I’m very pleased to announce that Rob and I will be playing a couple of support slots with The Wedding Presenton Thursday July 25th at The Mars Bar in Worcester and on Sat July 27th at Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool. Its lovely to be asked, I played David Gedge’s Edge of the Sea Festival in Brighton last year and can honestly say that WP fans are some of the nicest most engaging people I have had the pleasure of performing for. I’m also playing the freakishly friendly Twisted Village Festival in Winchester on Sat 17th August. If you go to just one festival this year then I suggest this be the one, its ethos is second to none, have a look see do , heres the link. Details of these gigs and others see the gig pages link here
The new Vinny Peculiar album is almost ready. I’m working on some additional tracks with Silver Meadows producer David Marsden after finishing sessions here with Pershore Rock guru Dave Draper. All should be done and dusted by the end of the month. I know its taken awhile as it always does. The album features some colossal drums from Che Beresford [Parlour Flames, Black Grape, Badly Drawn Boy, Cherry Ghost] and a multitude of harder edged over driven guitars. We are looking at doing some band gigs to support the release dates and details to follow.
I’m five dates into the Wreckless Eric tour and happy to report alls well, some great little gigs and a pleasure to watch Eric and Ian do their thing, all I need to do now is blag a record ha. Interesting conversations with Eric in passing as ever regarding the do’s and dont’s of effects pedals [I’m using my ancient Electro Harmonix Memory Man for a couple of songs] and how to turn a Gibson J45 into a Les Paul…or in my case a cheap Ukulele into an SG. Talking of SG’s my ancient Ned Callan SG is currently being repaired by the wonderful Luthier and ex Photos bassist Dave Sparrow in his Evesham retreat. The guitar is just about as unique as unique can be with a DIY engraved scratch plate and pickups help together with old nails and gaffer tape, there are a sign on the back of it says ‘Put Coin in the Slot and Turn Handle’ – the maker Dennis Cooke was quite the funny man. Slade used Ned Callan guitars before John Birch but I digress…but I must post the repaired said guitar when I get it back tomorrow, new bridge set up and electrics…
So on Friday 17th I play the 100 Club on Oxford Street in London its a solo affair as the last couple of gigs have been. Rob is away and gutted to be missing it but he returns to the fold on Saturday 18th when we open for Duke Special do check him out he’s amazing a fine songwriter and performer, its at Warwick Arts Centre so not so very far from here. End of the following week we play our final shows with Eric in Edinburgh and Glasgow. All the gig details are on the site here. Hope to see some of you there VPx
Next up is run of tour dates opening for acclaimed stiff legend Wreckless Eric in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. I hope some of you manage to get along, please do email me regarding ticket/guest options if you fancy it. Ticket venue details on the gigs page. Hope to see you there VPx