Riff reign can’t refrain from rocking

David Wright.
David Wright.

Fifty years after he first played bass guitar in a pop group - and in various bands over the years - Firbeck resident, David Wright has brought together a band of like-minded musicians to record an album. It will be released on Tuesday December 16 and will be available by e-mailing riffreign@hotmail.com.

David explains: “I spent most of my career working at Rotherham Council and the latter years as clerk to Everton, Gringley on the Hill, Mattersey, and Misterton parish councils.

“But I’ve always had a hankering to get back to my musical roots.

“So earlier this year, I went to Swanyard Music in Retford to begin recording a number of songs I’ve recently written. I was fortunate to work with keyboard player James Bennett (from Retford), Peter Courcey on percussion and vocals (Dinnington), and Richard Nettleship, guitars and vocals (Worksop).

“Guest artist Keith Martin on mandolin and melodeon (Firbeck) completes the line-up. James is also the Studio Engineer at Swanyard Music. I’m indebted to Swanyard Music, who’ve provided a great service.”

As the group gelled, they called themselves Riff Reign. They’ve now completed an album of 11 songs (see below) with a bonus track, Rio Grande, another of David’s songs, recorded by East Side Rhythm Aces. It’s not easy to categorise their music as it’s quite varied, but it’s in the rock music genre. All songs are originals, written by David Wright and developed by the musicians involved:

My Heart Shed A Tear

She’s Nice

Touchdown London

Down To The Town

Guess I’m Getting Closer

Last Night

So Many Years

Let’s Make Up Tonight

Got My Eyes On You

It’s Not The Same

We Wrote The Songs

Bonus Track: Rio Grande

Now another nine songs are ready for Riff Reign’s second album.