Spring Fever with laka d’s Bloomsburys

March 3rd 2016, 20:00

Peckham Liberal Club

24 Elm Grove, SE15 5DE London

This will be good: I’ll be supporting the terrific choir The Bloomsburys. There are lots of them and only one of me, but I’ll have a guitar, so that should even it up a bit.

Tickets £9.00 in advance (available from https://billetto.co.uk/events/laka-ds-bloomsburys-spring-fever ) or £12.00 on the door

The event on Facebook.

Update

Yes, I’ve changed it around, and no it’s not finished.

I realise that “Under Construction” signs haven’t been acceptable on websites since the late 90s, and were widely reviled then, but I haven’t finished it yet. Lots of wrestling with the backend to go.

The information is more or less available though, and where useful hopefully more more than less.

The Virtually Acoustic Club

December 19th 2016, 22:00

The Library

235 Upper Street
London N1 1RU

Popping back before Christmas to give out cards and say Merry Christmas. Having successfully completed a song this year, I thought it would be nice to play it here. I remember the choice of Iodine being off the top of my head, but it seems to have been a good choice.

Apples and Walnuts
Iodine

Jeays Christmas Extravaganza

December 6th 2016, 20:00

The Bedford


77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12

After an absence of about fifteen years, we returned to the Bedford in Balham. This makes be very happy, partly because it doesn’t bob up and down, partly because it’s a great room – we’re in the round, Shakespeare room, which has a wonderful connection to the audience, a balcony and sometimes a bar (although Pete H orders the bar to be shut so as not to disturb the gig).

Anyway, great to be back.

Aerodynamics
Apples and Walnuts
The Second River Bagatelle
River Rise
Shame

Arch 1 @ Cody Dock

October 2nd 2016, 20:30

Arch1

Unit 1, West Ham Arches
Cranberry Lane
London E16 4BJ

Part of a benefit weekend for Arch 1 after the tragic flooding earlier this year (which sort of coincided with Brexit and all that madness). One of the quieter nights, so I got to play a lengthy set, which was a nice opportunity to try lots of things out. And it was an audience of quality in any case.

Aerodynamics
Apples and Walnuts
Learning to Crash
All Fall Down
My Bumper Book of Lies
Tiki
Gravity
Sem Nome
Shame
River Bagatelle
River Rise
The Rest of Our Lives
Horse Bagatelle
100 Horses
Little Games
Iodine

Gigaholics

August 28th 2016, 20:00

The Harrison Bar

28 Harrison Street
London
WC1H 8JF

A night run by the magnificent Kath Tait, and featuring the equally magnificent John Arthur, Armorel Weston and Kate Williams and Dave Thorpe. And me, somewhere in the middle, there. A top night of great tunes and stirring words. As I started out at Bunjies, I find cellars very comforting. For some reason I think the stage is a lot higher than it actually is – in my memory it’s several feet off the ground, but in reality it’s not. Strange thing, that.

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
My Bumper Book of Lies
Tiki
Gravity
Sem Nome
Shame
River Rise
Horse Bagatelle
100 Horses

Top of the Horse and Stables

May 31st 2016, 19:30

The Horse & Stables

122 - 124 Westminster Bridge Road
Waterloo, London SE1 7RW

A lovely night back at the Horse and Stables. Despite the fact that I was having a lot of problems with inanimate objects that night – the tended to find themselves under my feet, or the eighth fret would somehow unaccountably turn into the ninth fret under my fingers – everything went beautifully. A regular night, run by Moyal O’Bui, it’s well worth checking out.

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
My Bumper Book of Lies
The Rest of Our Lives
Iodine
Shame
River Bagatelle / River Rise
Gravity

OK, so…

I confess I’m not the most fastidious website updater in the world, and sorry about that.

The whole thing needs a spring clean, strange tracks need pruning, that sort of thing. The site as it stands is a work in regress.

However: For the last few years if I’ve had ideas for songs, I’ve played them into the webcam on my laptop computer, which means they don’t get lost. Of course it’s easy to forget they’re there. So I’ve been going through the 135 videos I’ve saved over the last three or four years. From that I managed to identify seventy things whicher were already songs, probably. About half of those were songs that I was genuinely curious to find out what they were about. I just need to write the words now.

Yes, this is where it goes crashing into a wall, of course. Still, there’s potentially a bunch of new material.

So one thing I need to do is record the current setlist as I play it, but with fewer mistakes. Then when there’s a quorum of material I can do what I believe the kids are calling “A New Album”. Whatever that means these days.

And as the new songs get finished, of course, I need to go out and play them at people to see if they’re any good.

So there’s the potential there for a bunch of activity. If you’ve stumbled across this page curious to keep tabs on the activity as it… activates, I suppose … you could join the mailing list, which I do post to, albeit infrequently. There’s also the Facebook page (ditto).

I promise to keep you informed of things as they might well happen.

The Magic Garden

March 29th 2016, 21:30

The Magic Garden

231 Battersea Park Road
London
SW11 4LG

A lovely open mic hosted (just for tonight? Not sure) by Carl Chamberlain, in a cosy Battersea venue. Great fun – one of those places where you have to play to two audiences (left and right, with the corner of the bar in front of you) simultaneously, but that’s not a problem. More a source of variety. Hope to return soon.

Aerodynamics
Learning to Crash
The Rest of Our Lives

The Virtually Acoustic Club

March 28th 2016, 21:30

The Library

235 Upper Street
London N1 1RU

Back at the VAC. Not much to say that’s not been said before – lovely clear sound, and friendly, attentive audience. It’s home, basically, wherever it is.

All Fall Down
The Rest of Our Lives