British Bandsman and 4barsrest Solo CD of the Year 2011.
This project began a few years ago at a festival in Italy where I first met the legendary tuba soloist and conductor James Gourlay. He suggested collaborating and set this project in motion. My first performance with Foden's Band was made possible five years earlier by my good friend and brass enthusiast extraordinaire, Philip Biggs. So when James suggested the possibility of using the same group to record this CD, I jumped at the opportunity.
Foden's has long been considered one of the world's greatest groups in the storied tradition of the brass band genre. This was intentionally designed as a crossover project between North American style playing and the classic sound of a true British brass band. Doing a recording of original material requiring stylistic flexibility and unparalleled virtuosity would need the perfect band...a band like Foden's.