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Debut Band Show Silver Meadows23/10/2016


Rob and I just did a couple of lovely intimate shows, one in Widnes the other in Chester, if you were there or there about thanks for the support, we really enjoyed them. Shame the English Motorway System was in total meltdown, a five hour drive to Widnes and a 5 hour drive home from Chester on Saturday didn’t help but I’m not about to start moaning here. The good news is we are playing all of the SILVER MEADOWS album live for the first time on THURSDAY 17th November 2016, at Naked Lunch the fabulous vegan cafe at 431 Smithdown Road, L15. Its one of my favourite places to be having recently been refurbished and re modelled following the sad passing of Ged Connor Brennon, a lovely friend and a wonderful raconteur. In many ways having the gig at the cafe is a tribute to his legacy. Please come early as spaces will be limited, the night kicks off at 8pm, so best make a dinner date of it do. The band who recorded Silver Meadows, Bobby Kewley on bass and Paul Tsanos on drums will playing, with the fabulous Rob Steadman on keys. It should be a great night, and the first time we’ve played the album in its entirety with the band. I’m really looking forward to it.

Silver Meadows is available right now from the usual download sites, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and on CD from the website. You can also stream the album via SOUNDCLOUD but please do consider a purchase if you can bare to part with a tenner, every little helps.

The Stage Play/Musical for SILVER MEADOWS is now finished, we’re still shopping it around  and talking to various actor/director/producer types re next steps. We have plans in place but I’ll leave sharing them for now until they are a little more concrete as these things can be somewhat precarious. The Stage Play was written by Liverpool writer Ian Salmon and is based on the characters from the songs and the episodes within them, he has strung together a narrative that reflects them quite brilliantly.




More from WR318/10/2016

The latest  demos for the new album are being added to Soundcloud, I’ll probably end up re recording these in the new year once the new band has a had a chance to play them live,  the new band is very much in embryo, once its all sorted I’ll be making announcements, so to speak and hopefully putting shows together for next year as well as a few local dates sooner than that. The new album is very much themed around the midlands, reflections and stories, past and present. Heres ‘The Malvern Winter Gardener’, a song inspired by the venue,  Malvern Wintergardens, which was a staple live touring band stop off for most of the 70s and early eighties, I went several times as a teenager, getting there was always possible, getting back was the problem, I’d have to call my Dad to come and pick us up and wasn’t always best pleased, or blag a lift off someone else’s..I’ve cast the protagonist of the song as a faded rock star, living out his days in Malvern, working as a gardener and looking back on his triumphs and tragedy, my discussions with local musicians seem to have found there way into the song all be it in a round about fashion…hope you like it, and do feel free to share.

Also recently added is ‘Golden City’ a song with San Francisco pretensions disguised as a Chinese takeaway here in Blackpole… a song about change, new life, new hope, new fears…
I’ve also added the Silver Meadows album to Soundcloud for anyone who wants to hear the songs in their entirety [and hopefully buy the album], available most easily from the site here or via any number of download sites, iTunes Amazon etc – its also on BANDCAMP

Rob and I have a couple of shows in the immediate pipeline, on Friday 21st Oct we play Ring O Bells in Widnes, I’ve played there many times over the years and its always a great little gig. On Saturday 22nd we play OXJAM in Chester, its an early show at 7 pm, big charity line up, in clouding Reid Anderson who is quite the most special of talents, you should come along and check him out, he’s on just before us, the venue is The Golden Eagle

cheers VP


Scotland Liverpool Blackpole17/09/2016

Rob and I just played a lovely show at The Stables in Cricklade,  a great little venue if you’re ever passing. Coming up we have a couple of gigs in Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh then back to Liverpool for a gig at Naked Lunch Cafe on Smithdown Road. The cafe formerly known as Ate Days a Week or Geds Cafe has had a total refurbishment. Ged died earlier in the year and the transformation of the cafe is tribute to his memory. Silver Meadows drummer Paul Tsanos has worked tirelessly to see the project to fruition. I’m looking forward to catching up with him at the show. All the gig details are here

I’ve started to post new album demos on Soundcloud, eleven songs with Worcestershire inklings working title WR3 . I’ll be recording it over the winter. Here’s a demo from the WR3 collection set in the world of the battle re enactor…feel free to share and comment and the likes, best VP


I got changed and stood out on the landing
Looking out across the fields of clay
Dressed up like one of Cromwell’s henchmen
It was August late bank holiday

I was living Crusoe’s dream in Blackpole
Studying the art of croft and law
My girl was watching old films on the TV
She’s mad for Michael Cane and Roger Moore

And the hills were alive with posters
For a far right wing campaign
When I said good-bye to my girlfriend she said
I think it’s going to rain

She never took to battle re enacting
But she understood and she never did complain

There’s a weird high before you go to battle
And you’re always keen to get the detail right
There are prizes for the most authentic costumes
And a busty wench is every mans delight

No soon as this battle had started
A crazy Cavalier hurtled past
And he stuck his sword beneath my breastplate
And I fell down into the mud bath

Amidst my band of brothers re creating battles past
Flags a scabbard pistols blunderbuss just a pike man and his staff

I lay there in the grass death took me swiftly
I didn’t feel a thing my heart stopped beating
And the battle it raged on and soon I was gone
There was nothing that could be done to save me

Now I float across the fields of Blackpole
Like every ghost who passed this way before
Frightening myself as much as anybody else
And meanwhile back in 1664
The spirit life suits me down to the ground
My girl married the undertaker the one who hung around

And they’re living in the same old house in Blackpole
I heard they plan to settle down

But I’ll be keeping an eye on them

Once upon a time I was Pike Man
In the English Civil War
And you’d find me in the alehouse
Live music and pussy galore…

In Blackpole


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