Craig Stoddart is a multi-instrumentalist and session musician based in Scotland. With a Bachelor's Degree in Popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University, he is a highly versatile bassist and tenor saxophonist with a professional attitude. Craig prides himself on being easy to work with, helping artists achieve their artistic goals and visions and has a firm belief in serving the song above all else.
Studying jazz theory from a young age, Craig is a capable sight-reader and improviser who is comfortable and experienced in a plethora of musical styles. From traditional jazz to pop, hip-hop, rock and electronica, Craig is constantly seeking to immerse himself in new sounds and musical experiences in order to grow as a session musician . To this end, he has built a growing online presence centred around synth bass guitar - using and exploring effects pedals to emulate keyboard synthesisers on the bass guitar and bringing a dynamic and fresh element to his live performances as a bass player.
Craig has established himself both within the local Edinburgh scene and across wider Scotland. He is a regular performer at several prominent festivals and events across Scotland including Celtic Connections, Eden Festival, Kelburn Garden Party , Hidden Door Arts Festival and King Tut's New Year's Revolution. Craig enjoys playing music of all styles and believes in being as facilitative and accommodating as possible to help others achieve their musical goals - be it in the studio or out on the stage.
Abbey Road Studios: session bassist on two singles for the band “Painting Rockets.” July 2018
Bass Player for Scottish Singer/Songwriter "Andrew Dickson" - 2019-present
Bass player for Scottish Singer/songwriter "Annie Booth" - 2014-2020. Bass player on debut album, “An Unforgiving Light" - 2017
Yoko Pwno at Eden Festival & Kelburn Garden Party - 2019
TV appearance with Annie Booth on The Quay Sessions With Roddy Hart, BBC Scotland - 2018
Annie Booth: An Unforgiving Light - album Launch at The Hug & Pint, Glasgow - 2017
TV appearance on STV's The Riverside Show With "Harry & The Hendersons" [The Hoojamamas] - 2015
"Craig Stoddart is a very gifted and imaginative bassist, as well as being an extremely supportive and empathetic musician. Constantly striving to challenge his musical abilities, he has an exceptional sense of groove and harmony which make him a valuable addition to any band. It’s been brilliant working with him on both covers and original music."
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Craig on numerous projects over the years. In both studio and live environments Craig has proven to be a versatile and creative performer who always serves the song. Incredible musical ability on both the bass and saxophone aside, I would highly recommend Craig based on his work ethic, punctuality and banter."
- Ross Campbell, Founder of Bulletproof Guitar Player
- Stuart Neil; Fat Mantra, The Hoojamamas
"Craig is both a valuable addition to any live band as well as a reliable Player to have in the studio. His professional attitude, appreciation and understanding of a multitude of musical genres give him the ability to always serve the song and make him a great choice for any musical project."