Mo Foster

Bio / CV

Mo Foster started out in the sixties studying Physics and Maths at the University of Sussex, but was too good a musician to mess about with the forces of nature for long.
His music career took off and — now a world-class bass guitar player — Mo has played on over 400 studio albums.

Current gig/show(s)

Mo’s new book — British Rock Guitar — is an amusing, anecdotal, illustrated, semi-autobiographical description of rock’s early days in Britain (published in 2011).
In 2014 Mo was a recipient of a BASCA Gold Badge Award for his services to the music industry.

Notable musicians/bands/shows you have played for/with/in?(s)

As a sideman Mo has toured the world with: Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Gil Evans, Joan Armatrading, Michael d’Abo, and Cliff Richard.
He has also worked with Gerry Rafferty, Frida (of ABBA), Ringo Starr, Gary Moore, Rod Argent, Hank Marvin, Cher, Brian May, Roger Glover, Elkie Brooks, Scott Walker, Andrew Lloyd-Webber & Tim Rice, Judy Tzuke, Michael Schenker, Affinity, Michael d’Abo, The London Symphony Orchestra, and many more.

Apart from his five instrumental solo albums, Mo’s production work includes albums for Dr John, Deborah Bonham, Maggie Bell, Gil Evans, Adrian Legg, and a new project — The Fetch — with Linda Hoyle.

He co-wrote ‘So Far Away’ for Gary Moore, ‘In My Car’ for Ringo Starr, and ‘Chalk Dust’ for The Brat, and has composed hundreds of titles for the major Production Music Libraries.

Feature film work includes For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Revenge Of The Pink Panther, and Clockwise.

Which model Overwater bass do you play?

Overwater Progress 5-string

Why do you choose to play Overwater basses?

In 1990 I was wandering around a trade fair looking for a good 5-string bass. Most of the instruments that I tried were terrible – they didn’t balance, they rattled, or they sounded like shit. There was one exception: an Overwater. We chatted, and he designed a 36inch scale, through-neck bass for me of light oak.

How long have you owned an Overwater bass?

26 years.