Sunday, 30 June 2013

June Madness 2013!

June 2013

A month in the life of me!

1st: A rare night off, think I might have even watched 'The Voice' and 'Britains Got Talent'
2nd: Afternoon at The Nelsons Head with 'Back to the 80s', relatively early night!
3rd: Day off, 5 mile run, 3 mile swim healthy food, Yoga!
4th: Rehearsal in Cambridge with 'Back to the 80s'
5th: Afternoon on the Thames with Rollacoaster client
6th: FSB Dinner in Luton Hoo with the team and celebrating success of our Georgia O Keefe! Unfortunately I was poisoned on the night and lost the next day!

7th: After recovering from my poisoning, went to see Midge Ure @ The Stables, Wavenden. Even got to meet him afterwards:

8th: Rollacoaster performing @ Marlow with Kevin Orkian. The piano starts to tour by itself:
Yep Yamha Modus Electric Grand Piano
9th: Peace and quiet! Solo piano @The Runnymede on Thames and even a chance for a practice, previewing new set!
10th: Sleep zzzzzzzzzzzz
11th: 5 mile run, 3 mile swim (this really isn't believable!) Ok caught up with the Sky Planner today! 
12th: Dinner with Tom and Kate, Rollacoaster clients pre wedding jitters calmed after two bottles of red, but hey no one poisoned me!
13th: Rollacoaster @ Hilton Park Lane, video and photography for new promo. I did look great in my Union Jack jacket. Have a look on the Rollacoaster facebook page for some pics of the evening:
14th: Packing for Majorca, then off to see Josh Groban at the O2:

Not only is he a fantastic singer this boy can really play percussion. The band were top drawer and banging. If you haven't listened to this guy take some time out to get to know him. A real talent:
15th - 21st: Majorca event: A full on week with an event in Port Soller in Majorca, with acts booked: Allison Moyet, Midge Ure, Tony Hadley and The Satilites, Katherine Jenkins and my piano even gets on the gig!:

 21st: Back lunch time and straight out to John O Gaunt's for "Back to the 80s" seriously in need of sleep now!
22nd: Rollacoaster performed and Kate and Dan's wedding in Tivetshall, Norwich great night and rocking gig
23rd: Sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
24th: Back into office and video for 'How Will I Know' almost complete. Trailer:
25th: Found this on the cutting room floor on the edit for How Will I Know which is actually very funny, well it seemed that way at the time:-

26th: Read a book, boring day but it was a good book "The Lewis Man" by Peter May
27th: Lou's birthday. Family dinner and party and no poisoning!
28th: It's Back to the 80s @ The Emporer in Cambridge
29th: Rollacoaster in Basinstoke and Back to the 80s at Dullingham Festival.
30th: Sunday afternoon with Rollacoaster and Acoustic Sunset's debut at The Snozone in Milton Keynes.

A great month but now need a two week holiday to recover from all the activity. That said,  I am blessed to be able to do a job I love and meet some fantastic people both performing and in our own 'back room' team. A big "well done" to Georgia O Keefe winning 2 FSB awards, even if she did poison me and personally meeting one of my own hero's Midge Ure has to be a personal favourite and look forward to working with all of them in the future.

Watch this space in July and currently looking for an animator to make a pop video for one of the songs from Songbook 2 which is flying off the shelves, NOT! Thanks to mum for buying a copy!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

31st May 2013

May 2013

Trip to Arraz, France 

Sometimes it's good to take a step out of our normal schedule and appreciate the world we live in. I spent a week in France with Jon Nicholls and the Hampstead Pals on the annual "Battlefield" trip to Arras and visiting the Somme, Arras and even a short trip to Ypres. Quite humbling to see how a generation laid down their lives literally to protect our country and make the air we breath free. Strongly recommend that all of us do at least one trip to Northern France to to see the sheer amount of graves that are there, "A lost generation" is such an accurate description. Great company and an occasional glass of wine for the wine and drinking Bailey's in coffee is an experience especially at 8.00am on a Sunday morning. Big thanks to Jon again for his hospitality and look forward to another visit next year.

Depeche Mode at the O2

What a great gig at the O2 and what a great band, still sounding and looking good after 30 years! Took me right back to my teens. Favourite track of the night was "Enjoy The Silence"

Mark Knopfler at the Albert Hall

Another genius at work and hat a fantastic band. Also support slot was from Ruth Moody watch out for that name she is going to be massive. A two and half hour show at the Albert Hall and even got to hear 'Telegraph Road' live for the first time since 1985. Showing my age far too much!

New Website Page

There's a new page on the website purely for my solo piano work at receptions, weddings, corporate lunches, product launches. There is a video clip and some new tracks exclusive to the page including some "Acoustic" reworkings of tracks. Have a look and feel free to suggest new tracks:-

Live Dates

As Summer gets into full flow please keep an eye on the live dates section of the website including perfromances with Rollacoaster, Vice Versa, Back to the 80s and even the first Dali live dates over June and July and looking forward to working with Tony Hadley, Allison Moyet, Midge Ure and Katherine Jenkins in June

Bad Break EP

I'm going to put together an EP of songs that were written over the last year whilst I was recovering from my accident. Titles include Where Are You Now, Orbit, Broken Faith, watch this space as tracks get complete.

"Chloe recording Orbit"