Corona virus update
16 March 2020
Unfortunately Joanne Shaw Taylor's UK tour has had to be pulled/postponed, in order for us to get home before every country goes on lock down. This leaves me with a lot of unexpected free time on my hands and, like a lot of other musicians, lack of income.
In the meantime, why not turn this into something positive? If we're all stuck at home let's turn this into an experience where we can all learn, or benefit. I'm aiming to expand my Skype lesson practice asap . In case you wonder how that goes: we both have our Skype on, both sitting behind our respective instruments. We'll focus our lessons and conversation on topics YOU want to learn more about - this can be Hammond organ techniques, theory, chords, learning how to play or improve solo's etc etc.
No need to know how to read music or have an in depth theoretical knowledge. It's music after all. Bring your ears, and motivation and we can go wherever we want making the necessary steps along the way.
I'm also keen to do more work on writing and remote recording so please feel free to get in touch about this. My rates are flexible, or even zero if we can do something worthwhile for each other, I know a lot of my friends are also very capable at recording so maybe we can do something for each other this way.
Just trying to stay busy, stay creative, and make the most of this difficult situation.
I am also looking to expand on my build project for the Behringer Model D. As you can see in the pics I've made a wooden case plus midi keyboard for the Model D and I'm now open to take orders and make a bunch of these for people. It's something I can do from home and the more orders come in, the cheaper I can make them. I'd like to work as much as possible in all this so hit me up :)
Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea VI
25 Feb 2020
Had an amazing time on the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea VI cruise. Many thanks to Joanne Shaw Taylor for having me play keys, Sixthman and Joe Bonamassa for the flawless organization. Amazing line-up, late night jams and hangs, food & drinks, a day in the Bahamas and much much more. Thanks to Steve Maggiora for the pics, go check his band: Robert Jon & The Wreck
05 Feb 2020
Did three shows with Bernie Marsden this month and it was a blast. Skegness, London and Minehead. All over the UK but fun. Even had a special guest in London in the form of Joe Bonamassa with a very special guitar. Good fun. Here's a few pics:
New Dates for 2020
03 Jan 2020
Happy New Year all. The Shows page has been updated with new gigs for 2020. This January I'll be doing three shows with Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) followed by two shows with Ash Wilson - all in the UK. February will involve the Keeping The Blues Alive IV cruise in Miami and the Bahama's. The line-up includes Joe Bonamassa (of course), Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Pail Shaffer, Living Colour and many more.
Check the shows page for all the upcoming gigs. Follow me on Facebook and IG for more real time updates.
01 Nov 2019
Home for a bit! Some planned, some unplanned, but home all the same. Planning to do some writing, tweaking, and practicing. Get in touch if you need keys for your upcoming project, whether it's on the road, in the studio or wherever!
USA, the Med Blues Cruise & The Great British R&B Festival
08 Sep 2019
Lot happened since the last update. We did shows in Milwaukee and Duluth with Joanne Shaw Taylor, and got to join Joe Bonamassa and a ton of artists on the first 'Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean' cruise. We went from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, Malta & back. Other artists on the cruise were: Peter Frampton, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Eric Bibb, Bernie Marsden, Curtis Harding, Philip Sayce, King King, Ryan McGarvey, Toronzo Cannon, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton & Robert Jon & The Wreck. An incredible trip!.
After a few days home I got to join Ash Wilson again at the The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, UK followed by a second show that day with Sari Schorr. It felt good to be back with them.
At the moment some down time before I join Sari again for a Scandinavian run, and some news for November that I can't disclose just yet. Looking forward to that though.
Lytham Festival - 13th of July 2019
July 22, 2019
Had a great time playing in front of 19.000 people in Lytham, UK. Opening up for Wet Wet Wet & Rod Stewart was an honour.
EU Festivals in July
July 01, 2019
Excited to go on a little run of festivals across Europe. First up is Norway, then Spain, Switzerland (Montreux!) and the UK. The line-ups are great so looking forward to seeing some friends out there.
May 01, 2019
Going on a USA tour. Starting off with a private event in Japan tomorrow, then on to Phoenix, AZ and a month of USA gigs.
Phoenix, Columbus, Westland, Chicago, Kent, Philadelphia, Fall River, Boston, New York, Alexandria, Greenville, Raleigh, Nashville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Louisville and more coming up later in the year. Make sure to check the calendar.
Just a few pics, more news soon
March 25, 2019
Big news coming but waiting for 100% confirmation before I can post about it. Meanwhile a couple of pics of the tour with JST we are on right now. Two more shows in Scotland and that's a wrap. It's been great - Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UK in a matter of weeks. Next I'm out in April with Sari Schorr, and more news later.
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London - March 20th 2019 - Pic by Luc Bunt
La Cigale, Paris - Feb 17th 2019 - Pic by Rapha El
The Boiler Shop, Newcastle - March 24th 2019 - Pic by Adam Kennedy
Back out on the road with JST
Feb 02, 2019
Yes, going back on tour with Joanne Shaw Taylor! This time it's all over Europe - starting in Amsterdam, the famous Paradiso venue, and then on to France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. After that leg we head over to the UK the second half of March. Come out if you're able to!
The year is almost over
Dec 06, 2018
The year is coming to an end. I've updated the gig list with what I know right now for next year. A cool show in London with Sari Schorr, Sharrie Williams, and others. A big tour with Joanne all over Europe. And more stuff announced soon.
Got some time right now to take on students. Get in touch if you want to work on anything!
UK & Japan, and new album
Sep 21, 2018
Updated the show section of my site again, with the rest of the October dates added, and the stuff in Europe with Sari Schorr in November.
Getting quite excited about going to Japan at the end of October. I mean, it's Japan! Never been so very much looking forward to it!
At the moment I'm touring the UK with Sari, and then straight to a tour with Joanne Shaw Taylor. Sari's new album is for sale at gigs now, and officially released on the 5th of October. Meanwhile I know Joanne is working on stuff too so keep an eye out for that!
My new studio is looking and feeling amazing too, with everything plugged in ready to record at all times. Been working on some of my own stuff, and recording for some friends. Please get in touch if you're in need of keys on your album or songs. I can record everything at the highest quality and send it over. Let me know what your needs are and we can talk.
July 08, 2018
It's a nice festival summer so far. Crazy amount of travelling but great gigs on great locations as a reward. Played in Vienne, France with Joanne just last week. Opening up for Jeff Beck in an ancient French amphitheatre. Beautiful spot and to be able to talk with Vinnie Colaiuta and see Jeff Beck play was quite the experience.
Just got back today from playing in Skanevik, Norway, and the Linton Festival with Sari Schorr. Crazy amount of flights, but man Norway is stunning, and a great festival to play with a great line-up. Off to Hyde Park now.
Be sure to check in on Instagram and Facebook for more pics and updates. New gigs are announced soon!
Wow, and that was Grolloo
June 10, 2018
Or I should say, the Holland International Blues Festival. With a killer line-up on day one of: Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr and Walter Trout, and me with Joanne Shaw Taylor on day two which also saw the Marcus King Band, Laurence Jones and Joe Bonamassa (who might be called Joe Bonanza forever now).
It was great to see 13.000 people come out to the little legendary town of Grolloo, and see the bands, who btw were treated royally by the festival organisation. Hats of to Jan Lagendijk and Harry Derksen (among many others). Here's a few pics, and more can be found on instagram.
Wow, and that was the RAH
May 17, 2018
Well, that was the Royal Albert Hall last night! The last show on a nice little run with Joanne Shaw Taylor, opening up for Foreigner.
It's been absolutely great in so many ways, and looking forward to doing more shows with Joanne. Everybody on the Foreigner crew and band were the nicest people, and so professional. Amazing experience!
March 30, 2018
Updated the website a little bit - more shows in the agenda all over Europe. Gonna be doing some writing sessions for a new album, working on my own tunes, and more exciting news coming soon! Thanks for checking in.
UK, Germany and France
Feb 12, 2018
Check out all the new dates in the agenda. I'll be playing for Sari Schorr in the UK, France and Germany the next couple of months. Just finished some exciting recording sessions in Liverpool for new up and comer Harry Slater, and in a few weeks there's an acoustic support for Robin Trower down in London.
Website update from LA, new gigs for January and March
Jan 06, 2018
First of all Happy New Year!
Finally updated my website with new dates for 2018. Gonna be touring all over Europe with Sari Schorr. But still loads of space left so get in touch if you need keys.
Been really enjoying the gigs recently with new project Beaux Gris Gris, and recording the debut album, and getting together with great musicians here in the UK and in LA.
Also worked on my Hammond XK-5 to come as close as possible to my old and awesome Hammond B3 and you can hear the result here: youtube
If you like the sound you can download the setup files for your own XK-5 here
UK tour with Joanne Shaw Taylor starts today
Nov 07, 2017
Here we go, the UK tour with JST starts today. We will be all over the country, playing in Gateshead, Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, London, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Meanwhile I'll also be on three gigs with Ash Wilson in Derby, London and Clowne. So hopefully see you out there!
More details about the gigs can be found on the agenda, or my Facebook page.
Playing in NL again
Sep 30, 2017
Finally going out playing again. Been up to a lot behind the scenes, but I'm coming to the Netherlands again! This time with Joanne Shaw Taylor. Very excited about it. The shows are:
- 06 Oct De Bosuil in Weert
- 07 Oct Paard Van Troje in Den Haag
- 08 Oct Hedon in Zwolle
Check out my showlist to see more, or follow me on BandsInTown to get notified.
Next few months are quiet
Aug 21, 2017
Since gigging and touring is kinda quiet the next few months I've got loads of time in Aug/Sep/Oct.
Hit me up if you need keys for a gig or recording!
Meanwhile I updated the website a little bit; the gear section, the media page, and the gig calendar. Have a look!
New Tour Dates
July 27, 2017
Just updated the website. A tour in France has been added in september, plus a few small updates to what was already there. Check it out to see if we are anywhere near you (I added a little map to make that part easier).
June, July, August
June 16, 2017
About to go on stage at the Tivoli in Wimborne, UK. One of the shows we rescheduled from a few months ago. Looking forward to play this show.
Using some off the off time to work on my newly acquired 1962 Hammond C3, so get in touch if you want Hammond recorded for your album, ep or song, or for Wurlitzer, Rhodes or Clavinet parts - it's all here ready to roll.
May 05, 2017
Been a while but been busy. Touring the UK with King King, going to Spain in July with Saron, working on new songs and the new KK album, videos, new gear the lot. Plus I've updated the show section, which you can check out here
Netherlands here we come
Feb 02, 2017
The King King gigs in 2017 are starting up again, and we're about to head out to the Netherlands for 5 great shows. Two of em are already sold out, but there's still tickets for the other three, so go see what's closest to you! Hope to see a lot of familiar faces out there!
New Tour Announcement
Dec 12, 2016
Back on the road!
Nov 28, 2016
Oh yes, we are back on. After three shows in Edinburgh, Chester and Clitheroe we are playing in London today, and then off to Switzerland! Come see us out there!
Check updates out on Facebook, twitter or instagram
UK tour postponed
Nov 01, 2016
We will be re-scheduling most of the dates on the UK tour in to January, February and March. However, there is some good news: we will be committing to the remaining 4 shows of the UK tour, beginning with Edinburgh on the 25th November, continuing through Chester, Clitheroe and wrapping up with a show in London.
You can read more info here, and of course see all the show dates here
Oct 19, 2016
Unfortunately the rest of the King King European tour has been cancelled. More info can be found on: kingking.co.uk.
The UK tour for November is still on as of now. More info soon.
Back on tour!
Oct 13, 2016
And we are back on the road!
We are all healed up, recovered, rested and all that, and ready to hit the road. First up, 4 shows in Holland, and then off to Belgium, Germany, France and Denmark.
Come check where we play exactly on the shows page
(Oh, and we might be bringing our new live record along too)
Big announcement and video!
Sep 14, 2016
British Blues Awards
Sep 12, 2016
Amazing results for King King in the British Blues Awards!
Sep 10, 2016
New tour dates announced. See the Shows page for more info!
Sep 7, 2016
Welcome to my new site. I play Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards for King King, and in the past for Dana Fuchs, Eric Steckel, John F. Klaver and many others.
Read more here, and check out the agenda to see where I'm playing, and with who.