Rory McFarlane

London bass player Rory started out in 1983 with folk artist Richard Thompson before going on to record and tour for multi-million selling singer Tanita Tikaram, Loudon Wainwright, folk artists Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick and classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, whose band he was with for eight years.


In 1989 he started writing advertising, film and animation soundtracks including a series of Manga films, from which a soundtrack CD was released, and an animated series for FIFA on the 2002 World Cup in collaboration with Rod Argent and Pete Van Hooke.


Since 2001 he has freelanced in London's west end shows, including currently, The Lion King, Matilda and Wicked.


More recently he has toured with Katie Melua; performed in Damon Albarn's musical Wonder.land, his Honest Jon's Review project and his opera Monkey: Journey to the West; recorded and performed live with the Magic Numbers; recorded with mercury-nominated minimalists Lemon Jelly. In 2010 he performed with Squeeze, Madness and the Blockheads at the Songs In The Key Of London concert at the Barbican and since been a regular band member for Marianne Faithfull. He is currently a member of folk-rock band Home Service, Gryphon, the legendary band formed in the '70s, and the band of Hollywood actor Tim Robbins.


Since 2001 he has taught bass and run music workshops at various schools and colleges including the Bass Institute, Kingston Grammar School, the Centre for Young Musicians and London Philharmonic Orchestra Bright Sparks. He has a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and has worked with Special Educational Needs pupils.




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