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Luke Bullen Billy Bragg

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I'm currently touring with Billy Bragg and my Premier kit has never let me down. The drums are well constructed, consistently sound great, easy to tune and look fantastic. I am constantly complimented on my sound by the audience, other musicians and most importantly other drummers. I can go to work on stage every night and know my kit will deliver the goods and allow me to enjoy the show!

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Luke’s professional career started after a stint at Drumtech and University, studying music, when his band, Addict signed a deal with V2 records. They recorded albums in LA and New Orleans and spent months touring in the U.S.A. and Europe. Unfortunately the band never got “that” break and after four years they ended their relationship with the label and the band broke up.

A year followed of jobbing around and doing various gigs and sessions before Luke got the gig with Joe Strummer and the Mescalero’s. This was his regular gig for two years, in which time they toured the States, Japan and Europe and made a record but during that time Luke was also doing sessions with UNKLE, Paul Heaton (Beautuful South), Cerys Matthews (Catatonia), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and he also started playing with KT Tunstall before she had a record deal. 

It was on his final tour with Joe Strummer that John Squire from the Stone Roses saw a gig and expressed an interest in Luke playing with him. Joe’s untimely death meant that Luke was available to play with John and for the following two years this became his regular gig. They toured the UK and Japan and made a record. During this time Luke also toured and recorded with Bermudan artist Heather Nova, performed on telvision with Bic Runga from New Zealand, toured the UK and Europe with a band called Half Cousin from Orkney, recorded with Damien Saez”(French solo artist) and with Tina Dico (Zero Seven).

Whilst continuing throughout this time working with KT Tunstall, Luke witnessed her career go from strength to strength and performed on her multi platinum selling debut record and toured the UK and Europe extensively. Following the U.S. release of the album Luke has spent over a year touring the U.S. (and Japan) with KT Tunstall to ever increasing audiences with the album reaching platinum status in the U.S. on the back of just one single. They performed on several UK, US and European TV shows including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis and Kelly, the Brits (where KT picked up the Best Female Artist award as well as being nominated for Best Live Act), TOTP, CDUK, Jools Holland (four times including the Hootenanny show), Taratata (France) , Edinburgh’s televised Hogmanay show, T in the Park, Glastonbury and GMTV.

The follow up album “Drastic Fantastic” was completed in 2007 and was followed by more intensive worldwide touring which included Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South America. They also made several return journeys to the States to ever increasing audiences and a hectic summer of 2008 playing many festivals.

2009 was dedicated to time off, writing material for a new album and building a studio. 2010 was spent recording KT's third studio album in Berlin and London followed by more promotion and international touring through to the end of 2011. The beginning of 2012 was spent in Tucson working on KT's fourth studio album and also a tour supporting Bryan Adams around Europe with Heather Nova. 

A chance meeting with Billy Bragg, lead to becoming part of his touring band for the promotion of the album, "Tooth and Nail". Rehearsals at the end of 2012 moved into extensive touring through 2013. There was a 2 month tour of the US along with a summer of UK dates and European Festivals. The autumn saw more US touring followed by a very successful tour of the UK and Europe through to the end of 2013. 

Work with Billy Bragg is due to continue through 2014 with a tour of Australia and New Zealand plus further UK and European dates through the spring and summer.

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Premier Series Elite in Burnt Orange Sparkle Fade Lacquer

  • 12" x 9" Maple Quick Tom
  • 14" x 14" Maple Floor Tom
  • 16" x 16" Maple Floor Tom
  • 18" x 16" Maple Floor Tom
  • 24" x 18" Maple Bass Drum
  • 14" x 8" Maple Snare Drum

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