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Childhood by Matt Cade

My drumming has made it onto vinyl for the first time! Well, I think it's the first time... If it has happened before I don't know about it!

I'm so happy to have played a part in the making of this album by Matt Cade. He's a lovely chap and it was a cool project to be involved in.

When I have information on where you can listen to the album I'll let you know.

Ipswich Star: Weird ways to keep fit in 2018

I was featured in the Ipswich Star's Weird Ways To Keep Fit in 2018 article!

Scroll down to number 13 in the piece or read below...

The drummer for New Wave US pop pioneers Blondie, Clem Burke, was once the subject of a study that contrasted his heart rate while on the kit to a footballer throughout a 90-minute period. Both averaged a heart rate of 140 to 150 BPM. So if you’d rather hit the sticks than the pitch you can be sure you are still keeping yourself fit. A professional drummer will use his whole body to produce the beat, arms hitting the drums and feet pumping the foot pedals. One person who knows this very well is Ross Farley, who teaches drum lessons at South Street Studios, in Ipswich. He says: “Drumming is a great workout, especially mentally and for coordination! I have a number of students in their 30s to 60s who come to me for that reason, putting aside the fact that it is pretty good fun too.”
Ross, who as drummer with bands Angry Vs Bear and Death By Lasers, has supported acts such as Florence & The Machine and The Futureheads and had his music played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, offers 30-minute and one-hour lessons. He says: “Lessons are suitable for all ages and abilities, and for fans of any style of music. And importantly, they are fun. I’m firmly of the belief that learning should be an enjoyable experience, not a painful one!” For more information or to book lessons, visit here.
Inverness & Belfast with Coco And The Butterfields

I've spent the last five days on the road with Coco And The Butterfields, playing Belladrum Festival in Inverness (sharing a line up with Madness, The Darkness, Two Door Cinema Club & Super Furry Animals!) and Sunflower Festival near Belfast (which we headlined on Sunday). 

Was a long and tiring trip but a lot of fun!

Behind the scenes

A couple of behind the scenes videos from Instagram of the gig at Wonder Fields with CoCo And The Butterfields!

Trying to get the attention of the useless monitor guy on Sunday. #drummerproblems #cocoandthebutterfields

A video posted by Ross Farley (@rossfaarley) on

Love this groove... Shame about the drumsticks smacking on the #gopro! #drummingproblems #cocoandthebutterfields

A video posted by Ross Farley (@rossfaarley) on

On the road with Coco And The Butterfields

Yesterday I arrived back home after playing my first couple of shows with CoCo and the Butterfields at Moonbeams Festival in Yorkshire and Wonder Fields near Exeter.

It was a fun weekend, playing and hanging out with some great musicians. The photos above are from the gigs and my epic journey from Ipswich to Yorkshire, Yorkshire to Exeter and then back from Exeter to Ipswich via London... I don't think I've ever been to so many train stations in such a short amount of time!