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Brian first started playing bass at the age of 17, on a self-taught basis. After performing regularly as a semi-professional with pop/rock covers bands through the 1980s, Brian decided to expand his horizons by taking professional bass guitar lessons in 1990. He then spent four years studying with Joe Hubbard, one of the foremost bass guitar teachers in Britain (and still teaching today).
In 1991, Brian commissioned a hand-built 6-string bass guitar, to be constructed by master craftsman Jeff Finch. A fretless 6-string bass was later built for Brian by Jeff Finch in 1995.
For a period of twelve years from 1992, Brian was a full-time musician and member of several bands, playing folk, country, ceilidh and soul, among others. He was also involved with originals projects, particularly the North London based Naked Angel, who recorded two self-financed albums and ran a regular monthly music event for original acts in North London. Naked Angel also ran children’s music workshops, ranging from one-off sessions of music-based activities at holiday clubs to a fully-funded songwriting and recording project conducted over two terms at a London primary after-school club.
From 2004, Brian returned to performing as a semi-professional musician, playing with various ceilidh bands (in particular the South West based Jellied Reels), and took up private bass guitar teaching for a while. This included coaching students for bass guitar grade exams, at basic and intermediate level.
Brian is currently planning to become a full-time musician once more, looking to both perform and teach regularly, from his present base in the East Midlands.
Brian is a member of both the Musicians Union and the Registry of Guitar Tutors, and is currently qualified to Grade 5 level.
Brian is available for regular work, in performing, recording and teaching. He can play in a variety of styles and is accustomed to learning large amounts of material and to playing with chord charts. As regards teaching, Brian has experience both with group activities (children’s workshops) and one-to-one tuition. Brian also has some studio experience.
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