End of Year Review 2019
Well that was the year that is almost over that was and I’d like to thank everyone here for engaging and supporting my musical endeavours throughout the last year, thanks for subscribing, sharing and spreading the word, its really very much appreciated. My new album ‘While You Still Can’ released in Oct is the first album I’ve consciously set in the here and now amidst the depressive stalemate of Brexit. I tried to reflect some of the issues, political opportunism, vanity, poverty, it made no difference and I’m still in recovery post election. Thats about as succinct as I can be without pushing the rant button. The record attracted some very decent reviews added here to the site including entry on the Louder Than War best of the year list, some most appreciated radio support from BBC Radio 6 Music notably Gideon Coe & Tom Robinson, and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcs’s Andrew Marsden. It was the first Vinny Peculiar album released on VINYL, as well as all other formats, and a most beautiful thing it is designed with love by Manchester photographer Paul Cliff . Its available in the VP shop now alongside a series of commemorative postcards by Paul in memory of those who lost their lives during WW1.The hugely successful CD sale has been extended until 31st Jan in the VP store, do take a look do and grab a bargain.
In 2019 I was lucky enough to play some lovely shows, highlights of which included opening and guesting alongside the wonderful Duke Special [he really is quite brilliant I urge you do check out his work] on a series of Irish and UK dates including the Royal Northern College of Music. Other highlights included touring with The Wedding Present and the album launch gig band show we played at the Castle Hotel in Mancs in Nov. In early in 2019 Rob and I toured with Stiff Records legend Wreckless Eric dates included two of my absolute favourite venues London 100 Club and Edinburgh VooDoo Rooms. We opened for the wonderful John Howard at 100 Club in July together with Rogers and Butler & Simon Love and the gig made the best of the year list in SHINDIG Magazine, it was a lovely night and a telling testimony to Johns fabulous music.
While You Still Can was my thirteenth album release in a twenty one years of writing and performing under the VP name, in 2020 I’m hoping to release a retrospective record from my late eighties/early nineties sessions that will include tracks left over songs that didn’t quite make the albums. Some of these I’ll be remixing, some of them are the only versions I have. More to come on this project as we go on. Until then Happy New Year my friends, and do keep on sharing and supporting its hugely appreciated VPx« Back to the Diary