Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Band

Heard a great interview with Robbie Robertson, love his philosophy about music and how musicianship can be about leaving space. I’ve always felt that way but struggled to articulate it. I’ve got a deeply ingrained but slightly unexplainable love for the music of The Band and the feel of the music they created.

The Band's music is another example of the idea of genre being a load of tishy tosh. It bothers and surprises me that people remain so hung up on what counts as folk/blues/rock/pop/rock and roll or whatever. It’s all a big cake and always has been, why so precious? Like so many “traditional” things when you look at them these set rules are not as old as anybody thinks anyway.

This post is of course something of a disclaimer to be used as a defence when people say my music doesn’t fit the “rules” of some genre or style. I like like lots of music and we are all informed by what we’ve listened to. There’s plenty of people sticking within the set parameters of genres and making fantastic music, and more power to them. I’m probably a jack of a few trades and far from a master of any but I think I’d get bored throwing my musical eggs into one basket.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Nashville in the Round

I've had a brilliant time on tour supporting "Nashville in the Round" a songwriters circle featuring Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling and Kyshona Armstrong. The tour has taken in venues around the UK in places including London, Norwich, Birmingham, Southport and Maidenhead. The shows have been sold out, the crowds fantastic and Kyshona, Sarah and Jenn not only fantastic musicians and songwriters but very lovely people too.

Here's some images (of varying quality) from the tour.

Tiny (but comfortable) motel room

Stage set at The Atkinson, Southport

Sarah, Jenn and Kyshona at The Hive, Shrewsbury 

Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Sarah, Jenn and Kyshona at a very full and sweaty Bicycle Shop, Norwich

Me and Kyshona
Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Me and Kyshona

Me and Jenn 
Me and Sarah 
Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Well it's been quite a full on three years since I spent a week writing songs in the company of Ray Davies and 15 others wonderful songwriters from around the world. Thanks to Ray for taking the time to listen and gently teaching me that my songs are worth listening to and my ideas and instincts are often pretty spot on!
Thanks also for this memorable exchange;
"Ray you suggested these chords but I'm thinking of doing this..."
"Do it your way it suits you better."
Pause, hand on my shoulder. "It's very John Lennon."
Turns his back and gently walks away. I carry on playing thinking not a lot of it and then realise that has come from a man who actually met and hung out with John Lennon.
A few weeks later I was invited to an art show at his Konk studios and without really saying hello he spots me and sings the chorus of one of my songs at me "Alone now, I'm alone..."
"You remembered it!"
"It's very memorable!"
From the writer of You Really Got Me and Lola.
Thanks Ray!
A few other beautiful and important memories but you know what I might just keep them to myself for a while.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tour Dates
Nashville in the Round Tour
I'm very excited to be playing the opening slot for a tour featuring Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong.
"An evening in the style of the Nashville’s famous Bluebird CafĂ© as Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong come together."
The 9 dates I'm performing on are;
3 Sept The Winemakers Club London EC2
4 Sept The Musician Pub Leicester
5 Sept The Met Studio Stafford
7 Sept The Green Note London NW1
8 Sept Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead
10 Sept The Atkinson Southport
11 Sept The Hive Shrewsbury
12 Sept Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham
13 Sept The Bicycle Shop Norwich
30 Sept Foley Arms, Great Malvern
Headline Gig dates
5 Oct Lymington Folk Club
Germany mini tour
27 Oct Kulturcafe Lichtung Cologne
28 Oct House Concert Idstein, near Wiesbaden
29 Oct UnterRock Berlin

Sunday, 10 July 2016

I'm back in my favourite part of the world at the moment. Pembrokeshire, South Wales. I spent a lot of my childhood here and it has remained a special place for me. 

I'm performing this afternoon in Laugharne (in the equally beautiful Camarthenshire) at Browns Hotel, famous as a haunt of Dylan Thomas. I'm playing from 3pm. 

On Tuesday night I'll be gigging at The Lifeboat Tavern, Tenby. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Fantastic gig at Wychwood Folk Club last night where I was supporting Ninebarrow. Lovely crowd, some familiar faces who've seen me play at other places in the area. Great chats with people afterwards at the cd selling stand. Pretty perfect!

Later I was sitting outside the venue, Tiddy Hall. It was a pleasant June evening, the birds were singing and Ninebarrow had just started playing again inside. The sky was clear and the sun was setting. It was just one of those moments.

Really lovely!