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"He plays confident, swinging violin in a style based on Stephane Grappelli with aspects of Eddie South and Stuff Smith, mixed into what emerges as a very personal means of expression"....."I hope Mike's enterprise in making this open-minded record receives the reception it so richly deserves"...."..impressive versatility" (Jazz Journal International).

Mike's professional career began playing the guitar, and occasional violin, with soul, blues and reggae bands in the London club scene of the early 1970s. His first band, The Bone Idols, played local gigs and toured the South of France. During a week's residency at a nightclub in Cannes, Stephane Grappelli, who was playing next door at the Palm Beach Casino, came in most evenings to unwind and sat at the band table. A significant encounter in view of future events. Playing with other local bands including The Sound of St. James and Krivoli Rog who featured vocalist Paul Conroy, later chairman of the Brit Awards. An attempt at a "proper job" at the BBC tape library with a view to becoming a sound engineer, was cut short after playing at all-nighter gigs in London at weekends and not being "on the ball" on Monday morning.

Still on guitar, All-nighters at the Flamingo Club in London's Wardour St. with the System Soul Band opposite bands like Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, and US Airforce bases around the UK were followed by a year with Junior's Conquest, which featured Hammond organist/guitarist Junior Marvin (later of Bob Marley and The Wailers). This was followed by 2 years, as guitarist/violinist, with The Gass with whom he recorded his first album in 1970, which featured Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green as a guest on two tracks. Apart from some dates in Spain The Gass played mainly the London club scene,  which at the time included The Bag O' Nails, Speakeasy, Scotch of St. James, The Revolution, Rasputin's, Sybillas and a Saturday residency "Upstairs" at Ronnie Scott's where regular sitters-in included Peter Green, Georgie Fame and the horn section from Ginger Baker's "Airforce".

Another venture - Phil Collins's "Zox & the Radar Boys" - a band he formed pre Brand X, while still with Genesis - MP violin.


A change to a more acoustic style, featuring more violin, resulted in tours, recordings, broadcasts from 1974 with Paul Brett (3 albums).  MP possibly the only person ever to appear on the Old Grey Whistle Test wearing a dressing gown! - see videos), Paul King (Mungo Jerry) - 3 albums, Ralph McTell (6 albums) and tours with Ralph and Danny Thompson and also concerts with a six piece band including Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Maddy Prior and Nigel Portman-Smith.

1979 - 80 a member of the Denny Laine Band (Moody Blues, Wings) - 1 album "Japanese Tears" (including re-workings of "Go Now" and "Say You Don't Mind"), playing UK and continental dates on guitar and violin.  Violin and guitar with Bert Jansch for several years as a duo and other line-ups including the band "Conundrum" with Bert, Rod Clements (Lindisfarne) and Pick Withers (later with Dire Straits), and recording 2 albums. In 1982 Bert asked MP to join the re-forming Pentangle (the original line-up, replacing John Renbourn who was leaving to pursue a music course at Dartington College), as violinist/guitarist, from 1982 - 89 (2 albums) - tours of the U.S.A., UK and and continental dates.

Alongside this there were violin jazz gigs including Keith Nichols' Ragtime Orchestra which featured in concerts at the Purcell Room in London and the Bix Beiderbeck concert series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Guy Barker. Also some dates at Ronnie Scott's with Madeleine Bell (MP on guitar). Recordings with a wide variety of artists.

Further work with Keith Nichols at concerts and jazz festivals. An International Fiddle Festival at Battersea Arts Centre with Nigel Kennedy.  With Gypsy Jazz guitar stars Fapy Lafertin, Angelo de Barre and Romane. He has worked with most of the Grappelli guitarists (apart from Django!), including Diz Disley, Martin Taylor, John Etheridge, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Green and Denny Wright. Also with the Kimbara Brothers, Jonny Hepbir Quartet, Ultraswing, Tours of Finland with The Hot Club of London (Nils Solberg and Gerry Higgins), Ian Cruikshank, Keith Stephens Gypsy Jazz, Jack Emblow, Big Jim Sullivan, John Joyce, Wizz Jones, Tom "Spats" Langham, Malcolm Harrison, Gary Potter, Campbell Burnap, Digby Fairweather, Alan Barnes,  Marty Grosz, Ken Peplowski, Chris Spedding, Howard Alden, Nigel Price, Herbie Flowers, Laurence Corns, Jason Henson,Tony Barnard, Jim Mullen, Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker, Gary Brooker, Dave Bronze's "Fargo".
Long -"standing" member of The Lord Colwyn Band (MP vln/gtr), featuring Anthony Colwyn (dentistry/tpt/perc), saw the inside of many a Cotswold marquee and royal event. (The champagne withdrawal is evident) - 1 album.


Ventures into comedy/theatre include Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band (honorary member-3 albums and several continental tours - MP violin/ banjo/guitar/strohviolin and saw), Jim Davidson ("The Devil Went Down to Brixton"), Ivor Biggun & the Red-nosed Burglars ("Cyril Goes to Bognor") and Bernard Cribbins ("I Hate Country Music"). Long-standing partner in crime, accordionist John Parker alias Les Onions
and MP (Hercule Croissant) livened up a few jolly events.
Performances and recordings with Australian vocalist Jeff Duff (Duffo) Band. Also a duo, Duffo and MP performing as "Zippy & Pinhead" (never quite sure who was who).

Russell Davies' film "The Lowest of the Low" - the history of the bass saxophone, includes MP in the Joe Venuti role, playing "Raggin' the Scale" - (see videos).

Curently MP is an occasional member of John Etheridge's "Sweet Chorus" and has played at the Xabia Jazz Fesival in Spain as a member of Martin Taylor's "Spirit of Django".

Five years as jazz/rock violin/guitar tutor with the "Herbie Flowers Rockshop" at the Dartington International Summer School. The first International violin festival - "The Genius of the Violin" - held in London in 2004, featured a live broadcast from the 606 Club. The "Violin Summit" included Mike with Christian Garrick and Stuart Hall, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "Jazz Notes".

In addition to guest appearances on numerous recordings by other artists Mike's first CD release "Blues for Stuff and Steph", featuring his quartet, has received excellent reviews from music publications in the UK, the USA, Jazz FM and BBC radio's "Jazz Notes".
"One of the best swing jazz fiddlers anywhere"..... New York Jazz Times. "Master of the jazz violin"...Jazz UK.

MP Quartet CD "Take a Walk" received excellent reviews and media coverage, including Humphrey Lyttelton opening his BBC Radio 2 "Best of Jazz" with "Struttin' Stuff" from the CD. (He also opened a previous show with a track from "Blues for Stuff and Steph"). 

These publications all include recognition of MP's work:
"Stephane Grappelli - with and without Django", by Paul Balmer (Sanctuary Publications)
"Exploring Jazz Violin" by Chris Haigh, Schott Publications
"Dazzling Stranger - Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival" by Colin Harper, Bloomsbury Publications 
"The Songs and Guitar Solos of Bert Jansch" Punchbowl Publications
"The Guinness Who's Who of Sixties Music" by Colin Larkin, Guinness Publications
"Streets of London - The Official Biography of Ralph McTell" by Chris Hockenhull, Northdown Publishing 
"Strange Brew - Eric Clapton and the British Blues Boom 1965-1970" by Christopher Hjort, JawBone Publications

31/01/16 and 1/02/16, as an ex-member of Pentangle and Bert Jansch bands, MP performed at two concerts for "Celtic Connections" in Glasgow, playing guitar with Jacqui McShee as a duo, violin with Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters, Graham Coxon (Blur),  Bernard Butler (Suede), Karine Polwart and Martin Simpson and others for the Bert Jansch Foundation.
http://bertjansch.com/news/bert-inspired-a-concert-for-bert-jansch


Current appearances at The Ivy Club in London with the Joe Thompson Trio. Blues gigs with the Nigel Bagge Band and guest appearances at jazz clubs and festivals in the UK and abroad. "Jazz Breakfasts" with Herbie Flowers. London appearances with Laurence Corns at Boisdale and Cafe Boheme in Soho. The Hot Club of Boisdale - (see video page). Concerts and festivals with MP's Hot Club Trio and Martin Wheatley's Arcadians. 
Recent activities include recording with guitarist Chris Spedding on John Lodge's (Moody Blues) solo album "10,000 Light Years Ago".


October 2018 - concerts supporting Steeleye Span on tour with Pentangle's Jacqui McShee & Friends (MP, Kevin Dempsey and Tom Chapman). More of these planned including the Sevenoaks Festival in July 2019.

 

Album recordings include:

1970 GASS - MP (gtr/vln), Bobby Tench (voc/gtr), Derek Austen, (kbds/flute), DeLisle Harper (bass), Godfrey Maclean (dms/perc). Special guest – Peter Green (gtr)
1972 PAUL BRETT
1973 BRADLEYS ROADSHOW – Paul Brett -live at the Marquee Club
1973 EASY – Ralph McTell
1974 CLOCKS – Paul Brett
1975 STREETS - Ralph McTell
1975 INDISCREET - Sparks
1976 DO IT – Jo Ann Kelly
1977 A RARE CONUNDRUM – Bert Jansch
1977 KING OF BONGO BONG – Duck Baker
1978 LORD COLWYN’S 3B BAND
1978 HARD PRESSED – Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band
1979 SLIDE AWAY THE SCREEN – Ralph McTell
1980 JAPANESE TEARS/Say You Don’t Mind/Go Now – Denny Laine Band
1981 TOO RISKY – Jim Davidson – Live
1983 OPEN THE DOOR – Pentangle
1983 ALPHABET ZOO – Ralph McTell
1984 FULL MOON - Cliff Aungier
1985 IN THE ROUND – Pentangle
1988 RADIO NIGHTS – The Moonlight Serenaders (Keith Nichols/Claus Jacobi)
1988 RUSTY TAYLOR’S JAZZ REVIEW – Rusty Taylor/Keith Nichols
1989 KEEPING UP WITH THE SPIKE JONES’S – Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band
1990 STEALIN’ BACK - Ralph McTell
1991 I LIKE TO DO THINGS FOR YOU – Janice Day/ Keith Nichols/Guy Barker & The Cotton Club Gang
1992 SYNCOPATED JAMBOREE – Keith Nichols and the Cotton Club Orchestra
1993 HEP TO THE BEAT – The Blue Caps & Friends
1993 ONE MORE ROAD – Pentangle
1994 HAPPY DAZE – Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band
1995 ABOUT THYME – Jacqui McShee/Gerry Conway/Spencer Cozens
1995 WHEN THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN – Bert Jansch
1995 THE MILL IS GONE – King Earl Boogie Band
1995 HOUDINI’S MOON – Paul King
1997 POPPIES – THE ULTIMATE PEACE ALBUM – Various Artists
1998 GRAVELANDS – The King
1998 "BLUES FOR STUFF & STEPH" – Mike Piggott Quartet. MP vln, Brian Dee pno, John Rees-Jones bs, Dave Trigwell dms
1999 LONELY STREET - Bap Kennedy
1999 DE RIGEUR – Ultraswing
2000 RED SKY – Ralph McTell
2001 A WOMAN'S VOICE - Jacqui McShee
2002 BOISDALE BLUE RHYTHM BAND - LIVE
2003 STROHLIN' AND STUMBLIN' - With Piers Clark - guitar
2004 I'M OLD FASHIONED - Heather Simmons
2006 "TAKE A WALK" - Mike Piggott - featuring Jacqui McShee, Peter Ind, Nils Solberg, Brian Dee, Peter Morgan and Rod Brown
2006 ALL DAY BREAKFAST - Martin Wheatley
2006 "MESS OF BLUES" (MP guitar/violin)
2006 THANK YOU MR MOON - Debbie Arthurs' Sweet Rhythm
2007 TRIBUTE TO PAUL WHITEMAN - Live at the Sage Theatre, Gateshead with Keith Nichols and Northern Sinfonia
2009 ORDINARY MAN - Duncan McKenzie
2009 BY A WATERFALL - Spats Langham's Hot Fingers
2010 THE TALK OF THE TOWN - Debbie Arthurs' Sweet Rhythm
2010 FARGO - FARGO - Dave Bronze, Heather Simmons, Martin Wheatley
2011 ATTUNE...OR TWO Keith Stephens Hot Club Trio
2012 JOUEZ - Ultraswing
2012 DIDN'T PLAN MY ROUTE HERE - Nigel Bagge
2013 ATMOSPHERICS - Kate Daniels - with John Etheridge, Alec Dankworth
2014 PRETTY RED SHOES - Cat Piggott - with MP guitar, fiddle, mandolin, percussion
2015 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO - John Lodge (Moody Blues) - with Chris Spedding

 

Take A Walk CD- Mike Piggott

Mike Piggott has three CDs available: TWO NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE

Take a Walk (2006)- DOZ 007 As featured on Radio 2 (Humphrey Lyttleton's Best of Jazz)

TRACK LISTING (click to play excerpts): 1. Hillcrest (Smith) 2. Yellow House Stomp (Grappelli) 3. Struttin' Stuff (Piggott) 4. The Gift (Ferriera/Antonio) 5. Blue Daniel (Rosolino) 6. Brother Where Are You? (Oscar Brown Junior) 7. Red-O-Ray (Grappelli) 8. But Beautiful (Van Heusen) 9. Swing '42 (Reinhardt/Grappelli) 10. Cette Chanson (Alhert/Young) 11. Mexican Wave (Piggott/Solberg) 12. Bix (Wilber) 13.Royal Mayall (Piggott). To preview all tracks in pop-out player, please click here

Also featuring: Jaqui McShee, Nils Solberg, Brian Dee, Peter Morgan, Peter Ind, Rod Brown "He plays confident, swinging violin in a style based on Stephane Grappelli with aspects of Eddie South and Stuff Smith, mixed into what emerges as a very personal means of expression"....."I hope Mike's enterprise in making this open-minded record receives the reception it so richly deserves"...."..impressive versatility" (Jazz Journal International 2007)

Available via PayPal for £12.00 per copy (includes P+P):

Please email mpigg@supanet.com for prices for more than one copy.

Take A Walk CD- Mike Piggott

Blues for Stuff and Steph (1998 DOZ 001) by The Mike Piggott Quartet featuring MP (violin), Brian Dee (piano), John Rees-Jones (bass) and Dave Trigwell (drums).

TRACK LISTING (click bto play excerpts): 1. September in the Rain (Warren) 2. Skip It (S.Smith) 3. This Can’t Be Love (Rodgers/Hart) 4. Nuages (Reinhardt) 5. My Little Suede Shoes (C.Parker) 6. Only Time Will Tell (S.Smith) 7. I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me (McHugh/Gaskill) 8. Waltz For Sachma (Piggott) 9. Timmie’s Blues (S.Smith) 10. Autumn Leaves (J Kosma) 11.Vous et Moi (Reinhardt) To preview all tracks in pop-out player, please click here

"..an engaging document of jazz violin" – CADENCE USA"
..one of the best swing jazz fiddlers active anywhere" – JAZZ TIMES USA
"..demonstrates his mastery of the jazz violin" – JAZZ UK
"..thick, rich, soulful tone" – JAZZ JOURNAL UK

Available via PayPal for £12.00 per copy (includes P+P)

Please email email mpigg@supanet.com for prices for more than one copy.

Strohlin' and Stumblin' CD- Mike Piggott

Strohlin' and Stumblin' (2003)- A relaxed selection of favourite pieces, recorded with acoustic violin and strohviolin, plus Piers Clark - guitar (1934 Gibson L5)

TRACK LISTING: 1. I Saw Stars 2. I'll Never Be The Same 3. Mexican Waltz 4. Sons De Carrilhoes 5. Stumblin' 6. A Kiss To Build A Dream On 7. Exactly Like You 8. Marino Waltz 9. Whispering 10. St. Lewes Blues 11. China Boy 12. When You Wish Upon A Star 13. April Kisses

Very limited quantities available. Please email mpigg@supanet.com for further details.






MP- GUITARIST: Becoming aware of recordings by such artists as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, T Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker, Mike’s first live introduction to the blues was John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton and then Peter Green and other British Blues bands of that era. After playing in local groups such as the Convicts, The ‘Ighbroughs, The Bone Idols, and Sound of St. James, Mike joined the System Soul Band, playing  Clubs and US Airforce bases in the UK, and All-nighters at London’s Flamingo Club. This led to playing in soul and reggae bands around London and Junior’s Conquest led by Hammond organist/guitarist Junior Marvin who later joined Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Mike’s first album recording was with The Gass for Polydor records. The Gass played London’s top night clubs: The Bag O’Nails, Speakeasy, Blaises, Revolution, Rasputin’s, Sybilla’s, Scotch of St James, tours of Spain and, for a year, a Saturday night residency “Upstairs” at Ronnie Scotts. Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac was a regular sitter-in at these sessions and played on two tracks on the Gass album. The Gass also recorded with Jack Hammer (writer "Great Balls of Fire"). Mike continues to play guitar alongside violin, including playing with Shakey Vick's Blues Band, which included bass player Alex Dmochowski, previously with Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation and later with Frank Zappa. Alex and Mike were planning a band "Wavy Gravy" - which never materialised...."Blues on the Farm" with Gary Brooker Band (vln) and with Madeleine Bell at Ronnie Scott's (gtr).

Current gigs with contemporary blues players include The Nigel Bagge Band and Mike Dowling (USA), Duck Baker (USA,) UK band “Mess of Blues” and Eric Ranzoni’s Blues band.

Mike Piggott with Gibson guitar

Listen to two of Mike's guitar tracks

Blue Jam

Red Sky

To hear both tracks in pop-out player, please click here

Mike Piggott with guitar


 2018

NOVEMBER
4 Herbie Flowers Jazz Breakfast - The Dome Theatre Brighton 11am - 1pm https://brightondome.org/event/18884/herbie_flowers_jazz_breakfast/
9 Private event London
10 Private event Crawley
11 Boisdale Canary Wharf - The Hot Club of Boisdale Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT 1pm – 3pm www.boisdale.co.uk with The Hot Club of Boisdale
14 London details tbc
15 The Bell Inn,Ticehurst E. Sussex TN5 7AS Hot Club Revue with Nils Solberg, Pete Morgan 8 - 10pm. £12/£14 on the night. Reserve seats 07791 310014
16 The Allis 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7EE 7.15 - 10pm with Laurence Corns Trio www.thealliswhitecity.com    020 7870 0000 
17 Oxo Tower Brasserie, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH 7.30-11pm with Laurence Corns 020 7803 3888
22 Private event London
24 Boisdale of Belgravia with The Eric Ranzoni Blues Band 10pm - 00.30 http://www.boisdale.co.uk/belgravia
25 The Hawth, Crawley Jazz Lunch with Nils Solberg and Peter Morgan https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth/Shows/Search?Search=jazz+lunch  BOX OFFICE: 01293 553636 12pm - 2.30pm
26 Paris House 21 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF 2pm - 5pm with Hot Club Trio https://www.the-paris-house.co.uk/
28 Fitz Bar Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE 020 7520 1807  with Laurence Corn's Corndogs 8 - 11pm  
30 Billingshurst Centre Roman Way, Billingshurst RH14 9EW 8pm with Malcolm Mortimore, Cliff Hall and Paul Morgan. Details/tickets 07778 415455

DECEMBER
1 Maple, Westfield Square, White City, London W12 7HB  maplewestfield.com  maplewestfield.com 6.30 - 10pm with Laurence Corns jazz/blues
2  Boisdale Canary Wharf - The Hot Club of Boisdale Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT 1pm – 3pm www.boisdale.co.uk with The Hot Club of Boisdale
3 Epsom Playhouse 42 Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AL http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/mike-piggott-nils-solberg-quintet-1  Mike Piggott/Nils Solberg Quintet 8pm 
7 Private event London
11 Hare & Hounds 79-81 Portland Rd, Worthing BN11 1QG www.hareandhoundsworthing.co.uk/ 8pm with Godfrey Sheppard Trio
13 Private event London
17 Paris House 21 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF 2pm - 5pm with Hot Club Trio https://www.the-paris-house.co.uk/
22 Private event Chelmsford
30 The Jolly Tanners Handcross Rd, Staplefield, Haywards Heath RH17 6EF 8pm with Nigel Bagge Band www.jollytanners.com/  

2019

JANUARY
2/3 Boisdale Canary Wharf - The Hot Club of Boisdale Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT 9pm – 10.30pm
 www.boisdale.co.uk with The Hot Club of Boisdale
19 Royal Oak, Ifield with Nigel Bagge Band (blues+)
26 The Oakwood Centre - Headley Road - Woodley - Reading  -  RG5 4JZ  7.30 - 10.30pm with Martin Hart Trio details tba
28 Epsom Playhouse 42 Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AL http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows with Martin Wheatley's Arcadians 8pm

FEBRUARY
2 Hay-on Wye Details tba
8 The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ Acoustic Blues Night with Nigel Bagge Band 7.45pm https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth .


 


Mike can be contacted by email: mike@mikepiggott.com

Other links that may be of interest:

www.nilssolberg.com

www.jazzservices.org.uk - promoting growth and development of Jazz in the UK

www.piersclark.co.uk

www.abar.net - Anthony Barnett

www.rolyveitch.20m.com - Roly Veitch

www.spotlightentertainments.com - Music and Entertainment for functions and events