9. Jul, 2017


It was a very moving experience (as it always is) singing with Birmingham Clarion Singers at the annual mesothelioma action day event in the Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham. There were some visitors from Japan joining us all in demanding justice for people affected by this terrible disease. The numbers are still climbing, and the disease can take 30, 40, even more than 50 years after asbestos inhalation or ingestion. Its disgusting that they are still using it in some parts of the world and it is still in some of our public buildings (including schools) as well as some houses.

I've been spending some time in the studio (The Shed in Burntwood) the last couple of weeks. I've only been able to do this as a very dear, but exttremely poorly, friend of mine has generously funded the cost, - so I'm keen to make the most of it. Nick Thompson (of The Shed) thinks we have 8 useable songs recorded so far - just baritone uke and vocals. I've got a new song I'm trying to record about the terrible infant mortality figures in some parts of the country (particularly in Walsall and Wolverhampton and worse in areas like Darlaston). Its proving a little tricky as its a new song and I usually play them quite a few times at home, then perform them, then record them.  I blame it all on Doug James for asking me to write it!
Once the recordings are finished I'm hoping to produce some CD's to sell at gigs and make some tracks downloadable.
I'll probably make a video of today's session in Coffee 1, King's Heath, but first I'm off to Quakers and then going to visit me Mum in hospital.