I never enter music competitions – battle of the bands? Come on, really? But when I saw in the PRS for Music magazine that you could win a place at The Songwriting Festival (a five day, residential song-writing course with tutors including Andy White, Jez Ashurst and Kim Richey who’ve written number one hits for huge stars) I thought I’d give it a punt and sent off 3 tunes.
Turns out I won. Champagne all round!
Except that in the very same email I was told (apologetically) that the course has had to be cancelled this year – unforeseen circumstances and all that.
But am I disheartened? Yes. Well a bit obviously as PJ Harvey had just been announced as the guest speaker(!) but I have to say the organisers have been massively supportive and have deferred my place til next year. Needless to say I can’t wait…
In the meantime, I’ve had some amazing support on Twitter and YouTube from another course tutor and top ten song-writer; Julianne Regan of All About Eve fame. So it’s all good, yes?
Don’t believe their website, time travel isn’t necessary to attend the gig
Just a reminder that if you’re in the Leeds area this weekend I’m playing an acoustic set at Whites Deli in Headingley. It’s free in, and I’m on around 9:30. Support comes from Martin Plock, who’s on about 8:30pm.
It’d be great to see you down there as it looks like a great venue and especially as I haven’t got any more gigs lined up for the next few months while we’re working on finalising the new Ep and videos.
After getting the Distance Ep out in October I knew it’d seem like a mountain to climb to get EP 2 ready – well at least we’re half way up that mountain now. All the drums, bass, keys and most of the guitars and vocals are recorded and have been sent to Mike Browne’s* excellent new studio in Cardiff. With a bit of luck and lots of hard work behind the desk (laptop?) the new songs will be taking shape over the next month or so.
For those of you who get up at 3am on Christmas morning to sneak a look at what Santa brought you, here’s a live (and fast) version of “King of Indecision”, one of the songs from the new EP recorded at the Galtres festival:
*You may recognise Mike as my most recent live guitarist and engineer / co-producer of the last EP.
Just a quickie to say hope you’ve had a great Christmas day and are now gently surfing / snoozing / watching tv with a contented expression and full stomach.
There’ll be more tunes from me and the rest of the gang early in the new year – we’ve recorded a lot of the instrumentation, but now comes the seemingly endless vocal recording and then the mixing! Come to think of it, maybe the new songs will be out in 2016?
If you’re interested in what I’ve been listening to this year, my top 5 songs of 2014 are going to be up on Honey&Bile over the next few days – would love to hear what’s been dominating your playlist over the last year too!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
Nice to see “Someone to Love” is featured in Rokline Magazine this week as one of their “iNdiE PiKs: Weekly Spotlight” songs…
Always nice to get recognised!
Thanks once again to Tom Robinson for featuring another song from the Distance EP – Good Times, You Said on the BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6 Music. Only 2 more to complete the set!
If you haven’t seen it already here’s the video for Good Times, You Said. As usual all comments / shares / likes are welcomed!
…from a nice 7/10 review from Whisperin and Hollerin blog.
Apparently the reviewer thinks I’d be happier writing for 80’s audiences. Not sure if he means audiences in their eighties. He’s probably right either way.