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Glymjack: Recording A Live Video Performance

Session Notes: The Practical Craft of Recording
Published December 2018
By Sam Inglis

Glymjack, going for a dramatic ending to their 'show' — a crowd‑free gig recorded at The Junction in Cambridge. Glymjack, going for a dramatic ending to their 'show' — a crowd‑free gig recorded at The Junction in Cambridge.

To showcase the band to promoters and festival bookers, singer‑songwriter Greg McDonald wanted to film an 'as live' main‑stage performance by the full band line‑up.

Singer‑songwriter Greg McDonald has been a willing guinea pig for several SOS articles in the past, and even featured on the cover back in July 2012, helping me to try out different techniques for miking a singing guitarist. It's fair to say that we probably owed him a favour, and nearly seven years later the opportunity arose.

Greg's latest project is Glymjack, a folk band that scales to fit different scenarios. The idea is that small promoters can book Greg on his own, or as a duo with fiddle player Gemma Gayner, while for bigger gigs the band can be expanded to include any or all of melodeon player Saul Bailey, bassist Dickon Collinson, pianist Art Toper and drummer Evan Carson.

To showcase the band to promoters and festival bookers, Greg wanted to film an 'as live' main‑stage performance by the full line‑up. My role was to handle live sound, recording and mixing. Film‑maker Henry Williams had been hired to take care of the video work, and with Luke Webb providing a suitably stadium‑tastic light show, this would to all intents and purposes be a live gig without an audience.

Forewarned Is Forearmed

Greg had arranged...

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Published December 2018