I love the double bass – which is why I’m so chuffed to be playing my first gig as part of a new singing, guitar and double bass duo, Dacey & Bonner so soon (Tuesday Dec 13th at Ships & Giggles Preston as part of their Alternative Music Night).
I’m the Bonner bit which is the English version of my Irish language based surname Kneafsey and Hannah Dacey, the double bass player, is the Dacey bit, obviously, which is another Irish name anyway.
We’re both big fans of that classic jazz-pop John Martyn album “Solid Air” which, aside from John’s slurry wild vocals features that awesome of most awesome bass players Danny Thompson on double bass. Video of John Martyn & Danny Thompson playing Solid Air
Danny’s the guy doing all that driving magic on 1960s folk-jazz originality that was the world famous Pentangle. He also adds that extra cool to Nick Drake tracks you’ve probably heard.
Dacey & Bonner are also playing live at the Plungington Hotel in Preston on Friday December 16th at 9pm.
For our first track though we though we’d start with a good old northern cover which we messed with just a tad and has just a touch of double bass-messing, harmonies and the jangly red Gretsch guitar – Half The World Away.
Noel Gallagher wrote it for Oasis and for the theme music to northern comedy the Royle Family. So it’s all Manchester and that does me since I was only born 8 miles away and spent so much of my teenaged years wandering around bemused in Aflek’s Palace.
The Aurora version’s sweet too – and who could resent a John Lewis Christmas advert – do you remember it?
Of course we write our own songs too, we’ve played music together since 2011 with Sweeney Astray, but we’ve got more tracks on the way…
Dacey & Bonner will be playing at the Plungington Hotel in Preston on Friday December the 12th. They are available for bookings at wedding and parties too.