Selling Up

September 13, 2013

In 1997 I persuaded my Dad to let me spend the inheritance I was due to receive the following year. I blew the lot (not a huge amount, but enough at the time) on a brand new synthesiser. It was a Roland XP-10, and I’ve used it ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

Shameless Promotion

August 1, 2013

I love the Blues. I love the feel, the sound and the raw emotion.

I also love playing the Blues, and last year I played with the Grey Goose Blues Band. It was immense fun and I was very sorry to have to knock my participation on the head.

However, I still try to keep up with their latest movements. They played at the Chuckery Festival in Walsall Arboretum, and they’ve played a couple of gigs at the White Lion that I’ve been able to get to.

Today, I discovered they’re on Bandcamp, advertising their 2012 album “Beat the Devil out of me” which you can buy and download. Go and have a listen on the site. There’s some magic in that music.

Beat the Devil out of me

(You won’t find me listed in the credits. Recording finished on this before I joined. Can’t wait to hear their next offering.)


Blues in a Bandstand

July 22, 2013

I went to the Churckery Festival gig yesterday at the Walsall Arboretum Bandstand. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was happy to be in a place where my boys could come along and listen too. We even saw half of the Grey Goose Blues Band set. Being able to name the members and say I’d played with them was very cool. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 9 – Sunday 21st July – Chuckery Festival 2013

July 18, 2013

Another gig at the Bandstand? As if last weekend wasn’t good enough, there’s more.

It’s great to see the Chuckery Festival using this venue in Walsall Arboretum. It’s been getting a lot of use since the refurbishment, and what’s particularly special about this event is you can catch the Grey Goose Blues Band and Walsall Jazz Orchestra on the same bill, closing with Fat Lip and plenty of other musical gems to keep you entertained all afternoon.

I can’t recommend this line up enough, and according to the Met Office there might actually be a bit of Sun in our Sunday.

I’ve cooked my Grey Goose

December 14, 2012

In a move which has shocked even me, I’ve left the band. Read the rest of this entry »

How odd – meet the reader.

October 13, 2012

Tonight (Friday night, even though as I write it’s early Saturday morning) the Grey Goose Blues Band played at the Red Lion in Aldridge. I posted a brief notice of this delightful event yesterday on my other site, and let Twitter know it was there. Read the rest of this entry »

More recording for the Grey Goose

October 8, 2012

Tonight I’m going to Wolverhampton to record some vocals for a few Grey Goose tracks. The sound is much more raw than the studio work we did earlier in the year, at least in part because we’re doing the recording ourselves.

I’m very impressed with the quality of the recording so far and I hope the finished article will be well worth listening to.

I’d like to have a play with home recording myself at some point, but only once I’ve managed to cobble together a bit more gear for live work. Speaking of which, I’m quite happy to do solo gigs if anyone’s interested…

Things about which I have become excited.

September 30, 2012

A number of rather good things are in the offing. I am quite excited about many of them, and thought rather than write individual posts to be published over the next few days I’d share them all in brief and save the detail for later. Read the rest of this entry »

White Lion Gig – What a night!

September 23, 2012

I’m writing this at twenty past one in the morning. I’ve just returned home from a gig with the Grey Goose Blues Band, at the White Lion, Walsall. Read the rest of this entry »

The Grey Goose play ArtsFest

September 5, 2012

It wasn’t what I signed up for in January, but eight months later the Grey Goose Blues Band have a gig at ArtsFest, the big bash in Birmingham this weekend.

On Sunday evening, about half past seven, we’ll be playing on the Radio WM Introducing stage.

I can’t explain quite how exciting this is for me. It’s quite something to play at ArtsFest, which I’ve been lucky enough to do once or twice, but to hit a stage like this having been given airplay by local radio is just brilliant. I can’t wait!