I wasn’t going to publish this originally, as it was recorded in a hurry and the sound quality isn’t great. However, my wife shared it on Facebook and it went down quite well, so what the hell! It’s a new song I’ve written about my eldest son, Reuben, who has Asperger Syndrome. The video was done to be played to him as a surprise within his specialist school provision as part of a self-esteem session. Hope you all enjoy it.
I’m hosting the open mic night at The Forge, Horsforth, this Sunday from 5pm till 8pm, covering for my good friends, Marc Otway and Abi Uttley, of Issimo.Â Do come along and join in.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been confirmed to open the Rock & Blues Night at Lux-Fest, Pudsey, on Friday 5th August.Â Also on the bill that night will be Orion, Dave Hanson Band and Chris Smith.Â Watch this space for further details.
On Saturday 27th June, I will be guest host of the monthly open mic night at CafÃ© Lux, Robin Lane , Pudsey.Â This open mic has a very friendly atmosphere and all abilities are welcome, so do come along and perform, or just listen, or maybe even jam with me!
Four years ago I started a tongue-in-cheek video project for I’m Not Gonna Play Your Games Anymore.Â I recorded all the raw clips, but found that they kept freezing in my video editor, making it impossible to sync, so I abandoned the project.Â Well I recently changed my laptop and when transferring my old files to the new laptop, I came across these clips and thought I’d have another go.Â Technical difficulties overcome and here it is.Â Enjoy!
If memory serves me right, it was the summer of 1998.Â Iâ€™d been struggling to get a band together for a while and it had been over a year since Iâ€™d last been in a gigging band.Â I was in my mid-20s and still dreaming of becoming a rock star, but the reality of actually releasingÂ a recordÂ seemed a million miles away.
It seemed that whenever I got a group of potential band members together, things were thwarted either by shift work or family commitments, or something, and I was just getting more and more frustrated with it all.Â There didnâ€™t seem to be a particular shortage of musicians and I was hanging out with plenty of cool people at jam nights on a regular basis, but I just couldnâ€™t seem to hook up with any like-minded individuals with the same kind of drive and ambitions that I had.
Without that vehicle for them, I hadnâ€™t done any songwriting for a couple of years either, my efforts perpetually geared up towards trying to form a band.Â I was in a rut.
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