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
Friday 16th March Manchester The Castle, Oldham Street tickets
Thursday 19th April Stourbridge Literary Festival, Katie Fitzgeralds 187 Enville Street DY83TB tickets
Saturday 21st 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