An evening with John Altman and Mitch Dalton
When John and Mitch came to Petfringe last year we were mesmerised: their humour, bonhomie and repartee shone through, their stories, recollections and experiences were of the highest order but when they played we were transported to a different place. Join John and Mitch for an evening of chat and music in the luxurious surroundings of the Sofas & Stuff Showroom In Fittleworth.
is a BAFTA and Emmy award winning composer, musician and conductor and was recently made Doctor of Music at the University of Sussex, School of Media, Film and Music.
John has a long and distinguished career in music, including performing with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Sting. His film credits include period music for Titanic and Shall We Dance. In addition, he has scored over 5,000 TV commercials and is cited as among the top composers in British advertising.
A brief look at who John Altman has shared the stage with or worked with since the 1950s:
• the 50s – appeared with Judy Garland onstage at the London Palladium
is one of the UK’s most revered studio musicians, with a list of credits to his name that reads like a Who’s Who’ of the music business.
Mitch has performed on numerous hit singles with a variety artists ranging from Robbie Williams (‘Somethin’ Stupid’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’) to Monty Python (‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’) and hit albums with Van Morrison, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Celine Dion, Elvis Costello, Jose Carreras amongst many others. Hollywood soundtracks include James Bond and Twilight movies, ‘In Bruges’, ‘Burn After Reading’, ‘Chicago’ and ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’.
Mitch has also performed on hundreds of prime time TV shows and countless commercials. In addition, he continued to pursue his love of Jazz and has performed and recorded with major Jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Melody Gardot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones.
Mitch leads his own band, whose debut album ‘Meet Mitch Dalton and The Studio Kings’ (Regius Records) has met with widespread critical acclaim.
• the 60s – played with Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Muddy Waters
• the 70s – played with Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Elton John. Wrote for Monty Python and the Ruttles
• the 80s – wrote for Simple Minds, George Michael. Played with Slim Gaillard, Chet Baker, Sting, Phil Collins, Jeff Beck
• the 90s – wrote for Bjork, Tina Turner, Barry White, Diana Ross, James Bond, Titanic. Played with Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, Bill Wyman
• the 00s – played with Prince, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell, Black Eye Peas, Jessie J, Joss Stone
• the 10s – He’s still standing!