Welcome to the official Phil Mulford website.
|I am a busy professional bass player based in London. My professional career of 34 years covers all aspects of popular music including Touring, Recording, Television and Theatre work. This website gives an overview of my credits, the equipment I use and news for forthcoming gigs. There are links to the equipment I use and to associated artists I have worked with, reviews pages for equipment, a playlist for what I am checking out and bass transcriptions. There are also links to You Tube clips featuring bands/artists I have been working with. The transcriptions page is passworded, please email me for the combination to get in to this section. If you teach bass, drums, keyboards or guitar individually or in an ensemble you might be interested in the Rock and Read course. It a simple way to get students reading stave notation in a clear simple way. Check out the Rock and Read page here.|
|On Saturday 12th Jan I completed the 1414th performance of the London Production of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre to close the show. It was an amazing 3 years and four and half months. I would like to thank an amazing band headed by the very excellent M.D. Jim Henson for an incredible fun time. In November we recorded the Show live for Cinema release, so what this space for updates.
See me on Sunday 24th Jan with Noel McCalla on vocals, Simon Carter on keyboards and Nic France on drums playing some of our favourite soul tunes at The Boaters Inn, Canbury Gardens, Kingston Upon Thames. We start at 8pm, its free to get in, so come on down!
I played at the tribute to longtime friend and master drummer Jon Hiseman at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, on Saturday 2nd Feb, playing with Jon’s daughter Ana Gracey as well as recreating the theme from the TV Media and Arts Show ‘The South Bank Show’ from the Andrew Lloyd Webber album Variations. It was a double honour, not only as a tribute to Jon but also a nod to a friend and bass hero of mine John Mole. John got me started in Theatre work when I depped for him in Starlight Express in London in the late 1980s, for which I am truly thankful.
Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been charting out nearly 30 songs for the ‘Thunderthumbs Project’. I wanted to play some of the great music that Louis Johnson played bass on, as a sideman and as a member of his group with brother George, The Brothers Johnson. We have so far played three Gigs at the Bulls Head to get the project up and running and it has been great fun. There are 10 in the band and I felt this is a minimum to play this music and do it justice. We have three singers, three brass and four in the rhythm section. It is such a lot of fun and most of the tunes are rarely played on gigs, so it is especially nice to give them an airing. We play everything from ‘We’re Gonna Make It’, from Billy Preston’s album, ‘Music Is My Life’ in 1972 right through to the big hits for Quincy Jones Productions in the 1980s. Our next Gig is at The Bulls Head, Barnes on Friday 9th March. Come on down and feel the groove with us in this intimate Venue. Checkout the Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/ThunderthumbsBand/notifications/
I have another project underway which features songs by the most successful songwriting duo in the history of music. Their back catalogue goes right back to the middle 60s and they wrote some amazing anthems for some our greatest singers. Watch this space for another fun collaboration with some amazing musicians and singers.
I am now going on to finish some tunes for a long overdue bass album. Some of the tracks date back to the 90s and have been sitting around and now is a great opportunity to put them out there. There are some amazing players who have made contributions already with 9 tracks near to completion. I just need 2 or 3 more tracks to make the thing complete. I have also played on a couple of albums that have become available recently. I have a long association with the Nigerian singer Ola Onabule and I am lucky to have played upright bass on his new release, which will be available shortly. We recorded the live rhythm section tracks at his Casa Del Funk Studios in Bedford with Jack Pollitt and Chris Nickolls on drums, John Parricelli and Femi Temowo on Guitar and Ross Stanley and Pete Adams on Keyboards, playing some varied and beautifully written material. There were some tricky odd time signatures to play. Also released is Pete Adams new album ‘Dirty Boots’ where I played upright on ‘She Sails At Dawn’ and electric fretless on ‘Bella Donna’. It was a treat to be involved and Pete and I go back to the middle 80s playing in bands.
My Studio has had a small refit which has included a new interface and mic preamps from the British Company Audient. I am using the iD22 interface and ASP-880 which has expanded my capabilities and upped the quality of my signal path hugely. I’m really enjoying the experience of using this very well put together and high quality gear. Nearly finished is the renovation of my 1973 Fender Rhodes which needed a total rebuild. I have replaced the felts and shims and have nearly finished it after about 40 hours work. I just need a few springs and washers to get the thing all working, then I have to set it up. Wish me luck.