When I was touring out in Japan earlier this year I had the pleasure of playing at wonderful cafe in Honancho, Tokyo called Cafe Mignon. Ryoko who runs the Cafe with her Husband is a wonderful person and upon finishing my set I was presented with a present.
“We think this will work well with what you do” She said. “Is it small and light but it makes a big sound”. I was handed a small device no larger than a calculator. It’s called a Korg Monotron and it works kind of like a mini synth.
I have connected it up to a spare channel on my loop station and now I’m beginning to incorporate it into my set. I have even written a song around it which is starting to appear in the set from time to time called ‘As Stubborn as a Sandfly’.
It feels great to have another string to my bow aswell as the thought that organically my sound is evolving in directions I’d have never thought.
Maybe the next record will be more Gary Numan than Garage Folk.
After the crazy frenzy of Newquay on a Saturday night it was such a pleasure to play to a mellow Sunday daytime vibe down in Falmouth.
It was real sweet to play a show where the audience gave the music the space to be whatever it wanted. It allowed me to play some more mellow songs that normally just would drown in the sea of barroom hustle and bustle.
This show was a real treat for me as the pub and the place seemed to be very open to having live music.
The audience were friendly and banter was rife . I would recommend any touring musician coming to the south west get in touch with Kirk and Andy at the Westgate Inn as you will find the experience enjoyable and rewarding.
For the last few months I’ve been back on tour in my homeland of the good ol UK.
So many months driving around this Island from Scotland to Cornwall and even a while on the island of Jersey.
Shortly before I set off on the Scotland leg of the tour I was given a spider plant by my good friends Kirsty and Josh. Now I’ve never been one for green fingers but It has to be said it really does make a big difference having another living being sharing the journey with me. And since this photo was taken many more leaves and stalks have sprouted out across the inside front of my van.
And next to the plant sits a calender. But no ordinary calendar as this was present bought for me by my lovely girlfriend when we were both touring around Japan together. It’s the character of no face or Kaonashi from one of my favourite films of all time Spirited Away.
Little things go along way when you live in a little place like a van 🙂
Rock n’Roll can work in mysterious ways.
PS – the sunglasses were left by my friend Marcus. Marcus I need to get them back to you.
Playing my show at the studio Bar for the second time on the tour was a joyful experience.
I was alot more relaxed with having been there before and was fed will prior to soundcheck by the wonderful Jak. Jak also got me the show and so I feel double indebted to her.
My support for the night was a wonderful musician called Matt Bond. He has a very delicate style and his writing is honest and heartfelt. Speaking to him also revealed he has a severe speech impediment which is evident in conversation yet vanishes in song. It adds more depth to his music when you know he is really saying what he wants in his music.
For my set I felt very confident and happy to experiment with what was a huge and great sounding PA system. I decided to open with a song I hadn’t played in maybe a couple of years. The song is called ‘Because’ and is the closing track to my Debut album. It’s a real sparse number and so to be perfomed the live the atmosphere has to be just right.
From Because I looped into the track ‘Default:Escape’ This is a brand new tune which only had it’s 2nd outing that night. The rest of the set flowed well and I ended on the tune ‘Resonate’ which was written 6 months back whilst in New Zealand.
Last year I was aided in my touring by a nice man called Stewart Osbourne.
He helped get me a couple of valued shows during a tour that was seeming to go from bad to worse.
Upon meeting himself and his lovely wife Carol I had my first introduction to someone with the illness Lupus.
System Lupus Erythematosus – “Lupus” – is a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease in which the sufferer’s immune system “goes wrong”: becomes over-active, and starts attacking the body’s own cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
It can affect any organ of the body but most frequently it damages the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system and it is now recognised as one of the most important and common illnesses of modern times.
Unfortunately symptoms are frequently seen in association with other diseases – indeed Lupus is one of a group of conditions known as “the great imitators” because it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses.
Lupus Fest is an annual music-based charity event taking place in Weymouth, Dorset 7th – 9th October 2011, entry is free and and the event is intended to raise awareness and research funds for the auto-immune disorder SLE Lupus and the associated blood-clotting disorder Hughes Syndrome.
It’s a pleasure to be involved in the event Which will be held At the Kings Club in Weymouth.
Through the weirdness of not writing a setlist before playing I spontaneously failed to perform a single song from the album ‘Good Times With Evil’ that I am on tour to promote.
This was my final show of 7 with Goga who joined me from Japan. Conveniently the venue was situated clase to a long running international language school. This resulted in many locals speaking some Japanese to him. Not something you’d expect to find in deepest darkest Devon.
My set was purely a mix of really old material (including one My Pet Junkie Song); and New stuff yet to be recorded. Goga joined me for the final numbers two of which were totally new songs being played for the first time that night.
It was a pleasure to share the road with Goga and I wish him the best upon his return back to Tokyo. For myself the tour will return to cornwall for 4 more performances.
Next stop is England’s most western Town – Penzance.