While on the road promoting my 3rd album ‘Good Times with Evil’ I was approached by The Web Show who happened to be filming in Thailand at the time. They interviewed me and made this short film about me being on tour.
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OK so this whole thing has come as a total shock. And over the days since the announcement of her passing I’ve forgotten and remembered time and time again. Truth is Chisuzu was the mother of the music venue Toppers but also of a significant branch of the music world in Chiba and beyond.
An accomplished Drummer and all round lover of music in all it’s forms Chisuzu and her Husband Naoshi worked hard and with great respect and patience for the local musicians in order to bring people together and create. I once went for a meal with them where I remember them talking with great passion about their love for the music of many British acts especially Roy Harper. It was clear to me that they had studied these artist with great detail and for them as husband and wife it had become a common bond.
For me personally meeting and working with both of them was a god send. I toured Japan 7 times playing concerts and it was really the selflessness of Chisuzu and Naoshi that helped to make it worthwhile. I felt they really respected me and that is SO so valuable when you are living a transient and often unsure existence.
Chisuzu often encouraged other local musicians to talk to me about collaboration. And this often manifested itself in Toppers and Anga where Chisuzu and Naoshi were consistent in organising events. Through Toppers I had the fortune of working with Bassist Steve Marcotte, Tenor Sax player – Graham Taylor, Sitar player – Shinya Sakura, Drummer – Michael Slaught, Guitarist – Tsutomu Miya and Keyboardist Fiji Hayashi.
Chisuzu remained one of the bright lights in what can feel like a dark and often indifferent world on the road. As I have been working on new material for some time now Chisuzu was one of those people that I was excited to be able to present my new work too as I feel she would always welcome new material and would match the excitement I would feel in presenting it.
As I type even this post it still doesn’t feel as though she has gone. My memories of her are so clear and not being in Japan to feel the difference in person can lead to a surreal sense of disconnect.
My thoughts go out to Naoshi and the family as well as the extended Toppers folk.
Rest in Peace Chisuzu. You will be greatly missed.
I will be one of many performers doing short sets at this charity fundraiser for blanketwithoutborders.org
My set for this show will acoustic with many spoken word pieces in it.
I have worked with Impact randomly many times over the last decade.
When 1st asked to get involved it was in the form of playing my own music for a fund raiser. However as time went by I begun to work with the guys collaborating musically with them.
This year has seen us release not 1 but 2 albums. They have taken a while to come together but it gives me great pride to say all tracks on both albums are totally original compositions.
We first starting working together more creatively in 2015 on the show ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ When Myself and Sam Willoughby put together the band in order to write music for the Reggae Western.
Aside from covering some obligatory Bob Marley we also came up with a few of our own numbers.
In 2016 we began playing more public performances.
Following a successful flurry of shows through out 2016 we also worked on the music for adaptation of Shakespeare’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
And so it gives me great pleasure to be able to present the Impact album to the world.
I am so proud of all the guys and gals who helped to make it what it is and especially thankful to Sam Willoughby for all his production skills.
Some songs from the album have been made into music videos also filmed and edited but members of the band.
Here is a new video for the song “Monster in the house”
The video was directed by Francis Mughan and shot by Sam Willoughby.
Also here is a new video for the song “Good Friends”.
The video was directed by Francis Mughan and shot by Sam Willoughby.
Getting a copy of the Album
The Album can be bought from the Impact Centre in Perivale west London and can maybe be ordered by post. But please phone to check if this is possible on:
IMPACT Community Arts Centre,
Ealing Central Sports Ground,
Horsenden Lane South,
Perivale UB6 8GP
Phone: 020 8997 8979
The Process of performing live has become ever more complicated as the journey has continued.
I used to simply have one set up. Guitar/ Vocal
That was it!
But first came the loop station and then all manor of instruments followed.
Please find below 2 vids from both ends of the spectrum both recorded during my last international tour in 2015.
One track is taken from double LP called ‘Time Lost Tradition’ which can be ordered here: http://goforthbrightscenic.bigcartel.com/product/go-fourth-bright-scenic-2×12-lp
The other is yet to be released.
Time Lost Tradition – Reverie Sessions
Here is Where it is – Live looping Performance
I can confirm I will be playing Rhythms of the World festival in the UK along with Blue Balls Festival in Switzerland and the Mandrea Festival in Italy.
Hitchin – England, UK – 21st June
Rhythms of the World is led by volunteers, Rhythms of the World (ROTW) is a registered charity that aims to unite diverse communities through music and the arts. This is achieved by organising a range of cultural events, culminating in an annual festival of world music, dance, arts and cuisine in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
The Rhythms of the World festival has evolved into one of the most significant – and best value – world music festivals in the UK, attracting up to 30,000 visitors to the two-day event. People of all ages and backgrounds come from Hertfordshire and beyond to see local community talent perform alongside artists from around the world.
Lucerne – Switzerland – 22nd July
With its 100,000-plus visitors, the Blue Balls Festival is one of Switzerland’s largest music and art events.
The international music fest presents more than 100 events over nine days: blues, jazz, soul, funk, world, rock and pop concerts, accompanied by photography, street art, video, film and talks. What makes it unique is the atmosphere around the bay in Lucerne, the Open-Air Pavilion, the KKL Luzern and the Hotel Schweizerhof with its late-night shows.
Other acts playing this year include: Damien Rice, David Gray, Jamie Callum, Rodrigo y Gabriella & James Bay.
Arco – Italy – 1st August
Set In a beautiful hidden valley in the foothills of the Dolomites above Lake Garda
There are many daytime activities for the rural landscape and music from around the World.
This year will be my first festival booking in Italy despite touring there many times in the past.
Other acts playing this year include: Mad Professor, General Roots, 3 Daft Monkeys, Max Romeo & MC Xander.