100 Club review

February 23, 2010 by warren
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Turned out to be a great night at The 100 Club. Thanks to all of those who came. Dave  Grenfell and his Feedme music team certainly know how to promote live music…… and what a nice bunch of people. On atmosphere alone, The 100 Club deserves every ounce of its reputation as london’s premier intimate venue.

The evening kicked off with Paul King sharing his words of wisdom on the past, present and future of the music industry…something about Paris Hilton in there somewhere? The audience was hanging off his every word, and you could hear a pin drop. It was barely 7 o’clock, and I was up next. I did a 30 minute set including Mistreating me, Sad Boy, Candy Girl, Lullaby for a Drowning Man, and Stargazing. A very appreciative audience, and thank you for the very positive response.

I managed to chat with a few people afterwards  including “Everybody be Cool” (thanks for the CD) fresh, tight harmonies and guitars just as I like them. I have to confess that I didn’t get to see all of  Suzeraine, The Wicked Tongues or Burning Condors, but the crowd was lapping them up.

Next gig is Powerdown at the Powerhouse on Tuesday 9th March at Metropolis in Chiswick. It’s a genuine acoustic night full of industry people  – can’t wait!

If anybody wants to come along,  let me know


Guitar anorak

November 22, 2009 by warren
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As`you can see the website is up and running, and slowly but surely the gigs are comming in. We’ve got all of the pieces of the jigsaw in place and now it’s time to start building. We were in a bit of a dilemma as to whether the showcase gigs should be a solo acoustic affair or whether we should put a small band together. I think that I’m going to bite the bullet and do it on my own (warts and all). There aren’t many places you can hide when it’s just you and an acoustic guitar, but I think that it gives you a better opportunity to hear the songs. I do want to put a band / loose collective together in the near future, so if you’ve heard the material and you like it, get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

On a personal note, I’ve been looking at some new guitars recently, and it’s hard to believe, but I can’t find anything that I like as much as my old ’72 Eko Ranger. It’s heavy, the bolt on neck is too wide and too thick, and the machine heads are at best, functional. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that its the first guitar `that I ever bought at the age of fourteen. It came from a small shop in Bath called Alun Jones, that sold dodgy second hand hifi equipment, and the occasional musical instrument; the kind of shop that sadly doesn’t exist any more. Over the years I’ve managed to hang onto a Takamine, a Nashville which is a 70′s Guild copy out of the Takamine factory, and a sunburst Japanese Tele which is currently fitted with a Bigsby. I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic vintage guitar shop on my doorstep, so I’ve played on some beautiful guitars – J200′s, Martin Dreadnoughts and lovely old Guilds, but nothing quite compares to my old Eko. I was recently very tempted by a lovely Taylor. Anyway I’ve decded to fit a new Fishman under saddle pickup, and I might fit a new set of Gotoh machine heads. I love authenticity in old guitars, but bits are starting to fall off! I have had a crack at making a few guitars over the years (the joys of a man and his shed) and I’ve got two on the go at the moment. One project that is on hold is a jumbo acoustic with spruce top and copper sides. The idea is to let the copper oxidise and turn to verdigris (a kind of organically evolving instrument). Shaping the sides hasn’t been too much of a problem, but joining them to the soundboard and routing the edges is going to be interesting. Who knows, it might have therapeutic powers like the copper bangles you buy in the chemist.

Speak to you soon


New manager on board

November 11, 2009 by warren
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I finally got to meet with Paul King last week, at the Ariadne Offices. I’m really pleased to say that he’s going to be my manager. He comes with an impressive pedigree, and some of the best rock ‘n’ roll stories I’ve ever heard. I’ve always tried to to do things on my own in the past, but I think that there’s great wisdom in using people’s expertise. We already have a showcase gig lined up for February 11th at the 100 club club in London and I’m in the process of setting up some other dates (I’ll upload the details on the website). I hope that you’re liking the songs, and I ‘ll be writing another newsletter shortly.

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