news, gigs, productions & stories

 

About the Band
and other news
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Mo's latest
Illustrated Talk

at Burgh House, Hampstead
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Linda Hoyle
THE FETCH
CD & Vinyl
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AN EVENING FOR JACK

A celebration of the life and music of

JACK BRUCE

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
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Film Interview
Scotts Bass Lessons
Interview with Scott Devine
In conversation with Mo Foster
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One More Time
A Feature Documentary
by Alan Boyd

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Mo Foster and Friends
Mo Foster and Friends playing at Pizza Express

I have worked with many highly-respected musicians, but it is not until now that I have been able to bring together my favourite players — my dream-team — to play my favourite music. I chose the musicians simply because they are the best, and are some of the finest jazz soloists in the country.


THE BAND
Mo Foster – Bass Guitar
Ray Russell - Electric Guitar
Jim Watson - Keyboards
Nic France - Drums
Chris Biscoe - Reeds
Corrina Silvester – Percussion


The sound I’m aiming for is Gil Evans in miniature. The music — structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos — is inspired by my time working in the band of that iconic composer/arranger.

I have been sent copies of original scores by major jazz composers such as Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, and Django Bates. I’ve recently been in touch with Gil’s son Miles who is excited by this project.

This is important to me because I want to share and pass on the legacy and love of Gil's and other great composers' music to younger audiences and younger musicians.

Having performed a string of dates in London, the band is now sounding fantastic, and I have been recording the gigs with the intention of eventually releasing a live album. Angel Air Records — with whom I have a 20-year relationship — are keen to release it. Artist/illustrator/web-designer Wendy Hoile — who designed my website and the band logo — will design the cover-art.


My favourite Gil quote: “Everybody who gave me a moment of beauty, significance, excitement has been a teacher”.



For more information,
and to see my new flyer



Email:bookings@mofosterandfriends.com



See the band playing live on YouTube

OUR NEXT LONDON DATES
An opportunity not to miss


The Half Moon, Putney
Tuesday 25th September 2018
www.tickets.halfmoon.co.uk


The Maltings, St Albans
Tuesday 30th October 2018
(ticket purchase to come)


Lauderdale House, Highgate
(part of the London Jazz Festival)
Thursday 22nd November 2018
(ticket purchase to come)


Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
Thursday 31st January 2019
(ticket purchase to come)



PREVIOUS DATES

The London Bass Guitar Show, Olympia, Kensington
Sunday 4th March 2018


The 606 Club, Chelsea
Monday 23rd April 2018
http://www.606club.co.uk/events/view/mo-foster/


The Pizza Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho
Wednesday 16th May 2018
www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/mo-foster-friends



Illustrated Talk by Mo

at Burgh House


Mo giving a talk at Ripon

I set up an illustrated ‘talk' to promote my book — British Rock Guitar, The First 50 Years, The Musicians And Their Stories — in the wood-panelled music room of Burgh House, a lovely 300 year old Queen Anne property in Hampstead. Burgh House is a wonderful setting. It was good fun, and sold out. Even Bill Oddie (of The Goodies) turned up! And to my great amusement I was even asked to do an encore — at a talk!


DESCRIPTION

Session musician, record producer, composer, and author Mo Foster brings an insider’s knowledge to the history of the guitar and to the development of British music over the last 50 years. This illustrated talk is structured around his career, but with stories and images drawn from everyone featured in his book it is an evening of amusing and revealing anecdotes.


Here is a short sample of Mo's Book Talk filmed at Burgh House


Contact Mo for Booking Information.

Visit the Talks page for more information

Visit the Gallery Page for pictures
of the Book Talk Events

 

LINDA HOYLE
her latest album
THE FETCH


lindahoyle.net

The Fetch

A couple of years ago I composed and produced this album
THE FETCH
for my old Affinity bandmate Linda Hoyle.
The CD was released on Angel Air Records.

www.angelair.co.uk

Linda Hoyle had been the lead singer in my early 70s jazz-rock band Affinity.

In early 1971 the band split, and disillusioned by the music industry at the time Linda quit and started a new life as an academic in Canada.

In 2011 the University of Sussex at Falmer near Brighton (my alma mater) celebrated it's 50th birthday. I put a band together for a reunion concert

Linda — who just happened to be visiting friends four miles away in Lewes —joined us onstage that night and sang a couple of songs. It was this reunion that sparked her desire to perform again, and she and I began writing and recording.

It was a difficult project because Linda lives in Canada and I live in England, but we got there!


Legendary artist Roger Dean — an old friend of ours from Ronnie Scott days — designed the beautiful cover.

Vinyl Release


The Fetch - album cover

We had always fancied a vinyl release - especially because of Roger Dean's wonderful artwork
We were contacted by a Norwegian company - Pancromatic Records - who specialise in vinyl LPs.
To fill four sides of the vinyl Linda and I had to write and record a brand new song: ‘Who’s There?'.


The double LP is now available.

It looks great, sounds great, and even smells great.


The company only pressed 600 copies, but if you would like one, here is the info:

For black vinyl:
CLICK HERE-


For solid blue, black, and white vinyl (as seen below):
CLICK HERE-



Or you can buy the CD here



(see more images of Linda Hoyle)
(see more images of Affinity)

SEE REVIEW

 

I was recently invited to play at a special celebratory evening for bassist, singer, songwriter Jack Bruce, who died two years ago.

The event — held on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire — was put together by Malcolm (Jack's son) and Pete Brown (Cream lyricist).

This show was a chronological musical journey through Jack's musical career, starting from the early years with the Alexis Korner and Graham Bond era, moving through the Cream era, and to his many solo records, with a nod to some of the other important collaborations during his lifetime.

All proceeds went to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and to a hospice in Suffolk.

The evening was amazing, with everyone pulling together to make it happen. There was such respect for Jack

 

VIEW PICTURES FROM THE CONCERT

THIS WAS THE LINE-UP


ON GUITARS
Clem Clempson, Chris Spedding, Malcolm Bruce, Ray Russell, Mick Taylor, Steve Hackett, Bernie Marsden, Alan Darby, Will Johns


ON DRUMS
Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, Corky Laing, Ginger Baker*


ON BASS
Neil Murray, Guy Pratt, Jeff Berlin, Trevor Horn, Mo Foster


ON VOCALS
Pete Brown, Terry Reid, Paul Young, Lulu, Maggie Reilly, Eddie Reader, Maya Sage


ON KEYBOARDS
David Sancious, Malcolm Bruce


HORN SECTION
Annie Whitehead, Henry Lowther, Art Theman, Jon Altman


PLUS a string quartet, and backing vocals.


Bob Harris and Chris Welch spoke


* Towards the end of the concert Ginger arrived and made a beautiful speech that was almost a love-letter to Jack.

Wonderful stuff.

And I got to play 'White Room' with Dennis Chambers!

DON'T MISS - Music Legends of British Rock & Jazz
with Alan Boyd, Mo Foster and Ray Russell

at Aces & Eights Saloon, Tufnell Park, London
4th Sept, 2nd Oct, 6th Nov 2018
Click here for tickets and more information

Documentary by director
Alan Boyd

One More Time

Air Edel Studios
Recording: 6th June 2016



ONE MORE TIME is a feature documentary that tells the story of the UK session players of the 60's & 70's who helped forge the sound of the British Invasion and recorded the music of a generation.


‘From The Beatles to Bond and Ziggy to Zeppelin these are the tales told by the men who were there in London's busy studio scene’.

 

‘So far we've interviewed Clem Cattini, Ray Russell, Graham Preskett, Mo Foster, Dave Richmond, David Mindel, Alan Hawkshaw, Herbie Flowers, Martyn Ford, Ralph Salmins, Anthony Jackson, Maggie Rodford, Dougie Wright, Adrian Kerridge, Bob Henrit, David Hamilton-Smith, Vic Flick, Brian Bennett, and Simon Phillips’. ‘The film brings the players back into the studios to record as well as bringing together new interviews and some of the limited archive of the UK session players’.

 

In the 70s and 80s there was a vibrant studio scene in London. Musicians often worked for three sessions a day, every day. Unfortunately there are very few surviving photographs or films of these events.
In an attempt the redress this omission film-maker Alan Boyd recreated a studio session at Air Edel Studios for ONE MORE TIME, a feature documentary that tells the story of the UK session players. Alan is uniquely qualified to make this film as he is both a film-maker and a musician, and has a passion for both disciplines.

 

Featured players: Mo Foster (bass guitar), Ray Russell (guitar), Brian Bennet (drums), Mike Moran (piano), Madeline Bell (vocals), Clem Cattini (percussion), Bob Henrit (percussion), Greg Walsh(producer). The musicians were filmed rehearsing, playing, arguing, telling stories, joking — just as they would on a real recording session. This interplay between these old friends was captured perfectly'.

 

onemoretimedocumentary.com

(also see Sessions)