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PICK WITHERS

DAVID ‘PICK’ WITHERS WAS THE ORIGINAL DRUMMER FOR THE WORLD RENOWNED BAND DIRE STRAITS, AND PLAYED ON THEIR FIRST FOUR ALBUMS, WHICH INCLUDED HIT SINGLES SUCH AS ‘SULTANS OF SWING’, ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ AND ‘PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS’

Pick Withers
He first played a drum in the Boy’s Brigade and was given a few rudimentary drum lessons by the band master. He became a professional musician at the age of 17, joining a band called The Berkeley Squares when they went to Germany. He later jumped ship and joined a band called the Primitives, then The Doc Thomas Group, and later a band called Spring. Spring secured a record contract with the RCA/Neon label and recorded and released one album, which became a collector’s item, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. They had a cult following and Pick is very proud of the work he did with Spring.
Pick Withers
Just prior to meeting Mark Knopfler, Pick was playing with Charlie Dore’s Back Pocket doing the same venues that he would later revisit with the embryonic Dire Straits. The rest is history – Dire Straits went on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Pick was a founder member and stayed for six years, playing on four studio albums plus one live recording, ‘Live at the BBC’, and a compilation album was released just after he left the band entitled ‘Money for Nothing’, most of which were recordings he played on. Whilst with Dire Straits, Pick played on the ‘Slow Train Coming’ album by Bob Dylan with wonderful musicians such as Barry Becket, Tim Drummond and produced by the revered Jerry Wexler (founder of Atlantic Records).

Pick’s style with Dire Straits was referred to in the magazine, International Musician, December 1980: ‘Water of Love from the first Dire Straits album provides the clearest example of Withers’ role as mood maker. With the snares turned off, he carries the beat on the hi-hat while playing off-beats on the toms. On the choruses, the off-beats are switched to the hi-hat. The effect is a floating swirl of rhythm with the song developing over it’.

Pick is a master of his craft and greatly respected by his fellow musician

Pick will perform in association with

Zildjian

Exhibitors

  • 101 Drums

  • 64 Audio

  • ACD Unlimited

  • ACS Custom

  • ADC Drums

  • Agner Drumsticks

  • Ahead Armor Cases

  • Ahead Drumsticks and Accessories

  • Allianz

  • Aquarian Drumheads

  • Audix Microphones

  • Big Fat Snare Drum

  • BR Distribution

  • CAC-SAC

  • Chalklin

  • Crazy John's

  • Custom IEM Co.

  • Danmar Percussion Products

  • Doc's Proplugs

  • Drum Dial

  • Drum N Base

  • Drum SOS

  • Dunnett Classic Drums

  • DW Drums

  • e/MERGE

  • EMD

  • Exclusive Drums

  • Flix

  • GEWA

  • Gibraltar

  • Gretsch

  • Hardcase

  • Headstock

  • Hot Sticks

  • Impression Cymbals

  • Istanbul Agop

  • KickPort

  • Lion's Touch

  • Los Cabos

  • LP

  • Mercury Hearing

  • Music For All

  • Natal Drums and Percussion

  • OneRudiment

  • PanAmor Sound Sculptures

  • PDP

  • Pearl

  • Remo

  • REpercussion

  • Rhythm Magazine

  • Roc N Soc

  • Roland

  • RTOM

  • Schlagwerk

  • SCV Distribution

  • Soundproofing Expert

  • Stagg

  • Tackle Instrument Supply Co.

  • Tama

  • The British Drum Co

  • Treeworks

  • Trinity College London

  • UFIP Cymbals

  • Zebra Drums

  • Zildjian

Opening Times

Saturday 10 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00


Sunday 11 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Level 2 closes at 17:00 on Sunday 

 

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