StraySTUART UREN - BASS

Del and I go back a looooong way, in fact I remember on one occasion I did a STRAY gig playing guitar with Del, Gary, Ritchie and Pete Dyer. Gary was so loud I couldn't hear my guitar!

My bass guitar duties with Del started with the 'Who Do You Love' sessions at Morgan studios in London, which turned into The Del Bromham Band with Romek Parol, who I also played with in The Soul Band, then followed Del Bromham's Oasis, Javelin and some time later Stray again. It's good to be back!


Amongst others I have played bass with:


- Jerod Minnies from Memphis, he used to play guitar with Al Green and I met him when he was in England playing with Dexy's Midnight Runners. Jerod heard me playing guitar and said he would like me to play bass with him and did I know of a drummer so I phoned my mate Rom. Jerod has also toured with Womak and Womak.

- Big Stone was formed by singer/songwriter David Cattermole from Buckingham. I have known Dave since he was in Unlimited Dream Company and he is a prolific songwriter with a great voice - his music has echoes of Free, Neil Young and David Grey. We have recently been recording songs with Clive Bunker for Dave's next CD. It was whilst playing in Big Stone that I first met Dean and Karl, Dean joined the band and we played gigs together with Paul King and Matt Prior.



- Daniel Buckland is a very talented young singer/songwriter from Buckingham who I have had the pleasure of working with live in his band and as a duo. Watch out for him and his new band The Swamis.

- The Aussie blues/rocker Gwyn Ashton came to England in 1997 and I first played with him that summer at the Blues Festival in Padbury, Buckingham. Also on the bill were Peter Green and Bernie Marsden. I have played with Gwyn's band on and off for the past eight years, also working with drummer Michael Wiedrich who now plays with Eddie Martin.

- The Roadknights was a band formed by Syd Twynham (guitar) and Wally Rothe (drums), they had both previously played in Liquid Gold and Mud but wanted a band to play their own rockier material. It only lasted for a couple of years but we had a lot of fun!


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- Basho was the brainchild of producer and musician Ross Cullum who over the years has worked with the likes of Tears for Fears, Adam and the Ants, Roxy Music, Enya, Howard Jones and many others. Ross' fascinating compositions were influenced by the music of people like Weather Report, John Coltrane, George Duke and McCoy Tyner.

- Guitarist and composer John Howarth, who is also an award winning video cameraman, writes songs often with an African and ragtime blues feel. I have been working with his band for the past couple of years.

- The JD Allstars with guitarist Robin Boult of Fish and Howard Jones.

- Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake. What can I say, it's always a privilege to share a stage with Bernie.

- Dominic Brown. I was introduced to Dominic by his drummer Dan Numann who also played with Gwyn Ashton. Dominic is a great songwriter and plays funky blues.

I have also played guitar with:


- Stars. This band was formed by Simon Lait and Pete Matthews in the mid 70's. We recorded an album which featured the amazing drumming of Ric Parnell who later went on to work with Atomic Rooster, Spinal Tap and Nova.

- The extraordinary Gail Ann Dorsey who now plays bass with David Bowie asked me to play guitar on some of her recordings, which I enjoyed enormously. Thanks Gail!



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