Paul Davis [Covers & Original, Dep Musician]
Holiday Cover15 Aug 2019Holiday Cover As August is a time when many musicians find themselves going away (usually having said "yes" to a gig months before and then realising their family wants to go on holiday!), I will mention my bass depping and keyboard depping availability for the remainder of the month ("afternoon", "evening", "not-available" and/or "all day"):Sat 17: AfternoonSun 18: All dayMon 19: All dayTue 20: All dayWed 21: All dayThu 22: All dayFri 23: All daySat 24: AfternoonSun 25: Not AvailableMon 26: Early afternoon & eveningTue 27: All dayWed 28: All dayThu 29: All dayFri 30: All daySat 31: All dayPlease note that I am based in Royston on the Herts/Cambs border, so while I am totally happy to travel to non-local locations, I'd politely ask that the payment should at least cover the type of gig played plus the extra travelling expenses.Most of the acts that use my depping services already do so without demanding practices, either sending recordings of songs that are unfamiliar or (in the case of covers) just playing the songs on the day.= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEKEND:Friday 16th August 2019 - Starts 9.30pmPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSTHE BUILDERS ARMS, Barnet=Saturday 17th August 2019 - Starts 9pmPlaying bass for OXTOBYTHE ROUNDABOUT CLUB, Sandy(£2 for non-members)("A trio fronted by fellow Pimp My Band member Neil Oxtoby")= = = = = =
Community Spirit4 Aug 2019Community Spirit In all the gloom and doom on the national pub closure situation, it's nice to hear of a positive story. I depped on bass for my friends The Outliars last night, at a gig that was just 10 minutes away from my front door, which made a nice change for me after all the travelling I usually find I'm doing.The occasion was the reopening of The Three Tuns in Guilden Morden, a pub that I last played 14 years ago. The establishment had been shut for several years, but a 5-year campaign to save it had been supported by 260 local villager investors, culminating in yesterday's celebration.What was also gratifying is that even by the tone of the event, you could see that this was a village pub for the community, welcoming families and with none of the oafishness that ruins some establishments that have ceased caring about the bigger picture.Wonderful to see it not taken over as a house and something that still gives a historic centrepiece that so many places have been deprived of.The national campaign to save “the local” is very well-intentioned, though doesn't take into account the bad management. I've seen some lovely places ruined by people who change things for the sake of changing things, but also some very unpromising (at first glance anyway) places that are run with great success because they reach out to bring customers in, with environments that are welcoming.Hope to see more stories like this I hope.= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEKEND:Friday 9th August 2019 – Starts 9.30pmPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSThe County Arms, Highams Park=Saturday 10th August 2019 – 9pm to 10pmPlaying bass for THE SWANVESTA SOCIAL CLUBLakefest, Ledbury(Part of a 4-day festival featuring many acts & activities in Herefordshire. Famous names include Dreadzone, Paul Young, The Bluetones, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Dawn Penn, James, The Happy Mondays & The Kaiser Chiefs.)= = = = = =
No ****31 Jul 2019No **** Bit of a rare occurrence.Nothing in the Gents. Nothing by the bar. Nothing when bringing in kit whilst walking by chatting guests on the outside patio.What is it? A wedding gig where I didn't hear a single loud profanity!Not only that, but one where nobody got in our faces, where loads of people danced, and where there were loud cheers plus applause at the end of the numbers.Wedding gigs can be very hit or miss affairs normally, usually (and regardless of the valiant efforts by the bands themselves) playing to either nobody, scant applause or providing a soundtrack for the staggeringly drunk to move about too, or sing tunelessly.I take my hat off to my musician friends who play weddings as a major part of their gigging activity, as they're made of sterner stuff than me, despite the better money on offer. I'm always happy to play a few weddings myself of course, but I'm not built for the constant negotiating or organising they do themselves to obtain them!However, joining my old friends Huggy Flares (as I do occasionally) in Stevenage last Sunday, it showed the difference being booked directly by a couple who have seen the band elsewhere in person can make.This couple simply got a band they liked in, and made damn sure they were going to make the most of having live music at their event!The wedding itself wasn't overblown either, just relying on the company of other guests for the “theme”, which is always better! Comfortable hotel setting, chairs & tables, a bar and a live band – that's all they wanted.For me, it was easily up there as one of the most enjoyable weddings I've done.I recall another conversation with my friends in the Swanvesta Social Club, an act that covers Latin, pop and original songs in a Cuban style. They loved weddings, for the simple fact that the hirers knew exactly what they're getting and booked them directly.I don't actually believe there's such a thing as a “wedding band” in all honesty – certainly not in terms of a musical genre.In fact, I've seen that any band can successfully play a wedding, especially if it's an act the couple have seen with their own eyes.Not just a wedding "must have" they been told by a wedding planner that they have to have.= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEKEND:Thursday 1st August 2019 – 7pm startPlaying keyboards for KIRSTA JOHNSTONCAFE ROUGE, St Albans=Friday 2nd August 2019 – 9.30pm startPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSTHE WHITE SWAN, St Albans=Saturday 3rd August 2019 – 8pm to 11pm startPlaying bass for THE OUTLIARSTHE THREE TUNS, Guilden Morden(The grand reopening of this pub after several years, bought by several local residents! First time depping in about 5 years with The Outliars, and a gig just 10 minutes drive from my front door, which is a nice change)= = = = = =Available to dep this Sunday (4th August) if needed for bass or keyboards duties.
Press Record25 Jul 2019Press Record They don't cost much. You can get one second-hand for around £25. Or you can even borrow one.But for the collective sake of any dep musicians you're thinking of using ..."BANDS! Please record your next gig with a device similar to that shown in the photograph!"It doesn't have to be a recording of Abbey Road Studios quality, but just as long as there is a listenable balance of instruments and voices.All the beginnings, endings, sounds, arrangements, starts and stops are there for reference, so no time-consuming, petrol-guzzling and dep-scaring practice sessions are required, unless every bar of a 30-song set is genuinely learnt by deps from scratch within a 4-hour session.Deps really appreciate the acts that already use their services, and know it doesn;t have to be complicated, thankfully. :)= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Saturday 27th July 2019 – 6pm to 7pmPlaying bass for THE SWANVESTA SOCIAL CLUB“Broomstock Music Festival”, The Cock, Broom (near Biggleswade)=Saturday 27th July 2019 – 9.15pm to 11.45pmPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSThe Butchers Arms, Barnet= = = = = =
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