Don’t worry, his words, not mine!
Who is he, some of you might be asking? Well his name is Andrew (or Andy) Tunnicliffe and he is currently the CEO of Aon Risk Solutions in the UK. By day he leads 1400 colleagues across 17 offices, but apart from that, Andy is a very keen and experienced musician. He has played bass for over 30 years and plays double bass and fretless bass too!
He is currently in an eight piece band playing jazz funk and soul hits as well as current chart hits (although previously has also played some classic rock and still loves it!). The band, The Velvet Underwriters, have played together for 10 years in the London area winning the prestigious Insurance Battle of the Bands in 2009.
More recently they were the headline act at the 2014 Mistletoe Ball, held at the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane and played in front of a 2,500 crowd at the Yately Gig on the Green music festival in 2015.
Unfortunately, Andy is unable to attend our own Memory Fest ’16 so I was hoping he could perhaps donate a CD of their music that we could auction or raffle …. can you believe they haven’t actually produced one yet? I think that might have to be added to a to do list somewhere!
Still wanting to help, however, Andy has made a great offer to give someone a lesson for a couple of hours covering all bass techniques, including plectrum playing, pizzicato finger technique and slap bass. This will probably take place somewhere close to Glasgow the next time he is in the area (within the next few months) so the lucky winner will have to be a bit flexible.
Come on then, how much are you willing to offer for this opportunity? We will run the auction on the night, however if you are unable to attend and interested in having a lesson with the bass player from The Velvet Underwriters just get in touch with us and let us know what you would pay for the privilege. I’m told it could also be offered for a group of up to 4 people if this would be better for anyone.