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Music bought in 2017

This year I kept a log of all the music that I bought during the year. Initially I was recording how much it cost too, but that got a bit worrying so I decided to ignore that bit.

In 2017 I bought over 200 albums, mostly on CD format (some downloads). If that seems a lot, (if…ha!), Many of them were charity shop or Ebay bargains (but some weren’t.

A few of my Twitter friends have put out lists of their top albums of 2017, trouble is most of my purchases are not new music, I have been diligently plugging gaps in the classic Prog Rock collection, which now looks a lot healthier (and nerdier).

I dod get a handful of new albums too, so here is a selection of some of my favourites from 2017, some new, some not so new.

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Music Page

Morning all

I did a quick rebuild of my music page, just sorting it out and organising it really.

Hit the Music link and you will find all the Tim Crahart Blues Band stuff, solo bass bits and bobs and the archived 3rd Day Rising recordings.

You can get them all from the Bandcamp page either for free or Pay What You Want. Also available on iTunes, Amazon etc.



Deep Discussions Bass Event (Pics)

Spent a lovely afternoon in The Vault in Swansea for the Deep Discussions Bass Player gathering.  Some interesting gear to drool over, including

Radio Shop custom wound pickups, based in Bedwas

Pulse custom built valve amps, based in Bridgend (don’t seem to have a web presence)


Also a masterclass from my old mate, Steve Lawson.

Here’s a couple of pics from the day


The Pulse Bass Amps can be seen here, and if you’ve got really good eyesight, the Radio Shop pickups are on the table.

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Downloads now available on iTunes and Amazon

Thanks to a fantastic arrangement with an online music company called Doxmedia, run by the fabulous Keith Dixon, both of the Tim Crahart Blues Band albums are now available to purchase as downloads from the iTunes and Amazon online stores.  Whilst we are not expecting to become millionaires through this enterprise (yet!) it is a great way for us to get our music out there to a wider audience.

Additionally my own solo bass album from 2011, “Patches Of Coloured Light” is available from these sites too.

All the albums are still available from the excellent ‘Bandcamp’ site too (and always will be).

To find the albums just go to the iTunes store or to, or and search there for “Tim Crahart Blues Band” or “Andy Long”.


If you have written a review of any of the albums (or would like to), it would be really helpful if you could post them at any or all of these stores.

Also if you can share this blog post with friends, that would be simply marvellous.

Thanks for reading my spam



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Deep Discussions

Spent the afternoon in a basement bar in Swansea, a bass player gathering called Deep Discussions, organised by a new friend, Peter Cullen.  It was well attended, I guess about twenty five bass players and the official bass count was 39.  A simple idea, come along, bring your gear, drool over everybody else’s gear, try some amps and stuff and watch Alun Vaughan doing his thing. Here’s a few pics


My two Status basses, sitting alongside Rhys Anslow’s Warwick (which is for sale BTW). Someone else’s five string something or other.


A gorgeous Shuker six string and a really nice Alembic four string included in this pic.


The Orange Wall, supplied by Cranes Music. I tried out the 500w Terror amp with the little cabs, sounded great – but that’s not my new rig…


A selection of Eden amps, cabs and combos. The 1 *12 cab in the middle was what I was interested in, so two of these will be coming to live with me shortly, paired with a Markbass head.


Alun Vaughan tries out the Warwick Vampire. A truly evil combination.


Alun with an Ibanez Soundgear.


The afternoon was closed by Alun playing a short set with his drummer chum, and fielding a few questions.  A most enjoyable event, I hope we can do it again soon.

Another album review

‘Patches Of Coloured Light’ has recently been reviewed by Lins Honeyman at the Criss Rhythms site.  A short but positive review and 7/10 for a home recorded album is a good result in my book.

Andy Long – Patches Of Coloured Light
Andy Long - Patches Of Coloured Light
STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7   
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 123526-18810
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Currently the bass player in the Tim Crahart Blues Band and formerly a member of numerous bands, Newport’s Andy Long has bravely chosen to release a solo instrumental bass album. Wisely adopting a stripped down approach to allow his instrument to take centre stage, Long makes good use of loops and delay effects in “Ymddiheuro Am Yr Oedi” and the delightfully experimental “Dan Yr Ogof”. Not afraid to occasionally go for a more conventional approach, numbers such as original composition “Song For Lucy”, Francois Couperin’s baroque piece “Le Petit Rein” and “Twyn Du” – one of three tracks containing Welsh place names – showcase Long’s melodic side as well giving an example of what the bass can sound like when used as a lead instrument. Long’s Christian faith is referenced in a pleasant enough but somewhat workmanlike reading of “Morning Has Broken” whilst a brief rendition of Robert Lowry’s hymn “Nothing But The Blood” ends this fascinatingly unique release, proceedings of which partly go to Cancer Research UK.

More podcast goodness for the album

The opening track from my ‘Patches Of Coloured Light‘ album has just been included in a podcast by the excellent Mr Pete Cogle.

Ymddiheuro Am Yr Oedi‘ is the track in question, an appalling Welsh language pun.  Any railway workers out there will certainly have heard this phrase whilst going about their daily duties, but I’ll leave you to find the translation yourself. ;0)

To access the podcast scroll down the page until you reach PCP#384, subtitled ‘Say No To Mr Smith’.

Pete’s podcast brings together some excellent independent music from around the world and this episode includes Memoryhouse from Ontario, Cinema Red And blue, from New York, UHT from Paris and many others, well with a listen.

You can catch up with Pete on Twitter or Facebook too.

I’m grateful to Pete for the inclusion in the podcast. Independent artists should certainly get in touch.



My favourite album comments so far.

In the absence of any ‘real’ album reviews for ‘Patches Of Coloured Light’, here is a selection of some of my favourite comments so far:

‘This is reasonably adequate’ – Peter Banks

‘I think I’m in an episode of Starsky & Hutch’- Ed Hodge

‘I almost fell asleep driving home’ – TWO! work colleagues!

‘Mummy, don’t play the music’ – Alexander Martell.




Little bit of album news

When I launched my solo bass album at the end of last year, I stated that 50% of download sales and £1.00 from each CD would go to Cancer Research UK. Part of the reason behind that was that the track, Song For Lucy, was written in memory of our dear friend Lucy Edwards who sadly passed away through cancer last summer, and part of the reason was that it’s just a great charity to support anyway. Like most of you, I’ve lost family members and friends to cancer over the years and it’s important that research continues and the options for treatment and medication continue to improve.

Today I was able to send off the first cheque from album sales to the charity. Whilst it’s not exactly a world-shattering amount, I’m happy to be able to send something off and I’m grateful to those of you who have contributed to this minor cottage industry of mine.

I will soon be sending some more as there is already another batch of sales building up.

If you have already bought the album, thanks very much.  If you downloaded it for free please consider making a donation directly to Cancer Research UK.

If you haven’t got the album yet, now’s your chance.  Go to and follow your nose.



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