3. Mar, 2018

Recent and up-and coming performances

Its thick snow outside, all the folk clubs and open mics seem to have been cancelled, my Mum is not very well and I'm stuck here getting depressed and going up the wall (for foreign visitors this is an expression used for going mad)....Time to update the old blog!

I've got a few new songs on the go, but not sure how close they are to completion. It always takes a huge effort to get them written down and up to 'semi-performance quality', so then I can fine tune them by playing them live before recording them.

I haven't done much more as far as recording is concerned as the Sound Recording Engineer, Nick, has sadly not been well - although I have managed to get some Tom-toms and Congas on 2 of my songs thanks to Mike Townsend.

Having a bit more time at home has allowed me to edit a video (taken by Mike Townsend) from a gig I did last year at The Gates Pub in Sutton Coldfield for BrumAid.  I made a sort of  medley by editing short clips from each song.  I also uploaded a version of the The Bee-Boy song with the mighty Keith Parkins improvising on the saxophone - a really scary but immensly enjoyabe experience - it was taken on my Fairphone so the quality isn't great.

More recently I was asked by Wolverhampton and District Trades Union Council to play at 2 events they held for 'Love Unions' week.  It involved me playing at Wednesfield and Bilston Markets.  It was cold but great fun once I got going.  At Bilston I finished with a version of the Internationale (I stick to the original words but nicked the chords from Billy Bragg's website) - Some people joined in and one (Nick K) said its been a long time since the Internationale has been sung in Bilston Market (which made me laugh).  The W&DTUC have long been supporters of mine, for which I'm very grateful, they have always supported live music and have helped keep me going by giving me gigs most years.

I wrote a song about Thomas Spence (one of my historic political heroes) and its been included on the Thomas Spence Society Web site.

Future gigs

I've agreed to play at Erdington Labour & Trade Union Group "Live Music & Comedy Night" at6 St Thomas' Association Club, Station Rd, Erdington B23 6UB on Thursday 8th of March - Tickets are the Princely sum of £5.00 each - Its a fundraiser for the local election campaign - so I'll be playing political stuff.  I'll probably post a copy of the poster.

I've got a gig for the Birmingham Trades Council on the 5th of May

And of course I'll be playing at local folk clubs regularly and will be producing more youtube videos to post on here.