James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist

About James Blennerhassett

A double bass

A double bass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How long have you been playing?

I have been playing Bass since the age of 12, my father played double bass and my mother plays violin and piano.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Handel’s Messiah in Sligo, I think I was 9 or 10. Unbelievable, I had never heard so many people singing together before.
What gear do you use?
I play a German double bass c1850. I also play Sandberg 5 string basses  and a Chapman NS Stick.
I use PJB by Phil Jones Pure Sound Bass amplification,it’s the best I’ve ever used especially for upright Bass.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Lee Sklar, James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Chris Squire, Mike Rutherford.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I toured for many years with great artists like Mary Black, Green on Red, Paul Brady, Brian Kennedy, Andy White, Maura O’Connell, Frances Black, Kieran Goss and Gilbert O’Sullivan.
I am mainly a session player and have played on too many albums to list here.
I try to play in 2 shows every year to keep up the sight reading chops and because I enjoy it.
I used to play with the Conquerors doing mainly theatre shows, the annual Irish all star cruise and corporate events/weddings but recently left to play Bass guitar and Double Bass with a rising young Scottish country singer called Lisa Mc Hugh with Ray Mc Loughlin on Piano, Colm Mc Lean on guitar and Robbie Casserly on drums. Hot band!
I decided in January’13 to concentrate on writing for the Chapman NS Stick and to play freelance again and so left the Lisa Mc Hugh band.
I have recently been doing live concerts with Frances Black and a young singer / songwriter called Louise Killeen, and will be touring as a member of the great Daniel O’Donnell’s new band later this year.
What’s the biggest audience you ever performed to? What’s the smallest?

Zero to Hero!

The bass (or F) clef is used for most orchestr...

The bass (or F) clef is used for most orchestral double bass music. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’re stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. I first heard it performed in Southwark cathedral, London. Probably the most moving live concert I have ever been lucky enough to experience.

One thought on “About James Blennerhassett

  1. Hi there James,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. I used to play the Bass myself, perhaps reading your posts may inspire me to start playing again. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Have a great Weekend,

    Eddie

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