WHEN you grow up in Liverpool with your mother a member of the Small Faces fan club and professional musician uncles playing with bands like Eurythmics, your future course is set.
Terry Shaughnessy started playing drums without any lessons apart from banging on his mother’s pots and pans in the kitchen and hung around with the musician relatives, learning about music, performance and the guitar.
He describes himself as a singer songwriter and producer who performs with a band The Universal when on tour but plays all instruments and records himself when writing and then passes the result to the band members.
20 months ago, he decided that he needed more than a small UK studio and with his wife, moved to Coin where he could afford a bigger property on the Campo to rehearse and record without bothering the neighbours.
As the band had been obtaining a lot of bookings at European festivals, he didn’t need to be based in the UK anymore and when the time comes to rehearse new material, then he flies back to the UK as he has just done.
Modern technology makes it much easier to record from a distance and because Terry and the band have been together for so long, they can quickly pick up new numbers and work on updating old favourites.
There is no doubt that this is a cheerful, bouncy guy in his mid-thirties who says “We all leave our egos at the door when we work together. I may be writing the songs and music but my ego isn’t allowed to rule either.”
When asked to describe his music, his response is “I have many influences but whilst we don’t like to be put in a box, we are playing indie rock and sound a lot like ourselves but also a little like Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters and my absolute favourite Neil Finn (formerly of Crowded House and Split Enz).”
The Universal’s latest single Volcano entered the iTunes charts at number 15 and peaked at number 9 and is available through all of the internet platforms as well as on CD, with the video included on YouTube.
Terry’s wife introduced him to the owners of promotion agency Diamonds and Pearls and he helped out by looking after the sound at their recent Lamar concert in Estepona and it was then a natural decision for them to promote The Universal in their first ever concert on the Costa del Sol which takes place tomorrow(Saturday) in Estepona.
The band is flying over from the UK to join up with Terry who returned earlier this week and they will be accompanied an interesting line up of former Belle Star Jennie Matthias and local 15-year-old singer songwriter Amalia Estradas as backing singers and Benalmadena based classical violinist Alison Harling.
The performance which will include DJ Steve Goodey will be held at the Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona with doors opening at 8pm.
Tickets cost €25 each and may be obtained from the Auditorium or by calling 600 873 147 or 722 120 065.