Playing Drums on Mick McConnel’s “My Kinda Heaven”

Last summer I had the pleasure of recording drums for Mick McConnell's solo album 'My Kinda Heaven'. I got the call after Wishbone Ash came back from playing in South Africa with Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. Trevor Bolder, Uriah Heep's bass player, is also featured on the album and he recommended me to Mick. Mick's regular gig is with Smokie but he's been saving up songs for a solo album for some time. He was a great guy to work with and some of his enthusiasm for scuba diving rubbed off on me Read more [...]

750 Words – Day 5: On Touring

This is my 9th day of trying to write 750 words a day.  I highly recommend giving it a go yourself.  It's a great way to empty your mind of all the stuff that's floating around and get some ideas down without feeling like you have to have a beginning, middle and and end, or any kind of structure at all.  The website is Tomorrow I fly out to Boston for a 21 date tour of America.  I still have to pack for this - not a favourite task of mine.  Once I'm on the road I'm Read more [...]

Merry Christmas!

This year's been another busy one. Come February it'll be 3 years since I joined Wishbone Ash. I can't believe how quickly that time has passed. We started the year in Europe - mainly Germany - with a 5 week tour. It was cold but it was good to be working at what always used to be a really quiet time. We took 10 days off to go skiing/snowboarding which was great fun but I had to be very careful not to break anything. In the weeks leading up to the ski break I'd been figuring out how I'd get Read more [...]

Update for March 2008

Wow, it's more difficult than I thought to keep this updated. Christmas and New Year was a nice family affair. 15th Jan came around and it was off on tour with Wishbone Ash again. We did 30 dates in Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and Switzerland and I blogged a lot on the Wishbone site ( have March off from touring. I have some projects to record drums for, some new lesson videos in the works and a new Sonor Delite kit to do it all with!More updates soon - I promise....Joe Read more [...]