Saturday, 29 September 2012

Tanglewood Violin Bass RVB-2

I wanted a violin bass to get that famous retro  sound, and  also because I think  they're beautiful. I was originally after a Hofner of course. It turns out that Hofner come in three price brackets,that's  cheappo,  reasonable, and blummin' ek! This alternative Tanglewood model was recommended to me by a muso freind in the know - now  don't let the moniker fool you, it plays great. So much so, I've  used it on virtually all my 2012 recordings.  I got it second hand, but in pristine condition, and it was already set up perfectly. Very very  easy to play.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Solid Body Andy Farrell Electric Mandolin

I'd tried previously and unsuccessfully to amplify my acoustic mandolin for live work - I got a poor amplified sound and unwanted feedback, so the answer for me was a solid body instrument. This really meets the bill. It's hand made, it's intonation and action is spot on, and it stays in tune. I use this now on every gig, and it has normally remained completely in tune from it's last outting.  If it got lost or stolen, I'd definately get another. I notice Andy's got  some really pretty tiger-ry  finish ones in his catalogue - I'd probably order one of those.

Rockin' With Dave Peters EP Liner Notes

EP artwork by Everyday Records
Boogie Woogie 'Till The Cows Come Home
 Completely written before we started recording, I'd played this live a few times, so it was just a case of deciding a key and laying it down, really. I still play this song on gigs fairly regularly- it's got a groove and usually goes over.
Long Leggy Woman
(Notes on the 2009 recording - re- recorded as a Blues in 2012) :-
I wrote  the most part of this in my head while I was driving along, and  scribbled it down as soon as I stopped. Sometimes a song can come along like that. It`s capo-ed acoustic guitar ( dropped D tuning). Helen Walker on bass and Mike Walker on drums.

You're Sure Lookin' Good To Me
I`ve got a fuzz box and I`m going to use it! . The track's signature sound  is my ancient  Big Muff (see pic) -the world's least subtle distortion pedal, from the days when pedals were pedals.
This was a fairly straight forward  recording - we kept the instrumentation to a minimum. I think its just slide Epiphone Sheraton lead, a couple of rhythm guitars, Dean bass , Mikey W on drums , and lead vocal complete with slapback echo. Although there was a temptation to sing it an octave higher, which would be more natural for me, I resisted. As far as the instrumentation goes, simplicity rules !

.....I got a fuzzbox....

Thursday, 27 September 2012


Track is availableas a separate download,
or on the ep
Stranger's Kiss

 Traditional, arranged Dave Peters
I'll tell me ma when I go home
The boys won't leave the girls alone
They pulled me hair they stole me comb
But that's alright ‘till I go home

She is handsome she is pretty
She is the belle of Belfast City
She is courting one, two, three
Pray would you tell me who is she

(Verse 1)
Albert Mooney says he loves her
All the boys are fighting for her
They knock at the door
And they ring on the bell say
"hello my love are you well"

Out she comes as white as snow
With rings on her fingers
And bells on her toes
Mary Clabby says she'll die
If she doesn't get the fellow with the roving eye


(Verse 2)
Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high
And the snow come tumbin’ from the sky
She's as sweet as apple pie
She'll get her own lad by and by

When she gets a lad of her own
She won't tell her ma till she gets home
Let them all come as they will
it’s Albert Mooney she loves still


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

What's On Your Mind LYRICS

Words and Music by Dave Peters (unreleased)

Is there some sign as to what I might find,
I'm in some doubt I can't figure it out
Are you looking for something,
but you won't say what it is
You left me a note but it hadn't been signed
so won't you tell me what's on your mind.

Is that a smile, it's been gone for a while
I get around but you're bringin' me down
is this as good as it gets, or are you  hedging your bets
You'd hidden a note that you knew that I'd find
Now won't you tell me what's on your mind

If you need it baby just concede it
It may be gone by the end of the day
You can take it, honey you can fake it

I'll be back tomorrow I'm passing this way
I'll speak as I find and I got some thing to say
Are you looking for something, but you won't say what it is
You left me a note you omitted to sign
Now won't you tell me what's on your mind