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Small Business Saturday – Free Assessment

I’m not usually one to bang the drum for small businesses, because I don’t think it’s the size of a business that matters so much as the service, the reach, the staff, the product and everything else that goes into a successful firm.

However, I’m encouraged by the increase in sole trading and small businesses I see around me, and I’m jumping on this particular bandwagon to lend my voice to the crowd. Yes, we’re small, but we are often passionate, direct, responsive, and able to focus more tightly on the needs of our customers.

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Gigging for Charity

I’m gigging this year to support a charitable effort this summer. Between August 13th and 16th I hope to be cycling from one side of the North of England to the other. It’s all in aid of Kids UK, and to raise funds for this mammoth jaunt I’m offering to gig for charity.

Think of it as a two-for-one. If you agree to sponsor me for the ride, I’ll come and play for you. I’d be more than happy to provide music for a function or background to a dinner; a performance gig or melodic wallpaper to your event. Continue reading »

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Make Friends Easily

Yesterday I had the pleasure of coffee with James Guerrini from Mediaraft. He’s a nice bloke, and it was great to introduce ourselves, identify some areas of overlap and chat about how we might work together or for each other in future, who we could introduce to one another and so forth.

Mediaraft is based in the Talent Navigator Enterprise Hub in Walsall, so they’re local too. I like this because it means working with people I can meet face to face from time to time rather than conducting everything by phone or e-mail.

How did this meeting come about? I managed to appear in a list of suggested accounts to follow on Twitter. You can follow Mediaraft here, and me by clicking on the feed to the right of this page. Of course, I’m a massive fan of Internet based collaboration, but to see it work this easily is heartening.

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Some interesting times and forthcoming gigs.

Well, the school of Music Theory didn’t really take off. I’m still keeping the learning resources to hand in case a future use presents itself, and on that note I’m still happy to discuss options for schools who might want full or half day sessions.

The big news is that Dischord have been booked for a gig in September and had a triumphant Sunday afternoon jam in Walsall Arboretum last month.

Also in September, and October I’m honoured to be performing a couple of small gigs supporting evening events for charity. Although invite-only, it’s a great chance to do what I do best – make music and enjoy doing so.

Plans are afoot for Christmas Carolling in pubs around Aldridge and Walsall. If you want to get on board or suggest venues, by all means check out the Ales Beers and Carols blog.

 

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Live at the Tree House

Talk about putting the gig in giggle! We played last night to the massed crowds of Kenilworth (or at least the three who turned up) at the Tree House Bookshop.

Andy and I (as Dischord) had an absolute blast. With unusual presence of mind, I recorded some bits of the gig, and we’ve put out an EP for folks to listen to. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it, as much as we enjoyed playing.

 

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Writing for String Quartet

I met the Mercian String Quartet last weekend. We were both hired to play at a wedding in Aldridge, and it was great to work with them. It’s nice to have found some “classical” collaborators who can cope with my improv streak. Continue reading »

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Bunch of Keys – new album

I’ve just released Bunch of Keys┬ávia Bandcamp, and it’s available now. It’s a free download unless you fancy paying for it, which I kind of hope you will.

Bunch of Keys

It was recorded in one night using some original material which I had composed, and a couple of old melodies, to inspire a set of raw unrehearsed improvised pieces.

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Wallpaper Music

Tricky one this…

Most of the gigs I’ve ever done have been as a backing musician. Backing in a band, backing a choir, backing an event. Solo gigs have certainly happened in the context of a social or dinner event and therefore I have been a side attraction at best.

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It’s been a while… but I haven’t gone anywhere

I haven’t been busy, but I have been doing things.

At Easter, Neil Robbie in West Bromwich commissioned a new childrens’ song about Moses, which was duly supplied. I was lucky enough to be sat in the church when they sang it at their Easter service, and was delighted to have been involved.

At the end of 2012 I left the Grey Goose Blues Band, leaving a vacant slot which I believe they’ve filled to mutual satisfaction.

I’m working on a new album of music, although that’s stalled for the last couple of months, and I’m impatient to get back to it.

We’re hoping to be at Greenbelt again this year, enjoying the atmosphere of the most laid back Christian Arts Festival known to mankind, and relaxing in the sun. There had better be sun after last year’s Saturday afternoon washout!

And in the meantime, I’ve been experimenting building instruments, and getting a little better with the bouzouki I picked up a few years back.

I’ll post more information on the new abum as soon as I have some.

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Oh dear, what an anticlimax.

It’s been a disappointing day today. Continue reading »

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