I recently had the opportunity to put together a tribute to one of my favourite albums ever, Donny Hathaway’s 1972 “Live” album. I booked some of my favourite musicians for the project and a large number of Bristol’s extended musical family showed up to support the night. There was a warmth and attention in the room that I haven’t experienced for a while. I’m extremely grateful to the musicians involved and all who came. Having had a fairly rocky couple of months personally, the night seemed to gain an extra poignancy, best represented by this song and this performance by Miss Dee Gomez. I hope you enjoy, Billy.
I recently played at a wonderful event called Funkenteleky. A fantastic event combining spoken word, performance art and improvising musicians. This was one of the highlights for me. Yasmina Silva performed this poem “A Word to the Black Girls”, and I accompanied her. But this was un-rehearsed, with only a copy of the poem in front of me to work off. It was an amazing challenge and experience following Yasmina’s natural speech rhythms and trying to turn that into music whilst also further emphasising the message of the poem. Every Funkenteleky has been amazing for me and I look forward to more in the future!
I’ve been excited to share these on here. This was a little session I did with Nick Dover, Steve Banks and Will Harris. This was the first time we’d all played together, and actually the last as we’ve all been really busy elsewhere. Can’t wait to play again with them, but until then, these videos will do!
I’ve just been looking through my “Live Dates” page, looking back over what has been an amazing year! Often, looking at these dates takes me back to not just the concert, but also the context surrounding that gig. Lots of amazing places, lovely people or life “happenings”. I’d say that having an itinerary like this is one of the perks of being a musician.
As for looking forward. Well there are two albums with John Law in preparation for release next year (hopefully). I’m planning on doing some recording of my own soon. I’ve got various projects on the go as a sideman and this news which I’ve been saving…
I’m very happy to announce I have started playing with The LBJBs a band who I’ve been going to see ever since I moved to Bristol! I’ll describe it as funky funk of the funkiest funk… I’m super excited to have joined the guys and have a chance to get my teeth into all of those amazing Clyde Stubblefield drum parts! We play at the LeftBank in Bristol every Thursday (though occasionally some members won’t be there, myself included). I’ll only put gigs outside of this Thursday residency on the Live Dates page.
So, at the time of writing, here are my live dates for January (check the Live Dates page for any updates):
Saturday 19th January: Annika Skoogh, Venue TBC, Torquay, TIME TBC
I’m trying to avoid the classic musician trope of a website that hasn’t been updated for months or years. With that in mind, I’ve just updated the Live Dates page. I’ve got a fairly busy November ahead so keep an eye out for if I’m playing near you!
There are some things brewing for the future that I’m looking forward to announcing on here soon. But in the meantime I’ve been really busy being a sideman for various groups. Most recently I was touring with Josh Schofield’s quartet. Here is a review of one of the gigs we did: REVIEW
It’s been a while since I uploaded a video of me drumming. I thought I’d amend that with this video from a recent gig with John Law.