March 12, 2017
I'm most pleased to announce the release of an album I had the pleasure of producing in the great Finnish capital city of Helsinki in February 2016 by the multi-talented kantele player/songwriter/ singer/percussionist/energy bundle, Maija Kauhanen. It's finally surfaced on the Nordic Notes label and it's already attracting some excellent reviews. Finnish news magazine HBL said this: "Have I nothing negative to say? No, not really. Maija Kauhanen has made one of the year's best albums, dare I say even though there is still much left of 2017". Download or order CD here.
And you can read my little account of the recording sessions here on my blog page.
January 22nd 2017
At last it's here! The new Camel DVD: Ichigo Ichie - recorded live in Tokyo in May 2016. I was delighted once more to be treading the boards with Andrew Latimer and Denis Clement and we were all extremely happy to introduce the remarkable Peter Jones on keyboards, vocals and flutey whistley thing.
Never Let Go
The White Rider
Song Within a Song
Rhayader/Rhayader Goes To Town
Spirit of the Water
Pleased to announce the release of another CD which I helped to guide into being. Namely the new album from my friend Alhousseini Anivolla, entitled 'Osas!' which means in Tamashek, 'It's Time!'. Recorded and mixed by myself in Wild End Studio last summer. It's always a pleasure working with Alhous. I produced two albums for his band Etran Finatawa (one of which was recorded in a tent in the Sahara - read about that adventure here). I'm also playing bass on this new one and Alhousseini is playing everything else and singing of the situation in his home country of Niger, the challenges facing the Touareg people and his hope for peace and understanding. A contemporary Desert Blues troubadour wandering between the worlds.
Here's a review from Rhythm Passport
Download the album from his Bandcamp page!
19th April 2017
27th November 2017
Glad to see the Camel 'Moonmadness' tour taking shape for 2018.
Dates announced so far include Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, Germany and the UK, culminating at the Royal Albert Hall on September 17th.
Hopefully more dates will be added. I'll post them here when I know!
Line-up will be:
Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals)
Denis Clement (drums)
Colin Bass (yes, that's me on bass, vocals)
and the keyboard wunderkind Peter Jones.
More news when I get it.
27 November 2017
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working again with my friend the fine Polish guitarist and composer, Michal Wojtas, on a track on his new album with his Amarok project, called Nuke. I wrote the words together with Marta Wojtas and I sang it too. Video clip below!
I first met Michal in 2002 or thereabouts when he asked me to sing four poems by Emily Dickinson which he set to music on his album, NeoWay. Shortly thereafter he played some excellent guitar parts on my in the meantime album.
Nuke has been getting good response in Poland and I'm very happy to say I will be appearing with Amarok at the Warsaw Prog Days festival in the Progresja club on February 10th 2018.
I'll be singing Nuke and Amarok will be joining me in a selection of my songs. Looking forward...