Blowout Sax student Andy Belfin joins The Fifi LaRoux and The Prohibition Band to great success

Written by  on December 11, 2016

Hello Mark,
I popped into your studio in Bath last Friday to catch up with you, to say “thanks” for introducing us to Andy Belfin.
He joined us nearly a year ago after you passed our details to him and he has gone from strength to strength, performing his first “real” gig in June and increasing in competence and confidence all the time.
We played over 10 gigs in the year and Andy has been a star at every outing, even when he dropped and broke his sax in front of 200 people at the Bath Motoring Festival but managed to mend it on stage and then deliver an epic solo. His an asset to our band and a good chap to boot.




Thanks again for taking the time to help us and we hope all is going well for you.
Best wishes,
Fifi LaRoux and The Prohibition Band

Random tales of Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson sax man like meeting Ray Davies

Written by  on December 1, 2016

Lee with ace Blowout Saxman JP

When he started with Madness started he brought the ‘nutty sounds’of Prince Buster and a blatant itch for the spotlight
‘First chance I got I want that solo.’

Until Lee spotted his hero Ray Davies at the Olympics warm up area so
‘Wearing my Fez and everything I went over and shook his hand.He says ‘Who are you?’
I say ‘Baggy Trousers’He says ‘The Penny’s dropped.’ After Suggs said the Olympics ‘Filled our sails.’

‘Keep it real,keep it sharp.You need a line of integrity.’

and how they rose to be national institutions!!


Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ biog says he never learnt to read music

Written by  on December 1, 2016

The Legendary Bruce Springsteen confesses many things and one of them is he can’t read music.Which once again shows there is no obstacle to making music.He joins Lennon MacCartney, Irving Berlin,Frank Sinatra,Irving Berlin,Louis Armstrong amongst the many that felt and created incredible music with no rules.