Song Writing Challenge Bears Fruit

Front cover of Presents

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Cast your minds back to spring last year and I set myself a songwriting challenge. Well, I must say it has been far more successful than I could have possibly dreamed. Originally it was just a bit of fun to flesh out live performances. However, it turns out that the songs I wrote were, for […]

7th July 2019 at NDAC

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A bumper crop of songs for you today. There was lots of time so I did two sets of three songs. I only prepared to do three but despite that, I put in a pretty good performance. First up is the song I completely messed up at the previous performance in Raglan, ‘I Sat By […]

3rd July 2019 The Beaufort Inn, Raglan

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A new venue tonight, The Beaufort in Raglan and it all started disastrously with a song abandoned! I played a request for my lovely wife, ‘I Sat By The Ocean’ by Queens Of The Stone Age, and had a complete lyrical brain fart. Now I forget the odd word from time to time but this […]

16th June 2019 at the NDAC

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Another open mic at the diving centre. It was much better weather than it had been so I was sweating profusely. First up is everybody’s favourite advert theme tune, ‘Bohemian Like You’ by The Dandy Warhols. I love this song but being a dedicated eater of meat, I couldn’t bring myself to say vegan food. […]

First of my performance challenges

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Well, as promised, here’s Sunday’s open mic performances. It was at the National Diving & Activity Centre (Hence the photo. Or is it because I sank without a trace?). Featured was the first of my acoustic challenge songs written for each performance. If I’m being honest, I bombed somewhat this week. I’ve had an operation […]

Acoustic challenge

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Spring is in the air and after those long winter months have come to an end. I feel a fresh challenge is in the air. As you know, I make quite dense music that is built around structure and arrangement rather than song writing per se. As a result, there aren’t many songs I’m able […]

More Open Mic Night

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  Back to my favourite open mic night at The Lime Tree. It’s not quite Madison Square Gardens yet but a gig is a gig. I’m sure you’ll be able to watch me at the O2 Arena soon enough. For now you’ll have to make do with your O2 smartphone. Enjoy this week’s videos. First […]

The Men Who Came Today played on XLR Radio

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Thanks to Paul Daisley for playing the whole 18 minutes of The Men Who Came Today on his Daydream Nation Radio Show on XLR Radio on Friday night. If you missed it, you can catch it here. It’s an eclectic show featuring all genres. Anything goes. I’m on at around the 50 minute mark.

Drummer wanted: Must be enthusiastic

Drum kit

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So, hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve already read about my first steps down the path of rock stardom. They say it’s never too late to start following a dream. Is it true? I’ve always been fairly headstrong and confident but for some reason that didn’t translate to music. It was always a hobby. Something […]

Dream Big Little Boy

Les Paul Guitar

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We all dream big when we’re young. The smaller the child, the bigger the dream. We all go through a phase of wanting to be an astronaut or a superhero, I think. Me? I wanted to be a rock star. I was very lucky with my musical upbringing. As a child of the 80’s I […]