Welcome to the official Phil Mulford website.

I am a busy professional bass player based in London. My professional career of 36 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.

As we have the unprecedented spectre of Covid-19 amongst us I’m doing the occasional Gig and a whole lot of Home Recording and some Teaching.

News. 02/11/2020

The new year kicked off with a great start with depping in Waitress, & Juliet and Lion King, along a great Thunderthumbs Gig in Feb and quite a few sessions. From the end of Feb until the beginning of March I played on 7 session, four at British  Grove Studios, one at Air Lyndhurst and a further two at Abbey Road in Studio 1 for Disney Studios and top music producer Chris Egan.

Clearly things are not as planned as I should have been playing in the Production of ‘Hairspray’ at the Colosseum in London’s West End from April 14th. It was rescheduled to Sept 1st and is now slated for commencement in April 2021.

2019 Highlights;

There was the closing of my long term Theatre Show, ‘Kinky Boots’ to kick the year off with on Jan 12th followed by some depping in ‘Lion King’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘School of Rock’, ‘Waitress’ back at the Adelphi Theatre and I can added the musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre ‘& Juliet’ to this roster.

Highlights have been more Gigs with the Thunderthumbs Project’, four nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club with the Legendary US sax and guitar duo of Paul Jackson Jr and Eric Marienthal, various sessions including playing on the soundtrack for the recently released ‘Cats’ Movie working with music producers Marius Devries, Greg Wells and Nigel Wright and some delightful Gigs with the Tommy Blaize Trio with Jack Pollitt on drums.

The Boaters Project album was released in May 2016 and has been fantastically well received. The Project, is a group with vocalist Jacqui Hicks, keyboards player Simon Carter and drummer Frosty Beedle. We have been playing together for so long we can’t remember how long it is…  The initial CD run is now sold out, however it is now available on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Catch up with updates on Facebook at @theboatersproject or on the website which is www.theboatersproject.com.

Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been charted around 30 songs for the ‘Thunderthumbs Project‘. I have, for years, wanted to play some of the great music that Louis Johnson contributed to, as a sideman and as a member of his group with brother George, The Brothers Johnson and as a composer. There band is a 10 piece, I felt this would be a minimum to play this music and do it justice. We have three singers, three brass and a four peice rhythm section. It is such a lot of fun, with most of the tunes being rarely played on gigs, so it is especially nice to give them an airing. We play everything from Louis’ recording debut album in 1972 with Billy Preston playing ‘We’re Gonna Make It’, from Billy’s album ‘Music Is My Life’, right through to the big hits for Quincy Jones Productions in the 1980s from George Benson, Michael Jackson and many others. There are also other great tacks from Lee Ritenour, Michael MacDonald, Donna Summer and George Duke. We look forward to getting out again with the Band, in 2021 I guess…

Checkout the Facebook page on @ThunderthumbsBand for our version of the George Benson Classic ‘Love X Love’ which we have put together in lockdown.

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 great contributions and I already have 9 tracks near to completion. I just need 2 or 3 more tracks to make the thing complete.

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.

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