Playing Pedal Steel Guitar with Robert Vincent on the “Old Grey Whistle Test (For One Night Only)” on BBC4, hosted by Bob Harris.

As a side note i realised i’m the last person to play Pedal Steel Guitar on the show! Enjoy!

 

“UK Instrumentalist of the Year” 2017 – CJ Hillman

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Voted for by fellow musicians and AMA members, its an honour to receive the AMA UK 2017 instrumentalist of the year award! Thank you to all that voted -CJ

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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I have been a bit absent on here over the past few month due to keeping busy (which any musician can be thankful for). I’ve been fortunate enough to play two brilliant shows at London’s Union Chapel with Billy Bragg and then head to Scotland for an amazing pre-xmas tour… I will re-cap on this in a later post.

I have also started a new Blog for my Photography. Over the last few months i’ve been getting back into film Photography to cut down on the amount of pictures I take and to get some better shots.

you can check them out right here: https://the35mmlife.wordpress.com

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Stay tuned as I also have some great news coming soon…

November / December gigs

Here are some dates i’ll be playing for the rest of the year. Hope to see some people out there.

7th Nov – Lauren Housley (Blues Festival London)

15th Nov- Jo Rose ( Gullivers – Manchester)

Billy Bragg Tour
23 Nov Union Chapel, London, UK
24 Nov Union Chapel, London, UK
27 Nov Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, UK
28 Nov Universal Hall, Forres, UK
Dec 01 Queens Hall Edinburgh, UK
Dec 02 Perth Concert Hall Perth, UK
Dec 03 O2 ABC Glasgow, UK
Dec 04 Great British Folk Festival, Skegness, UK

How to turn a Pedal Steel into a Hammond Organ 

Today I’ve been working on a little mod for my Strymon Lex. An amazing guitar pedal and perfect for the Pedal Steel Guitar! I wanted to make a switch to change the speed of the rotary effect and after a few tries and burnt fingers, got it right!

A big thanks to Pedal Steel master Jon Graboff for helping me out with this one. I noticed he had made one in an interview back in 2011. He kindly gave me a lot of advice on this project.

Here’s a raw example of what it does. Feel free to comment or message me about it.

Live Nation, Lauren Housley

Last week i had the chance to play with Lauren Housley at the Live Nation office in London. We set up the same as the radio station (see previous BBC Radio post)  and played three tracks for the office workers. More exciting news from this in the future!! but, for now heres a little photo of the session… Also nice to take a small amp out for once, my cream Fender Pro Junior and Strymon Flint for a splash of Reverb.

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