112 episodes

Keyboard players from all genres talk about their careers and share insights for the rest of us.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest keyboard players talk. Both show hosts are players themselves, so we try to keep it relevant and fun.

The Keyboard Chronicles David Holloway

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Keyboard players from all genres talk about their careers and share insights for the rest of us.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest keyboard players talk. Both show hosts are players themselves, so we try to keep it relevant and fun.

    Jim Sheridan, TV Music Producer, Musical Director & Composer

    Jim Sheridan, TV Music Producer, Musical Director & Composer

    Jim Sheridan is a hard keyboard player to quantify, as his career has been incredibly diverse. That said, it’s fair  to say he’s a TV production expert from a musical viewpoint, and it’s given him some fascinating perspectives on composition, production and musicianship.

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Name That Tune – Fox Network

    The process of refining 1400+ songs for a season of the show

    The joy of working with Randy Jackson

    The intensity of workflow during production of a season of Name That Tune

    Jim on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy

    Jim’s (non)  musical upbringing, teaching himself to play and his unexpected first audition

    The iconic Roland D50 Digital Native Dance

    Spyder Simpson – He’s a Businessman

    Jim performing with Linda Martin in 1995

    Why Jim won’t have a bad word said against pop stars Jedward

    Jim on The Lyrics Board

    Jedward go acoustic on the Late Late Show

    Moving into TV work 

    Learning and doing TV composition, and what killed it as a viable career

    Becoming a TV house band musical director

    Jim and his house band on Tubridy Tonight

    Michael Fassbender singing Twist and Shout

    Guns, late nights and a train wreck performance worthy of nightmares

    Russell Crowe performs on the Late Late Show

    Jim with Sinead O’Connor – For One Night Only

    Desert Island Discs: Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties – Trevor Horn, The Nightfly – Donald Fagen, Hejira- Joni Mitchell, West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein, Film Music Collection – Ennio Morricone

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    David Ryshpan, Vox Sambou / Trio Bruxo

    David Ryshpan, Vox Sambou / Trio Bruxo

    David Ryshpan is a multifaceted Canadian musician whose talents extend to being a pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and DJ. Born in Toronto.  David has collaborated with a range of artists, including the likes of Vox Sambou, Jorge Ben Jor, and Trio Bruxo, showcasing his versatility across different musical landscapes. We go from Beijing to Brazil in this discussion, with a side-trip to Tokyo, hope you enjoy it.

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    Getting into jazz at the age of 9

     

    Playing matinee gigs at The Rex as a teenager



     

    Dave Brubeck – Strange Meadow Lark

     

    Jeff Johnston – McGill University

     

    David’s technique and why it was less than optimal

     

    David’s video on avoiding the ‘chicken dance’ with keyboard fingering

     

    Indigone Trio – Tonglen

     

    On developing a passion for Brazilian Jazz

     

    The Banff Centre Jazz & Sonic Arts residency

     

    Djavan – Tem Boi na Linha

     

    Jorge Ben Jor

     

    David performing with Jorge Ben Jor 2013

     

    David at Blue Note Tokyo with Jorge Ben Jor 2014

     

    Working with Vox Sambou

     



    Vox Sambou at Rio das Ostras Jazz & Blues festival 2019



     

    The amazing Oktoecho

     

    Oktoecho – Transcestral

     

    Trio Bruxo in action

    Tag a Keyboard Player:  Ric’key Pageot; Camille Gélinas (www.instagram.com/cam.geli); David Osei-Afrifa (www.instagram.com/david.osei.afrifa)

    Desert Island Discs: Herbie Hancock – Thrust; Stevie Wonder – Innervisions; Willie Colón & Ruben Blades – Siembra; Djavan – Alumbramento; Guillermo Klein – Carrera

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    Mikey Rowe, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds / Oasis

    Mikey Rowe, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds / Oasis

    Mikey Rowe is  keyboardist for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Rowe’s musical journey with Noel Gallagher extends beyond the High Flying Birds. He was also  a part of Oasis and has an incredibly extensive session and recording career, which we discuss in some depth. And then there’s the train wreck story… A huge thanks to Mikey for his time!

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    Mikey’s website

    Mikey’s past 6-12 months with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

    How the High Flying Birds gig came about

    Recording process with Noel and the High Flying Birds

    MD role and prepping for translating the new recorded work into the live environment

    Getting the gig with Oasis

    Mikey with Oasis on MTV Unplugged – Listen Up

    Mikey’s approach to covering the huge Oasis / Gallagher back catalogue

    Mikey’s Mainstage rig

    Mikey’s home studio setup

    Working with The Amorphous Androgynous and Future Sound of London

    Working with Stevie Nicks

    Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams

    Mikey playing with Sheryl Crow – My Favourite Mistake

    On not reading music and working with other great musicians

    Playing with David Gilmour on Rattle That Lock

    Mikey playing David Gilmour’s song Today

    Why Mikey thinks he didn’t do a great job on the David Gilmour session

    Talking Hammonds and Leslies with Prince

    Working with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger

    Mikey with Sheryl Crow and Keith Richards – Happy

    Mikey’s Train Wreck

    Mikey with Rachel Stamp – Hey Hey Michael You’re Really Fantastic

    Tag a Keyboard Player: Roger Manning

    Desert Island Discs: OK Computer – Radiohead, In It For The Money – Supergrass, Matador – Gaz Coombes, Sea Change – Beck, A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

    A brief chat on Slade

    Slade – Run Runaway

    Mikey and Noel Gallagher perform Dead in the Water

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    Mark Shusterman, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Mark Shusterman, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Mark Shusterman is the keyboardist for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. We cover his journey with that outfit as well as his other projects and diverse musical history. 

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Mark’s musical upbringing

    Constellations band

    The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse

    Mark’s love of the Rhodes and other go-to keyboards

    Meeting Nathaniel Rateliff 

    The Hi-Dive in Denver

    Mark with The Night Sweats on Jimmy Fallon

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old

    The role of perfectionism and the band’s output

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Farm Aid 2023 – Time Makes Fools

    Mark’s keyboard rig with The Night Sweats

    The importance of backing vocals and harmonies

    Amlamas – Electric Eyes

    Mark’s art exhibition

    Mark’s favourite keyboards

    Guidance for those entering the industry and pitfalls to avoid

    The Helpinstill Upright Piano

    Tag a Keyboard Player:  Jackie Miclau

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Buy My Round

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – What If I with Phil Cook

    Desert Island Discs: Maggot Brain – Funkadelic, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips, Music for 18 Musicians – Steve Reich, Drukqs – Aphex Twin, Aquemini – Outkast.

    Pimp your band t-shirt: Light in the Black (Canada)

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    James Prime, Deacon Blue

    James Prime, Deacon Blue

    Jim Prime has been Deacon Blue’s keyboard player for decades, and that alone is a great reason to spend some serious time with him. Add in his other playing credits with other artists (John Martyn, Johnny Hallyday), his sense of humour and some of the best anecdotes we’ve heard, and you’ve got an interview for the ages.

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    Jim in recent action and a tour of his keyboard rig

    Deacon Blue in full flight live

    Jim’s musical upbringing

    Park Lane Studios Glasgow

    Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love

    Taking two Oberheim OB-X synths on tour

    Learning how a show works thanks to community theatre

    Working with John Martyn

    Fear, alcohol and drugs: leaving the music industry

    Meeting Ricky Ross and formation of Deacon Blue

    Dealing with fear and imposter syndrome

    Deacon Blue – Dignity

    The power of collaboration to defeat procrastination

    Getting back to basics and being inspired by traditional Scottish music

    Margaret Urlich – Number One

    Working with ‘France’s Elvis’, Johnny Hallyday

    Jim playing live with, and being introduced by Johnny Hallyday

    Working on The Big Picnic (watch it here)

    Teaching at the University of the West of Scotland

    Reminiscence bump

    Tag a Keyboard Player: Chuck Leavell, Dave Stewart

    Desert Island Discs: Aja – Steely Dan, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 – Earth Wind & Fire, Second Helping – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue – Joni Mitchell, The Last Record Album – Little Feat.

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    Damon McMahon, Keyboardist and Industry Expert

    Damon McMahon, Keyboardist and Industry Expert

    Damon McMahon is an Australian-based keyboard player and former musical instrument industry professional who has a fascinating history of playing and living in other countries, including China, Singapore and Japan. We cover Damon’s interesting history in music and also engage in some music industry chat.

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    Damon’s musical ‘residency’ in Shanghai, China

    Playing in a four-piece band in Singapore

    Two and a half years playing in Japan athe Osaka Hilton

    Playing in Thailand

    Playing on the night of an earthquake in Osaka, Japan.

    The mature taste in music of the Japanese people

    Playing ABBA in China

    Working for Roland Corp.

    Roland RD-600 in action

    The Osaka Blue Note

    Joe Sample at the Blue Note Osaka 1995

    Even politicians don’t understand not to talk at you while you’re playing… (and no, it wasn’t Anthony Albanese)

    Working for Yamaha Music Australia

    Working for Casio’s Australian distributor

    Differences between Yamaha, Roland and Casio’s approach

    Damon’s favourite keyboards

    A case  in support of the arranger keyboard

    Damon’s guitar player-related train wreck

    Desert Island Discs: Here Come D’boogie Man – Herbie Marks, Jarreau – Al Jarreau, Johnnie B. Bad – Johnnie Johnson, Original Soundtrack – Rebel, Natural Wonder – Stevie Wonder

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