Recently I’ve been working on getting videos recorded and edited and I’m delighted to share the first of me playing with my band ‘Notes’. It was recorded at a Halloween party this year and there will be more videos from the evening to follow. We’ve performed as a wedding band on a number of occasions and love playing together whenever possible as they’re a great bunch of guys. On drums is Ben Ward, Joel Buttery on bass and Jamie Bowden, like me, is a guitarist and pianist. If you’re thinking of having a band for your wedding or special occasion please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
My new video, an acoustic cover of Brown Eyed Girl is finally finished and here for you to see! It was filmed in a stunning part of Cornwall near Taplow back in September and features guitar, harmonies and harmonica performed and recorded by me. Check it out above!
What a blast Glastonbury was!! Yes, plenty of mud and sore legs from the miles walked but it was over so quickly you know you had a good time. I’m so grateful to Pony from Small World Stage for giving me the chance to fulfil one of my ambitions and play at Glastonbury Festival, it really was very special for me and I hope I get the chance to do it again in the years to come. Playing mainly my own songs is a rare occurrence so it was lovely to share them with other people and also get a recording for the first time of some of them.
One of my other highlights of the festival was seeing ‘Show of Hands’ play again. They were wonderful and I even met by chance Steve from the band at the instrument store in the green fields. He was a really nice guy and if you haven’t heard of them please check out their website here to listen to their songs; the one on the home page ‘The Game Keeper’ is so beautifully written and evokes such poignancy I can only aspire to such talent. Every song they played was brilliant but a few favourites from their show were ‘Be Lucky’, ‘Roots’ and ‘The Blind Fiddler’ and I can’t wait to see them again. I love the stories told through their songs and relate to the lines in ‘Roots’ about a particular pub standard!
I was also very glad and grateful to have the chance to play with a friend of mine, Will Pike, and perform one of our mutual friend’s, Roy Hudson’s, songs. If you’d like to see how the set went then you’re in luck as I managed to video it and it’s available on the video page link above or you can click here. I’d love to know what you think of it so please drop me a message through the website or facebook.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival! If you’ve managed to get a ticket and fancy popping along to see me, I’ll be on the Small World Stage in the green fields at 3pm on Wednesday 22nd June. It’ll be a 45 minute set of my original material so I’m very excited to have a chance to perform these works. If you’d like to hear my earlier EP please click here. Hope to see you there!!
Here’s my latest video, an acoustic version of Marvin Gaye’s 1982 hit ‘Sexual Healing’ which I performed recently at The Greyhound in Eton Wick, Berkshire. I hope you enjoy it.
More videos are coming soon!
I don’t just play at weddings– at this time of year especially, I can often be found playing live music for private parties and corporate events in and around Berkshire.
The weekend just gone was a little different, though, as I was asked to run a karaoke night for a chap celebrating his 40th birthday at the Cella Bar in Bracknell’s South Hill Park. It’s not something I’ve done before, but I’m always happy to try my hand at new things so I can accommodate people’s requests. So, of course, I agreed!
The main task was organising all the backing tracks for the songs—all 12,000 of them! As well as having them available to view on the computer up the front, I put the list up on my website so that people could make their selections from the comfort of their chairs. I also played a slideshow of the birthday boy’s favourite photos on the lyrics screen as everyone arrived, which was a nice surprise for him!
At 7:30pm, I kicked off the night with an hour of DJing, followed by another hour of live music on the guitar. Then it was time to pass the mic over to the guests, which I admit felt pretty strange! With so many people wanting a go at the karaoke, I only managed to get this one picture of the venue before the night started.
If you’re planning a special event and are looking for karaoke with live music as part of a complete entertainment package, why not get in touch?
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