John Doe Trio releases album under SMFA’s Foundry Studio recording contract



The John Doe Trio, an exciting Kent based three piece blues-rock band, is the first band to release an album under the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studio recording contract. The album Stranger is now available on iTunes, Amazon, HMV, and Spotify.

Based in the Chatham Historic Dockyard, The Foundry provides flagship music industry-standard facilities for the degree programmes, containing a 5.1 Control Room with a collection of outboard gear, a Live Room and Vocal Booth, with the studio designed by DACS Audio, who have over 25 years of field experience in Studio Design, Audio Installation, and Acoustic Treatment.

Phil Marsh, the School’s Technical Manager and Enterprise Liaison said,  “The foundry recording contract is a unique collaborative opportunity for artists to access the high end recording facilities and staff expertise that the school offers.”  Frank Walker, the studio engineer added, “Being able to use the foundry gave us the flexibility to capture the authentic John Doe Trio sound. Recording a band of this calibre made full use of the studio and I was really pleased with the results.”

The band, comprising Phil Woollett on vocals and guitar, Craig Ferguson on bass and Paul Townsend on drums, have been receiving glowing reports from the blues radio and online fraternity for their debut album, with Kevin Beale of Ridge Radio describing it as “a masterpiece”.  As well as traditional blues and blues-rock, the album combines influences of funk, bluegrass and even jazz in the creation of a truly exciting sound, with Phil also swapping his traditional guitars for lap steel and even a homemade cigar box instruments for stunning results.

After an extremely successful launch night at one of Kent’s premier regular live music venues, the band intend to follow up the release of Stranger with a number of high profile live shows over the next twelve months.


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