Monday, 10 March 2014

My new album is out! Making 'The Long Way Home' has been quite a journey...

It was just under a year ago when I launched my KickStarter project. At that point I had no idea if I would make my funding target. But due to the support and generosity of the 137 people from all over the world who backed my project, I was able to go into the studio as planned on May 15/16, 2013 to record the 8 tunes that I had ready.

With an incredible band of musicians we recorded 4 tunes a day.

Line up on Day 1 was:
L. to R. - Calum Gourlay (bass) Gerard Precenser (trumpets), Nigel Hitchcock (alto sax), MJM (piano), and Dave Hamblett (drums).

On Day 2 the band was:

L. to R. - Ben Castle (tenor sax), Mark Nightingale (trombone), MJM (piano), James Maddren (drums), Tom Farmer (bass) and Gerard Precenser (trumpets).

I had a fantastic designer named Gil Plante work on the Album artwork (CD and Vinyl) and the wonderful Cover Art photo is by my brother Mark McEvoy. 


The additional B/W photos in the CD booklet and on the Vinyl LP sleeve were taken by my daughter Emily McEvoy and by a great friend, designer and photographer Deborah Ripley.

The album was co-produced, engineered and and mixed by the wonderfully talented Nick Taylor at Air-Edel Studios, London, UK.

The album is now finally out and available on iTunes and CD (Amazon - order here) and the Vinyl will be ready very soon (and will include a complimentary download code).

Watch this space for more news as the journey continues.



Sunday, 7 April 2013






Target £7500 - the countdown begins...

Sunday, 17 March 2013

It's been an intense year...

So much change is taking place - so many things going on - it's difficult to know where to start...
Last year I spent over 6 months scoring an incredible documentary series for National Geographic USA called Alien Deep (check a sneak preview on YouTube). I composed and recorded over 200 minutes of music across this 5 part landmark series. It's a fascinating exploration of the planets oceans directed by my good friend Gary Johnstone. It was a joy to work on this!

I'm also now represented by a fantastic team of people for Film & TV at Air-Edel.

I'm in the process of putting my own band together to go out and play gigs and I'll soon be recording a new album of material. The album title is The Long Way Home. My brother Mark is designing the cover art.

I'm also working on a 2nd feature with Director Marcel Grant (Just Ines) called Open Our Eyes. We should begin scoring that in May.

Lots of other bits and pieces in the pipeline - more on that later!
Bring on Spring!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

'Forget me Not' Soundtrack album released

Just a quick shout out to say the Soundtrack album for a film I scored last year is now available on iTunes. Check out the trailer:
CLICK HERE and go to iTunes where you can hear and purchase the score.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Christmas, New Year and beyond

Well we're now truly into the new year and the hope for springtime is creeping up...by beginning of February winter always seems to feel longer than it should be.
It's been a while since my last post - so here's a very quick catch up on what's been going on;
Had some great gigs with 70s funk band 'Push'.
The album was released in November and I've co-written the title track 'Band on a Mission' and 'Long Gone' which has the wonderfully soulful vocals of Hamish Stuart of AWB fame.
Here's a video put together by one of our fans...
We also did a live BBC Radio 6 broadcast on the Craig Charles Funk and Soul show which you can find it here - just search for PUSH.
Push is great fun! All the guys are old friends and bass player Ernie McKone is a long time collaborator who I continue to do a lot of writing and producing with - he's an incredibly talented musician.

Besides that I'm scoring CBBC series Dani's House series 5. That will take me through to mid February, then it's straignt into an exciting National Geographic series about the Oceans with director Gary Jognstone. More on that later!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Lots going on: 'Dani's House', 'Serve Cold' trailer and 'PUSH' album

Well September's come 'round again and it feels like the beginning of another year...
'Dani's House' series 4 (BBC/Zodiak) is completed and about to begin broadcasting and (I think) I'm about to start scoring series 5 at the end of the month...

One of the cool things I've done on the side recently is the music and sound FX for a trailer. It's for a feature film project in the pipeline called 'SERVE COLD' written by director Luke Bradford - a very talented guy who I'm excited about working with!
Here's a link to the Trailer on YouTube:
The other thing on the boil is a new album with my North London compadres, PUSH. I've co-written four songs on the album, including the lyric/melody to the album's title track 'Band On A Mission'. Check out this video - kindly put together by a fan of the band. This track features the amazingly talented vocalist/percussionist (and X-factor finalist!) DANIEL PEARCE. 
We'll be doing a bunch of gigs in November, including a couple of Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club nights - so check out the PUSH website for dates. If you like old skool funk (ala Tower of Power and James Brown) I promise you (or your money back!) you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Busy, busy, busy...

Man! It's been an intense period! All good though - but feel bad I've not been able to update my blog. It's crazy these days trying to keep all the various broadcast devices up to the minute. Twitter, Facebook, my website... oh yeah, and I actually have to do some work from time to time.
Well this is going to be a splurge-: 'Dani's House' series 4 for Zodiak Media/BBC. I've working on that since end of March. 13 episodes almost done. Then starting series 5 end of September.

I went to the Ivor Novello awards with my gorgeous wife Tracey. It was a lovely occasion (I was on the judging panel for computer games score). I had a nice surprise when I discovered my main man Steve Winwood was getting a lifetime achievement award for his wonderful song catologue. It was great to connect with him briefly. Ben Drew (Plan B) deservedly won lots of awards and seems to have a really good head on his shoulders. Very talented and insightful young man. I hope he can keep his feet on the ground as huge success can be a dangerous energy.

Also, been working with PUSH (my old buddies from North London), the 70s style funk band I've worked with as a writer/arranger/keyboard player off and on for 15 years. We opened for George Clinton at Kentish Town Forum in June. Great crowd - great vibe. Check it out:

Finally, a big moment for Mary Leay.
SEG released her first EP called 'Making My Move'. It's available on iTunes.
Mixed by Nick Taylor at Air-Edel, recorded and co-produced by James Towler at Wincraft studios, and Produced and arranged by yours truely. I'm very proud of this!