Ramon Goose

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Ramon Goose
Ramon Goose(electric).jpg
Goose at the NuBlues Jazz Festival, Frankfurt, Germany, 28 October 2008
Background information
Born (1977-01-16) 16 January 1977 (age 40)
Colchester, England
United Kingdom
Genres Blues, blues rock, world music, acoustic, blues rock, country blues, African music, African blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, music instructor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, N'goni Ngoni_(instrument)
Years active 1990–present
Labels ARC Music, Metisse Music, Acoustic-Records, 21st Century Blues Records, Discovery Records, Dixiefrog Records, Black and Tan Records
Associated acts Coconut Revolution, NuBlues, West African Blues Project, Desert Rock (Band), World Scatterings
Website Ramon Goose.net

Ramon Goose is an English guitarist, singer and producer, known for his work with the West African Blues Project and the hip hop blues band NuBlues, for his mastery of the slide guitar, and for producing albums for American blues artists. As a solo artist he has toured across the world performing concerts (including performing at Buckingham Palace) and released several albums to critical acclaim.

Biography[edit]

Goose was born in England and started out with British band NuBlues as guitarist, chief songwriter and producer. With NuBlues he made the album Dreams of a Blues Man (released on Dixiefrog Records in Europe, 21st Century Blues Records in the United States, and published by Metisse Music) and has toured all over Europe, with Eric Burdon, the Blind Boys of Alabama and others; performed with James Brown's bandleader Pee Wee Ellis; and worked with Chris Thomas King. After a short stint with American bluesman Eric Bibb, in 2006, Goose went on to produce, perform on and co-write critically acclaimed albums for other blues artists. His production for Mississippi blues artist Boo Boo Davis was voted Top Ten Blues Album in a MOJO magazine poll in 2006, and his production of Billy Jones (based in Arkansas)—both on Black and Tan Records—also received accolades from critics. Recent projects have included an album with Senegalese music star Diabel Cissokho,[1] and production of the second NuBlues album Snow on the Tracks;. Goose ended 2009 with a tour with his own band, including four performances at maximum security prisons to test his new material, which he released on the album Uptown Blues in 2011.[needs update] He has continued touring with his world music/blues band (including Cissokho) and performing with artists such as Daby Touré (from Mauritania), Noumoucounda Cissoko (from Senegal), Atongo Zimba (from Ghana) & Algerian oud virtuoso Yazid Fentazi and English/Urdu singer Najma Akhtar. In 2010 Goose formed a side project, the West African Blues Project, to further explore the link between blues and African music (a track of this project is featured on Rough Guide to African blues (World Music Network). In summer of 2011 Goose met musician Jim Palmer backstage at WOMAD festival. where Palmer was performing with Baaba Maal. Joining with Modou Toure, Goose and Palmer formed the band Coconut Revolution; an album is expected in early 2013 from Coconut Revolution. In 2012 Goose started working on the Desert Rock, a unique musical project which evolved after he travelled to the Sahara and Dakar, combining his love of Berber and Mandinka rhythms and melodies with blues rock. In the summer of 2014 Goose showcased his new band, World Scatterings, which consists of a cast of musicians from around the world, drawing on elements of blues, folk and African music rhythms. In 2014 Goose will release his new album, Blues & Spirituals, on Acoustic Music Records. In 2016 Ramon accepted the rare opportunity to perform at Buckingham Palace. 2016 also sees a tour with The West African Blues Project across UK and Europe.

Band lineup[edit]

Ramon Goose & World Scatterings
  • Ramon Goose, lead guitar, vocals
  • Cassandre Balbar, pipes
  • Ákos Hasznos, bass guitar
  • Samir Nacer, percussion
  • Ndene Ndiaye, percussion
Ramon Goose Trio
  • Ramon Goose, lead guitar, vocals
  • Eric Ford, drums
  • Ed Van Der Mark, bass guitar

Discography[edit]

Goose playing slide guitar on a resonator guitar, 2006, Germany. Courtesy: Christian Sahm

Solo[edit]

  • Journey into the Blues (2008), Tekni Records
  • Mansana Blues, with Diabel Cissokho (2010), Dixiefrog Records[2]
  • Uptown Blues (2011), Music Avenue Records
  • Blues and Spirituals (2014), Acoustic Music Records
  • The West African Blues Project, with Modou Toure (2015), ARC Music

With NuBlues[edit]

  • Dreams of a Blues Man (2004), Dixiefrog/21st Century Records[3]
  • Snow on the Tracks (2008), Dixiefrog Records

Albums produced by Goose[edit]

  • Boo Boo Davis, Drew, Mississippi (2005), Black and Tan Records
  • Billy Jones, My Hometown (2006), Black and Tan Records

Select special appearances and compilations[edit]

  • Putumayo Presents African Blues, various artists (2012)
  • West African Blues Project, various artists (Rough Guide to African Blues (3rd ed.), World Music Network, 2014)
  • Rethink, Billy Hill and Ramon Goose (Rough Trade, 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diabel Cissokho and Ramon Goose southbankcentre.co.uk. Retrieved March 2011
  2. ^ Ramon Goose musicbrainz.org. Retrieved March 2011
  3. ^ Murray, Charles Shaar, NuBlues: Dreams of a Blues Man May 2004. The Observer (UK). Retrieved March 2011.

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