In lockdown, as we are, what else was I going to do with my free time but throw myself into a community music project? Feast your ears on this fine effort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdYFyrSgFtA
This is my first attempt at pulling together an open choir of people from across a community and I’ve learned a few key lessons doing it. Here, then, are my top five tips for virtual community choirs:
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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.
I’ve just released Bunch of Keys via Bandcamp, and it’s available now. It’s a free download unless you fancy paying for it, which I kind of hope you will.
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.
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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This summer, we’re taking things a little easier than usual. » Read more
I’m delighted to announce I’ve been signed to Any And All Records.
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The Grey Goose Blues Band will be at the Railway Inn, Pelsall tonight. I will be playing keyboards. This is excellent. I’m not sure what time we’ll be on stage, but feel free to pop down,
[buy me a drink] and listen to the excellent output of this talented bunch who have taken me under their wing.
There may be dancing.
It’s been a while coming, but I have finally sorted out my website and brought it up to date. I can’t promise there will be much to report, since I have a full time job and this really happens in my spare time, but I’ll try to keep it up to date, and you can read my personal blog by following the link in the menu bar above.
Apparently change is good. So this must be.