but still in San Francisco for the moment. Tomorrow is the last scheduled date for this tour and I’m looking forward to heading back to Colorado after that is over.  I’ve been looking over statistics for the podcast series for the last year and folks have downloaded episodes a total of over 29,000 times. I noticed while fussing  about that episode #13 in the series was not working so I fixed that and you can now hear that show in case you missed it prior to this.  I greatly appreciate all the interest people have shown in my music and this blog.  I’ve started putting together tracks for a new episode that will feature stuff I’ve been working on since I assembled the larger retrospective of my work in shows 1-34.   Thanks again to the guys at  http://www.twistedpapers.com/  for the wonderful graphic images used in the touring portion of this blog.  Best wishes to all of you, more soon after I get home.

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I turn up in Canada, actually beautiful Banff to be exact. After a couple of bookings we had did not work out as expected, we finished up the Euro- leg of the tour and headed west. We’re here for about a week and then off to the California to wind things up. I’m hoping when I get home to finish putting together a new podcast show of  musical projects I’ve been working on during the last year or so. Thanks again to everyone who’s been listening to the My Life in Sound podcast series, I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard.  Also thanks to the gents at Twisted Papers for the wonderful travel graphics featured in this blog. For further information please visit  At The Helm.   More coming soon, have a good day wherever you are.

but due to ship out tomorrow. The recording sessions went well and we picked up a gig last weekend at the Bulls Head Pub where I saw Barbara Thompson and her band back in the summer of 1978. It’s still a really small place.  Both Hank and Harold have been working on some new tunes that we sandwiched in at the gig and they went over well. The audiences so far this tour have been just wonderful and I can’t say enough about everyone’s hospitality. I would like to say a word about the recent work my musical buddy Dave Stafford has been doing to bring the website at http://www.pureambient.com to a new level of excellence. Please go visit there and check out the evolving world of music, images and words that he’s assembled and while you’re there grab a free download of musical samplings from the label. I hope to get up to see Dave in Scotland next time I’m this way, but meanwhile my hats off to him and Ken Mistove for all their hard work. I’ll post you folks when we get to the next destination on this musical adventure, thanks again for checking in and listening to the At-The-Helm podcast series. I’m hoping to gather together enough material soon to put a new show up,  I’ll keep you posted. Thanks again to the Twisted Papers boys for the great travel images used in this “tour” blog.  Have a good day.

That 1 Guy posterMy apologies for being off the radar for so long. the last few months have been busy but not very musical. Many thanks to all the new folks who have come to read this blog and enjoy the podcast series. I see from statistics that a lot more folks have been listening to the at-the-helm series lately and I hope it’s been enjoyable for them. A couple of musical things have been going on. I’ve started work on the music for “Omegastop” the next film from Ian Helm, but the going is slow so far.  Some  followers of  this series will remember other pieces written for possible use in this film featured as parts of Episodes 32 & 33 . I’ve been practicing my mandolin and hope to include it in the soundtrack work also. Speaking of practice , I spoke with Eddie on the phone yesterday and he confirmed that the orchestra is set to sail July 1st  for a 12 week tour and he’s found a new female singer that he’s crazy about. Should be fun, I’m starting to pack, I’ll be blogging from the road again.

So what’s up with the picture above?  Well it’s just a little memento  from a great show I went to on May 22 of this year down in Denver CO which featured (as you can see)  That 1 Guy and the Magic Pipe.  I had seen him in November of last year at a different venue and was floored by his entire show. It was nice to bring other friends along to share this unique and entertaining artist’s work. I met him briefly before the show and shared my enthusiasm for his current recording which is called “Packs A Wallop!” A very aptly titled collection from a great musician and genuinely nice guy, don’t miss this artist when he comes to your town.  My son Ian has put together a little video piece for one of the tracks from the new CD and it’s featured on the official website. You can also see it here:

So that’s it for now, more coming soon. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

athensI can’t really say and now I’m getting ready to leave. The food has been wonderful and the people even more so. The rest of the band is in no hurry to move on, but Eddie says there are gigs to do elsewhere, so onward we go. I’m caught up on postcards to back home and my laundry so I’m hoping to get some sightseeing done. Meanwhile Eddie informs me that this week’s recording of note is the 1982 release “Counting The Beat” by Swingers a trio headed up by Phil Judd (ex-Split Enz) on Mushroom records. This disc yielded 2 numbers that charted down under and was the only release for this band. They can be seen in the film musical “Starstruck”to which they also contributed some of the soundtrack material. The album is slightly bent pop of the first order with the horn duties falling to the fabulous Brecker Brothers with excellent results. My favorite tracks are “More” and “True or False” which starts off with a lilting mandolin chorus only to resolve into a variation on the melody to “Staying Alive” as the tune finishes up. Overall a very solid effort you should hear. I think we’re looking to pick up a couple of dates on the way to our next confirmed booking, but I’ll post you folks as soon as we get where we’re headed. Have a good day and take care. Image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

and strangely enough it’s not the final “all talk” episode that was promised.  That show is still in the works, I’ll let you know when it’s finished……in the meanwhile. This show is a live solo “in studio” performance from August 20,1997 of a piece called “Liquid Center”.  Taken from the original master tape, no edits, no MIDI, no “undo” functions, only samples are from the PCM drumbox. This is the third take in it’s entirety, recorded in my home studio. Originally released in 2000  by Studio Seventeen Productions.Performed and recorded by Bryan Helm, all rights reserved by the artist. Thanks to SJ and the boys of summer( including Tom G.) for their inspiration and support. For more info go to at-the-helm.us and click on the icon for “Liquid Center” at the bottom right of the page. Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to listen to this series, I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard. FYI this show runs 50 minutes and 44 seconds. As always your comments are welcome,  have a good day.Tliquidcover

after a last blast of winter in these parts. Work on Episode 34 of At-The-Helm is almost complete. The first version of the show ran too long and was really boring so I killed it and am now editing the second version, hopefully to better effect. My apologies to those few of you that are awaiting this installment, I’ll give a holler when it’s ready. Meanwhile here are some blossoms from a couple years back, take care and enjoy the season.

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