham’s stuff (but his up tempo stuff, TBF). That was all a bit too John Lewis Christmas ad for my liking. 

    Some good songs suggested. Here are a few more of mine...

    Got this Scottish singer’s album to review and really enjoyed it...

    <iframe style="border: 0; width: 350px; height: 470px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3764515671/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/track=1179383947/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://yvonnelyon.bandcamp.com/album/i-believe-in-christmas">I Believe In Christmas by Yvonne Lyon</a></iframe>


    50% Lizzy, 50% Pistols = 100% Merry


    What Crimble’s really like for many people...

     Bert Jansch at his most (downbeat) festive...

    All Brian’s Christmas albums are a staple in our house




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  11. On 16/12/2019 at 08:37, King Tut said:

    And if anyone asks why you didn't do the gig, just tell em you were sacked.

    And sacked over a month before the gig too... If @BrunoBass has already popped up on his FB account a status along the lines of "...Band just sacked me out of the blue..." absolutely no-one is expecting that he's going to be there for "the big gig". Except the chancers in the band.

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  12. On 13/12/2019 at 23:41, BrunoBass said:

    Thank you. 

    I have no intention of doing the gig; it’s like dumping your girlfriend and still expecting her to accompany you to a pre arranged event, it’s not going to happen. 

    I told them I’d have to think about it, but by that time I just wanted get the hell out of there and go home. I think they know I won’t be playing it. 

    Glad to hear that. If YOU quit it's reasonable to "serve out your notice" while they get a replacement. If they fire you there's no notice to serve - they can't have it both ways. What utter... [feel free to finish the sentence whichever way you choose].

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  13. 3 hours ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

    Whilst looking through the rather marvellous new Stormwatch reissue, I came across this picture - Barriemore Barlow playing this very bass! According to the text, he played the bass on Peggy's Pub while Dave had a turn on the mandolin.




    That headstock is characteristically Rob Armstrong, the Armstrong A is visible... Compare with this photo of Gordon Giltrap playing an Armstrong 6 string...



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