Regular readers (Mum?) will know I like to post a little something at the end of the year to reflect on the previous and ponder the new. Well 2017 has been good to The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo. After a shaky start in the studio resulting in a complete re-record in my home studio, “Naranja” was released on download and CD. I’ve just listened back to it for the first time in a while which has given my overly critical ears time to rest and you know what? I…read more
Call if it a single if you like, this track is taken from my debit EP “Naranja” and feature soprano ukulele (of course) and bass guitar. I wanted to put a track from the EP on YouTube and such and so I made this wee video after waiting for the right journey (in my Bongo camper van) in the right weather (rain). The live footage appears courtesy of my buddy Neil (a very tall man) and was recorded at the wonderful Czech Ukulele Festival where I performed on stage with The…read more
My debut EP “Naranja” is out now, available to buy on CD, download or stream on the marvellous website Bandcamp. The EP contains four original tracks, everything written, played, sang, shaken and recorded by me in my home studio. If you interested, here’s’a little about each track.. Sci-Fi Movie A love song in space, well in the romantic roaming mind of a sci-fi fan at least. The piano loop of this song was actually the nub of the whole song which I think works well against the alternating pick and…read more
Summer Strum really is a terrific ukulele festival. Now in its third year in its Hoylake home this Wirral based wonderland of music is an outdoor weekend of fun, ukes and charity fund raising. At Summer Strum the acts play for free, the organisers work for free, it’s even free to get in. Yes indeed, free is the magic number (sorry, I couldn’t resist). So if you attend do enter the raffle, pop some pennies in a collection, attend the fundraising events and support the deserving charities of MIND and Wirral…read more
I am, of course, a big fan of Paul Heaton and “Happy Hour” is perhaps the best known track by The Housemartins and certainly a firm favourite in my live set. So I thought it time I recorded a version too, I hope you like it.
My debut EP as The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo is coming very very soon! At the time of writing it’s going to be a six track EP, will be called “Naranja” and be available to purchase exclusively through Bandcamp at a bargain price I have no doubt! It will be available on download and CD and feature six original songs, including just a little dab of Twin Hazey for old times sake. I dare say promotional badges will come into it somewhere too. All the tracks are written, demo’d and ready to roll…read more
I am very lucky in the fact I have recently bought myself a DJ Morgan soprano ukulele… birds eye maple body, spruce top and a buttery smooth mahogany neck. The next stop will be fitting a Mi-Si pick-up for live work but I thought it time, having had this lovely thing for a few weeks, to stand in front of a microphone and record something. So here’s my version of “Rotterdam” by The Beautiful South. There’s just a still of me playing my new instrument on the YouTube upload, I didn’t make an actual video. It’s…read more
It was my VERY great pleasure to perform with The Ukelites over the weekend both as support act and part time bass player at The Blue Bell Inn and at The Tap ‘n’ Barrel in Wigan where I reprised my honorary bass role. Thank you to everyone who came to the shows and gave their enthusiastic support, thank you to venues for putting on the gigs and a HUGE thank you to Miri, Steffen & Luckie for coming over from Munich to perform for us. You guys were utterly sensataional and…read more
Did you know I’m in a transatlantic band called Hobbelpaard? I joined together with baritone ukulele player, vocalist and song-writer Chelle Heart and, when we can, we record tracks on the opposite sides for the world (North Wales, UK and the state of Washington USA). Chelle suggested covering this classic from The Smiths and anyone who knows me will know I was only too happy to oblige! We hope you like it!
A bit of ukulele fun in the sunshine today!