November/December has, once again, been a very busy time at EQ Studios. Not only has the studio been running to full capacity, but the general quality of work has also been of the highest standard.
In the first week in December we had the honour of welcoming guitar legend Albert Lee into the studio to lay down tracks for his forthcoming album. John H. has long been a fan of Albert’s and having the experience of recording one of the true virtuosi of guitar at EQS was truly unforgettable. It was also great fun to sit over coffee with Albert and his drummer/label manager Peter Baron and hear him reminisce about his experiences with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Bros, and many others.
In November we hosted sessions with the eminent actress Phyllida Law (mother of Emma and Sophie Thompson) who performed voice-overs for a childrens’ book written by Sandra Conway. Her adaptability and professionalism were a joy to experience. The book is great, also!
Good news for another of our clients, Peter Conway. One of his songs has been short-listed by Hollywood as the title-track for the next Justin Timberlake movie, now in production.
Dave Smith and Peter Buley were in, writing for Shirley Bassey – a brilliant track produced by us and featuring the vocals of John’s daughter Alice. She gets better by the day!
btw Alice will be appearing on the 19th December at Dingwalls in Camden, singing backing vocals for Jonah Lewie.
Dave also came in to sing a self-penned number as an audition piece for the latest heats of Britain’s got Talent
Robin Smith from Rokpool was in compiling his Christmas album – some wonderful songs.
Nigel Jackson, a gifted writer and guitarist, came in to record and sing his latest in a series of marvellous songs.
We had a session with a tremendous singing talent Sean Ruane – an operatic tenor (check him out on YouTube).
Album projects with Barry Dawes (gospel), Gavin Sparks (jazz) and Michael Harvey (eclectic!) continued through Nov and Dec.
Noted jazz pianist and composer, Brian Dee, came to the studio with his partner (publisher and lyricist) Tony Hiller (Brotherhood of Man) laying down new songs.
BASCA member, Mike McLachlan was in producing a brand-new song – again sung by John’s daughter Alice. Mike is such a fine commercial writer, and Alice did a great job.
Sonia Rattan came in to finalise three new songs – also very commercial.
Actor Robert Willox came in to do a London themed song (aimed at the London Olympics) – sung by Alice – (Alice is really turning out to be our latest secret weapon of success!)
We have just completed a beautifully moving tribute to John Lennon composed by client David Evans.
Mixing/mastering the latest album by Irish folk group Corrib is just about finalised – this album promises to be quite beautiful.
Finally can we take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their custom over the past 12 months, and wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to being of service to you in 2011.