BJ Cole at the Institute

Event Details

Event date: 
03 June 2014
Event time: 
Venue Address: 
Room 101A, 1A Dyne Road, London, NW6 7XG
  • Who should attend?

Students of Popular Music. Musicians, Arrangers, Record Producers and Students of the history of Popular Music.


  • Subject areas covered;

History of the instrument.

Description of the instrument & playing techniques.

The Pedal Steel Guitar and it's role in music

  • 3 Reasons for not missing this class.

A unique opportunity to find out about this neglected instrument.

A chance to hear BJ Cole talk about his experiences as a session musician.

To find out what the Pedal Steel is really capable of.


Whether co-writing with the Orb, re interpreting Roy Orbison with Brian Eno or creating a context for the pedal Steel in Folk music with Martin Simpson, BJ Cole continues to prove himself the most essential and pioneering Pedal Steel Guitarist in the UK today.

His uniquely eclectic style of Pedal Steel Guitar playing first made an impact on the British music scene in the early 1970's with his performances on Elton John's classic 'Tiny Dancer' and Joan Armatrading's hit single 'Down To Zero'.

Throughout the '70's and into the '80's, BJ's inimitable contributions to classic recordings by Marc Bolan, Procol Harum, Scott Walker, The Stranglers, Deacon Blue and Paul Young earned him considerable respect as both an innovative and exciting creative force.

>During the '90's, BJ's desire to pioneer the use of the Pedal Steel Guitar far beyond its traditional context in Country Music has ensured that he has continued to expand the instrument's horizons into uncharted territory.

The success of this pioneering approach has been born out through sessions and live performances with artists as diverse as David Sylvian, The Verve, REM, Bjork, Sting, John Cale, Shania Twain and most recently, Martin Simpson and Tom Jones.


His explorations have also seen the release of a string of solo and collaborative recordings – 'Transparent Music' (1989), 'Heart Of The Moment' (1995), 'Stop The Panic (with Luke Vibert,  2000), 'Trouble In Paradise (with Groove Armada, Luke Vibert etc, 2004), 'Into The Blue', ( with cellist Emily Burridge, 2006) and 'Lush Life' (with Roger Beaujolais and Simon Thorpe, 2009). Making these records has enabled BJ to establish his own artistic profile, and has opened up avenues in composing for film and TV.

From the ethnic simplicity of the Dobro and slide guitar, through to the sophistication made possible by the interfacing of BJ's Pedal Steel to synthesizers via MIDI, BJ continues to extend the range of sounds And possibilities he can employ on recording sessions and in concert.>

Never content to stand still, BJ now makes his unique sound palette available to recording artists, songwriters and record producers via his 'Online Overdub Service'. An economical and speedy way to get his Pedal Steel on to your recordings via the internet.

To register email with 'BJ Cole Masterclass' in the subject line, your name and course details