It was in Autumn of '69, DM joined "Fairport Convention": recording seven LP's with the group (including "Liege & Lief" ) and extensively touring the UK, US, Europe, Antipodes and Japan. He left Fairport in '74 to focus on his freelance career (See "Recording Credits" / "Film work"/ "Tours" etc., ) but re-joined in late '85.
DM successfully combined "Fairport's" schedule with his freelance commitments for 12 years; however he left, finally, in March of '98 and moved to the US in early 2000.
Recording "Mock Tudor"
Some of you may have seen a recent edition of the U.S. "Modern Drummer" magazine that contained an article entitled "Inside Track" ; the subject centering around the recording I did in Nov '98 for Richard Thompsons' wonderful "Mock Tudor" . I thought it may be of interest if I elaborated with notes on each song.
An overview: I used two sets for the recording - set up side-by-side - tuning & mic'ing techniques were quite different for each and with the agreement of the producers - Tom Rothrock & Rob Schnapf both great engineers too - I chose one or the other depending on what I thought pertinent for each song. I also "mixed and matched" snare drums and cymbals accordingly. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had only a small selection of my 'Zildjian' cymbals with me so I'm indebted to Ross Garfield of Los Angeles' " Drum Doctors " for supplying a whole bunch of stuff very close my requirements.