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Gavin Barras Biography

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Gavin is a professional double bass and electric bass player, performing regularly throughout the UK and abroad in a variety of performing and recording projects.

In July 2012 Gavin released his debut solo album ‘Day of Reckoning’ on ASC Records featuring Ed Jones on tenor saxophone, Corey Mwamba on vibes, Steve Plews on piano and Dave Walsh on drums. Described by The Independent “swinging but edgy, with Jones wailing mightily” the album was written in response to the 2011 riots on the streets of London and Manchester.

Gavin performs regularly as part of Matthew Halsall‘s band and has featured on all five of his albums, as well as appearing regularly at sold-out gigs in London venues such as as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, King’s Place, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Vortex. He has also made several appearances with Matthew Halsall on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Gavin will feature on Matthew’s latest album, due for release next year, which will be supported by a tour throughout 2015.

Gavin is a member of the band ‘Unfurl’ who fuse Indian, Classical, Arabic and Jazz music into new compositions. 2014 was an exciting time for the band with sold out shows at Manchester Jazz Festival and a collective writing week which produced a whole set of new music. 2015 will see the band record a follow up to their debut album helped by an Arts Council grant and a tour supported by the Northern Line scheme.

Based in Glossop, Derbyshire, Gavin also runs High Peak Music, an agency supplying professional musicians for weddings, parties, events and functions throughout the High Peak, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Cheshire. In addition to this, Gavin has his own teaching practice, High Street Music, specialising in teaching guitar and bass to students of all abilities in the Glossop area.


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