Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas – the instrumentalists

Drum Kit Side

The featured part of drum kit in Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas will be premiered by Peter Fairclough supported by the Mixed Metals Percussion Ensemble under the direction of founder Steve Kohut.

Peter Fairclough


Peter studied drums and percussion at the City of Leeds College of Music and went on to work with Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Ute Lemper, Huw Warren, Peter Whyman, Steve Berry, John Harle, Kenny Davern, Peter King, The Matrix Ensemble, The Bournemouth Sinfonietta, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and The Theatre Royal Company (York). 

He has 5 CDs to his own credit:

IMAGO (Jazzprint JPVP132)CD – with Keith Tippett), Wild Silk (ASC CD8 – with Keith Tippett), Permission (ASC CD18) and Shepherd Wheel (ASC CD1). The most recent release is Momentarily with Hayley Youell, Fred T Baker & Dave Bainbridge.
In 1995 he was awarded the Peter Whittingham Award and he has toured extensively abroad, appearing at many top jazz festivals.

Steve Kohut

Steve K

Steve’s professional career started as a musician in the Grenadier Guards Band before working for 10 years as principal percussionist with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band during its’ heyday.  He also worked with many other brass bands and groups including – James Sheppard, Phillip Jones and Black Dyke Mills.  He has performed in hundreds of venues around the world, from Sheffield Arena to Sydney Opera House, with artists – the New Squadronaires, Matt Monroe, Antony Newley, Neil Sedaka, Moody Blues plus the National Symphony, London Festival Ballet, London Palm Court, World Festival and British Philharmonic Concert orchestras.

Peter Birkby


Percussionist, composer, arranger, musical director, educator and publisher.  Peter first started playing percussion at the age of 7 and wrote his first compositions for Brass Band at the age of 11.  He had his first paid engagement at 13 and the first publication at 20 and soon after he setup his own publishing company in 1981.  Peter has written and published over 650 works and is still as enthusiastic and passionate about music as he was 50 years ago.  As a performer he has been part of Dame Shirley Bassey’s band for 30 years as well as enjoying a career in session, concert and theatre music.

Please support the project by contributing at 

Thank you in advance, Peter


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
This entry was posted in Music Composition and Performance and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s