James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Boots on tour Pt. 1

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Grammys 2017

So excited to see an album I played on nominated for a Grammy this year.

I had the pleasure of playing Bass on Celtic Woman’s album Destiny which is up for an award in the “Best world music album” section alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yo Yo Ma & the Silk road ensemble, Anoushka Shankar & Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, very distinguished company indeed. Good luck to all, especially Gavin Murphy for asking me to play on it, thank you.

Cheers, James B

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Balor and the flatwounds!

Here’s a short improvisation on the Balor “Woody” bass with flatwound Ernie Ball slinky strings 45 – 130. I find these strings a little stiff on the top ones and will change them to Daddario Chrome flats 40 -130. I’ll post my thoughts on these when I get them.

Please listen with headphones to appreciate the lovely tone of this instrument 🙂 which will be featuring on Daniel O’Donnells UK tour.


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Balor :-)

Just took delivery of my new “Balor” 5 string Bass from Emerald guitars. It’s even nicer than the one I used in the You Tube video and I have used Flatwounds on this one. A beautiful big round tone with no fret noise, and it’s loud without plugging in, can’t wait to use it on the Daniel O’Donnell UK tour next week.
Thanks everyone at Emerald guitars for such a cool instrument, think this one will be a big hit for them. Stoked:) Blen

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The DOD Bass setup

For my Bass anorak friends, here’s my setup for the Daniel O’Donnell live gig.

Sandberg TM (J Bass)and VS (P Bass) California series 5 string Basses.

Emerald 5 string acoustic Bass (see video – photo to follow).

Yamaha SB200 Upright Bass.

Strings by D’addario.

Bassics BPA-1 preamp, Tech 21 VT preamp, TC hall of fame reverb, TC tuner.

Cicada Pageflip Bluetooth pedal (in case you were wondering)

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