Gary’s life in music
Gary was born in Leith and while attending Leith Walk Primary School he learned to play the violin. It was while at Secondary School that he found his real calling – “the geetar.” Practicing studiously as a teenager, he tried and developed various styles of playing including classical, flamenco and jazz, as well as playing contemporary pop and rock music. After dabbling with saxophone and trumpet Gary later took up trombone and now sings and plays guitar and trombone (not all at the same time!) with his band Burt and the Bacharettes, who play in and around Edinburgh.
Gary’s first experimentation was at the ripe old age of eight, when he made a glass harmonica at home from various glasses filled to different levels, and he still likes to dabble with all sorts of musical instruments. Later his curiosity led to him becoming an inventor when he developed the Canmore bagpipe bag based on GoretexÒ technology, which revolutionised the bagpipe world as pipers no longer need to use animal skin bags – This invention was featured in an episode of the TV series Tomorrow’s World.
Gary also likes to collect percussion instruments from around the world and he incorporates these where relevant into his own compositions and his other musical ventures.
Past Musical Background
Gary has played in various bands covering many styles and genres of music including 4-part vocal harmony, swing, jump jive, soul, contemporary pop music, 60s and 70s classics and many more. This has led to Gary playing in events such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Malta music festival, and he has appeared on TV on “The Tube”.
Gary’s most recent projects include a James Bond themed band covering all the classic big James Bond theme tunes. Presently Gary has a project called Burt & The Bacharettes which stays true to all the original Bacharach arrangements and incorporates a brass section and vocal harmonies and has been described as “the music that has been the backdrop to everyone’s life”.
Producing the arrangements for the Bond and Bacharach numbers inspired Gary to branch out on his own and he now writes his own songs, and has written and arranged his first album, “Once Upon A Time In Leith…”, released in 2016. His songwriting is inspired by many styles ranging from sophisticated retro pop music, the likes of Amy Winehouse and Latin rhythms and a bit of soul music.
He has performed the songs many times in Leith and Edinburgh, including a slot in the Leith Festival – check the gigs page for upcoming dates, get in touch via the contact info, and of course have a listen to this labour of love – hope you enjoy it!