NEXT LIVE APPEARANCES...
Added Sunday 2nd February 2020: -
A ROCKING RIVERBANK
Last night was an absolute stonker of a night in the cocktail bar of the wonderful Riverbank Bar & Kitchen in Shrewsbury.
I endeavour to perform to the same kind of level every time I play, but it goes without saying that for a variety of reasons some gigs are better than others.
Without doubt the main reason for a memorable night is the audience, as when playing solo, you're very reliant on audience engagement.
Last night was a real corker, primarily because of a wonderful bunch of people who were clearly up for a fun evening of singing and dancing.
This kind of reaction is never a given, but is what I hope for every time I go out to play a gig, and it's an absolute joy when people are so warm, friendly, and keen to get involved.
I love it when people put in song requests, and am always up for the challenge of trying something new on the spot, providing I know the lyrics!
Last night there were some great suggestions, and R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion, two INXS songs (Mystify and Never Tear Us Apart), and Bruce Springsteen's Racing In The Street were all played for the first time.
The dancing was excellent, the singing-along was certainly wholehearted to say the least. This only serves to crank-up the intensity of my performance, as well as keeping me entertained too!
The 3-hour set was extended by an additional 30 minute encore, which is always the sign of a good night!
Thanks to Riverbank for continuing to have me to play, and to everyone who was there. I had a real blast!
I'll be back at Riverbank on Saturday May 9th.
Added Monday 30th December 2019: -
A FANTASTIC END TO A GREAT YEAR OF GIGGING
Thank you SO much to everyone who came along, sang, danced and got involved at The Loopy Shrew on Sunday for my final gig of the year.
I had an absolute blast, and can categorically say that it's the most fun I've ever had in my 356 gigs to date!
That finish was awesome, and I went home with a big smile on my face.
Can you all please come again?
There's not really time to take stock and dwell too much on 2019, as I'm happy (amd surprised) to say that for the first time, January is fully-booked! It's usually very quiet, with just 1 or 2 gigs, so I'm thrilled to bits that 2020 is getting off to such a lively start.
Also, I have a couple of brand new venues which I'm excited to be heading to!
I'm truly grateful to all of the venues that I've had the privilege of playing at in 2019.
Huge thanks to...
The Loopy Shrew, Shrewsbury
The Bay Tree, Welshpool
The Lion + Pheasant, Shrewsbury
Darwin's Kitchen, Shrewsbury
The Talbot Inn, Welshpool
The Kings Head, Guilsfield,
The Oak Inn, Guilsfield
The Cemist, Oswestry
The Lion Hotel, Berriew,
The Mytton and Mermaid, Atcham
The Armoury, Shrewebury
Ye Olde Bull Ring Tavern, Ludlow
The Old Bakehouse, Ludlow
The Crown Inn, Montgomery
The Sarn, Sarn
Hawkestone Arms, Wem.
It's been a real pleasure! 🎶🎸🎤♥️
Added Sunday 6th October 2019: -
A QUICK 1-2, A DOUBLE-HEADER AND A DEBUT
Well, gigs #341 & 342 were really great fun this week, both of them at the fantastic Riverbank Bar + Kitchen in Shrewsbury.
Thursday was an NSPCC Ladies' Night charity event, and that was closely followed by a
regular Saturday night gig.
Thank you to everyone who came, danced and sang along. It's very much appreciated!
This was my final gig at Riverbank for 2019, and I'm hoping to be able to come back in 2020, as it's always an absolute pleasure to play there!
Next up for me is the The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel on Friday, a double-header with Joe Seager, who I'm really looking forward to finally hearing after having heard nothing but great things about him.
Then, next Sunday I make my debut at The Cemist in Oswestry.
Added Thursday 8th August 2019: -
A BUSY TIME AHEAD
For various reasons, I tend to keep my gigs to one a week, but there are rare occurrences when I make an exception.
As it happens, these next two weeks are two of those exceptions.
This week I'm making my first appearance at Guilsfield Show (Thursday 8th August), and that is followed by a charity event for Seven Hospice at Carriages in Oswestry on Friday 9th.
For next weekend I already had a gig booked on the Saturday night (17th August) at The Talbot Inn in Welshpool, but when I was given the chance to play The Armoury in Shrewsbury on the Friday before, I really couldn't let that opportunity pass!
I have played once before at The Armoury, doing a short set at a beer festival way back in October 2015. It was a really lovely one to play, and I was surprised at how good it sounded in there, seeing as it's such a big room. Having enjoyed it so much, I've been longing for a chance to go back and play a full gig there, so I was delighted to be asked to play one of 5 live music nights they have planned for August.
I'll be paying The Armoury on Friday August 16th, with a 9:30pm start time, and I really can't wait!
Added Sunday 14th July 2019: -
A WONDERFUL WEDDING
I don't play many wedding gigs, but occasionally I'll make an exception.
I'm so glad I made that exception for Ceri and Chris this weekend, as this chilled-out event was an absolute joy to play at.
Chris is an ex-workmate, and when he asked me whether I'd play at his evening party, I was keen to accept.
Hosted at the bride's parents' lovely farm near Pontesbury, it was a classy but really relaxed occasion.
I started off by playing a chilled-out set for the first hour. Then, after an interlude from the DJ, came back with a lively 2nd set, and was delighted to have people up dancing.
We even made the last-minute decision for me to provide the musical accompaniment for the happy couple's first dance (a bespoke "Ceri & Chris" rendition of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by The Beatles).
Thank you Ceri & Chris for letting me play a small part in your big day. It was an honour and a real pleasure!
Added Sunday 16th June 2019: -
NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO
Two days ago, Bruce Springsteen released his 19th album, Western Stars, and I was so struck by the wonderful title track, I decided to have a go at a solo acoustic version.
Here's the result of my labours...
Added Monday 13th May 2019: -
MY FIRST LIVE RECORDING
As I've had a few requests from potential venues to hear some samples of my music, I've decided to try to record some live performances.
So, having recently bought a small recording unit, I decided to give it its first run out on Saturday night at RIVERBANK in Shrewsbury.
The results are now available for all to hear over on my "SOUND" page, and below you'll find my live version of The Killers' Mr Brightside.
I hope you enjoy!
Added Monday 8th April 2019: -
AN EXCITING NEW OSWESTRY VENUE
It's always exciting to have the chance to play at a new venue, but that's magnified when the venue looks as stunning as Carriages in Oswestry!
This lovely restaurant is under new management, and I've been seeing some fabulous reviews reflecting really positively on the food, the venue itself, and I've heard that the staff are also fab.
Therefore, I feel privileged to be able to take to the stage at Carriages, and will be going all out to make sure that I match the high standards that they are setting.
I'll be playing live at Carriages this coming Friday (April 12th) from 9pm, and am already booked to return three more times later in the year.
Added Monday 25th March 2019: -
A LOVELY LOOPY SUNDAY
Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of playing The Loopy Shrew's 'Sound of Sundays' session in Shrewsbury.
In a switch from what was the usual lively Friday night slot, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a 5 'til 8pm Sunday session.
Well, it seems that Sundays are the new Fridays, and I needn't have worried, as this was one of the most enjoyable gigs I've played in a very long time.
Evening gigs are great, but as a performer you have to be aware that people are out to socialise, there's more ambient noise, and for the most part the music is in the background.
Playing to an audience which is facing you and listening to the music, as was the case on Sunday, is a rare treat and a lovely experience.
This is afforded by the more chilled-out nature of an early evening Sunday crowd, and not wanting to be too grandiose, it felt like more of an intimate little concert than a regular gig.
I was initially disappointed at finding out that there wouldn't be any more Friday sessions at The Loopy Shrew, but straight away have become completely smitten with the new 'Sound of Sundays' vibe, and really can't wait to do it again in a couple of weeks time!
My next Loopy Shrew 'Sound of Sundays' session will be on April 7th, from 5 'til 8pm.
Added Tuesday 15th January 2019: -
READY FOR A BUSY YEAR
After a couple of quiet weeks, all of a sudden the bookings have started to come in thick and fast for 2019, and the diary is starting to fill up.
I'm delighted to be heading back to favourite stomping-ground THE LOOPY SHREW in January, February and March, and also have multiple dates to look forward to at RIVERBANK in Shrewsbury, THE BAY TREE in Welshpool, and a couple of dates later on in the year at Ludlow sister venues THE OLD BAKEHOUSE and YE OLDE BULL RING TAVERN, and THE TALBOT in Welshpool.
Lots to look forward to already, and I really can't wait to strap the guitar on again and get back behind the microphone!
Added Sunday 16th December 2019: -
FESTIVITIES IN FULL SWING
Having played the last two Saturdays at the Lion + Pheasant in Shrewsbury, I can confirm that the festive season is very much in full swing!
I have two more gigs remaining to finish off the year, and I'll be going all-out to make it a lively end to 2018.
My penultimate performance of the year will be at THE KING'S HEAD in Guilsfield on 'Mad Friday' 21st December.
My last gig of the year is, very suitably as far as I'm concerned, at THE LOOPY SHREW in Shrewsbury on Friday 28th December. I love playing at 'Loopys', and it's become my most regular venue, which I'm extremely happy about!
After that, it's onward to 2019. I'm keen to get some dates booked in for next year, so if anybody knows of any venues looking for a musician, I'm poised and ready to start filling my new diary!
Added Monday 24th September 2018: -
A DOUBLE HELPING AT THE LOOPY SHREW, AND A BIG MILESTONE!
Over the next two weekends I have the pleasure of playing back-to-back Friday evening gigs at one of my favourite venues... THE LOOPY SHREW in Shrewsbury.
And, as if that wasn't enough of a thrill for little old me, these will be my 299th and 300th gigs since starting back in 2012!
It's always been an absolute joy to play at this lovely, vibrant venue, and as it's such a nice intimate setup there, it's one where there's often a good amount of interaction with willing audience members. Song requests are very much the order of the day at Loopy's!
As always, I'll be going all-out to make these gigs memorable ones, and can't wait for the weekend to come around.
I'll be at The Loopy Shrew on Friday 28th September and Friday 5th October.
Music starts at 8pm, and runs through until 11.
Added Thursday 20th September 2018: -
A LIVELY WELSHPOOL GIG AHEAD
This Saturday (22nd September) sees a long-awaited return to THE PHEASANT INN in Welshpool.
I don't play many pub gigs these days, so this one which is very local to me should be a real treat, and lots of fun.
I'm hoping to see lots of familiar faces at this one!
Music starts at 9:30pm.
Added Monday 20th August 2018: -
ANOTHER SHREWSBURY FIRST THIS WEEKEND
This coming Friday, I'll be playing for the first time at HAVANA REPUBLIC in Shrewsbury.
Havana Republic brings an essence of Cuba – the rum, the vibrant party atmosphere, and finger lickin’ great food – to Shrewsbury! Open 7 days a week serving Latino Flavours with a hint of Caribbean spice & the comfort of the Deep South – as well as stocking the biggest range of rum in town, delicious cocktails and beautiful coffee – plus live music every weekend!
I'm really looking forward to this one, and it promises to be a lively evening! As usual, song requests are very much encouraged, and I'll be going all-out to make it a fun one!
Music starts at 8pm.
Added Sunday 10th July 2018: -
A SHREWSBURY DEBUT THIS FRIDAY
This Friday evening (June 15th) I'll be making my first appearance at EAT AT EIGHT on Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury.
Eat at Eight is a restaurant & cocktail bar which provides super-healthy food created using locally-sourced ingredients.
Please feel free to contact them to book a table, or pop in on the night for a drink, and listen to me playing an eclectic mix of songs.
Music runs from 8 'til 10pm.
RETURNING TO THE MYTTON & MERMAID
This coming Friday (16th February) I'm delighted to be heading back to play in the bar of the lovely MYTTON & MERMAID HOTEL at Atcham.
My last appearance in the bar at the M&M was way back in November 2015, and was my last gig before I had to take a long, enforced layoff on health grounds.
Therefore, I'm really looking forward to heading back in better health, and am ready and determined to make it a good one.
SIX DATES CONFIRMED FOR THE LOOPY SHREW
Added Sunday 28th January 2018: -
Following on from busy evening playing at the wonderful Loopy Shrew in Shrewsbury on Friday, I'm delighted and proud to be able to announce that I have another 6 dates confirmed there throughout 2018.
"Loopy's" is right up there amongst my favourite venues to play at, and on any given night there always seems to be lovely people in attendance, who are happy to get involved and have some fun. This makes playing all the more enjoyable, and can often send a gig in a different direction when song requests are coming in.
Therefore, I couldn't be happier when they asked me to put some dates in the diary for the remainder of the year.
My Loopy Shrew dates for 2018 are...
Added Saturday 16th December 2017: -
This evening (Sat 16th Dec) I start a run of four festive gigs, all at very different but equally lovely venues.
As my illness- enforced layoff included the end of 2015 and pretty-much the whole of 2016, these will be my first Christmas gigs for three years!
Therefore, I've had to go back to the drawing board with respect to re-learning some Christmas songs.
My festive gig schedule is...
Sat 16 December
The Bay Tree, Welshpool
8:30 'til late
Thu 21 December
The Lion + Pheasant Hotel, Shrewsbury
9 'til 11
Sat 23 December
The Miners Arms, Priest Weston
8 'til late
Sun 31 December (New Year's Eve)
The Boathouse, Shrewsbury
9 'til 11
Have a great Christmas, everyone!
Added Wednesday 30th August 2017: -
TOWNHOUSE DEBUT UP NEXT
This Friday evening (1st September), I'll be making my first appearance at a beautiful Oswestry venue, THE TOWNHOUSE.
This sumptuous restaurant and cocktail bar appears in the Michelin Guide, and comes very highly recommend by my friends in the town.
I'll be playing in the bar from 7:30 until 10pm, and am very much looking forward to experiencing the Townhouse atmosphere for myself.
Added Monday 7th August 2017: -
BACK ON HOME TURF
This coming Saturday (12th August), I'm delighted to be heading back to play at my local pub, THE KING'S HEAD in Guilsfield.
I'm really looking forward to this one, and have a feeling that it could turn out to be a lively one, especially once Guilsfield FC return with 3 points (hopefully!) from their season opener away at Rhyl.
I'll be playing live from 9pm until late, and all are welcome.
Added Sunday 16th July 2017: -
A LOVELY EVENING AT THE BAY TREE
It was really great to be back playing at THE BAY TREE in Welshpool on Saturday evening.
I last played there in March of 2015, and much has changed in these last two years, both for me and The Bay Tree.
During the day it's a tea room / restaurant, but in the evening it's now Welshpool's only cocktail bar, offering a wide range of drinks, tapas, and live music.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the warm, relaxed atmosphere of The Bay Tree, and am delighted to be heading back there on Saturday 5th August.
Here's a video of me playing Coldplay's 'The Scientist' at The Bay Tree, and if you head over to the 'Audio / Video' section of this site, you'll find a couple more songs recorded on Saturday, AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long', and Ed Sheeran's 'Galway Girl'.
Added Tuesday 4th July 2017: -
HEADING BACK TO A FAVOURITE OLD STOMPING-GROUND
This coming Sunday (9th July) I'm heading back to the MYTTON & MERMAID, a venue which used to be one of my most regular haunts.
My last appearance there was way back in November 2015, and little did I know at the time that I wouldn't play live again for 14 months!
Two major operations later, and after a long struggle getting back to full fitness, I'm really pleased to be able to get back to this lovely Shropshire venue.
I'll be playing from 5 'till 8pm.
Added Monday 3rd July 2017: -
NEW VIDEO CLIPS ADDED
Thanks to my good friend Sally Williams, I've been able to add a few video clips from recent gigs.
Having the opportunity to analyse a performance is always an experience. Notice that I didn't say whether I find it a good or bad one!
Anyway, Sally, being a glutton for punishment, has been to a few of my gigs lately, and has very kindly taken some video clips and shared them with me.
The results can be found in the Audio/Video section, and below is a taster of Human by Rag 'n' Bone Man.
Added Wednesday 1st February 2017: -
DELIGHTED TO BE BACK AT WILSONS
It has been 16 months since I last played at Wilsons Wine Bar in Oswestry (October 2nd 2015 to be precise), but I was delighted to have been contacted today and asked to play there this coming Friday, 3rd February.
It's always great to play at such a lovely venue, and it's nice to know that I haven't been forgotten.
I'm really looking forward to this one! Music starts at 9pm.