I must be getting old

I have a slight problem. I think I’m missing out on something. I’ve just had my seventy-third birthday and I’m still waiting for the mid-life crisis. What’s going on? Must be something in the water. Now a little voice in my head pipes up and says it’s more likely something in the booze. Whatever! Now, where was I before I rudely interrupted myself? Oh yes, my birthday. For all of you who meant to send cards but didn’t, it was actually on the second of October. But do I care. Yes! Continue reading

Further on down the Road

I went to the Round Midnight gig of Mike Pigott and as it was the first time I’d been there, I was a bit disappointed when Gigi and I walked in, as there weren’t many people there. However despite the Tube Strike and the heavy rain, the place began to fill up. I sat in for a few numbers too, so I enjoyed the place. It is still a proper pub but it is also a good music venue so two for the price of one. I’ll definitely be going back. Continue reading

Going to the country

A week or so ago, Gigi and I went to stay with some old friends of mine in Kent. There was a gig at a local pub and another friend of mine, fiddle player Mike Piggot, was playing in a trio. I was invited to sit in for a few numbers and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mike is an amazing player and has worked with me in the past on guitar as well as fiddle. He’s due to do a gig at Round Midnight in London on September 6th so I intend to be there. The country air meant that we slept in until 11am the next day…or was it the wine? Continue reading

Inn update

The gig at the Inn on the Green has been cancelled this month as things are getting hectic with the carnival coming up and the repair work hadn’t been completed, when I callede in the other day, though it probably is by now. We’ll be back there for the September gig on the 19th. I’ll be able to get some spending money for Thailand. Should be enough… Continue reading

Charity Gig

Tomorrow night, Saturday 7th August, I’m doing a gig with Gordon Smith, Jim Mercer and Dino Coccia in East Putney. It’s a charity gig in aid of a heart foundation and has been organised by George Taylor, who’s brother Geof died a year ago of heart failure. Geof was a regular at Bob’s goodtime blues at the Station tavern when that venues was thriving. He also acted as Gordon Smith’s manager for a time. It is hoped that other musicians will be performing so it should be a good evening. Continue reading

Rebel without a Pause

A while back, I met Top Topham for a drink or three in the Portobello Gold and as we reminisced he showed me some photographs from our gigs at the Station Tavern. My memories were mostly of the anti-authoritarian attitude which I’ve carried for most of my life and of how it has affected my music career specifically. I ended the conversation with the phrase “A rebel without a pause“ and immediately decided that it would be a possible title for a Cd. We then mulled over the idea and decided that maybe a country blues project with Chris Youlden and perhaps a pianist like Bob Hall would be good. Needless to say we haven’t pursued it further, though who knows? Continue reading