I am very pleased to announce that my new CD, ‘Views From the Gramper Van’ is now complete and should be ready in the next few weeks. As ever I am very grateful to a number of people for their time and expertise. Chris Hunter has been so helpful with his voice, vocal arrangements and insightful and honest comments and advice. Also thanks to Sean Marshall for his drumming and help with a number of the arrangements. I am also grateful for Sara Moss providing lead vocals on Storylines. Desmond James, Rosie Hunter and Ed Moss have also made important contributions.
The artwork was proving a problem until Dan stepped in to ensure it has been done properly with his IT expertise.
I am also grateful to Croydon Folk Club, especially Brian & Les, for their support and for enabling me to launch the album on 9th April.
We are now quite well settled in our new home in Ambleside, although the new Studyo is still to be properly sorted.
I have tried some open mics nearby and have been made to feel welcome, especially at The Unicorn Inn with Mik Mead. As a result I am appearing in the Ambleside Charity Folk Weekend on 15th September.
I am looking forward to develop further links and establishing more links with local musicians and to start recording again.
I hope that old friends will continue to visit and collaborate.
The start of a New Year, with new projects and ideas. Looking forward to working with Desmond James on the new songs. I supported Mik Mead at the Unicorn last Saturday and very much enjoyed it and hope it will be the first of many collaborations.
I am also very pleased that the Throwbacks will be playing again at Laura's 30th party in Kettering at the end of March.
Looking forward to being part of the Ableside Charity Folk Festival in February again. Raising money for the AirAmbulance and the Search & Rescue Dogs.
Hope everyone is well and keeping safe. Very pleaesd to be able to announce that the new album, Lost For Words is now available. I am so grateful to all who have made it possible, but especially the musicians, namely Chris Hunter, Bev Whelan, Desmond James, Mike Willoughby and Sean Marshall - all brilliant. Special thanks too to Steve Wyburn of Galava Designs for the fantastic cover.
Also glad to report that the Studyo has been restored, thanks to Dan Green and his team for all their efforts.
Other news is that I am just finishing another album entitled Locked Down; all the tracks have been written and recorded during the pandemic.
Finally it looks like I have a gig! Croydon Folk Club is hoping to put music on starting in September, and I will be there on 14th. It would be great to see you there.
Hello Everyone, hope you are all well and managing to stay positive in these difiicult times. I was really sorry but not surprised when the gig at Croydon was cancelled, a real shame. However I am pleased to announce that the new album is now complete and on sale, it is called Locked Down. I am very grateful to Fred Holdsworth Bookshop and the Post Office in Ambleside who have copies for sale as well copies of Lost For Words and Mik Mead's fine album In A Day. Copies can be obtained by emailing me at [email protected], cost is £10 plus £2:50 p & p. Please note that all the profits from Locked Down will go to support the Ambleside Parish Centre Community Fund. Really pleased with the new album, thei first where I have played all the instruments, which was fun, if time consuming. Special thanks to Tony Corrigan, Mik Mead and Dan Marshall for wll their help. Hope it will help people cope with the restrictions a little. Stay safe and hope that it won't be too long before we can start playing again.
Sorry to have been quiet for a while, but I haven't been idling away the time. I have been busy working on the new album, with great contributions from Mike Willoughby and Desi James, both much appreciated. I am also very pleased that Steve Wyburn has kindly agreed to do the artwork for the new CD. I have also been helping Mik Mead to record a new CD, which has been very enjoyable.
There have been a few gigs at the Unicorn with Mik Mead as well as the open mic sessions, all of which have been fun. There are a few gigs coming up and it would be great to see you if you can make it.
Hope everyone is well and coping in these very strange times. I am keeping busy, but missing family and friends and live music! I have been using the time tofinish the mixing mastering of the new album, Lost For Words. I am very grateful to Steve Wyburn for all his hard work on the artwork. I have also been writing some new songs and pieces. As the Studyo is still out of action, thanks to the insurers, I am going to have set up a temporary home to record. I have also put one of the tracks from Lost For Words onto a video, with appropriate images from Fishgarths Wood; it can be found on facebook or you tube
In addition there is a clip from a gig in 2015 at Rainham, Kent where I am playing Top Banana; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK3-26cX7U8
Following technical issues, there is a new contact email. Hopefully it won't be too long until we can start playing again, until then stay safe and keep well.