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J A Connor – Mysterious Lady no1 on Celtic Radio USA

October 12, 2011

A track I produced earlier this year  for Jim Connor has reached no1 in the Celtic Radio Charts in the USA being the most requested track. Jim sang a great lead vocal on the track which he wrote himself. The track also features Border Pipes by Matt Seattle. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mysterious-lady-single/id435120793

Offbeat Featured Client – Jim Connor

July 5, 2011

Americana artist Jim Connor has been working with me now since last Autumn, working on songs for his forthcoming album. Jim is primarily a singer and he sends me demos of his voice with a beatbox and I create the music before he comes into the Offbeat studio to lay down his vocals. Jim has […]

Jim Connor Album Production – Singer/Songwriter

May 12, 2011

Jim Connor – Singer/Songwriter I’ve been in the process since late last year of working with songwriter Jim Connor from the West of Scotland on his album of Americana/Celtic flavoured songs. It’s been a job for the Offbeat Rhythm Section supplying the backing (i.e. yours truly) and although it’s not generally a style I’m familiar […]

Mike Whittington – Classical Guitar

January 22, 2011

Had a great session on Thursday with 22 year old classical guitarist Mike Whittington from the Lake district. Mike pulled off a great 30 minute recording of live takes of classical tunes for guitar prior to him leaving for Brazil at the end of the month, where he will be studying guitar with some Brazilian […]

Tam White – RIP

June 21, 2010

Friend and Offbeat recording artist Tam White has sadly passed away this midsummer morning of a suspected heart attack. Tam had a mild heart attack less than a week ago and had a short spell in hospital before they let him home following a routine op. I first worked with Tam in the Eighties at […]

Allie Fox album – Seonaid Aitken

May 27, 2010

Great session on Tuesday on Allie’s album Waylands Blues. Allie invited violinist Seonaid Aitken to guest on three tracks in the album . Balnakiel Bay – The Mystery Of Life and Death and Monty’s return. It’s the first time I had recorded Seonaid (pronounced Shona) and both Allie and I were very impressed with her […]

Auld Lang Syne? No!!!! A Chinese Folk Song. Happy New Year!!

December 31, 2009

While in Beijing with The Jimi McRae Band I stumbled on this Chinese harmonica orchestra. It was the Chinese New Year in February 2005. After hearing this rendition of what sounded to me an awful lot like Auld Lang Syne I mentioned to the conductor, with the help of an interpreter, that it was amazing […]

Robert Maitland – Taking Care Of Business

November 3, 2009

Songwriter and musician Robert Maitland has been recording at the Offbeat studio now for several years on various projects. A while back he began demos for the musical Taking Care Of Business. The musical is based around the time of the first Edinburgh Festival in 1947 and as such the music is fashioned on the […]

Chris Bradley – New album for Seventeen Seconds Records

September 28, 2009

Singer/songwriter Chris Bradley has just completed his second album which he recorded and produced himself at home. I’ve  been involved in the mastering of the record over the past two weeks and I love this album.Chris played all the instruments including drums, guitars, piano and bass. he started off the tracks by playing the drums […]

Alexandra Townsend Rose

September 6, 2009

Alexandra Townsend Rose came into the studio last week to record her first ever studio session with her own composition China Horses. Playing piano and singing, Alex, aged 17 did a fantastic job of performing her song. I accompanied her on drums, bass and guitar and the whole production was completed in just 6 hours […]