Bass Dept. - WaterBear | The College of Music

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Bass Dept.

Our Bass Tutors are an experienced team of professionals who have toured and performed with artists such Amy Winehouse, The Libertines and The Wedding Present. As individual players they have worked at some of the UK’s leading studios, venues and festivals.


Laurance Bridge | Bass

An experienced bassist who has worked with artists such as Warsaw Radio, Mark Flannery, Tom Odell and Les Oeufs. Laurance has extensive live performance experience having played legendary venues such as the Concorde 2, The Borderline, The Camden Barfly, Ronnie Scotts, Whelans Dublin and The Brighton Dome. He has also performed at The Great Escape Festival, Beautiful Days Festival and Black Deer Festival. He has appeared on festival line-ups along-side artists such as The Libertines, The Levellers and Frank Turner. His work has featured on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and RTE Radio in Ireland. A performer, producer and a highly experienced tutor who holds a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning from the University of Sussex.


Aidan Hampson | Bass

Aidan has played around the world, performing in rock bands, jazz bands, classical orchestras and pretty much everything in­between. He has taught bass guitar for over twenty years, specialising in theory and technique and has had his transcriptions featured in many magazines worldwide. Aidan also has an extensive line of bass songbooks published, receiving plaudits from many of the greatest bass players including Nathan East and Leland Sklar.


Dale Davis | Bass

Dale is one of the UK’s premier session bass players. Having worked across the globe, he has been at the top of his profession for decades. As a bassist, musical director and arranger, Dale has recorded and toured with hundreds of top-level artists including Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, Paul Young, Emelie Sandé, Mark Ronson and Freak Power. In addition to his session work, Dale continues to work on his own projects and productions, and is always on the lookout for new and exciting musical opportunities. He is one of the most passionate and gifted musicians you are likely to meet, and in the words of Amy Winehouse, is “my favourite person to go anywhere with”.


Melanie Howard | Bass

Melanie is the bassist for the indie-rock band ‘The Wedding Present’, which sees her touring frequently across the globe. Prior to playing bass for the band, she has also been the keyboard player and backing vocalist. She has also been a member of ‘Cinerama’  since 2014. The Wedding Present will be touring in Europe and Asia in 2019 and are currently planning tours of North America and Australasia.


Kieran Daniel | Bass

Kieran has been professional musician for nearly 20 years with extensive touring experience in the UK & Europe. He has been involved predominantly in the UK Funk and Hip Hop scenes working with Acid Jazz records(Giles Peterson), Poets of Rhythm (Ninja Tune), RedBull (International B-Boy competition) and Sir John Dankworth (CBE) as well as attracting some of countries top session players; DJ Jazz T (Jhest), Craig Blundell (Roland) to perform in his original projects. Kieran has over 15 years’ experience as an educator.


Greyum May | Bass & electronic-music

As a bassist / multi-instrumentalist, Greyum has spent the past two decades as a touring musician, working with bands such as Keepers Brew, Ozric Tentacles, Firebird and The Black Hand. He is also regularly employed as a backline technician and stage manager, working with artists such as Carcass, Ghost, Megadeth and Lamb Of God. Greyum describes his musical tastes as leaning left of centre, with psychedelic and progressive electronic music being of particular interest. Also a self-confessed tone and gear junky, Greyum is perhaps at his happiest when knee deep in MIDI cables, FX units, synth modules and other various assorted audio junk!

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