New EP To Be Produced By Simone Felice!

Exciting news, confirmed this week! My next EP will be produced by Simone Felice the brilliant singer-songwriter, as well as the producer of the new album 'Cleopatra' by The Lumineers and the upcoming album by Bat For Lashes! We had a great Skype call, and we're set for recording in the Catskill Mountains of New York this August. A Kickstarter campaign to help offset some of the costs is likely, but I'll reveal more about that later. It's going to be a great summer!

'The Queens Head' is the new 'Hole In The Wall'

On Friday, December 12th, I'll be playing my third show of the year at 'The Queens Head' (apparently no apostrophe!) in Bury St Edmunds, England. It's a lovely old pub in what appears to be a cool little market town in the county of Suffolk. Here's a shot of my most recent show there, on the 28th of November:

As much as I enjoy playing at The Queens Head, there's a deeper meaning in the location for me, and that's based on the folks running the place. You see, the pub is owned by Tracey Cook and Chris Murphy, a lovely couple who used to run 'The Hole In The Wall' in Colchester. That pub, 'The Hole', was the very first music pub/venue to offer me a full-set slot. I'd played a few songs at open mics in other places, but 'The Hole' was my first real gig. It came early in my playing days (2012), and as you might expect, it wasn't a great performance, but it went well enough for them to invite me back a number of times. 

In addition to being the first place to book me, 'The Hole' was also meaningful in my musical development on two other occasions. The first, was nearly a year-ago to the day that I write this blog post. On December 7th, 2013, I played a show at 'The Hole' that sort of changed everything for me. I'm not sure why, but on that night, everything about playing live simply 'clicked' for me. I assume it could have happened anywhere, but no doubt the comfort of the place and the friendly faces there played a big part in it. It's hard to describe, really, but for the first time in more than a year of playing live, I felt like I truly 'owned' my songs and the stage. It wasn't perfect. It rarely is with me, but that's not what I mean anyway. I mean that for the first time, I wasn't thinking about performing, I simply played. It was the closest I think I've ever come to a phenomenon known as 'flow'. Here's a shot from that show:

The next big event for me that occurred at 'The Hole' was my EP launch show on May 16th, 2014. The place was filled with friends (Colin, Asa, Rosie, Dale, Adem, etc.), and I was joined on stage by Chris Ozzard and Paul Marshall in one of the first shows featuring my 'trio'. It was an exciting night for me. Here's a shot from that show:

Then, Tracey and Chris told everyone that 'The Hole' was changing. No longer meant to be a music venue, and more upsetting, that they were leaving for Bury. They were excited, so that's really all that mattered. On their final night of running the place in June, there was a great night of drinks and music (and more drinks). Here's a shot from that night, with (from left to right) Matt Selley, Chris Murphy, Sam Keyes, Tracey Cook, some weird-looking short guy, and Matt Calderbank.

So, now that brings this long post back to Tracey, Chris, and 'The Queens Head'. I'll be joined this Friday (the 12th) by my friend Roisin O'Hagan, a talented singer/songwriter from Chelmsford, who I first met in the summer of 2013 at an open mic in Ipswich. Since that night, we've played on the same bill a number of times, and I have come to truly value her opinions/views as a songwriter. I'm thrilled that she accepted my offer to play a set in support of my show on January 10th, 2015, at The Fisher Theatre. By all accounts, I could/should/would play support for any of her shows. Here's a shot of Roisin playing live:

It'd be great to see you if you can make it to 'The Queens Head' on Friday, or 'The Fisher Theatre' on January 10th.

Keep supporting original live music, and the lovely folks who book those of us trying to make that music!



Pics and Gig Review From My Support Slot at 'Live at Little Rabbit Barn'

Hi all.

Take a look at the nice gig review and photos from my support slot at 'Live at Little Rabbit Barn', the coolest little music venue in the East of England. The photos and the gig review come from the talented Tony Bell who shoots and writes for GrapevineLive

The gig that night was lovely. A short 20-minute set, but the venue was filled to capacity with appreciative listeners. As a player who often gigs in loud pubs, I swear there's nothing quite as special as playing to an audience that wants to listen to the music.

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