Playing at the Live Lounge

April 19, 2010 by warren
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Played at Frome FM’s Live Lounge on Saturday night (96.6) to  promote the album -what a great bunch of people. Anthing to support local musicians gets my vote. Tune in

An Idyllic, English, Spring Sunday?

Sunday morning arrives and it’s another glorious day. Al fresco tea and toast, kids sleeping in. So far so good, time to seize the moment and do something useful – gardening

I can’t believe that the rituals of English suburbia are so firmly embedded in my psyche i.e. the sun comes out, the shirt comes off – commence lawn mowing. At this stage I should say that I haven’t bought any sun block yet, but it is only April right – wrong!

Lunch arrives and I’m gently reminded about the kids grass allergy (lots of coughing and sneezing), and I’m getting daggers from the neighbours over the noise levels. The bearings are worn out on the lawn mower and it’s probably pushing out 100dBs. I did get it out of a skip but that’s my effort at reuse and recycling, but I concede that it’s knackered and we now need a new one. Maybe I’ll get a push mower, good exercise and I love that sound they make – evokes memories of childhood. Actually I like the thought of longer grass more biodiversity (although that means more mice and voles for the cat to bring in to the house as trophies). Jury’s out on the new mower.

By 2 o’clock I’m starting to look like a Swan Vesta, and have a brief conversation with the neighbours, over the hedge.

“… yes the sun is strong for April!”

My plans for today’s busking have been scuppered by sun burn and tinnitus (might be good for the curiosity / sympathy vote, but equally might end up frightening small children). Michele despairs and I mutter something about volcanic ash filtering the damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Retire to the man shed and bang out some tunes


Powerdown at the Powerstation

April 6, 2010 by warren
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I played at The Powerstation in Chiswick last month, a genuine acoustic affair without a mic or amplifier in sight, and I enjoyed everything about it. A beautiful venue (a real architectural gem) oddly hidden behind a bus depot. There is an enormous feature window overlooking the bus terminus, but it’s oddly serene.  Nice people, and a great ambience and I would play there again at the drop of a hat. If you came along, I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Anybody who knows me will tell you that I’m a man of few words. If  I feel strongly about something I will probably try and write a song about it, but I have been told that perhaps I should share a bit more with the audience  – so I will.

There’s quite a few things happening in the Bath area at the moment – I’m looking forward to the  Larkhall Festival from 1st to 3rd May. I’m biased as I live there, but where else could you find a village square with a theatre, a delicatessan, a wine tasting shop, three take aways  and half a dozen pubs.  I’m looking forward to playing on Sunday 2nd at 4 o’clock (the very civilised Antiques Roadshow slot). Lots going on, and the fun goes on late into the night. Incidentaly I’m going to see Bill Smarme at The Rondo (Larkhalls theatre) – he’s a kind of west country John Shuttleworth, very accomplished, a ladies man with leopard skin acoustic guitar. Might also pop down to Komedia to see The songs of Nick Drake (sounds vaguely interesting)

Chicken and mango

November 23, 2009 by warren
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The magpie’s back and seems that he’s partial to Greggs chicken and mango sandwiches.

I’ve written a Christmas song that i will be upoading shortly

Sad but true – blog no 2

November 3, 2009 by warren
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I’m sitting in the office looking out of the window (second floor nice view across the river) pondering my next move, when a magpie flies up onto the dormer roof within six feet of me. I look around for his mate but she’s nowhere to be seen. I am superstitious, one for sorrow and two for joy and all that, and it’s sad but true that I would normally salute and say good morning Mr Magpie (what a nutter). Anyway, I’m admiring his plumage and his colouring and telling myself that superstition is complete nonsense, when without a word of a lie, the bird winked at me proceeded to crap all over the roof and then flew into the distance in contempt………interesting.

I might try and tempt him back with some fake gold to teach him a lesson.

It’s halloween time

October 28, 2009 by warren
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It’s that time of year again. The end of October means……….. Christmas ball balls (or is it bawl balls?) and tinsel on the supermarket shelves. All nicely nestled up alongside hundreds of huge pumpkins for the celebration of All Hallows Eve. Dont you find it interesting how our culture is evolving, with different religous / pagan festivals embraced by all (providing ther’s chocolate involved). Our bin is overflowing with pumpkin flesh, and I do wonder about the ethics of throwing away so much good food. Next year I’m going to learn some good pumpkin recipes, either that or it’s going to be potatoe lanterns in the window.. The one thing that I really like about halloween is that the kids get to meet more of the people in the neighbourhood and that has got to be a good thing. We haven’t been egged yet!

I like surprises, trick or treat, summer rain, winter sun etc but I could live without the Christmas merchandise in October. It wouldn’t be so bad if it all came with dose of Christmas spirit, but for many, I think that it’s born out of a weeks respite from the 9 to 5. I’ve tried to put some of these thoughts into a recently written song “Sweet Love.”

Apparently there are over twenty countries that celebrate a National Kindness Day. Lets hear it for altruism, and random acts of kindness!

Happy Halloween

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