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A few highlights and things I’m proud of:
I studied at music college in West London in the mid 90’s, taking lessons with a fantastic drum educator named Paul Elliot (Paul taught some great players from bands I love, like Jason Cooper of the Cure, Dominic Greensmith from Reef and Phil Selway of Radiohead). Later on, inspired by one of my favourite ever drummers Andy Gangadeen I was lucky to be accepted to study privately with the great Bob Armstrong (I spent nearly 10 years all in all with Bob. As any drummers reading this will know, he was THE man to study with in the UK, so I consider myself very lucky and totally blessed! R.I.P. Bob and thanks so much for everything). More recently I’ve attended lessons with musician, session drummer and gentleman Neal Wilkinson (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joan Armatrading, James Morrison etc).
As an independent musician, some of the gigs I’ve been most proud of include live shows on drums/percussion/electronics alongside superb Bristol guitarist Joe Wilkins with Nashville singer/songwriter Angel Snow (not only is Angel a stunning and beguiling performer in her own right, but three of her songs were chosen by Alison Krauss to feature on her GRAMMY award winning album ‘Paper Airplane’). Joe and I have also had the great pleasure of playing in awesome U.S. Country/roots artist Amy McCarley‘s UK pick-up band. A highlight with Amy has to be being joined on stage by pedal steel legend BJ Cole (Elton John, Sting etc) . I love all Amy’s albums, but Meco is probably my favourite, produced by Kenny Vaughan and featuring such esteemed guests as Hall of Famer Pat Alger (The Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks), Kenny Lovelace (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Marty Stuart (Johnny Cash). I’m super proud to be credited for my live-work on the same album cover as those guys! (Thank you Amy)
Working as a dep musician I often get to tour with Ben Welburn’s UK Johnny Cash tribute show ‘CASH‘ alongside such great players as Oliver Darling (Imelda May, Tanita Tikaram, Mike Sanchez etc) and award winning instrumentalist Chris Hillman (Kris Kristofferson, Yola, Billy Bragg, etc).
In the blues rock arena I’ve enjoyed touring with Americana/Blues artist Mike Ross as well as extensive touring with the Troy Redfern Band. With Troy’s band we got to share stages with many incredible artists and some true rock legends. A big highlight for me was having one of my favourite rock drummers ever come to check us out and take time to chat with me on several occasions: Martin Chambers of The Pretenders. But without doubt the most surreal night was when we found ourselves following Robert Plant on stage! I got to meet him and shake his hand and ridiculously, I will now one day genuinely be able to tell my grand children that Robert Plant was once my support act…
In between all of the above, I get to play 1950’s Rock n Roll, all around the home counties with my good friends the The Quarry Katz. Katz vocalist Sean Humphries and I have also enjoyed developing what has turned out to be a sell out show ‘The All New Rock n Roll Revue‘.
During the weird year that was 2020, of course I didn’t get to play live at all , but I did get to record lots. A particular highlight was being invited to record a track with my friends Claire Moore and Simon Hale. Just brushes this time. We’ve known each other as great friends for years and not only are they very lovely people, but having been involved in everything from James Bond soundtracks to Les Miserables, it goes without saying they are supremely talented. So I’m so pleased to be on a recording together with them.
More recently, having initially recorded drums and percussion for their debut album ‘Deeper’, I’ve become a member of rising Indie stars Jody & The Jerms. There has been lots of radio play from local stations to national ones like BBC 6 Music. During the past year we’ve been enjoying lots more recording towards a second album. It was certainly a highlight and an honour at the end of 2021, for us to be invited to perform a live session and interview for excellent broadcaster and DJ Janice Long on her BBC Radio Wales show. We were so sad to hear of the loss of Janice Long on Christmas Day, just days after our session. She was a committed and passionate champion of new music (RIP Janice).
Recommendations, kind words etc:
“Nailed it! Alex Bridge had 2 days to learn the set and it was awesome. Thank you so much the crowd loved it! SUEY!” Ben Welbern, CASH.
“A spirited set at Maverick Festival last night with amazing backing band Joe Wilkins, Paul Reynolds, Alex Bridge – & I couldn’t have been more inspired by band or audience…“ Amy McCarley.
“Thank you Alex for jumping in and smashing it, Top Player but Most of all top bloke. Until the next time… Cheers” John ‘Cat’ Catherall, Souled Out.
“…one of the finest drummers we’ve had the pleasure of playing with… Alex’s style, grooves and feel are going to breathe some new life into the old tunes, and take the new tunes to the next level!” Troy Redfern
“Sad day in one way in the Accrington Stanley camp yesterday: it was Alex Bridge’s last gig as a Stanley (at least for a while). Al has been part of the band since 1994 and he’s been a fantastic, creative and musical drummer and a great mate… I’d like to say: Alex, we salute you! Thanks for all the good times and the funny times…“ Dan O’Farrell, Accrington Stanley
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