Last spring, I took a break from clarinet and sax due to a scary bout of tendonitis (a complete rest was advised), and because I had to move to move, and in my new apartment practicing turned out to be very difficult.
So, I needed to take a break. This was a challenge, of course, because I love playing sax and clarinet so much. (I did play a bit but nothing like as much as I did last year.)
I decided this was a message from life to do something different. In the past I wrote a lot of original songs, and recorded some of them – but not as well as I would like. I decided that it was time to really do something with them.
This concert is a part of that.
(The good news is that the tendonitis now seems to be better, and from about March I will be able to practice sax and clarinet at home again!)
Some years ago, I was sat by the river in Antwerp, playing a little clarinet, when a nice guy called Mario Janssens came by and took a great picture. I think it was used on some tourist info for Antwerp City.
This was the last day of our quick tour of the UK – we were just out for a pint at a local pub and there was a folk session going on. We asked if we could play a tune and my mate Peter caught it on his phone.
Well, it's been a pretty intense few days of working at the computer, but I am happy to be launching a complete update of www.danmcb.com (and also everything that was on the old Moochers website).
The new site is based on WordPress, and is designed for musicians. That means that I will be able to add new content, like videos and articles, much more easily. I still have a few tweaks to do, and I will add put back the old video content in the next days (but it's all still on my youtube channel, which you can reach via the menu, top right).
This is a few years back, at the Hot Club in Gent, with Simone Magliozzi. Simone is a great friend – we hit it off when we met at the Django Rheinhardt festival at Samois Sur Seine a few years ago – and a hugely talented young player. These days he plays a lot with ethe great Angelo de Barre in the Rome area – he is just getting better and better! Anyway, I hope you like our jam. We had a load of fun!