James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist

To hell with the groove, play more solos!

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My favourite band announcement was a good few years ago whilst playing at a dance in a (now closed) well known dancehall in Manchester.
At the end of the evening, after quickstepping, waltzing and foxtrot ting our little hearts out for three hours ,the owner came on stage and said how great it was to hear such a great singer singing the lovely Irish songs reminding them of how lovely Ireland was….and how about the amazing drummer, the great solos, the solos and let’s hear it for the lead man (that would be the lead guitar player)…..the mighty solos, wasn’t he amazing at the solos….there followed a moment of silence…… Followed by……..Oh, and the other lads as well!
So the moral of the story is, if you are the Bass player, or rhythm gtr player, and you want to be noticed…… “TO HELL WITH THE GROOVE, PLAY SOLOS”.

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Author: James Blennerhassett

I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own place via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band. I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-) I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and I am currently writing and recording a series of Pictorial Audio projects comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations in collaboration with my sister Susan & her husband Vitya, inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .

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