The UK lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic brought about the closure of all live music venues. This didn’t stop me performing though! I undertook a series of livestreamed concerts via Facebook Live, throughout the Spring & Summer, mostly from my attic and three from my garage roof, for the entertainment of my neighbours. The attic livestreams featured a variety of themes. All are still available to watch on Facebook via the following links:
About 14 months ago, I announced that I’d completed the bass & drums to my rock opera and just intended to review it and make any necessary tweaks before moving on to the guitars. Well, that review has just concluded! And a lot of it is now completely different!! I guess that’s just the perfectionist in me. I promise I am done with the bass & drums now. 😉
Earlier this year, I promised that the recording of my rock opera, Bewilderment, would be complete by the end of the year. Unfortunately, partly through my own perfectionism, but more so due to things beyond my control, I have made nowhere near as much progress as I had anticipated.
This time last year, I announced that I had completed the bass and drums and intended to review those and tweak as necessary, early in the year, before ploughing on with recording. The tweaks became wholesale changes in places and at the time of writing, I am currently reworking the bass and drums to track 16 of 25. The changes have been well worth it though, I would add!
The issue beyond my control has been that my wife has been in hospital for the past 6 months, leaving me as sole carer for our 3 children and making twice weekly hospital visits. This has of course severely limited the time I have had available for my music. This has also meant that I have been unable to get out and perform much at all, hence my very short list of gigs for the year. It’s unclear right now how long this situation will continue.
On the more positive side, I was delighted to manage a couple of performances just before Christmas. My new cover for the year was George Ezra’s Paradise, which I enjoy playing and it goes down very well. I’ve also brought back some real oldies from the 50s with some Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, which I haven’t done for a number of years.
So, looking ahead, I guess that things can only get better and I will keep chipping away at my rock opera, however long it takes! I hope you all have a very happy New Year!
I’m delighted to have been invited once again to be a guest on Acoustic Saturday, hosted by Daz In The Hat, on BCB Radio. This will be on Saturday 6th October between 2pm and 4pm. Also featuring will be Ben Jordan and Rum Doodle. I really enjoyed this show the last time I did it, about a year and a half ago. Please tune in if you’re local to Bradford, on 106.6 FM, or listen live online at bcbradio.co.uk
There is also a plan for the show to be streamable on facebook live. More details about that nearer the time.
I’ve put together a little video for my song, Where Do I Go From Here?, from my Mercurial Session EP. Hope you like it. Please visit the video on YouTube and let me know what you think. Incidentally, Mercurial Session is still available to purchase as a download from CD Baby (very cheaply!), iTunes and Amazon.
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