Appearing also on the EP is superb guitarist Mark Howes. Prevalent on the local scene, he has been nominated for best album in the British Blues Awards and previously featured in the nominations list for the Blues Guitarist category too. Drums and percussion for the tracks have been recorded at The Crunch Recording Studio, an analogue and digital recording studio in a 3000 square foot Cold War bunker near Coltishall. The studio has an impressive collection of vintage and modern equipment and talented local drummer and engineer Mikey Shaw has added some really cool drum sounds and percussion to the five original songs.
A rare mug and signed collection of gig posters have gone but there are still some very special rewards and exclusives on offer including two of my beloved guitars and some rare signed memorabilia from my back catalogue. By pledging you will also be helping Dogs Trust in Snetterton as I spend a lot of time walking rescue dogs in the area. As a reward to all pledgers, I am also providing some exclusives including free acoustic downloads of new material. For all the updates and information please take a look here:
I always enjoy doing local radio sessions and interviews and recently I’ve been on the other side of the microphone spending time at excellent local community radio station Future Radio in Norwich. I’ve been recording demos and learning the various studio techniques involved in hosting and researching a show. I’ve also sat in on regular shows including Drive Time, Norwich Today and soundtrack programme Sight of Music. As a huge music fan and supporter of the local music and arts scene, I’m excited to be hopefully hosting my own show in the not too distant future!
To check out Future Radio’s website and playlists visit http://futureradio.co.uk
Norwich Film Festival
I recently enjoyed an outstanding collection of short film screenings at The Forum as part of Norwich Film Festival. Friday Night Shorts returned for a third year and brought an inspiring evening of Officially Selected films which explored themes of romance, discrimination and identity. There were also moments of comedy with the hilarious “Five Star Fouad” - which saw Dominic West robbing a bank - to “Sam Did It (Out of Competition)” where a morgue attendant encounters his hero Alfred Molina. Another acclaimed actor, Jason Watkins, also featured in “The Overcoat” an adaptation of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 short story. It was both comic and tragic with quirky and arresting visuals.
The following night I saw more superb screenings; the short films that had been selected at this year’s BAFTA awards. The nominations featured a mix of
harrowing, funny, thought provoking and heartfelt contemporary stories. There was also animation including the winner of British Short Animation ‘Poles Apart’, a sweet story about a solitary polar bear featuring the voice of Helena Bonham Carter. Afterwards there was an insightful Q&A with director Colin O’Toole who won this year’s BAFTA Award for Best Short Film with the excellent “Cowboy Dave” which was also shown.
It was fascinating to learn that the Manchester set film was inspired by a real life musician and drifter “Cowboy Dave” Rowbotham and Colin’s encounter with him as a 12 year old boy. Both humorous and hard-hitting, the cast includes respected actors Sam Spruell, Steve Evets and Christine Bottomley. As well as discussing the film Colin also talked about the challenges of bringing short films to a wider audience and the opportunities that winning a BAFTA have brought him as well as revealing his future creative projects.
Upcoming Local Gig at Norwich Arts Centre
I’m looking forward to opening a great night of live music from local promoters The Tilting Sky at Norwich Arts Centre on November 30th. East Anglian-based seven-piece Morganway headline and tickets are already close to selling out.
Morganway perform an exciting blend of Americana, country, rock and blues, combining five part harmonies with driving riffs. After a summer that’s seen the band opening the Cambridge Folk Festival Stage 2 and Stradisphere Festival - where I also performed - they are currently recording their debut album which is due for release in early 2019. Also performing on the night are The Turf Club Racebook and Sweet Crisis.
Following my Arts Centre appearance I’m also looking forward to an upcoming London show when I’ll be playing the award-winning Green Note in Camden on 4th December. I will also be part of Blue Joanna’s December 23rd Christmas Show which is always a really fun musical event.
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