Rob wins a Grammy!!

 

I am delighted to announce that Italian singing sensation Laura Pausini won a Grammy!

I played on 2 tracks on her album ‘Fatti Entire’ which was a number 1 hit and triple platinum seller. She was up for a Grammy back in 2016 and we missed out that time, but 2018 proved to be Laura’s year and she bagged a Grammy for this great sounding record. This is the second time I’ve worked with Laura and I hope to work with her again in the future. 

The other great musicians on the tracks that I played on were Charlie Jones on bass, David Rhodes on guitar, Angie Pollock on piano & keyboards and Davide Rossi strings and some arrangements. The sessions were produced by the amazing Rik Simpson (Coldplay, Kasabian, Jay-Z) and engineered by the ever wonderful Mark Frith.

Here’s to the next one!

 

Rob moves to Vulcan Cymbals.

On my return from South America with Loreena, I decided it was time to move on and try out some new cymbals. The Vulcan Cymbal company had approached me and sent some really great sounding cymbals, so I tried them out and loved them, so decided to sign up!

The ranges that instantly stood out to me were their Etna range, White Masters, Antique and Dark Masters. I selected 2 sets for ‘live’ and studio and I’ve gigged and recorded with them and they sound amazing. I recommend all drummers to check them out asap, you’ll be very surprised at what you see & hear!

Website: http://www.vulcancymbals.com/it/

 

South American tour with Loreena McKennitt.

The South American leg of the ‘Lost Souls’ tour was a real success!

Loreena and the band had a great trip and played to amazing audiences in some really wonderful cities and venues. 

I look forward to returning again some day! 

Canada shows with Loreena Mckennitt.

The warm up shows in Stratford Ontario were a real success, all the shows sold out and were extremely enjoyable to play. 

The next leg of the tour will be in South America!

 

Loreena McKennitt warm up shows in Canada!

I am delighted to now have some tour date confirmations for the upcoming ‘Lost Souls’ world tour with Loreena McKennitt and her amazing band.

Please check the warm up show dates here, and other tour dates on my diary page:

Loreena McKennitt ‘Lost Souls’ Warm Up dates:

  • September 25th – Revival House – Stratford, Canada
  • September 26th – Revival House – Stratford, Canada
  • September 27th – Revival House – Stratford, Canada
  • September 28th – Knox Church – Stratford, Canada
  • September 29th – Knox Church – Stratford, Canada

Looking forward to seeing many of the fans there and all shows are now virtually sold out!

 

 

 

Foot Ostinato – Lesson two from the DrumChannel!

DrumChannel have started releasing my drum lessons that I filmed for them at their Oxnard California studios back in 20-something! 🙂

This was lesson #2 and the first left foot ostinato pattern that I learned. I used it a lot in my practice and drum clinics and I now have several that are far more complex and hopefully highly musical too.

Anyway, this was my first and it’s cute watching it again after all these years, I hope you enjoy it!

DrumChannel lessons are now on YouTube!

I am happy to say that the great bod’s at DrumChannel are now sharing my lessons on their YouTube channel. I visited the DrumChannel in 2010 and had a great time hanging out with Don Lombardi, we had some great meals and lots of chats about the mighty Buddy Rich too. I am proud to say that Don still talks about this 3 bar warm up and uses it when he teaches!

They filmed 3 lessons whilst I was there as well as having an hour long show about me and my career  hosted by the great Curt Bisquera.

 

Loreena McKennitt South American Tour.

I am happy to announce that I’ll be joining Loreena McKennitt & her band for the first leg of the ‘Lost Souls’ world tour in South America later this year. I enjoyed working on the ‘Lost Souls’ album last August at Real World Studios here in the UK, and to be asked to perform with her again on stage is going to be a real treat.

 

The tour dates are as follows:

October 30th – Sao Paulo – Citibank Hall

October 31st – Sao Paulo – Citibank Hall

November 2nd – Rio De Janeiro – KM Hall

November 4th – Belo Horizonte – KM Hall

November 7th – Buenos Aires – Luna Park

November 9th – Santiago – Teatro Caupolican

 

It’s my first trip to South America and I am throughly looking forward to working with Loreena and her fine band.

 

 

NEW single ‘Walking’ with Nick Allen on vocals.

I am very happy to have played on a new single called ‘Walking’ recorded by a great bunch of friends & musicians, and sung by the amazing Nick Allen. Nick is a good friend and owns NAM Studios in Holt where artists such as Royal Blood, Robert Plant, Siouxsie Sioux, Magic Numbers, KT Tunstall, Van Morrison have rehearsed or recorded. Nick is singing on the track which he wrote, and the line up in the studio was Innes Sibun (Guitar), Christian Pattemore (Bass), Phil Andrews (Piano, Mandolin, backing vox, producer), Jo Nye and Steve Robinson (Backing Vocals).

Check out the video below and keep an eye out for more tracks coming soon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0OCtrb_AeE&feature=share

NEW Loreena Mckennitt album ‘Lost Souls’ is out NOW!

The new album by Loreena McKennitt is now available to buy and stream from all the regular online stores and sites. I worked on the album ‘Lost Souls’ back in August last year and it was real pleasure to spend time with Loreena and her amazing band of musicians. They made me very welcome and the sessions at Real World Studios in Box went very well. The style of music was one that I had never really ventured into before, but Stuart Bruce the producer recommended me and it couldn’t have been a more pleasurable experience.

The kit I used for the sessions was my DW Collectors kit, I took all the sizes down to the studio so I had the pick of any particular combination. In the pictures below you’ll see the various set ups and vibes that I went for on the tracks that I played. I also got a chance to play shakers and some other bells and hand percussion on the album too, always good to stretch out and play other forms of percussion over the top of your own drum parts. Loreena & the band were a pleasure to work with and I am very proud of the music that was made on this record.