Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Going live...

 Has it really been that long !!

 I have had a busy few weeks so here is an update:

  On the 16th of February I went up to Brentwood to appear live on the Sunday Lunch show on PhoenixFM hosted by Tony Smith. We had a chat about my music and I played a couple of tracks live in the studio. If you want to have a listen to how it went then follow this link

 Gig wise, I was at the Ship in Leigh-on-sea on the 26th February where I performed a short impromptu set reviving The Big Band Theory for the night, which went down well. It was a great night and some of the other performers included Justin Hazelden who did a fantastic 'acoustic punk' set and Darren Jones who never lets you down.
 On the 7th March I played a set for the Friday Night music night run by Unique Sounds at The Spread Eagle in Southend, a very busy night, followed by playing a couple of tunes round the corner at Preview in the RNA club. All in all a great weekend for music.

 Hopefully I will be able to post some news about some exciting opportunities over the summer soon, so watch this space...

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Upcoming performances...

  Just a quick update.....I have a short set tonight at the LEES which is above Soundz Studios in Southend-on-sea, then tomorrow I am going up to Brentwood to appear on the Sunday Lunch show on PhoenixFM radio. I will be talking about my music and playing a few live tracks.

  Next week I will be playing a set at The Plough in Westcliff-on-sea on Wednesday night.

I'm also working on some new material at the moment and have lots of ideas whizzing around my head about forming a band again or even weirder, doing an electronic album !!

watch this space :)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

New Song in the making....old song for your pleasure

 So it's the middle of an alcohol free January, and I must admit I have been neglecting the practice a bit over the last couple of weeks ( if you saw my performance last Thursday then I apologise if it was a bit ropey ). Anyway the good news is that I started writing another new song today which is called 'Jennifer Waves'. The song based around the rough story of a man on a station platform seeing off his girlfriend Jennifer who waves to him from the train as it is leaving but he doesn't see her wave, and she doesn't realise that he hasn't seen her. So she is happy in the knowledge that everything is fine and is left with good thoughts of their time together while he thinks she hasn't bothered to wave and starts reading all sorts of bad things into it.  It is still a work in progress but that's the basic premiss.

  Until that song is finished, here's another video from the shoot I did the other day of my song 'The Man That I Can't Be'.........Enjoy

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Song !

 Happy New Year everyone !  I haven't posted for a while...I had a couple of good gigs over Christmas, and have been trying to write some new material. A lot of my friends are going through some hard times at the moment and I that was what was on my mind when I wrote this song. It is called Deeper in the Sand and reflects the kind of hopeless situation that many people find themselves in from time to time in their lives. I do seem to channel these kinds of songs quite a bit, but as I think I have said before, I don't seem to have much control over the songs I write. Anyway, this is the video for it which was shot using a Canon 60D slr camera with a Zoom H2N microphone attached. If you want more info on the set up then leave a comment and I'll get back to you :)

 There will be more videos to follow from this shoot over the next few weeks...and some exciting news about forthcoming radio play !!!!


Monday, 30 December 2013

Portrait of a Cereal Eater

This song was written about an old next door neighbour of mine when I was growing up. He was so pristine and abnormally normal that I like to think he had a secret sinister side to him ! He was definitely a cornflakes man, wore a full suit and briefcase combo to work and had a perfect striped lawn that he tended to every weekend. I have used my poetic license to add the restraining order stopping him seeing his 5 children !!

Song writing is like a box of never know what you're going to get

Have a listen...

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The World Looks Very Small From Up Here

  I am very happy to let you all know that my new album  'The World Looks Very Small From Up Here' is now available. Just as a quick recap, the tracks on the album are as follows;
  1. Madeleine
  2. Portrait of a Cereal Eater
  3. The Second Coming
  4. The Box of Bees
  5. The Man That I Can't Be
  6. A Tale of Winter

 Here is a taster of the album, this is the first track, called 'Madeleine'
 If you would like a copy of the album, it is only £3.00 (plus postage if necessary) and I will accept paypal payments. Please contact me via for details.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Last Dictator

  Every now and then I would like to post one of my songs or a video, along with some of the history behind it. I am going to start with a song called 'The Last Dictator'.

  My usual songwriting process is to sit and strum my guitar and wait for a song to come along. Lyrically, this particular song started with the idea of a conversation between Colonel Gadaffi and a nameless western diplomat, wherein an olive branch was offered to him giving him an option to back out of the conflict gracefully.

 This song was written while he was still alive but talks had broken down. I am not trying to make any political points in this song; merely trying to convey the hopelessness and stupidity of the situation. Like a lot of songs I write, the lyrics for this one came forth spontaneously as if delivered to me by a muse, and it wasn't long before I stumbled across the urgent, rolling guitar part to go with it.

  Please let me know what you think of the song and I hope you enjoy listening........