.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
A couple of dates of note coming up. On Tuesday 23rd May SILVER MEADOWS the musical gets its stage debut, an initial dress rehearsal run through trialling the play with live band. If you fancy coming along please do, its a free event at The Joe. H. Makin Drama Centre, Liverpool L1 9BG in collaboration with the Liverpool University Drama Team. The play starts at 4pm with doors at 3.45pm. I realise this is quite a difficult time for people but if you can wangle it we’d love to see you there. All feedback welcomed. The stage play has been written by Liverpool Writer Ian Salmon, its based on the characters and stories from the songs. I think he’s done a great job but seeing it for real will be a very different experience and one we are hoping to build on. All feedback is welcome. Silver Meadows is available now to buy on CD from the VP website and from all the usual digital platforms, reviewsand listening posts.
On Tuesday 30th May Rob and I play The Hay Music Festival, we are on at 4.30 pm in the BBC Tent, its part of BBC Introducing. Its a free event, so if you can come please do, the event if filmed for the BBC Website and the music played on BBC 6 over the coming months. It should be a nice little gig five songs and some chit chat with DJ Andrew Marsden. Its a ticketed free event. Tickets here.