Hello everyone, thanks for checking in here, apologies for the lack of updates , in truth I’ve felt a little out of it these last few weeks, and kind of overwhelmed by the virus and its implications. Feeling better now and today I played football with my Grandson in the park, our first kick about in eight weeks, maintained social distance, and it felt so good. In the meantime I’ve been taking requests for live performances of songs from my back catalogue on social media [ mostly facebook] do check them out if you get a chance, its been fun to do, 10 song requests that might well turn into more. I played Big Grey Hospital, a song I wrote many years ago about my brothers treatment in the local mental institution, its always been a bit of an emotional song for me, I hadn’t played it since his funeral in 2001. It felt strangely cathartic, I even remembered the words, older songs are so much easier to remember than new. I also played Singing Schoolteacher see below…
I guess all our hard drives are eroding! I’m also happy to report that I had a favourable exchange with Jonathan Coe…writer of the simply brilliant Rotters Club via Twitter, he really liked ‘Return of the Native’ and made a few public declarations to that effect which thrilled me no end, if you follow me on twitter do check it out. I found his comments really encouraging, he’s from the midlands like me and we are generationally entwined so to speak. Made my day.
On the gigs front its looking less and less likely that very much will happen this year, but I do have dates pencilled for Oct/Nov which I’ll update everyone about as we go on. The June gig at The Castle is sadly cancelled and I’ll be looking this and others for next year with any luck. These are challenging times for us all, stay safe everyone. VP x
Things have clearly moved on since my last post here now it looks like the June 19th band gig at The Castle Manchester is under threat. I have October shows on hold too but it looks like very little will go ahead this year in terms of live venue gigs. I’ve updated the gigs pages accordingly, I’ve left the Castle gig on the page and ones afterwards but as I say thats probably a tad over optimistic. Over the coming weeks like most of us I’ll be self isolating here spending some of that time recording in my little studio. Got to keep on keeping on. I’m also putting together a retrospective album of songs, out takes and others that never quite fitted on albums past. My trusted friend and production wiz Dave Marsden will be on mastering duties and I’ll post more info as we go. My heart goes out to all my musician friends who are struggling with this live music lockdown, the government needs to acts soon to compensate the self employed. The Musicians Union have just issued a useful update on their negotiations, partitions to sign and MP letter advice, heres the link. In terms of my own performances I’ll look into posting more videos and doing live events on the internet as we go on. Bandcamp have been supporting musicians with the removal of sale fees so if you’re thinking of buying new music by VP or any artist its worth checking out their availability on Bandcamp. These are strangest times we’re living through, stay safe everyone and keep in touch. VPx
Sadly Vinny Peculiar shows in York, Micklegate Social (20th Mar) & Thornton Hough Village Club Wirral (27th Mar) have been cancelled amidst the virus uncertainty. Rescheduled dates will be announced shortly, tickets remain valid or refundable, expect a promoters email advising soon, thanks as ever for the support, apologies all stay safe x
On the brighter side new band rehearsals continue at pace here so future shows are most likely to be full on rock n roll noise affairs which I’m really excited about so the current album WHILE YOU STILL CAN will get a proper live work out. The new band features Joe Singh [drums] Pete Mann [bass] & Rob Steadman [keys] debut at The Castle in Manchester on Fri 19th June tickets available here.