& the New Prohibition
from original design to finished instrument
Oceanallover is a site-specific, performance art, dance, theatre and music company. I have been composer, singer, instrumentalist and performance artist with Oceanallover since 1998.
In 2017 we were nominated for CATS (Criticts Award for Theatre in Scotland) for the sound and music of 'Sea Hames'. In 2019-20 we produced a show called Transfigured. We have now produced a new show Ecdysis.
October 2021 Lanterns Studio Theatre, London
August 2021 SEALL Sky art festival
July 2021 Surge Festival, Glasgow
June 2021 Strathearn Arts Festival, Creiff
January 2020 Manipulate Festival, Summerhall, Edinburgh.
2019 Whitlee Wind Farm
Summerlee museum of Industrial Life
Assynt and Dunnet forest
Edinburgh Festival at Dancebase
European Championships, Glasgow (2018)
Kelvingrove Museum (2018)
Crawick Artland (2017) in collaboration with renowned landscape-artist Charles Jenks
Unexpected Exeter (2016)
Dance International, Glasgow (2015)
Glasgow's Commonwealth Games (2014)
also Dynamic Earth, The Tramway, The Traverse, Glasgow Botanics, Drumlanrig Castle, Bowhill House, The Fruitmarket theatre, Glasgow, amongst many public venues.
The most recent album of Oceanallover music featuring Joel is Transfigured, released October 2019 on Bandcamp. https://oceanallover.bandcamp.com/album/transfigured
Also composing, singing and instrumentalist for albums of music from Oceanallover shows ‘Pollen’ (2014), ‘Bellmouth Papercone’ (2015), ‘Not to Scale’ (2016), ‘Sea Hames’ (2017), and ‘Orographic’ (2018) all available on bandcamp.
Performed on viola and frame drum with Otis Tomas in ‘The Fidddletree Ensemble’ at Celtic Colours (Cape Breton 2012) and Celtic Connections (Glasgow 2013).
Performed on the ‘Fiddletree’ album ‘Unfathomable Menagerie’ (2012). http://www.fiddletree.com/music/books.htm
Cera Impala & the New Prohibition:
‘Cera Impala and the New Prohibition’ are a trio hinged around the songwriting skills of American banjo player and songwriter Cera Impala. Performed as part of Assembly Direct's Edinburgh Festival, George Square Gardens, August 2020. Performed at Celtic Connections and ‘Mallaig Feis’ (2017). Joel features on the album Wildest Dreams to be released in 2022 and on Tumbleweed (2016) available at https://ceraimpala.com/album/360752/tumbleweed
Founder member of the ‘The Dance Bandits’. Have provided the Ceilidh at the 'Kelburn Garden Party' from 2015 to 2019 . Are available for weddings, ceilidhs, parties etc.
Babalon Arabic Band:
Founding member of the ‘Babalon Arabic Band’ a group lead by Mohammed Nafee (Iraqi musician) performing Arabic and Persian music in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh International Peace Festival, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Botanics etc.
The Toxic Cowboys:
Toxic Toast. Reconfigured Toxic Cowboys live stream for Limbic TV (Nov 2020)
Founding member of ‘The Toxic Cowboys’ fronted by songwriter Sandy Wright, performing at Celtic Connections in the Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Concert Hall (2010).
Performed on the album ‘The Songs Of Sandy Wright’ (2009).
Founding member of the ‘McFaddywaddys’, a family band based on Hoy in the Orkney Islands. Performed at the ‘Orkney Folk Festival’ (2017).
Yani Lang Band:
Founding member of the ‘Yani Lang Band’ playing Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Transylvanian music, notably at ‘Fiddles on Fire’ festival, The Sage, Gateshead (2011).
Dominic waxing Lyrical:
Played cello and electric bass in Edinburgh indie-art band ‘Dominic Waxing Lyrical’. The band won an unsigned band competition, awarding us a trip to record in Jimmy Hendrix’s studio ‘Electric Ladyland’ in New York where we produced the EP ‘Part-Timers’ (1997). Toured extensively in France, Holland and Germany (1995-2002).
Performed live with Catherine Wheels in ‘Hansel and Gretal’ in the Tramway, the Barbican in London and the New Victory Theatre on 42nd St. in New York (2007-2009).
Little House of La:
Founding member of ‘Little House of La’ a children’s entertainment band. Performed as part of the Glasgow's Commonwealth Games entertainment (2014) and at the ‘Mallaig Feis’ (2015).
Giggle Spin Productions:
Founding member of ‘Giggle Spin Productions’ putting on the show 'Mountain Ears' at the ‘Orkney Folk Festival’ (2017).
Founding member of ‘Freck Theatre’, performing their show 'Dr. Cacophany' at Imaginate Festival fringe (2013).
Musical promenade with 'Communicado' theatre company in ‘A place with the Pigs’ in the Traverse and the Tramway Theatres (1994).
'Experience Musee 2012' Mudam museum, Luxembourg. Lead a week of music workshops with school children in the museum coordinated alongside art and drama workshops culminating in integrated shows at the end of each day.
HND in Modern Musicianship at Jewel and Esk college, Edinburgh (2004).
St.Mary’s Music School, studied cello, piano and sang professionally in the cathedral choir as a chorister (1977-80).
The Piano Doctor:
Running the business 'Piano Doctor' (tuning and maintenance) from 2005.
External contractor to Queensferry Pianos in S. Queensferry (2005-2010).
Musical Instrument Technician Training:
Intensive 2 month tuition in instrument making with Otis Tomas, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Undertook an HND at Stevensons college in Piano tuning and maintenance (1991-1993).
Instrument repair work at Sanderson and Taylor music shop (1985-1991).
Joel has designed and made a new instrument. It is an instrument that is tailor-made to Joel's skills as a cello and double bass player, combining both instruments into one. He received Creative Scotland funding and travelled to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to the workshop of Otis Tomas in 2019 where he and Otis constructed the worlds first Jellobass in two months.
Joel Sanderson C.V.