Thursday, 6 October 2011

Simon Goulding NEW ALBUM in production.

The new Simon Goulding album 'Open Window' is in production at the moment. The album is on track to be finished early next year and will feature,

  • Simon Goulding. 5 & 6 string bass, EUB, Barker Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Percussion & Programming.
  • Adam Linsley.Trumpet.
  • Simon Niblock. Alto, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Flute.
  • Chris Taylor. Piano & Fender Rhodes.
  • Dave Hassell. Timbales.
  • Richard Pardy. Tenor Saxophone.
  • Munch Manship. Flutes.
  • Alan Wormald. Guitar.
  • Paul Birchall. Synth.
You can check out advance rough mixes at where you can also join the official SGM mailing list and keep up to date with this release.

God bless you all.


Bass Professor Magazine 'Familia' review. (Germany). 2011.

Familia - Simon Goulding

Aus dem britischen Lancashire stammt der Sessionbassist Simon Goulding, der uns mit seinem brand- neuen Studioalbum mit der Bitte um Vorstellung bemustert hat. Beim Hören der 12 Titel drängt sich mir un- weigerlich die Frage auf, ob Goulding Los Angeles mit Lancashire verwech- selt hat. Denn die smoothen Fusion- Tracks reihen sich nahtlos in die bekannte, seichte Fusion-Ecke ein, für die die Stadt der Engel seit den 80er Jahren bekannt ist. Trotzdem: Goulding ist ein klasse Bassist, der seine knochentrockenen Sounds aus Yamaha- und Music Man-Bässen und Verstärkern von Hartke herauskitzelt. ( CH 

Sunday, 17 April 2011

SGM New album & SG Dalmedo Custom Bass Update.

There are some exiting developments here regarding the new studio album & the custom bass guitar build.

Two new studio blog videos are up on the 'Simon Goulding Music' channel on You Tube. I'll be posting more very soon. So, if you want to get an insight into the way I work on my own music in the studio, check these out. 

You can follow the build of the SG signature bass by checking out the album on photobucket.
Simply click on the link here,

For more news regarding tour dates, albums, videos, pictures and to purchase my 1st album 'Familia' please visit 

God Bless 


Thursday, 10 March 2011

New Studio Album & Custom Bass Guitar Update.

Well, full steam ahead on the new studio album. It's coming together very nicely indeed. I have 11 tracks almost finished now so I need to start picking the album tracks..... decisions, decisions. You can check out 2 tracks (rough mixes) from it on the Reverbnation page. The new single 'Bahia De La Habana' is out now from CD Baby & iTunes.

The tracks feature great playing from Chris Taylor on Piano & Fender Rhodes, Adam Linsley on Trumpet and Richard Pardy on Tenor Sax. The album will also feature Munch Manship on Flutes, Paul Birchall on Synth, Rex Freligh on Alto Sax, Alan Wormald on Guitar & Andy Crompton on Trombone. 

I will keep everyone posted on here or you can subscribe to the SGM mailing list at reverbnation. 

Dalmedo Custom Bass Update.

The woods are starting to arrive too for the custom signature bass. Flamed Maple for the neck from Michigan USA, Cocobolo from Mexico via Spain, Ebony for the fingerboard from India etc etc. It looks fantastic and it's not even sanded or treated yet.......

Cocobolo top & back with ash and mahogany centre board.

I'll post more pictures & updates as this amazing process unfolds. In the meantime please check out Luthier Tito Dalmedo & Dalmedo Custom Guitars here.

God bless everyone.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

"Simon Goulding Signature" 6 string bass.

Well, the planning is done. A couple of tweaks on the headstock maybe but all there really. Cannot wait!!!

The SG bass is being handcrafted by Luthier Tito Dalmedo of Dalmedo Custom Guitars from Preston UK. The bass has been co-designed by Tito & myself. After many many hours of research & endless conversations we came up with a spec that really suits my sound and playing. Here's the spec...........So far.

6 string 35" scale 24 fret.
Premium hand picked Ash body with Mahogany through insert.
Spanish Cocobolo top & back. (It's still in the Kiln in Spain at the moment).
5 piece flamed maple neck with 3 ebony pinstripes.
Custom cut premium ebony extra wide fingerboard.
Gold shaller bridge.
Gold shaller or gotoh machine heads.
Flamed maple & Cocobolo headstock.
Abalone & mother of pearl fret inlays.
Single truss rod with carbon fibre rod inserts.
Bartolini P4 active pick ups with Taurus pre amp. (For now).

Cocobolo top & back. (Un treated & un lacquered).

Flamed Maple (Neck wood).

I'll post more pictures as the project comes together.

All the best,


Friday, 25 February 2011

Familia Testimonials.

Bass Guitar Magazine. September 2010. UK.

"As unsung UK bass players go, they don't get much more talented than Lancashire born Simon Goulding. A solid sideman for the likes of the Bee Gees, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Longthorne and Rick Astley, he reveals his top notch jazz skills on his debut solo album, Familia. And it's a set bursting with sophisticated Chick Corea Elektric Band style jazz fusion with a strong undercurrent of Cuban and latin grooves, combined with some dazzling bass playing. A serious 6 string bassist, Gouldings sound is very much that of John Patitucci, with a singing solo style combined with a fizzing slap technique. Writing and programming all the tunes on the album, he also demonstrates his ability to create interlocking polyrhythms, counterpoint bass parts and shifting harmonic layers. It's this that shows the real depths of his musicianship. Even when things edge a little too close to smooth jazz on 'Galeria', Gouldings inventive ideas still make for diverting listening. Joined by trumpeter Adam Linsley, Tenorist Mat Sibley, guitarists Alan Wormald & Nik Harrison and percussionist Andy Blakeley, this is more than a one-man-show though when he does decide to cover all the bases himself, like on the cheeky funk workout 'Bass Face', he once again shows his full command of both bass and musical surroundings. Familia is an ambitious project which more than matches up to albums by many household name bassists, to which that of Simon Goulding should be added".

Musician Magazine. Autumn 2010. UK

"Hugely versatile bass ace. Originally from the Lancashire village of Coppull, Simon started playing at the age of 9 and studied at Wigan & Leigh college and Middlesex University. An established session player, he has performed with such artists as The Bee Gees, Engelbert Humperdinck, David Essex, PP Arnold and Sheila Ferguson. A published music educator who has held improvisation workshops at the university of York and Middlesborough College, he can now add this instrumental album to his extensive career credits. Simon shows even greater prowess (programming, keyboards, percussion) on this Cuban influenced set, ably supported by Adam Linsley (trumpet) and Mat Sibley (sax), his playing is precise, mature and mightily impressive across its 12 cuts of slick jazz, funk and latino-rock".

"Familia is an eclectic journey, from the very Latin to the very funky and everything in between, telling stories with different flavors textures and colors. Get on board and let Simon be your tour guide".

106.7 PBS FM
                                           MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.

"Simon Goulding's new album "Familia" deserves more than a cursory listen. There are layers here.
First time through you might think the common thread is Goulding's exquisite musicianship and ear for rhythm (he composed all the tunes).
It's really a tour through the world of his emotions, and it's only through time spent that you can get inside the thread.
Perhaps this bears mentioning because the title cut is as engaging as one could imagine. You won't sit still. When you get to cut #4, though, you hear this pensive, not quite moody side, given to reflection shaded with a sense of wonder. When Miles Davis said, "Space," Simon Goulding was obviously listening.
It's in the rhythm where he's most at home, though, as you'll hear in Parque Central (just as an example).
For this bass player, composer, arranger and sought-after sideman, Goulding is showing us that he has an acute sense of the whole, his imagined end result, and an artistic sensibility that guides him there inexorably."


"Serious bass playing, Funky & Melodic.........Tell this guy to stay out of town"

Nathan East, Legendary session great. USA.

Featured on the Radio.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Barker Bass.

Here's how I became aware of the BVB (Barker Vertical Bass)........................

It was a couple of years ago now, I was looking at various bass guitar makers & pages on MySpace when I stumbled upon Barker Basses. I was instantly intrigued. A bass guitar played vertically?? I had seen various bass players play with there bass at almost a vertical position before, namely Carlos Del Puerto from Irakere but I'd never seen a bass like this before.

I instantly contacted Barker basses to say "Hey, nice instruments". I then received a message from Lee Barker thanking me for my interest and remained in contact with Lee throughout the passing months.

I was then approached by Lee to become an endorser of the BVB. Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity. The Barker I play is a Custom B1 5 string Fretless.
Here is the spec....

Ebony Fingerboard, Cherry & Alder chambered body, Gotoh tuners, Seymour Duncan J bass style passive electronics, Rotosound nylon tru bass strings.

Check out these exquisite handmade instruments by Lee Barker of Redmond, Oregon, USA at.

New Studio Album 'FAMILIA'

The studio album 'Familia' is available now.

The album was recorded at my studio (SGM) during 2009 & early 2010. It was released in April 2010 to critical acclaim. Reviews have appeared in Bass Guitar Magazine, Musician Magazine, Latin Jazz Corner. It has and continues to be featured on 'Fiesta Jazz' on PBS FM Melbourne, Australia, 'Rumba y Son' Radio Planicie, Lima, Peru, 'Jazz on 3' BBC Radio 3, UK, WEMU, Michigan USA, VID 90.3 'Gala Jazz' in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The album features a stellar cast of musicians.

Simon Goulding, 4 & 6 String basses, EUB (electric upright bass), Keyboards, Drum & Synth programing, Percussion.
Adam Linsley, Trumpet & Flugel Horn.
Mat Sibley, Tenor Saxophone.
Alan Wormald, Guitar.
Nick Harrison, Guitar.
Andy Blakeley, Timbales.

Buy the album NOW from CD BABY, iTUNES, AMAZON, eMUSIC.

Physical copies can be bought at