After all the excitement and physical exertion of the summer, life has now strangely thrown me in a temporary new direction, but a positive one and I must tell you that as of this month, I shall be wintering in Spain!
The time has come to return to the southern climes that inspired much of my first album and hide myself away to write a new one. I realise I have so many new songs already in need of recording and a good home, but have started on a new project and some new sounds which I can’t wait for you to hear!
But all good things come to those who wait so I must isolate myself in my artist’s garret aloft a hill, scattered with orange and lemon trees, looking out to sea for the next few months.. I am not joking either, I scored a villa with a stupendous view! Sadly I’ll not be gigging in the UK for the forseeable future, but rest assured I will return with a bag full of songs next summer!
I need to say a very large and overdue to THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
to everyone who helped, supported, photographed, lent me the best bike ever, gave me a gig or a place to rest my head and of course all those who sponsored me on my cycle and busk from Bristol to Edinburgh this summer in aid of TEMWA’s trees for life project in Malawi. You all helped me to raise over £2000 which will result in an incredible 20, 000 trees being planted in Northern Malawi.
On July 12th whilst all eyes are on London’s 2012 Olympics. I ’ve decided to cycle as far as I can in the opposite direction! I will be setting off from Bristol, on my trusty bicycle, with a trailer carrying my amp and guitar and heading North. My aim, is in a month to reach Edinburgh to play on the streets during August’s Fringe Festival. On route I will endeavour to busk in every town that I pass through. Most of the gigs will be street performances along with a few pre organised indoor venues, soon to be confirmed.
Here is the full version of ’Dear Prudence’ especially rearranged and deranged for the epic Beatles project the rest of which can be found at www.thebeatlescompleteonukulelee.com. There’s a new track by a different artist released every Tuesday and we are no. 167!
You can listen to it right here, just click on Dear Prudence THE ONE IN LIGHT BROWN just beneath this!!!
I’d just like to alert your attention to my facebook page if you’re not already aware of it, which is also regularly updated with gigs and other info, but I like to think it’s a little bit more personal a bit like an intimate solo gig in cosy familiar surroundings in which we all look at each other’s photos and have a chat during the interval!
All you have to do is click the link at the right hand corner of this page…and then when you’ve had a look perhaps you could ‘like’ me..how about that!?
To be ‘liked’ is the kind of validation us insecure performing arty types can’t live without…akin to air and water really so you know all I’m saying is if you don’t ‘like’ me I may well wither away and droop into my little terracota pot on the windowsill and I think that may be more than anyone’s conscience could bare, so really it’s just easier to press the like button!
Also if you press the ‘like’ button at the top of this post it’ll show you ‘like’ this website and then maybe your friends will have a look too and maybe they’ll ‘like’ it and before we know it there’ll be a whole lot of liking going on, and let’s face it folks, that’s what this music business is all about these days!
Well it’s been a busy few weeks, starting with a recording session at the fantastic Toybox studios in Bristol in which myself and Tom recorded some new songs in our new stripped down acoustic fashion. They’re sounding lovely and I’ll be making one or two of them available as a free download very soon.
We then went on to film in a shed in Clevedon. It’s a particularly special shed full of nik naks and curiosities and has also picked up alot of interest from all sorts of people such as Whispering Bob Harris and Steve Levine. Every week the shed’s owner Jon posts a new video of a band or individual performing in his shed on his website and ours should be turning up there any week now. I’ll be sure to inform you as soon as that happens!
We then returned to Clevedon last week for a photo shoot with our friend Ben who took some rather classy black and white shots of us sitting on various benches, leaning on walls looking pensively out to sea, spying on fishermen and gazing into coffee cups in wood panelled cafes.. can’t think of a better way to spend a day really! These will of course be finding their way into the photos section of this site.
Here’s news of a night I’ve been lending a hand to, and will also be performing at..
Ladies and gentlemen, for your amusement, pleasure and entertainment
Temwa presents:GOGO FANDANGO
In aid of Malawi
Back once again to bring you a random and brilliant selection of Bristol’s finest music and bizarre, incredible and hilarious cabaret acts!
Saturday 15th October
The Attic Bar Stokes Croft
• Roots Prescription
• Zen Elephant
• 2CI Wogan Police Rave Unit
• Miss Cecily
• Disco Two
• Amazing magical and mysterious cabaret acts from the four corners of the world! Here to confound compell and confuse, prepared to be bedazzled by circus and cabaret, extraordinary feats of skill and concentration, you will not be disapointed. Prepare to be suprised!
£5 before 10pm, £7 after
Cabaret acts start 9.30pm sharp, get there early to witness these outlandish visual treats!
All proceeds to Temwa – Sustainable Community Development, Malawi www.temwa.org
Next Tuesday (26th July) myself and fabulous guitarist Tom will be debuting some new songs which we’ve been working on in our new studio..they have never before been played in public so it’s quite excting (at least for us!), they are a little different in mood and sound to the stuff we’ve done before and we’d be really inetersted to get people’s feedback. We’ll be doing half an hour at The Golden Lion, Glos Rd, Bristol next Tuesday some time between 9 and 11pm as part of a night I’m guest hosting called the Lion’s Den. My other guests will be singer songstress Molly Samson who plays the darker side of folk, and spoken word artistes Sammy Digger telling tales of love, laughter and charity shop lock ins!
It’s going to be a great night and it’s absolutely free!
Please do..have a look at the new photos I’ve uploaded from two of our cabaret nights (salon cabaret page) and our performance on the sensation seekers stage at Glastonbury last summer (Gallery page).. happy days!