Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hail to the jam!

Well it was hail, storms thunder and lightening and the odd freaky-gust of wind that accompanied a group of very soggy musician's in Middlewich town centre on Saturday. The Muso's concerned were namely myself, Jon Butler-Meadows, Tom Harry Johnson, Emily Hargreaves and Little Rach. We took turns in playing some tunes and then having a bit of a jam together, and joining in with each-other much of the time in any case.
Some of these guys are regular stalwarts of Middle-of Middlewich music-provision & they were a lovely lot, without the ego-issues you sometimes get with ambitious musicians. Very easy to jam along with too, while my fingers still worked!

I was asked if I could do this by Lynne and Lizzie from the Cheshire Folk organisation for whom Middlewich will again be the center of attention soon when they play host to fabulous french(?) folk artist Flossie Malavialle and others (see the link below!). Thanks also to Lynne for the kind lift home, possibly saving me from hypothermia!
Ciao for now :)

Thanks to Lynne for the photo.
Check out the fantastic Little Rach's tour dates HERE.

Cheshire Folk Weekender (Flossie Malavialle & more),  HERE.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Love Music Hate Cancer

In the past we've supported an ace Staffordshire based band called Some Day, who were meant to play this gig but sadly, like so many bands, split up before the event. We were pleased to be asked to play in their place, it's always fun to play in a new area to us and a new venue (Burntwood, Near Cannock Chase), you never know what to expect!
Thanks to all the organiser's, especially Leanne Hulley who was also the Photographer on the night. Most importantly, lots of dosh was raised :)

You can see more of Leanne's photos from the night and all the cool bands that played here.
Thanks to Leanne Hulley Photography

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Christmas Down Time.

For an independent musician with a Christmas gig out of the way, band mates on Holiday and a break from non-musical activities too, the Post Christmas/New Year break offers perhaps the only real lull from activities, it's probably not a good time to speak to venues about gigs for instance. This means it's a chance to catch up on some admin. I spent a few hours on Boxing Day doing this, for example;
Sometimes songwriting is mostly admin.