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Video: Funk & Soul Medley (with Switch)

Been a while since my last post (several life-changing events recently – all positive!) but thought I’d post a new video from Switch.

For those new to my blog, Switch are my main function band at the moment. I’ve been their guitar player since the beginning of 2015, and we’ve performed at all manner of function & event in that time.

This medley was recorded last winter, but only recently uploaded by the band. It features three funk & soul songs, all of which are staples of the wedding/function band scene:

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
  • Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
  • Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)

This medley showcases Switch’s full six-piece lineup of female vocals, bass, drums, keys, guitars & male backing vox (me), plus alto sax & female backing vox.

For my part in this recording, the guitar used was my Fender Modern Player Stratocaster (short scale model), DI’d direct into the studio desk. Recording took place at Nemix Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. I must admit that I don’t know which ‘re-amp’ patches were used for my guitar tones, other than I requested a Fender Blackface/Deluxe style amp for the clean sound. Sorry there isn’t any more detail….

As always, let me know what you think. In case the video above does not play, you can access it on YouTube here.

Enjoy! xx

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A song for Black Friday: Mercy (cover)

Is it Black Friday? Have mercy…

Tenuous enough of s link for you? Good.

Earlier this year I hit the studio with function band Switch, and this cover of ‘Mercy’ (made famous by Duffy) was one of the tracks we recorded.

The guitar I used was the same one you can see in the video: Fender Modern Player Stratocaster going through one of the in-house Marshall combos at the Loft Studios.

Thanks to Loft Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, for the recording session & production. Also many thanks to Nemix studios (also Newcastle), which was our location for the video, and to Artifact Media for the film production!

Enjoy!

Jazz Musicians Needed ASAP

My Jazz outfit, JazzBaby, are looking for new members.

Our existing bass player has had to bow out following personal commitments, leaving room for a talented and experienced jazz player. Ideally, you will be a double bassist as well, with decent sight reading ability and good compositional/improvisational skills.

JazzBaby are a new exciting Jazz project in the North East of England. Already gigging as a guitar/vocals duo, we wish to add double bass to this setup for greater depth. We are also a four/five peice function act, mixing standards with more contemporary covers, with or without vocals. We are also getting an increasinly number of requests for our Lindy Hop/Swing Dance sets (20’s to 40’s), typically providing music for vintage dance nights or retro-themed weddings.
In addition to this, we hope to be writing anf recording our own material during the summer and taking this into the live arena at the end of this year. I have contacts in a popular chain of venues and am finalising slots in Jazz festivals in 2015.

If you’d like to be part of this, playing an active role in composition of new material, or if you would like to know more, get in touch with me via email: tim_guitar@hotmail.com
If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please refer my details on and ask them to get in touch with ‘JazzBaby’ in the subject line of their email.

Tim