I'm packing all my things up at the moment ready to move to sunny Birmingham. I seem to spend a lot of time travelling to and from Birmingham, which has a cost on the environment, also where I live inbetween Darlaston & Wednesbury doesn't have good transport links (apart from the M6) so I thought it is a good time for a move.
I'm moving into a very small maisonette near Selly Park, but I'm hoping it will mean I can get involved in the local music scene a bit more. I'm also renting a container up near the East Midlands Parkway Railway station, where I'm also considering buying a barge hull to convert into living accomodation - I'm hoping this will give me car free access to Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and beyond.
The downsizing has curtailed my musical activities though - although still singiing with the lovely Clarion Singers and performing at local folk clubs (when I can get out).
Its been a busy few weeks, recently I played a couple of slots at two local radio stations - Black Country Radio and BHBN - The first was through the NEON Song writer's Collective, and I played "Haul-along-me Jenny" and "The Wheel of Life" - was great fun, the second one is a hospital radio station with DJ Chris Friday, I got to play "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" "Haul along me Jenny" and "Who cares?" and had a good interview with Chris - sadly they haven't got a listen again facility.
Billy Spakemon has also been playing a few tracks off "The Magic Money Tree" EP on his excellent Sunday afternoon 'ommer & Chain Show - Black country Radio. Fair play to him, as most radio stations seem unable to play anything remotely political these days.
I also did a performance for a Radical History Course run by Mike Jackson of the Erdington Lunar Society at Erdington library - It was really nice to play some of my more historical political songs to a friendly, attentative but discerning audience and of course answering qustions about the songs too. The lecture was about Thomas Paine and one of my heroes, Thomas Spence ( a little known radical activist who came up with a plan for local community land ownership, Suffrage for Women, rights for children and a system for helping the needy in society - and all well before Marx)
It was quite an honour to have Birmingham Clarion Singers (the choir I sing in) do another one of my songs "Who cares?" - a song about carers - I was also given the opportunity to go and sing it with the wonderful striking Birmingham Homecare/enablement staff - both high points in my musical experiences.
I'm having to limit the amount of Folk Clubs I'm doing as I'm supposed to be clearing stuff out, downsizing and moving to a ground floor maisonette.- Its all a bit traumatic for a hoarder like me!
Here's my new EP "The Magic Money Tree"
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Been having a busy time of it playing gigs around Birmingham with Ingrid Gould (accordion) and Martin F Hubbard (guitar) at the Kings Heath Community Cafe (see the video on the home page) and the Station Pub in Kings Heath. I've been trying a few different Folk Clubs/Open Mics as well - last week I was at the Cheque-Mates Folk Club in Hopwas near Tamworth and the week before that at Brewood Cricket Club where they have a folk/acoustic night. I've also been back singing with the lovely Birmingham Clarion Singers. We performed at an annual Mesothelioma event for Asbestos Support Central England, and this Saturday we did a storming set for The Women Chainmakers Festival in Cradley Heath. Next Saturday I'll be performing with the Clazzas again in Darlaston for Black Country Day and hopefully I'll be singing a few solo songs later as well.
Its all come to a bit of a stand still with regards to recording work as I'll be relocating again shortly - not sure where yet, so if you know of any communities that will take a fat old musician with arthritis let me know. All I need is a little plot of land to grow food on, a bed and access to some form of tranport.