Seasons greetings everyone subscribers, website readers, social media trackers, I hope you all have a grand old Christmas time and New Year. … Heres an update on things Vinny Peculiar. Its a been a rather stop-start year for me in terms of making new music, back here in Worcester I found a young band played a few gigs which were fun but ultimately not sustainable. I played a few solo shows here and there too but the majority of the out of town stuff was done as a duo with trusty keys wiz Rob Steadman. Rob is based in Manchester and emerged from the embers of Parlour Flames. We have developed a bit of a long distance rapport and I always enjoy his intuitive playing even if we do argue about the odd jazz chord slipping into the mix every now and then…
Our 2017 live music highlight was playing The 100 Club with Kevin Rowland, a gig organised by the fabulous charity TONIC MUSIC for mental health . Take a look at their stuff and follow and like if you have a minute.
In March 2017 I put out The Fairer Sex EP, a digital only release, tracks left over from the Silver Meadows sessions, a four song collection with gender confusion an underlying theme. They were mixed in my home studio and mastered by Dave Marsdon [Silver Meadows producer]. The EP is available via Bandcamp . The video shot by Andy Squiff for ‘No Reply’ [taken from the FS EP] was something of a highlight for me, its not been massively viewed or shared but I think its the best video I’ve done with Andy to date, its also one the saddest songs I’ve ever put out, a kind of positive cathartic sadness I like to think.
I spent the latter half of 2017 recording and re re recording [after losing some of the work] a new album which will be coming out in April 2018. It features Silver Meadows band Paul Tsanos on drums, Bobby Kewley on bass and Rob Steadman on keys. I’ll post a few mixes on Soundcloud as soon as. In late Jan early Feb I’m [at last] mixing this new record in Pershore, a most fitting location for a Worcestershire inspired collection of songs with engineer Dave Draper. The working title is ‘Return of the Native’. Its sticking for now but we’ll see what transpires. Artwork for the album will once again be overseen by Mancunian Photographer and Designer Paul Cliff and will feature some of the images shot by Nick Worthington, a street photographer working here in the midlands. I met Nick via twitter where he posts regularly …check him out here and give him a follow.
Dates are coming in for next year, more tbc
Thursday 16th March ManchesterThe Castle, Oldham Street
Friday 20th April Liverpool Naked Lunch,
Friday 27th April Worcester Marrs Bar
Sun 29th April Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Smokey Joe’s 15-17 Bennington Street, GL50 4ED
.Rob and I play legendary 100 Club in London Town on Thursday 30th November, we’ll be onstage early ash in support to Mat Deighton and a Kevin Rowland DJ Set, really looking forward to this one. Its a fundraiser for TONIC MUSIC for Mental Health, the fabulous music charity and closest to my heart so if you’re in and around London do come along, tickets here..
The session/interview Rob and I did at Hay Festival for BBC Introducing is now online, we played ‘I Came Back As A Girl’, Pop Music Football & Girls’ English Village’ & ‘The Saviour Of Challenging Behaviour’ – you can listen again here. I just had a quick check, it sounds pretty good. I witter on about Silver Meadows, Clifford T Ward, and an imaginary life in the opposite gender. We followed Brian May onto the stage and Rob grabbed a cheeky selfie. Brian was at Hay talking about the badger cull/population crisis. It was rather nice seeing him. Thanks also to the people who came along to the recent SILVER MEADOWS stage play musical in Liverpool, and for the feedback which has been really helpful in planning the next steps. Its taking awhile as these things tend to. I have been spending the best of these warm summer days indoors in the studio recording and editing songs for the new album, its taking way longer than expected which is pretty much always the way. In a couple of weeks the process continues at Whitby Studios with cellos and brass. It will take me most of the summer to get it in something like a working/ listening order. The new album is centred around or inspired by the midlands, songs in the key of Worcestershire, stories from Bromsgrove, Malvern, Blackpole, Stourport on Severn, Droitwich, Ronxwood and Worcester all figure. You can listen to some of the demos on Soundcloud and please do feel free to share anything that takes your fancy.
We have a few gigs over the summer, and more planned later in the year including a London show with Chris Difford [Squeeze] on September the 1st at The Borderline, Chris is a really wonderful writer and raconteur. Rob and I had the pleasure of meeting him, supporting and enjoying his set recently at the Malvern Globe and we’re really excited to be doing it all over again, full ticket details coming soon. I hope to catch you soon, do keep in touch, VPx