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music is available.
Just to explain my philospohy ... this music comes from the
heart, and the response that comes from the community, comes from
the hearts of those in the community, thus, in respect of that flow,
as soon as I, the maker and performer of that music am covered (ie.
i have enough to be able to continue doing what I love, making and
performing music) then any resources I have been given, above and
beyond my needs, ought to be returned to the community. I am working
to create a legal entity to do this, to ensure that the flow of
resources (cash, love, feeling) is healthy, conscious and sustainable.
CLICK HERE FOR MY ACOUSTIC PARODY OF
I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS , ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY THE BOOMTOWN
RATS AND WRITTEM BY BOB GELDOF ....IT'S HERE. IT's a downloadable
mp3 @ 192 kps (c.6mb) HAVE A LISTEN... MY LIVE AUDIENCES THINK IT'S
A REAL HOOT, and many agree that there is a question of conflict
of interest in his position, which he assumes himself. He's been
on the news here in the UK this very day (28th December), as he
is being co-opted by the new Conservative Leader in yet another
pr campaign,(to get elected in 2010 or sooner) with Bob claiming
that he is in no-ones pockets! (BP, JP Morgan, Volvo, Ford and the
UK Foreign Office are his pr companys' clients) so no, Bob, I do
not believe you!
NEW! NEW! "I don't like geldof" DARKLY DEEP BLEEP BEATS VERSION,
under the name CORELUMINOUS @ download.com
featured my site as site of the day on november 21, without
telling me! I looked at my stats and freaked a little. Then I did
a google search and found their link. How cool! Thank you counterounch!
have also been featured on the wonderful SolidSilence
and website, who produced the amazingly delicious fly-on-the-wall-of-the-tent
binaural recordings of various performances, strolling players, chatter
and childrens laughter, the kind of stuff you ears get used to in
a 5 day camp .... the kind of sounds you would love to hear in a city
and never do, the kind of sounds (apart from the aeroplanes overhead!)
you might have heard 10,000 years ago.
recent discovery is that I am being playlisted on a Parisian
Juvignen FM which came up when I did a google on "lookwood"
yesterday! Wow! They have found "peace of mind" .....
so I will get in touch with them, to say thanks. I'm always delighted
when people play my songs ....
CARDIFF MINI TOUR !! CALLAGHANS
BAR on DECEMBER 16TH, and at MOLOKO'S
BAR I had a great time in Cardiff, played five gigs, and met some
cool people, especially the band Kilnaboy, who are active activists!
They were part of a Sad Santa Campaign that week! There was also the
circus crew, Gordon, who put on a cabaret on Sunday at Callaghans, more
colour than Cardiff has seen since, well,...... the last cabaret he
put on. I met a wonderful clown by the name of Stickie Peat, who is
part of Circus2Iraq,
a brave and useful bunch of people. They go to conflict zones and entertain
the kids, who are living thare and have suffered so much, with clown
stuff ans workshops.
On December 22nd I played my finale for 2005 at
The Ram Jam Club part of the Grey
Horse Live Music Empire in sunny Kingston, Surrey.. .. .. I was
billing this as my first ever headline performance, and was quite excited
by the prospect. I was also hoping to end 2005 with a bang, and looking
forwards to 2006 with more headline performances .. .. .. all of which
just evaporated when the entire audience left, just before or as i took
the stage, so that all that was left were the promoters, and my friends
who had come to the gig, as I started my set. I made a quick jokey reference
to my expectations, and started out with "peace of mind". I did two
more tracks through the PA, and then went unplugged for the next 30
minutes, with Matt Kelly from Semble backing me up with violin and mandolin.
The crew in the room all gathered around the stage and we really enjoyed
ourselves!! Cos that's what it is all about, innit?
Still, I do intend that in 2006, I will perform, getting more paying
gigs, sell a few cds and thus be able to continue to perform and write
and eat and pay my few paltry bills.
Unplugged and Intimate Thursday December 8th
Well I had a great time at U&I, the venue was lovely, the people
warm and smiley and the sound was perfect, thanks to Sarah for her
work on the mixer. I arrived a little late and flustered due to
a points failure on the railway, and by the time I left, I did so
with a truely warm feeling, have been given a great reception, especially
to the Geldof Song. I was even given an oppurtunity to perform an
extra song. Kind words and a pint from Dell helped greatly.
I am looking forward to returning to U+I next year.
DECEMBER 4th, at The fantastic IDSpiral SUB SUNDAY MELL-OUT!!
If you came across Idspiral at The Glade, 2005 or at Synergy, in
London, you will know what a blindingly good event the Idspiral
crews put on. I was lucky enough to have performed at the very first
MELL-OUT, and a few others following on from that way back in 2001
and the mell-out went on to be a major sucess. The show on December
4th was really enjoyable, the crew and the venue made me feel really
at home, and I had a great set. Freinds, Lovers and Family also
performed, belting out their uplifting dance-vibe lyrically conscious
music, with Tony England and the children. Becs (see above) also
peformed some poetry, and there was Dark Angel for the dance floor
finale! What a great show! There will be more mell-outs next year
on a monthly basis.
Performed the opening set at 'You and Yours', Hosted by Dan
Hernandez on December 1st @ 7.30 - 8pm at THE LINCOLN LOUNGE, 52
YORK WAY, KINGS CROSS. What a lovely venue! What lovely people,
I found it difficult to leave as there were so many lovely people
there, who also responded well to my little set. If you go there,
and you ought to, check out the mission statement above the bar.
and then I had to be quickly moving on,
to get to The Slaughtered Lamb, just down the road from Kings
X in Clerkenwell (Great Sutton Street). Hosted by Will of The
Electro Acoustic Club in the cellars of the pub. I walked into
a room full of musicians, other friendly folk and some quiet chatter.
The acts performing all had two songs each, but oh my god! what
brilliance, what power ..... special mention goes to Cheryl for
her ASBO poem, to Roxy for her outrageous violin style and beyond
Joni m. vocals, to Will Varley for his song about "suicide bombers"
and gorgeous voice, and to Ed who played tenor sax with me, off
the cuff and perfect for the song.
NOVEMBER 26TH:: wupadupa NIGHT @ The Grey Horse, Richmond Road,
Kingston, Surrey. Carrie
Tree was the Featured Artiste. Carries' beautiful, sweet melodic
voice, strong fingerpicked guitar and intimate lyrics created a sense
of deep joy, a gossamer web of sensation and was a truely thrilling
experience. Carrie was this summer invited to the USA to perform with
some of her more famous sisters of folk. We do not name drop on this
site, so you'll have to ask her yourselves.
Appearing before Carrie, performing various songs written by various
folk, in varied combinations, were Steve James(Semble), Greg Willow,(fine
drummer, plays everywhere), Matt Semble (Semble), Dan Addison, Dan(Nun
of the Above) and Nigel Bunner (Sugardrum)from the wupadupa crew.
I did the sound. It was a joyous evening, replete with laughter, fine
singing, moments of sweet silence and exquisite beauty. The next WUPADUPA
event is on December 16th 2005. More details from their website.
Unplugged and Intimate November 24th
Well I had a great time at U&I, the venue is lovely, the people
warm and smiley and the sound was perfect! As I was public transporting
it from London I had to leave just after 10pm, and missed the rest
of the performances, which included the Gaby
Young Collective a fine bunch of people... we had a little chat
before I left, and I know I will meet them again, somewhere. I left
with a truely warm feeling, have been given a great reception, especially
to the Geldof Song.
And I will return again on December 8th,
Admission £4 pounds. Doors 8.30pm. Restrictions: 18+ (some nights
14+, so please check first). Non-smoking venue. U&I is a weekly
songwriter night and runs every Thursday from February to June and
September to December each year.
COLLEGE NOVEMBER 8th, at the College,a center for
communication studies, which I consider apt, and indeed I was honoured
to be invited to play here. WOW!! A big UP goes out from my heart
to all the lovely people at Ravensbourne College of Communications
and Design, you guys and gals made my night a great one! I ended up
being the sole artiste on the night, I performed 2 hours plus of my
music (no repeats) and had some very inspiring feedback from various
people like GINA, DANNY, ALEX, CRAIG, and a great brandy coffee from
ALAN at the bar and many others amongst you who contributed to my
enjoyment of the evening. Thank you so much for the support! I would
be delighted to come and play for you guys again.
SU bar stage, with my guitars, water, a stool and pink leads!
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2005
OCTOBER 14/15/16 - 4th year of this stunning three day festival,
in aid of Amnesty International. I am appearing with a host of stars
on the sunday.... see my campaigns page for latest Amnesty Int. campaign
or go to the Amnesty website
What can I say? This weekend was fantastic, incredibly rich and creative
and lots of fun. My highlights were SEMBLE, THE HAT,(Friday),SPECIAL
BENNY (Saturday), and having Steve James from Semble and Martha Tilston
singing backing vocals on my song "PEACE OF MIND" on sunday afternoon.
A special mention goes out for Nira and Ash, and their colleagues
of Amnesty, and to Richard and all the staff of the Grey Horse and
RAM JAM club in Kignston.
And of course BIG LOVE to the WUPADUPA crew who hosted the sunday
sessions. Wupadupa are a collective of talented, sublime musicians
who perform as a collective and as individuals. Their website is well
worth a visit.
My friends SEMBLE
have a tune or two on download.com, they are fantastic musicians,
and though I have seen them perform many times, I still am stunned
and enthralled by their music. If you knew how the artwork for their
latest cd was crafted, it'd blow your mind! Genius! SEMBLE @ download.com