Mo is appearing at the Foundry Gallery on Thursday 23rd May 7.30pm Tickets £8
British Rock Musicians and their Stories
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Mo Foster is a witty raconteur who, during his 42-year career as a renowned bass player, has recorded and toured with a vast number of artists, among them Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Brian May, Ringo Starr, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Annifrid Lyngstad (Frida of ABBA), Gil Evans, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Gary Moore, Hank Marvin, Roger Glover, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Over the years Mo has gathered (and recently published) the recollections and anecdotes of hundreds of his musical colleagues and friends, and through these idiosyncratic, revealing and above all very funny stories he entertainingly charts the way in which the guitar - in just over 50 years - transformed British music and culture.
In the mid 1960s Mo studied physics and mathematics at the University of Sussex. During this period he played both drums and bass in a wide variety of different bands. Once he graduated, a short spell as a laboratory research assistant convinced him that a career in music was preferable and, along with other ex-university pals, he formed a progressive jazz/rock group called Affinity, which was managed by the late Ronnie Scott.
From that time on Mo Foster's career as a renowned and prestigious contemporary bass player has spanned over 40 years. He is now established as a top session musician, solo artist, producer, composer, author, and now raconteur.
Among the hundreds of artists with whom he has recorded or toured are Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Brian May, Ringo Starr, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Annifrid Lyngstad (Frida of ABBA),Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Gary Moore, Judy Tzuke, Hank Marvin, Roger Glover, Rod Argent, Gil Evans, Scott Walker, George Martin, and The London Symphony Orchestra.
Mo’s new book — British Rock Guitar — is an amusing, anecdotal, illustrated, semi-autobiographical description of rock’s early days in Britain. It is published in hardback by McNidder and Grace (formerly Northumbria University Press).