Go Go Fandango

September 24th, 2011
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

Visit the event page here: http://www.temwa.org/support-us/upcoming-events/details/94-gogo-fandango–attic-bar.htmlSee More

First performance of new material..

July 20th, 2011

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!

Visual stimulus..

May 20th, 2011

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!

Pause for reflection..

May 16th, 2011

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. “— Ferris Bueller

This winter I was forced by powers stronger than my own to follow my gypsy heart,  the need to travel had grown too heavy a burden to ignore. After a hectic year of gigs, festivals and cabaret organising it was time for a pause for reflection on this old life, on what I’m doing here and how to proceed…

So what finer way to mark the beginning of 2011 with an adventure to India!  On new year’s day, shivering in the snow at Heathrow in our hoodies and jeans waving off the lovely Gideon who drove us there, we skipped into the warmth of the airport and soon boarded a plane to Mumbai. Our 3 month journey through this endlessly intriguing, magical country took us from Mumbai, down to Goa, through Karnataka, Kerala, hill stations, steam trains and an Ashram in Tamil Nadu, on to Chennai from where we travelled on to the Andaman Islands; a tropical paradise of white sands and turquoise seas with tribal folk, elephants, crocodiles and an endless supply of mangoes and coconuts..literally falling off the trees! After a blissful month on one of these tropical islands away from internet, newspapers and mobile phones we returned to the mainland firstly to Calcutta, then up to Dharjeeling, Varanasi and finally back to Mumbai just in time to watch the cricket semi finals India vs Pakistan in a bar on our last night and witness the ensuing maddness in Colaba when India beat their ultimate rival before going on to win the world cup.

I have so much more to tell you about India, but where to begin!? For now suffice to say, the period for reflection that I craved was fulfilled.  I return feeling rejuvenated, inspired and energised to continue now on my musical journey with a clearer and calmer head to carry me.

Right now I’m working on a body of new material started in India, with continued writing and recordings planned for this summer, which will be ready to launch later this year starting with a new EP in the autumn. Due to this period of underground activity and creativity, we are not as a band planning to do as many live gigs this summer as we would normally and the Salon nights will also be taking a break until the autumn. I will keep you posted as to how it’s all going but believe me things are going..to happen! and I, am very excited about it!

Speak soon


Our last gig as one big happy family of road dwellers this year…

December 15th, 2010

So Christmas is drawing near..like it or not we must deal with it the best we can, so here’s a card to bring you some cheer from us..

I will be heading overseas in the new year for 3 months but rest assured I will return to the mother land for more gigs and cabarets in April. This Thursday 16th December therefore will be our last gig as a full band for quite some time so do come and join us at The Golden Lion, Glos Rd, Bristol from 9-11pm it’s absolutely free as well! what’s not to like??

Big Christmas cabaret party Friday December 10th

November 16th, 2010

Join us aboard the John Sebastian Lightship (Bathurst Basin, Bristol Harbour) 8-12pm for..

A night of Vaudeville, cabaret and music with a 1950’s Christmas Cocktail Party theme, please dress for the occasion! We proudly present a glittering cabaret compered by special guest Doug Francisco from the Invisible Circus, starring the Fabulous Corsettes, Miss Alexandra Hofgartner and more!
Followed by a special set from myself and the band with some new numbers slipped into the set to keep you on your dancing toes, we also have DJ Sticky who will keep you bopping till the witching hour and some special Christmas treats early on. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

Adv tickets £8.50 from Bristol ticket shop, www.bristolticketshop.co.uk Retrocollectables, 151 North St, Bedminster or £10 on the door

An Autumnal Extravaganza hailing back to the days of Berlin Cabaret..

September 16th, 2010

Coming soon to a lightship near you!

May 7th, 2010

Miss Cecily’s Salon

March 28th, 2010

Well thank god winters nearly over is all I can say! Though I do  quite enjoy staying in and writing  melancholic songs by my heater in the attic for a little while, British winters just seems to drag on and on, and I am now in dire need of some vitamin D! I am  greatly relieved to see the little blossoms of spring poking their heads out of the soil and the clocks going forward has got to be a good sign..despite that lost hour this morning,  and hark!  I hear the cuckoo call…

So to celebrate the end of the hibernation period we have our first ‘Miss Cecily’s Salon’ event of the year.  I hope you can join us on the poop deck!

I have now created a new page dedicated to the nights we are running aboard the John Sebastian. For further info go to the all new..salon cabaret page!

Happy New Year, some sad news and a spicy Thali to warm your cockles!

January 8th, 2010

Happy New Year to one and all!
I hope the festive season brought all that you desired and left you free of any arguments or stress..still it’s just part of that big sparkly gift wrapped parcel that is Christmas I suppose!

So a new decade is upon us and I was going to bore you with my new year’s resolutions but I have thought better of it..to encapsulate..less stress more fun is my aim as I think last year the stress/fun balance was somewhat off kilter on the wrong side of equilibrium!

Before anymore waffling on about myself and my musical plans which let’s face it certainly aren’t desperatetly important in the grand scheme of things..  I have some sad news and it is to bid fairwell and raise a warm spirited glass to Meena (Lady Raz) a Bristol singer songwriter  who sadly passed away over Christmas, after a long battle with cancer I believe, she was far too young and it just doesn’t seem right at all for some one so full of life to fade away like that. I didn’t know her very well but we played together once or twice and attended some of each others gigs. She was a lovely, talented woman with a beautiful voice and I know she will be sadly missed. If you’d like to check out her songs she is on myspace as one of my friends and  www.myspace/ladyraz.

On a more cheerful and spicey note (there is no appropriate way i have ever found to change the subject after news like that sorry!)   I am the Thali Café Bristol artist of the month and will be playing solo gigs at The Easton Thali Cafe (Channel 4 Food awards takeaway of the year!)  this Sunday 10th and at The Totterdown Thali on another Sunday later in the month tbc

With Tom our guitarist being away very wisely on Indian adventures for a couple of months I have been enjoying the challenge of getting a lengthy solo set together, and this has given me many ideas on directions I would like to take my songs, but more of this throughout the year..inshallah!

Well it’s freezing out there so I hope you’re all cosy by a crackling log fire it is the only place to be!