For those who have been following along at home, you’ll know that I’ve been out and doing solo shows for the past 15 months – it’s been fun stripping my songs back, getting to know my voice and guitar better – the resulting record, Sparse, really captures where I am currently as a solo performer.

As much as I enjoy playing solo – I have done it on and off for many years – I also really enjoy playing with a full band

[a case of ‘Both/And’  rather than ‘Either/Or’]

A large part of playing solo this past year-and-a-bit has been because we put my band, Monkey68, on ice when our last bass player decided he’d had enough of the local live music experience. Ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for bass players with the skills, taste and personality to do what we do live

[as a Brit transplant to Connecticut, I don’t find many]

and to build upon the really strong, intuitive foundation that Tony (drums) and I have built.

Well, the gods of networking stepped up and introduced me to Craig Johnson, a player with the skill, taste and personality to fit right in. We were back on. We gathered for one practice a couple of weeks back and everything gelled – and though we haven’t managed to get together since, last night we jammed three songs at the Common Ground Open Mic at the Bulkeley House, New London, CT.

Going forward, the band is:

  • Vincent Tuckwood – Vocals, Guitar
  • Tony “Capt. Epic” Alicchio – Drums
  • Craig Johnson – Bass

What fun! There’s an energy here that can only get better and I look forward to near-future gigs where I’ll be on electric guitar instead of acoustic – stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, here are some video clips of the songs from last night:

Side-by-Side

Blind Eye

Magpies and Mongrels