Musical Influences 1. Reginald Smith Brindle

People always talk about the bands that influenced them. I could give you a list of bands I like, but maybe it’s more interesting to talk about the music educators that have had a big impact on me.
First up is a gentleman I never met, but who’s work was a big influence. Reginald Smith Brindle was a musician and composer from Lancashire. He created some really interesting works for classical guitar, particular this one written for Julian Bream.

A really interesting piece, but his main influence on me was his writing about music.
Musical Composition, his book from 1986, is pretty much a must read as far as I’m concerned.  In particular its chapters on melody writing, accompaniments and more interesting modern classical ideas. The stuff on melody writing, really looking at how to use and when to repeat ideas, was very useful.
This book had a big influence on my instrumental work at Uni, which resulted in various pieces of which I still rather proud including ‘Two’ from my first album.

The Crossness Engines Steampunk Convivial – 28th September


On September 28th I’ll be performing at the Crossness Engines.

I got to have a look around them the other week. I had my own little private tour by a lovely bloke called Dave.

Now I’ve performed at Kew Bridge Steam Museum and at the Markfield Beam engine, and both are impressive Victorian waterworks buildings, but Crossness is something else. Bigger, better, beautiful. If you’ve any interest in steampunk or Victoriana you need to be there.

Plus I’ll be playing and I’m great.

Here’s the link and here are the details:

“Supplement your visit with a free guided walk from the Ancient Lesnes Abbey ruins to the front door of the Pumping Station. Assemble at Abbey Wood Station by 10:45am. Startle Thamesmeaders with your fancy apparel as you promenade through!
Come and join us for
– Electrifying Tesla Coil demonstrations in the Eastern Engine Room
– Trader’s market
– Exhibitors
– Tea duelling
– Umbrella fencing
– Shark racing
– Costume appreciation
– Promenading
– Finest music from Tom Slatter
and a multitude of other eccentric escapades!:
April 1865
The culmination of the great Metropolitan Board of Works’ epic civil engineering project devised and led by Sir Joseph Bazelgette. The Crossness Pumping Station is a lasting testament to the genius, craftmanship and foresight of the great Victorian engineers and notables. A gargantuan project that saved London from disease and decline, the benefits of which we still enjoy today.
Experience this magnificent 150 year old building with its 1,000 tons of cutting edge Victorian construction hailed in its day as a modern wonder of science and engineering. Decorated in the highest of Victorian design the architecture of the building is a feast for the eyes. The multi coloured wrought iron interior is both beautiful and practical.
A hidden gem in the hinterland of Erith & Thamesmead, it is rightfully described as the ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’. This is a rare chance to experience this beautifully restored Grade 1 building and grounds.

Enjoy our facilities: a lovely cafeteria, modern toilets, wheelchair access to the Visitor Centre and Engine House floor.

Ample parking with disabled spaces. Riverside walk. Wildlife Garden and a treasure trove of old engines.”