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“Welcome back, my friends…

…to the show that never ends”, chorus a legion of prog fans around the world.

Yes, it’s that time of year where I plug my latest adventures in the pit – June sees me in the guitar chair for the premiere of Howard Goodall’s musical setting of the classic story/film “Love Story” at the prestigious Chichester Festival.

It’s a lovely score, for strings, piano & guitar (doubling classical & 12-string) – a wonderful and rare blend of lyrical & evocative writing, with some real finger-twisting ensemble moments. Marvellous!

Details for the show can be assimilated here:

Come on down and revel in the sunshine and musical derring-do!


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New video

Just a quick update, to say I’ve uploaded a new, improvised solo onto my YouTube channel.

Equipment used: Fender Deluxe Tele retro-fitted with EMG T-pickups, into a Zendrive pedal, into the clean channel of a Peavey Valveking.

Please enjoy, and steal all the licks – that’s what they’re there for!

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Ignis fatuus; or, Where the hell did all those posts go?

Regular readers may now be wondering where an awfully large number of my posts have gone.

I have decided to delineate between my music writing, and off-topic commentary.
Music writing will be based here, but anything off-topic has been moved to my other blog.
I hope this doesn’t cause too much confusion!

I would, naturally, encourage you to read BOTH…but this should make life easier to filter my writing & music.

As explained on the new blog, I treat the off-topic articles as wholly separate from my life as a professional musician.

As I’ve got my annual stint at the fabulous IGF coming up next week, expect much more in the way of music from me soon!

Happy reading!


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On Radio Silence and Decisions

Hail all,

Pardon the inexorable wait between posts – just what on earth have you been doing with yourselves?
And how the devil are you, anyway?

Radio Silence is mainly due to end of term at Day Job – which, far from being the Pimms-soaked jollity that I always assume end of terms to be made of, is actually a frantic dash to the finish line in open mockery of the laws of Space and Time.

Plus, there’s a new Evening Job this week (tilt peepers slightly to the right) so I’m preparing the pad for that – again, far from being the simple 15 minute joy of efficiency I predicted, is instead turning into a multi-hour odyssey as I slowly sup at the Elixir of Despair (it’s ok, it’s organic, no chemicals or anything nasty like that).

Also, the house internet is down. So I’m doing awful things – unspeakable, shameful things – in order to bring this missive to my loyal populace.

It’s a shame, too, as I really want to get the next proper post up – it’s another ‘essay’ but does actually reference music a bit too, for which I’m glad. Should be quite controversial, but, like all the writing here, I’d say it all in person – no sudden transformation into INTERNET MALE here.
But given the workload at the moment, it may take a while to get up (phnaar), especially as I pride myself on little things like spelling, grammar and cogent thought.

But it’s a hassle, also, because I can’t get access to my Twitter account at the moment. So all the lovely people who wait to find my posts on Twitter will go a-wanting. Unless I actually phone them up and tell them, but that’s so terribly 20th Century, isn’t it?

This could be solved if I went the way of the SmartPhone, but I’m getting terribly cold, itchy and frankly smelly feet over it. I do like the look of the new iPhone 3G s, but I’m not sure I’m happy making myself 02’s bitch. I’m currently a T-mobile bitch, which is regrettable given that I seem to be in their blindspot (the whole of Somerset), so maybe the move could be fairly beneficial.

Better get back to sorting out this show, but just thought I’d chuck a few paragraphs out into the Internet to show that I’m still fairly cognizent…



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Silence is the Enemy

I’ve become aware of a movement on the blogs, by the great writer & marine biologist Sheril Kirshenbaum way over at The Intersection, called Silence is the Enemy:

An International Rescue Committee survey suggests 12
percent of girls aged 17 and under acknowledged having been sexually abused in
some way over the previous 18 months. Further, of the 275 new sexual
violence cases treated Jan-April by Doctors Without Borders, 28 percent involve
children aged 4 or younger, and 33 percent involve children aged 5 through 12.
That’s 61% age 12 or under. We read about their plight and see the
figures, but it’s so easy to feel helpless to act in isolation. But these are
not statistics, they are girls. Together we can do more. Mass rape
persists because of inertia so let’s create momentum.

Her post references an excellent, though harrowing op-ed in the NY Times here. I’m sure, like me, you find this heart-breaking to read – I remember being physically sick when I watched The Accused.

Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy has a good piece on this, and Greg Laden has two. Yes, TWO.
Again, these stories aren’t for the faint-hearted, but awareness of this initiative must be spread.

There’s now a Facebook group, and a list of the blogging coalition in support.

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Wells Jazz Collective

One quick advert for a very important gig tomorrow night!

The inaugural night of The Wells Jazz Collective is taking place Saturday 21st March (tomorrow!), 7.30pm at the Wells Little Theatre in Somerset.

Highly recommended, I’ll be playing, and all is under the helm of one of my fave multi-instrumentalists, Russell Collins. Should be an excellent concert, with a JAM session in the second half!
So come along, and bring a full palette of chromatic notes which we can spread judiciously over some ridiculous changes.
Or be all melodic and tasteful. Go on, I dare you.

Please come along and support (and PLAY!) – entry is £8.50, or £5 if you’re playing or a student.

Yours in Jazz,

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CoffeeLoop presents MicroConcert

Evenin’ all,

I just want to alert you to a new concert put on by CoffeeLoop: a Twitter-based concept called MicroConcert.

It’s brought to you by the same team that did the adventurous SPEM and The Words on the Wall projects. If you’re free to watch the streaming concert tomorrow (March 19th) I highly recommend it.

More info available at my brother’s site.

Take care, and keep rockin’ in the free world.

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