Musical Director / Bass Player Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers
‘My Vintage VCB430 Series Bass offers me a wonderfully resonant acoustic bass guitar sound coupled with stunning good looks. The on-board Fishman EQ allows me to dial in a killer tone whether live or in the studio and the built in tuner just rounds off the perfect package.’
After spending a year in Los Angeles studying bass guitar with such great players as Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis, and Billy Sheehan, Si returned to the UK and soon became established on the London music scene. Among the first bands who called upon Si’s bass playing services were Dr. and the Medics and shortly afterwards, German songstress Nina Hagen. He spent the next few years dividing his time between these two acts touring across Europe and The United States.
When guitarist Würzel left Motörhead to form his own band, ‘Würzel’s Gangshow’ fronted by Quireboy’s singer Spike, Si was duly asked to take up the bass duties.
Seasoned session guitarist Billy Leisegang then put Si’s name forward for the vacant bass spot for EMI recording artist ‘The King’ who, at the time, was one of the biggest selling acts in Europe.
The Elvis connection continued as Si became Musical Director and bassist for the touring show ‘That’s The Way It Was’. And when legendary US act the Osmonds embarked on their farewell UK tour it was Si they turned to, to play bass in an otherwise wholly American band.
Along the way, other luminaries for whom Si has provided the low end include, Don Airey (Deep Purple), Doogie White (Rainbow), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) Gwyn Ashton and British R&B legends The Inmates. He has toured around the world many times taking in numerous prestigious venues and festivals.
Si is currently the Musical Director and bass player for Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers with whom he continues to record and tour across the globe.