The Tonemasters is a great band from Bristol, England. I knew one of the guys already while he was playing in his previous band, but The Tonemasters I met for the first time in summer 2008 at Valga cruising, southern Estonia.
Rockabilly Bash: First of all, please, tell me, who you are and where are you from?
C: My name is Craig Dunn and I am a drummer and a band manager for The Tonemasters Rockabilly Band based in Bristol, England.
RB: How long you have been playing together?
C: A little over 3 years now, although we have all been friends for over 20 years.
RB: Who are your inspirers?
C: We take our inspiration from a variety of artists. The originators such as Johnny Burnette, Johnny Cash and Charlie Feathers are right up there, but we also like some of the great Bands of more recent times such as The Stray Cats and even Tenpole Tudor !!
RB: Do you write music yourself and if so, who and how?
C: We have over 30 songs written and waiting to be recorded. John, our lead guitarist, is the main writer, but we all have an input into each song as regards to the arrangements. Our very own state of the art recording studio will be completed very soon and we hope to have one or two CD's available by the end of the year.
RB: Have you played in Finland? Tell me about your most exotic performing experiences?
C: We have not been to Finland yet (promoters take note !!! ha, ha) but one day very soon we would love to perform there. We have played in Estonia last year and are booked to perform there again in 2009. Prior to the
Tonemasters, as individual musicians, we have performed in many European countries and we love to perform outside of the UK. Probably the most bizarre place was in Belgrade, the former capital of Yugoslavia. We stayed
in the Hotel Intercontinental, where 2 weeks later the deputy prime minister "Arkan" was assassinated at the very same bar where we had been drinking.
The gig however was more bizarre as we had to mime to 2 songs only.
RB: Do you have a lot of gigs and do you like touring?
C: We are probably one of the UK's busiest bands, considering we have families and full time jobs. Last year we did around 120 shows and we absolutely love
playing live and touring around the UK and Europe. Hopefully this year will be just as busy and the diary is getting pretty full as we speak.
RB: Please, tell about your recordings.
C: We have a CD available at the moment that we use for promoting the band. The CD is called 'Taking it to the masses' and contains seven tracks that are covers of good 1950's rockabilly stuff. There has been a delay in recording a new CD for 2 reasons. Mainly because we are so busy with the live shows, but in the time in between, extensive work has been carried out on the new studio, so we hope to see the benefit of this over the next few years with lots of new releases.
RB: You have also some fan stuff on sale. Do you decide together, what to sell for your devotees?
C: Slowly we are building up our merchandise stock. Along with the CD, we now have brand new Tonemasters T-shirts and brand new signed promo pictures. Next thing for sale will undoubtedly be the new CD. You can, however, download some tracks free of charge from our website at www.tonemasters.net.
RB: Your regards to readers of this website?
C: Thank you all for your interest and support of The Tonemasters in Finland. We certainly hope to perform there in a very near future and we would urge
any promoters to get in touch and hopefully set up some shows soon.