It’s been a really creative time lately. I’ve continued to write about music and have two articles in the autumn edition of Songwriting Magazine. Available at https://pocketmags.com/
Also at Norwich Arts Centre I interviewed another renowned musician - Ethan Johns. A music hero of mine, he has produced some of my favourite albums including “Heartbreaker” and “Gold” by Ryan Adams. It was a pleasure to chat with him about his career - which includes producing artists such as Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne and Laura Marling - and his new album with long-standing band The Black Eyed Dogs. Look out for my interview with Ethan appearing in the winter edition of Songwriting Magazine.
I always enjoy doing live radio sessions and last weekend I was back on Park Radio - a great local community radio station in Diss who really support local artists, particularly on the Sunday Introducing show. Take a look at my Facebook page www.facebook.com/
Local Summer Festivals
I enjoyed a great summer playing some lovely festivals including the always welcoming Reepham and Deepdale Festivals in beautiful North Norfolk. At Deepdale I was joined in my set by other performers at the festival, Adam Clark and Nic Zuppardi from Clark, Zuppardi, Hartley, who added some beautiful guitar and mandolin. Regular performers on the local scene, Clark, Zuppardi, Hartley, blend original compositions infused with a passion for foot-stomping bluegrass and old time music with traditional songs and tunes. The trio have developed their own unique sound with clawhammer banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin and guitar and Nic is a also third of The Shackleton Trio and Dan Walsh Trio.
I was also joined by singer/songwriter Matt Watson on the Del Amitri classic “Nothing Ever Happens’. Matt has recently released a single “Outside (They Don’t Know Who I Am) from his brand new album “Greetings from the Outside” which is released on the Tontena Music label.
Upcoming Local Gigs
On 3rd November I will be returning to the lovely Blue Joanna on Unthank Road for an acoustic gig which will also be a warm up to an upcoming London date when I’ll be playing the award-winning Green Note in Camden on 4th December.
8th November sees The Slocan Ramblers at Louis Marchesi. Hosted by Corncutter Promotions - who host fine roots music in the city - The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light in today’s acoustic music scene with a reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship.
Norwich Film Festival 6-18 November
As a huge film fan I’m really looking forward to the Norwich Film Festival on 6-18 November. The festival is committed to showcasing the very best of independent film and provides a platform for creative, high-quality films from local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will also be hosting talks, panels and networking events across Norwich.
Throughout the 12 days there will also be a host of renowned actors making an appearance at the festival. The opening event will be a definite highlight - an In conversation with Christopher Eccleston plus a screening of Danny Boyle’s cult classic “Shallow Grave” at OPEN.
On 11th November Cinema City will be welcoming Vanessa Redgrave (subject to work commitments) and Carlo Nero for a Q&A following a screening of her important directorial debut “Sea Sorrow” - a very personal, dynamic meditation on the current global refugee crisis through the eyes and voices of campaigners and children mixing past and present, documentary and drama in its reflection on the importance of human rights.
At Norwich Cathedral on 17th November the festival hosts an In Conversation with Juliet Stephenson, one of the UK’s best loved actresses who has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre. Juliet has won an Olivier award, along with being nominated a further four times within this field. She has also been nominated four times for the prestigious BAFTA Best Actress category for her work in Film and TV.
The festival has also curated an outstanding selection of short film screenings and I am particularly looking forward to the BAFTA shorts at The Forum on 17th November - a screening of the short films that had been selected at this year’s BAFTA awards.
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