19/1/09 : Good gig
My Notting Hill Arts Club gig went well. Kelman and The Tamborines were great guys too. Thanks if you came down. I played three new songs as well as two older ones and a cover of bravecaptain's 'Good Life'. One new song included my debut concertina performance onstage, which almost went wrong when something got caught on the side of it meaning it almost wouldn't play. (photos: Ellie Atkins and Underexposed):
15/1/09 : RIP The London Astoria
I always hate it when places that I love close down, but the Astoria being demolished is particularly sad. It was the venue I went to my first proper gig at - I went to see Manic Street Preachers there on their Holy Bible tour, the gig that turned out to be Richie Edwards' last before he vanished. Since then it was always one of my lifetime ambitions to play there one day, and in 2007 I achieved it, even if it was just playing one song with Candie Payne rather than playing with one of my own bands. As I walked on stage there that night and picked up my guitar I remember trying to take it all in and enjoy it and remember it - but as with anything like that of course, it all seems like a blur afterwards - I wish I'd videoed it or something. I'm just glad I got to play there.
11/1/09 : New video for Fanfarlo's 'Harold T Wilkins' online now!
The video that we made back in the summer for 'Harold T Wilkins' at MTV Studios in Camden is now online - watch me transplant my head into a TV and turn into a small flashing blob... and enjoy this new version of the song, taken from the forthcoming album we recorded!
27/12/08 : Happy Christmas!
For the first time ever I went to midnight mass this year - not because I'm religious (I'm not) but because my friend was playing the church organ. It's an amazing beast of an organ, the size of an upturned car - it even has rear-view mirrors - seriously! Great pastel-blue pipes shoot up from the keyboards 15 feet or so into the air. The best part is that my friend has said I can have a play on it some time... can't wait... but first I need to write a nice piece to play on it... hmmm.
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