On landing the bass seat in a Rock n Roll band in the late 90’s I very quickly transferred from electric to double bass and enjoyed many years in successful dance bands playing RnR, Jive, RnB and Swing across the UK and in mainland Europe including sharing stages with some well known performers from both the 60’s & 70’s. The double bass soon became my instrument of choice often taking on “Dep” work in other bands at short notice, so, after running and playing in Jive and dance bands for many years the first incarnation of “Bailey’s Cat” came about as a way of filling up the “Down Time” between these gigs.
Together with long time partner in crime Alan Long on guitar the BC Duo set out to do things a little differently and with the combination of Alan’s Django style guitar and my double bass this gave us the opportunity to put our own spin on some well known tunes and also get some original songs played live. In the winter of 2008 after a short break came a new BC line up with Dave Mac on guitar duty and featuring Susan Fraser on vocals and percussion, with gigs including the Jagger Centre, Dartford the new line up featuring three singers proved just as popular for a spell.
After solo guest spots at small gigs, performing solo at my own open mic nights and others with both Guitar and Double Bass I now perform mostly solo under the name of “Radio Jones” and have included the soprano Ukulele to my armoury. The Bailey’s Cat name is still in use but is now more associated with the Open Mic nights, if you would like any further information on my solo work or open mic events please feel free to contact me here.
You will see that there are no photos of me playing in my early days prior to taking up the Double Bass this is totally deliberate as I feel it would be irresponsible of me to inflict such pain and torture on an unsuspecting public, they are also very embarrassing too...