and James have been
consuming coffee and creating music
together for some years now, mostly in the studio, but also
have been accompanied live by Sandro Granda
and Zac Gregory on Double Bass. More
they've started writing songs together as MaHat (McBride
and Hollingsworth Art Thing, or 'ave tea, or 'are tremendous', it's
Brought together by a helpful local milkman (local delivery of
milk is a quaint custom still extant in most of the UK), the two
musicians pooled their complimentary expertise to record their first
track, the 13-minute Arabic-sounding Dervish, in 2001. Based on
a theme James composed in 1990, Sean added his considerable
compositional and arranging skills, with virtuosic flute-playing.
Here's Sean's new home on the web.
James and Sean have also made soundtrack music for films, including the
movie The Pilgrimage in 2005, based on the journey of a local
artist (Jonathan Hayter, of Figure
of Speech) on the Road
to Santiago, in northern Spain.
Film-makers looking for original
music for their films should check out MaHat Music for
Originally from San Francisco, Sean's father, Dick McBride
used to hang out with Allen
Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (among other Beat
luminaries), so we asked him "So, Sean, what was it like growing up
with Allen Ginsburg and those other guys hanging out at your house?"
Sean replied without taking a breath "F#ck! I don't know, they were
just guys with beards that my dad knew! They were all right I guess, I
ignored them, I was upstairs listening to Jimi Hendrix." Thanks,
Among other things, Sean also plays sax with the Spectrum
Party Band, blows sax with Roxy Magic
(when Lee Sullivan is too cool to play), teaches sax, and amazingly
still manages to find
time to wail sax with the infamously defunct MoFunk.
Must be the coffee.