Thursday, 16 July 2015
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Monday, 15 June 2015
At 4pm on July 4th I am leading a song walk through Borough regions to Bermondsey regions. I do this every year. Local history & songs sung at the locations that inspired them. I must have been doing this for 5 years now, but who’s counting?
One of the songs I perform is about the Salter statues by the river in Bermondsey/Rotherhithe regions.
This year I have timed the walk so when we finish we can stroll into Southwark Park & watch Steve Harley & The Cockney Rebel play at the carnival. Nice
If you fancy booking a place follow this link….
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
On Saturday myself & Vanessa Woolf performed as “London Dreamtime” in an empty carpark in Walworth. I sang country folk interpretations of famous science fiction movies. Vanessa told the story of the Terminator. You could quite reasonably say that this was catering for a very specific market: science fiction enthusiasts with a penchant for eccentric reinterpretations of classic works who also have a penchant for mild trespass.
It goes without saying that the evening was a modest success.
One of the songs I performed was “Mr Christopher” based on the popular movie, “District 9″
Monday, 8 June 2015
Barry Albin passed over the weekend. He was a true Bermondsey gentleman. His firm, Albin & Sons, goes back hundreds of years & he was incredibly proud of the service he provided to the community.
He asked me to write a song about his firm a few years back & I was so happy when he told me how much he liked it. Some people’s opinions matter.
I’m proud to have known him.
Monday, 4 May 2015
As you know today is May the 4th. I grew up on Star Wars. I saw “A New Hope” when it came out in 1977 at The Tivoli with my dad. We pretended that our Austin Allegro was an X-Wing Fighter on our way home.
Empire was sold out when we went to see it in Bournemouth so we went to see Superman 2 instead. I saw Empire on VHS after Jedi. I saw Jedi in the Bournemouth Odeon. I was so excited I was sick on my chair in the cinema and moved a few rows back.
I’m notionally an adult now, but I still have a space in my heart for these three films. So much so that I wrote a song about an aspect of each of them. If I was to assign a genre to them it would be space country music from a galaxy far far away.
Burning Under Desert Suns is a song from Uncle Owen’s point of view when he discovers that Luke has left early one morning with C3P0 & R2D2. Uncle Owen tried to bring Luke up as a farmer but that was not to be.
Now Is Not The Time is a song about Han & Leia’s kiss on Bespin prior to his carbon freezing. What a moment.
With My Own Eyes is about Vader & his relationship with Luke. It was pretty complicated & Vader was not the best dad in the galaxy but he made up with Luke in the end.
I recorded these songs on Tatooine, Bespin & the Death Star respectively & they were kindly mixed by Ian Carter on Hoth.
May the 4th be with you!
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
I have been spending rather a large chunk of this year producing the GentleFolk album, “Into The Greenwood”. A rewarding & exhausting endeavor which I concluded with mixing & mastering last week.
Now it’s a matter of distribution & promotion etc, etc!
I’m very much looking forward to performing at the British Academy Of Humanities with Storyteller Vanessa Woolf on the evening of Thursday 14th May.
Other Worlds is their first late night event & we will be telling tales & singing songs of magic. Follow the link to book….
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
I’m really delighted to be on this radio show in such good company! If you have a bit of spare time put this on & enjoy…
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The recent “Unlucky” event I did with London Dreamtime was a chiller. This is a video summary of the terror.
We are currently working on songs & stories about science fiction films for an event in June.
Like this one.
I will be spending the rest of the week editing tracks from the GentleFolk album, which we tracked on Saturday. I will be going into studio to mix in a few weeks. Good times!
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
On Southwark Park Road there is a pawn shop called ‘Captain Pawn’
There is a guardian at the threshold.
A T800. My my; Cyberdyne systems do get around. I was unaware that shops on Southwark Park Road needed this degree of security.
Terminator & Terminator 2 are a couple of my favourite films. In the 80s cinema trailers on VHS rentals would be watched & rewatched sometimes more than the films themselves & T1 was one of those.
A fantastic example of tech-noir, T1 stands up to watching even now. I saw T2 when it came out in a cinema in Leicester Square regions & it is one of those sequels which may possibly be better than the original.
I have a copy of the directors cut of T2 on DVD which is a compelling argument for not giving directors everything they want.
T3 & Terminator-Salvation are passable, but not in the same league as the James Cameron directed films. I await Genysis with interest….
I wrote a country song from the point of view of the T1000. As you do…