Monday, 24 October 2016

Another Busy Week

Lots of activity on the gig front this week. Wednesday saw THE BITTER SPRINGS play a support slot with SPEARMINT at The Islington Pub in Islington,London. SPEARMINT had a indie hit with "Sweeping The Nation."


I also got to meet Paul Wellers' bass player as Andy Lewis is the bass player for Spearmint.

THE BITTER SPRINGS went down well as a good crowd turned up . Lots of familiar faces in the crowd. And felt like a good gig in the end. The trio of new "Love" songs which are going to be recorded soon got an air. "Until Love Does Not Exist, Less Than Love and Love Rat."

                                                                                                        Thursday was another go at an open mic gig. Back again at Henrys' Kitchen in Hampton Court for Open Mic #5. Only played two songs this time. "Every Step Of The Way" and "Moving To The Country" which is becoming a favourite.

Saturday was a  Serious Chord Squad gig over in Bracknell at The Royal Oak. We played a blinder but it was really hard crowd to win over. They did dance at the end but by then it was too late and it was time to pack up.

Sunday was a trip over to Kempton Park for THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND GUITAR SHOW. There were quite a few stands there and lots of nice guitars but not so many LEFT HANDED ONES!! I was on the lookout for one of those soft gig bags as my present one has a big hole in it and needs to be replaced. Couldn't find one though. Went to the live music venue and saw JOHN VERITY who used to be a guitarist in ARGENT in the 70's. He performs a melodic blues sort of thing - reminded me of GARY MOORE.

 



No gigs until the end of November when SERIOUS CHORD SQUAD have a gig in ASCOT on 25th November.

Another Busy Week

Lots of activity on the gig front this week. Wednesday saw THE BITTER SPRINGS play a support slot with SPEARMINT at The Islington Pub in Islington,London. SPEARMINT had a indie hit with "Sweeping The Nation."

I also got to meet Paul Wellers' bass player as Andy Lewis is the bass player for Spearmint.



THE BITTER SPRINGS went down well as a good crowd turned up and felt like a good gig in the end. The trio of new "Love" songs which are going to be recorded soon got an air. "Until Love Does Not Exist, Less Than Love and Love Rat."

                                                                                                        Thursday was another go at an open mic gig. Back again at Henrys' Kitchen in Hampton Court for Open Mic #5. Only played two songs this time. "Every Step Of The Way" and "Moving To The Country" which is becoming a favourite.

Saturday was a  Serious Chord Squad gig over in Bracknell at The Royal Oak. We played a blinder but it was really hard crowd to win over. They did dance at the end but by then it was too late and it was time to pack up.

Sunday was a trip over to Kempton Park for THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND GUITAR SHOW. There were quite a few stands there and lots of nice guitars but not so many LEFT HANDED ONES!! I was on the lookout for one of those soft gig bags as my present one has a big hole in it and needs to be replaced. Couldn't find one though. Went to the live music venue and saw JOHN VERITY who used to be a guitarist in ARGENT in the 70's. He performs a melodic blues sort of thing - reminded me of GARY MOORE.

 



No gigs until the end of November when SERIOUS CHORD SQUAD have a gig in ASCOT on 25th November.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

From the Sidelines


Recently I've been performing at some local open mic venues. Last week I was at Henrys' Kitchen in Hampton Court which was Open Mic #4.

The songs I played were Money Can't Buy Me Love, Moving To The Country and It's Over. It's all just to test out the new material that I've been writing for a solo project. It's been going well and it looks like people are genuinely enjoying the songs.

For so many many years I've been happy to play lead guitar on the sidelines. But there have been a few bands in with lead singers who have just been absolute @/!£4*7?,)

Like Colin Gillmans' band. He couldn't sing or play guitar. When you made up a guitar solo for him he'd say "That's good but could you not play it so well can you make sound more basic."

Before that there was the Michael Lynch band. Nice songs but he treated his band members like dirt. Constantly changing his line up even when he had a line up of good musicians.

Then there was Dan Richards in The Apple Core Beatles. To be in a Beatles band you need to be able to sing and to harmonise. He couldn't do either. Then there was the guitar playing when he got to tricky bit he's just stop.

So, if these people can front a band then I certainly can have a go and possibly have a go of it.

I've got 8 songs ready to go and here's a teaser form a rough demo I made at home.

MOVING TO THE COUNTRY DEMO