Gigs for 2017 are starting to come in so I thought I’d post a few key dates so far which include [drum roll please]… a spot at the outstandingly legendary GNUF – a Grand Northern Ukulele Festival… I am SO excited!!! I shall also be playing at the wonderful Summer Strum, you can of course catch me at Blukulele every month at Blue Bell Inn Halkyn and I shall be heading deeper into Wales in January to visit the lovely people of Colywn Bay. And there’s more to follow! Did somebody…read more
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 few photos from this years’ Summer Strum. It was a brilliant weekend, I saw some fabulous acts on both the main stage and in the party tent and I was lucky enough to perform three times! A hearty bravo goes to the organisers and sound guys.
A bit of ukulele fun in the sunshine today!
It is my very great pleasure and indeed honour to play support for The Ukelites this August at a one off show at The Blue Bell Inn in North Wales. The event is free, the beer is excellent and I am genuinely over the moon at getting to hear The Ukelites play live… not to be missed this one! For full details head over the Uke Planet website or join the Facebook event.
I was lucky enough to be asked to play the Summer Strum in Hoylake again this year. I shall be on stage at 1:30 PM performing a 20 minute set of original songs and cover versions, one or two of which I’ve never played lived before! Eeeek! What’s more I will have the camper van so once I’ve performed I can relax and enjoy the rest of the performers over Saturday and Sunday… perfect!
Happy new year ratfans!