Posted by Mick Common on 20th August 2013
A Special THANK YOU to all that came... Roland 10% Cash Back Offer:
With the success of the Roland Hybrid Tour we have a few more vouchers that will entitle you to 10% cash back voucher. Basically, this is how it works.. If you buy any of the selected Roland products from our store before 31st August 2013 and then register it with Roland you will receive 10% cash back from the value of your Roland product. This offer is exclusive to those local customers who came to watch Craig Blundell and his guests on the Roland Hybrid Tour.
The evening started with a slight unexpected delay due to an accident on the A1 which could not be helped, Craig and the rest of the guys were very apologetic, but hey, what’s a few minutes between friends.. With a great audience and a good array of players and let us not forget the representatives that made an effort to attend. A thank you goes out to Matt from Roland and Paul from Korg (Paiste) who made the extra effort to support their artists and customers.
Okay then… How did it all go? The evening started with Jules Tabberer-Stewart who is the drum & percussion product manager for Roland introducing the first act which was Geoff Fry. This year Geoff was chosen to represent the UK in the Roland V-drum World Championship in Frankfurt. Geoff Fry is an experienced professional drummer, freelance session musician and drum teacher. Geoff’s home studio is based in Midlands UK but he is available for live and recording work across the globe. Unfortunately Geoff had to cut short his demonstration on the Roland TD11 electronic drum kit due to the schedule of the night but he definitely captured the audiences attention. Already a few people have called asking for more information about Geoff. CLICK HERE to go to Geoff’s own personal website. Well done Geoff and thank you for your time and effort!
Next Up – Craig Blundell gave us a quick taster of what was in store for later with his good friend and very much accomplished guitarist Alex Hutchings. They played us a song using both an acoustic Premier One series drum kit and Roland’s SPD-SX, SPD-30 before Craig introduced another on of his friends and special guests, Ryan Jenkinson – Reverend & The Makers.
Ryan who literally came straight from V-Festival after playing with Reverend and the Makers to demonstration on how he integrates Roland SPD-SX and the SPD-30 when playing live with Reverend and the Makers. Ryan would normally play a Sonor acoustic drum kit in Live situations along with the Roland SPD-SX sampling pad along with the Roland RT-10 acoustic drum triggers performed his demonstration on just the Roland TD-11, this was due to the schedule being cut short due to the delay. Ryan came across excellent and showed us quite a few great techniques on using bath acoustic and electronic drum kits with triggers and samples. CLICK HERE to find out more about Ryan. Another thank you goes out to Ryan for giving us his time.
Finally, the main man Mr Craig Blundell took to the stage with his good friend Alex. Craig for those that did not know is an amazing drummer, demonstrator and educator. Craig plays a Premier One Series acoustic drum kit with Paiste cymbals and uses Roland’s SPD-SX, SPD-30 with the TD-30 electronic drum kit.. Anyway, Craig showed us all the advantages of mixing acoustic with electronic drums. Craig and Alex also demonstrated how all you need to be a band is a drummer and guitarist as everything can be sampled and played back through loops, etc.. It truly was an amazing night. Everyone was amazed by what can be dome with the Roland’s samples, triggers and pads. Craig took questions from the floor and gave out some useful hints and tips on how to improve your drumming. We look forward to Craigs return, which we are sure will not be too far away. CLICK HERE to keep up to date with Craig Blundell’s twitter. Also, check out Alex Hutchings YOUTUBE.
Oh, one other thing we must mention Nesspresso, Pistonhead Kustom Lager and the traditional Fentimans Ginger Beer which was available in our cool shack.
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to scroll down the page to check out the rest of the photographs :)