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

Stage Door Open Mic

March 27th 2016, 20:30

The Stage Door

28-30 Webber Street
Waterloo
London, SE1 8QA

Writing this the following Friday, I’m slightly surprised that I played these particular songs, though perhaps I shouldn’t admit that as it suggests a certain lack of attention. It was a quiet night (probably because it was Easter Sunday, and most people had some important digestion to get out of the way), so we got to go around twice, and do loads of songs.

Nice, anyway. I’d prefer to play later to the people who stick around rather than earlier to a bunch of folks who are just waiting to do their song and bugger off. Gosh. Isn’t that mean-spirited of me? Well, I don’t know that I mind them doing that, it just means they’re a less focused audience. But the audience tonight were definitely the persistent, attentive type, so hooray!

Gravity
Learning to Crash
***
Shame
River Rise
My Bumper Book of Lies

Arch 1

March 11th 2106, 20:30

Arch1

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

Quiet, but also quietly marvellous evening. I managed to forget to do The Rest of Our Lives, but I don’t suppose it mattered. As I played first I got to drink beer and enjoy Kate Thomas and Dr Blue. Hurrah! Definitely one of my favourite venues.

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
Gravity
Iodine
Learning to Crash
My Bumper Book of Lies
River Rise
Shame
Horse Bagatelle / 100 Horses