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 March 2017 Gavin released his solo album The Family Tree on ASC Records featuring Jeff Guntren on tenor saxophone, Jim Faulkner on guitar and Dave Walsh on drums. The album features the double bass Gavins father built for him over a 15 year period. It is a fantastic instrument which sounds even better than it looks! On two short interlude tracks Gavin plays a steel string acoustic guitar also built by his father back in 1967. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, ‘The Family Tree’ contains ten original compositions by Gavin influenced by the themes of fatherhood, friendship and home. You can listen to a sample of the album here. The next album will be recorded in 2020 and will be a companion piece to the first record.
Gavin performs regularly as part of Matthew Halsall‘s band and has featured on all six 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, a collaboration with a brand new band, due for release in 2020. This will be supported by a tour throughout the UK and Europe.
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.