For the last probably 10 years at a guess, and certainly my last four albums, a charity single and dozens of demos I have gone to Early Bird Studio in Harwich.
Owner, musician extraordinaire, producer and all round brilliant bloke to know is Pete Barrenger.
I actually think he is the only person that even comes close to making sense of the nonsense in my head. He allows me the freedom to just go off on wild tangents even when he knows the idea wont work.
He has been in his time a full time gigging musician as well as running the studio.
Pete has played all the bass parts, some of the guitar, especially the big electric stuff as well as programming the drums and string arrangements and all the while keeping me under control enough that we actually have ended up with a really fine recording which he is in the final stages of mastering.
He also played bass on the Collaborator album and we went out and played a few gigs together too including the last ever Celtic Warriors Birthday Bash.