My old sparring partner Brian Chin Smithers (we wrote a lot of songs together before he moved to Brighton a decade or so ago) visited recently and we wrote a couple more songs. This one was written for a performance of the superb play A Taste of Honey at the Partington Theatre in Glossop.
A busy time it has been lately, here’s a random set of photies from the first week in October.
I had a great Saturday night here in my home town of Glossop performing my Cold War Spy show for the Defiance Night at the Labour Club in front of a full house along with good friend and collaborator Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner who did his superb Battle for the Ballot show. Feedback was fantastic so thank you to everybody who came along. Here’s a picture from the night.
Really pleased that my recent show at Buxton Fringe was shortlisted for the Best New Writing Award. Although I didn’t win I’m very happy to be nominated, so thanks to the Fringe judges.
Here’s an interview I did about the show.
And here’s a review of it.
If you’d like to book the show – it’s solo and would suit bookshops, libraries, schools, cafes, literary events etc – get in touch.
The news in the big bad world has been non stop recently and as events are sweeping along I find myself running to catch up with the play merrily mixing metaphors. As always I’m writing and my songs are influenced by what’s going on around us. Just very recently David Cameron complained that whether his father stored his money in a tax haven was ‘a private matter’; in other words none of the country’s business. So I wrote a song about it. Then Cameron plunged us in to chaos by calling the referendum and was himself swept aside leaving him to struggle along on Poppa’s ill gotten, a massive salary and reduced to moving in to a £17 million mansion. Poor sod. Unfortunately, the song, and one I really really like, looks like old news. But it isn’t really as the Cameron story is the story of our age, cuddly Dave merely my muse. Here it is. There are a few other videos you might have missed on the video page. Take a peak and watch your wallet.
After moving my site to a more static type of host, I decided to come back to WordPress as I found I missed it so. I’ve imported my old site’s posts so there is a break of a year when it looks like i did nothing…
It’s easier to update and add items so forgive me for messing about and welcome to here!
The weekend of 2/3/4 October 2015 sees over 200 gigs happening nationwide under the We Shall Overcome banner. All gigs are free in return for donations to local food banks. WSO is a celebration of culture and an expression of solidarity with all those suffering as a result of the austerity programme engineered by our and other governments.
I wrote this song as an expression of my support for WSO and I’ll be playing in, I think, Glossop and Manchester.
Get involved or find a gig/event near you at www.weshallovercomeweekend.com
I’m doing 3 shows in July with singer songwriter Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) at the Buxton Fringe. The shows are in the Paupers Theatre under the Old Hall Hotel in the centre of town and are on 9th (5.15pm), 10th (8.45pm) and 16th (5.15pm). The show is called 2084 and explores Surveillance in Society. In song! My songs are taken from my Cold Wars EP and its as yet unreleased follow up. Matt and I will be playing our songs and in between there will be pre-recorded dialogue and some video footage. It will last about an hour. Ticket details below and also in my gig guide. I’m excited about doing this because it’s an area of society that interests/worries/intrigues me and it is fantastic collaborating with the wonderful Matt Hill.
This Is A Cold War is a new song that will be on my next EP ‘What Would You Die For?’ which is Cold Wars Part 2.
Don’t have a release date yet, but hopefully soon. I hope you enjoy the video, the first I’ve made in years. Thanks to Rae Leeson for filming it.