A Shiny Happy New Year All
Hello all friends & subscribers, excuse the REM reference, Michale Stipe isn’t keen on Shiny Happy People apparently, but I digress…here’s to a better fairer kinder new year, bring on 2019…
Political madness aside 2018 was the year of ‘Return of the Native’, the Worcestershire themed the album came out in June, picked some great reviews from the Daily Mirror to the Irish Times and across many of the online review sites including Whispering & Hollerin & R&R Magazine; most have been posted to the reviews section here. The album also attracted radio play from BBC 6 Musics Tom Robinson and from Andrew Marsden on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester who have included VP in their Hot Tip selection for 2019. I think its one of my strongest records so please do have a listen here on BANDCAMP where you can also buy the album. Its also streaming via Spotify, iTunes and the usual online platforms, physical copies available from the shop here on my site.
I’m continuing to run workshops for TONIC MUSIC FOR MENTAL HEALTH, this year saw the first in a series of workshops held in secure mental health hospitals with more to come in 2019.
Throughout last year I played both solo and duo shows, the duo shows with Rob keys wiz Rob Steadman, culminating in Irish Gigs [Dublin & Belfast] opening for the hyper talented and fabulous human being Peter Wilson aka Duke Special in November in lovely old theatres. There’s nothing quite like a lovely old theatre gig to pep up a performance and in spite of my broken arm we had a wonderful couple of shows. The arm is now healing and the gigs I was forced to cancel have been rescheduled, details are here.
Next year will see the release of a new band album I’ve been recording with musicians Rob Steadman [keys], Ollie Collins[bass] and Che Beresford[drums] from Parlour Flames, its kind of hard and funky in places and theres a political feel to some of it. We’ll be making the usual announcements once we’re closer to release date. We’re finishing keys percussion and backing vocals in Jan then go to Dave Drapers Palace of Audio Delight in Pershore to finish things. I’m really looking forward to playing once again with the band, its been awhile, and thanks to those of you sending encouraging messages, they’re appreciated.
As ever I look forward to catching up with you at a gig and via the social media platform of choice where you’ll find my gig updates and news postings. Thats about it, love and light and best wishes to you all,
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