Bruford-Borstlap / Drum Clinics

After four years of steady nurturing, Winterfold and Summerfold are flourishing with about thirty titles across the two labels. The year starts slowly with the release of the two Earthworks Anthology DVDs, but the centrepiece in May is a bracing 12 shows in 14 days cross-Canada drum clinic tour for Howard Kalisky at Efkay, Tama’s Canadian distibutor. Both attendance and reaction are surprisingly good, and Bill even visits Edmonton, the first city on his first North American tour, some 49 tours ago.

The Borstlap-Bruford Duo goes quietly about its business at several top-line festivals, and encouraged by the response, Bill decides to go around again with a fresh live CD. Most of the summer disappears in the editing, artwork and production of ‘In Two Minds’, scheduled to appear in time for the group’s performance at the London Jazz Festival in November. A sparse autumn leads to Paris and Hungary before an excellent reception at the Purcell Room on the South Bank, London at the L.J.F. John Cumming of Serious music producers has been a help all year, with festivals in Bath, Gateshead, and now London, and seems now to have taken the Duo under his wing. With Earthworks parked and re-fuelling at the twenty year mark, John offers to put together dates for Bruford-Borstlap in May next year, and 2007 ends optimistically.

As at January 1st 2008, Bill has been a professional musician for forty years, and performed 2870 times.