Archive for February, 2005

The Cavern

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Wow, had a really good evening last night. It was cool – big bus went from Dartington to Exeter, then took us back at the end of the evening. Nice to be able to just relax and watch some good music. A good night was had by all. Though I think I drank a little bit too much beer!

And when the bus got back at 1.30am we headed to a party. All I had left in my fridge was a bottle of champagne so I took that…. d’oh, I’d been saving that! Ah well, it was nice champagne anyway…

Today had a really great time just doing some songs with Laura. I think I might actually try and get her to come along to one of my gigs and do some harmonies. Especially on Amber Smile, which was sounding v. nice!

This evening I had a choice between either going to Jelly Jazz in Plymouth, or going to a party at Dartington apparently with a sound system from Plymouth. In the end I did neither, instead staying at home and playing guitar the whole evening. Which was a good choice I think. I’ve got this song that I’ve almost finished writing. I sang it at the top of my voice for about an hour I think… luckilly my neighbour is a musician too (from the “funky monks”) and so doesn’t mind – often hear him singing at the top of his voice too.

I really just need to fire up the computer and record all these things…. at the moment I seem to be doing loads of writing and not ever get round to the nitty-gritty of recording. Though there is quite a lot of stuff that will be up on the web soon – my rough recording of new song Amber Smile plus a load of pretty exciting stuff done in connection with Tunerise which we’re hoping to launch as a mini EP hopefully around mid March. I’ll keep you posted!

Sziget Festival (Budapest)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I’m planning to go to the Sziget (aka “Pepsi Island”) Festival this year. Festival dates are: 10th-17th August 2005. The festival looks incredible. More info here. It will also be a good fallback if the whole Glastonbury thing doesn’t happen.

Acutally, on that note, the Roskilde festival, which often clashes with Glastonbury, is actually on a week after it. So it’s going to be possible to go to both. That would be really great. Both festivals are considering my demo at the moment!

Gentlemen Rebels

Monday, February 21st, 2005

The Gentlemen Rebels – a really cool fusion of I don’t know what (funk, hip-hop, soul???) are playing at the Exeter Cavern tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd). The show goes on until 1am and I reckon it’s going to be pretty cool! There’s a load of other bands playing too – organised by Lone Shark. Might see you there!

Idlewild's lyrics

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Sitting listening to Idlewild’s 100 Broken Windows, I’ve suddenly realised how unbelievably pretentious their lyrics are. Worthy of a theatre project from Dartington college 😉 Having said that, their songs are still fantastic – especially the last track on that album “The Bronze Medal”.

Angel, Exeter

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

This one’s just a slot at the open mic night, but it’s a great venue and is always a good night, so I thought I’d add it to the gig list anyway. Entry is free, and you’ll find a wide range of performers, all doing a 15-minute slot. It runs on till 1am too – so should be a good night.

Jamming..

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Had a really good jam with the guitarist, bass player and drummer from Substation today in Plymouth. It was great fun to be playing keyboards again… dug out my old analogue module and made some hammond-like sounds! I’m going back tomorrow to work on some of my songs with the drummer and bassists. Am quite looking forward to it!

On a completely different note, for some reason I tuned into Jo Wylie’s show on Radio 1 to hear Daniel Bedingfield playing live. Now I’m normally not a big fan – I was wondering only the other day how he managed to become so well-known. But after listening to the live set I’ve realised that he’s actually really good – a very good live performer with a great band. I had no idea!

Sounds Expo 14-16 April

Monday, February 14th, 2005

The annual event for electronic musicians, producers and DJs is to be held on the 14th-16th April 2005. More info can be found here: Sounds Expo

Monday, February 14th, 2005

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Pulse voting!

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Hello again! I’m doing quite well on the Pulse Radio voting at the moment. Thanks to everyone who’s voted! Vote here…
And it would be really cool if you like the music and wanna vote.

You have to register at their site but it’s quick and easy… and once that’s done you can vote as often as you like.

Musicians' news

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Welcome to the revamped musicians' resources section of the site. Don’t forget, all the news stories here are also available as rss feeds – so you can use them in your news reader or web browser.

South West Sound Symposium – Dartington Plus – 25th April 2005

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Dartington Plus are hosting another music symposium on the 25-30th April 2005, following on from the success of last year’s. It’s called South West Sound.

It will be a six-day event, taking in a wide range of different genres. This includes day 1 – World and Folk music, and day 5 – rock, pop and dance music. Last year’s event was excellent – there was a range of useful workshops, and opportunities to talk to people who’ve been involved in the industry.

It promises to be a really useful event. More details are Here

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Both gigs last night went really well. The first was in the Dartmouth – a half hour set supporting the Tweak Freaks. Their sound system sounded really great and the Dartmouth’s a good venue to play – nice and cozy but with quite a big capacity.

After that, I headed up to PigOutz, Totnes’ newest venue. It’s a stylish cafe bar. This was the opening night, and hopefully there will be a lot more music to come.

It was also the tsunami fund-raising gig in Totnes – so after my two gigs I headed up there and caught the last 20 minutes of a good set by the Gentlemen Rebels. Finally went to a fantastic after party at Broomborough Farm. A really good night. Got up bright and early today at 9 am, so had just 4 hours sleep. But feel fine and not really hungover either! I’ll have a relaxing day, perhaps do some song writing or just general guitar strumming!

A good evening of gigs

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Both gigs last night went really well. The first was in the Dartmouth – a half hour set supporting the Tweak Freaks. Their sound system sounded really great and the Dartmouth’s a good venue to play – nice and cozy but with quite a big capacity.

After that, I headed up to PigOutz, Totnes’ newest venue. It’s a stylish cafe bar. This was the opening night, and hopefully there will be a lot more music to come.

It was also the tsunami fund-raising gig in Totnes – so after my two gigs I headed up there and caught the last 20 minutes of a good set by the Gentlemen Rebels. Finally went to a fantastic after party at Broomborough Farm. A really good night. Got up bright and early today at 9 am, so had just 4 hours sleep. But feel fine and not really hungover either! I’ll have a relaxing day, perhaps do some song writing or just general guitar strumming!

New Design and Blog

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Hi! I’ve been revamping the site a bit over the weekend. This is my new blog where I’ll write about general music stuff and bits and bobs! It’s in addition to my more general blog which exists elsewhere on the net!

Two Totnes Gigs on the Twelfth

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

I wish there was a word for “gig” that begins with a T, because that would make the headline better… Two free gigs in Totnes on the 12th February… I’m on around 8pm at the Dartmouth Inn, then 10.15pm at PigOutz, the new venue in Totnes. Should be good fun!