Sunderland students get world-class performance

Students at Sunderland College (Shiney Row Campus) crowded in to a music masterclass by Elliot Randal, a session musician who has performed with an impressive variety of artists icluding The Doobie Brothers, Tom Rush, Elkie Brooks, Carly Simon, Carl Wilson, Peter Frampton, James Galway and The American Symphony Orchestra. He also guested with the legendary Steely Dan at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2009, playing lead guitar on "Reelin' in the Years", voted one of the best guitar solos ever by G4 magazine.
Students at Sunderland College (Shiney Row Campus) crowded in to a music masterclass by Elliot Randal, a session musician who has performed with an impressive variety of artists icluding The Doobie Brothers, Tom Rush, Elkie Brooks, Carly Simon, Carl Wilson, Peter Frampton, James Galway and The American Symphony Orchestra. He also guested with the legendary Steely Dan at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2009, playing lead guitar on "Reelin' in the Years", voted one of the best guitar solos ever by G4 magazine.
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IT was music to the ears of students when a world-class performer and session musician played for them.

Musician Elliot Randall and two of his musical collaborators performed for students at Sunderland College’s Shiney Row Campus, before delivering master classes in recording.

He was joined by double bassist Neil Harland and drummer Paul Smith, who have previously supported acts such as Joe Cocker, Tony Christie and Katherine Jenkins.

Elliott, who is best known for his guitar solos with the 70s rock group Steeley Dan, has worked in the music industry all of his life and had a wealth of experience to share with students.

The day-long visit started with the live performance by Elliot and the band, then it was the students turn to be in the spotlight with five groups performing a song they would like to record and receiving feedback from Elliot.

During the afternoon session the singer worked with groups in the studios, teaching them how to set-up the studio and record their track.

Neil and Paul were on hand to offer hints and tips to help the students improve their performances.