The observant amongst you will notice that I haven't played many gigs of late. I hope this picture goes some way to explaining why. On June 1st I went climbing to Pentre Halkyn, a lovely little natural bouldering site near Holywell in North Wales. Mistakes were made. On June 2nd I had a fairly major surgery to remedy those mistakes and have been out of action ever since. Consequently I had to cancel gigs I had arranged for Cornerhouse and Chester Market. I can still play sitting down of course but live gigs tend to involve lots of equipment and lugging that around at the moment is not an option. This self-imposed house arrest has meant I've finished another one of my songs (see previous post) and am well on the way to finishing another so I hope to have a couple more tracks out over the next few months. I hope to be back playing live before Christmas.
Many, many years ago Les "Fruitbat" Carter put together a compilation of unsigned acts called There's A Madman On The Roof on his label Spinach Records. I was on it with a song called One Night Stand. I re-visited it recently playing it live for the first time in a long time and I quite enjoyed it so I've been working on a new recording. It's nearly finished and will be my next release. Watch this space.
Exciting news people! My old friend Les "Fruitbat" Carter, formerly of the legendary Carter USM, and currently of the mighty Abdoujaparov, has asked me to support Abdou at their Chester gig on May 5th at The Saddle Inn. I'm a bit scared, I'll be playing a set of my originals and it'll be the first time in a long time, but as Les is largely the reason I began writing and releasing music I could hardly say no!
I'll post ticket details as and when I get them but would be great to see you there.
If you'd like to hear me play other people's songs for free though I'm back at the Chester Market on Saturday April 29th and on Friday May 26th xx
I'm back at Cornerhouse this Friday 24th March for a solo outing, back there in June with Echochamber
Happy New Year! Due to a late notice cancellation I'm back at Chester Market tomorrow night, Friday 13th Jan. There should be more dates to follow too.
In other news Echochamber, the acoustic duo I'm in has now become a trio and we played our first gig just before Christmas. It was loads of fun and we're looking forward to more this year. We've only got one gig booked at the moment in June at Cornerhouse but we'll get practicing and hopefully book more.
I'm very excited to say that I'll be playing at the New Chester Market on Friday 11th November
If that wasn't exciting enough I'm happy to say that I'll also be playing there on Friday November 25th, Saturday December 3rd and Saturday December 17th!
I popped in there for the first time the other day and it looks incredible! Quite apart from the beautiful setting and exceptional food and drink offerings, there is now a proper PA and stage which I will be stage-diving off as often as I can!
I've made a video about how I use open source software to record and mix my songs. This is how I made Living For The Short Term which is released to all streaming services from Monday 20th December 2021