David Hepworth and Alex Gold have put together another splendid Word In Your Ear. The line-up includes Ben Watt, My Darling Clementine and Vinny Peculiar.
You can grab your ticket by clicking here.
Don't forget your exclusive Afterworder discount code: EGGFRIDAY
See you there!
I'll be making an appearance as a member of The Tuesday Club. Here is the blurb....
Thurs 6 March, Doors 8pm
263-267 Old Brompton Road
“Utterly fabulous ... Damn Vandals, they are amazing!” Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6music
The Tuesday Club
“One of the most exciting acts I’ve heard all year.” AAA music
“Burst of freshness and vitality … one to watch” The Sunday Express
Donate what you can! No cover charge, but any donations will be gratefully received on the night.
I will be fifty this year. What better way to celebrate than by going to the pub with some mates? In fact, why don't I go with those mates I used to play in a covers band with? And take all our gear with us?
So, after a few "...and Sex Farm has gone to number four in Japan"-type chats, emails and phone calls, we've decided that we're going to go to The Steamboat, New Cut West, Ipswich and we're going to do our thing one more time. We'll be playing in the bar though, not the toilet like some other chancers do.
If you want to know the sort of thing we'll be doing there's a Spotify playlist of the originals here; http://open.spotify.com/user/1163801448/playlist/4bdLXkCgiTu8Qq7mguCVRe
...and the slim but attractively-priced book I wrote about our time together is still available here;
Other than that, if you can't make it you could always send a card.
As part of his upcoming tour, Rick Wakeman will be performing Journey To The Centre Of The Earth at Sheffield City Hall on 8 May.
The show commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the original album and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne's novel.
The show will be in two parts. Part one will feature Rick at the piano recounting the genesis of the album, and the trials and tribulations he faced while recording it. The second half of the show comprises a full performance of the album, accompanied by orchestra and choir,and now incorporating recently unearthed material omitted from the original recording.
This may well be the final opportunity to witness this classic epic album being performed live,so don't miss out!
Tickets are, of course, available from all the usual outlets, and from the link below.Go get 'em!
As part of their upcoming tour, Yes will be appearing at Sheffield City Hall on 7 May.
The line up now features the core of Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White,together with Geoff Downes and Glass Hammer vocalist Jon Davison.
The band will play three classic albums in full - The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One.
This will be a night for fans to hear once more some of the bands best material, such as Awaken, Close To The Edge, And You And I, Starship Trooper, Yours Is No Disgrace, I've Seen All Good People and Perpetual Change to name but a few, but it will also be a great way for new listeners to get acquanted with the band's catalogue and sample the dazzling muscianship on show.
A good time will be had by all !
Tickets from the usual sources of course.
I have published my fourth novella on Amazon for the Kindle.
It will be free to download worldwide from around 9am on Monday 10th to about 9am on Saturday 15th this month.
The download will work on all computers, mobile phones and iPads with a Kindle app.
God or The Devil? Choose Your Weapon
A mythical hit man accepts a contract to kill the top members of a criminal organisation.
My previous novella Eyes Drift Back will also be free for the same length of time.
For people with American Amazon accounts* I have managed to put a promotion on a collection of my first two novels and three novellas. From 11th to 17th this month it will be 99 cents (plus tax I assume):
* It’s too low a start price for the UK apparently.
Record Shop City is a guide to the record shops in and around Manchester and the surrounding towns, of which there are surprisingly quite a few. It's fast becoming *the* best place for music shopping out of London IMHO, there's everything from the iconic Indie store Piccadilly Records, to record shops that double as Cafes, hidden gems like Endless Music in Prestwich and curious places like Record Shack in Whalley Range which appear to have no set opening hours and are perhaps not for the faint hearted!. Anyway, do have a look in as we've just done a big revamp of the site, and should be easier to navigate on your smartphone or tablet of choice so you can use it on your next record shopping expedition. Do check it out and let me know what you think.
Vienna Ditto - "Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack" (Huw Stephens). Or "Lily Allen doing Goldfrapp" (the FPO).
Support by The Holden Girls - Cambridge teens literally recording their album with paper-round money.
The Sun Inn, Waterbeach.
Doors 8pm, entrance is free.
I’ve had some interesting feedback since my previous post about the decision to record an album and to write about the various issues associated with that process. One correspondent suggested that I was approaching this from the ‘wrong direction’, because true artists shouldn’t be bothered with financial considerations; this person stated that, if filthy lucre was at the top of my agenda, I would be better advised to stick to my day job.
I’m intrigued by arguments about the ‘purity’ of art. It seems to me that, unless you have a benefactor (or can survive on just the occasional bowl of steam), money will impact on how and when you produce your work. If you can’t make a living from it -which is the case for the majority of artists- then whenever you spend time and money on your art, it is time and money you are not devoting to something else; it is time you are not giving to your loved ones and money you are not spending on essential bills or other items.
Should I spend a couple grand making an album because I feel the need to, or should I put that money towards my mum’s hip operation? Should I hire some really good session musicians to sprinkle fairy dust over my stupid little songs, or should I use that cash to give my kids a really good holiday? It’s a difficult call.
To read further musings on this topic and to hear another work-in-progress from the album in question, please visit my blog:
I've been on some terrible, terrible dates, which I write and doodle about here:
Hope you enjoy it
We make our first visit of 2014 to the McMassive's spiritual home (The Laurieston, Gorbals) on Friday 7 February. Come one, come all! There should be AWers there from about 4.30 onwards.
Bring your CD compilation too - the theme is "science & nature", so let those Caledonian creative juices flow.
If you've never been to one of these, don't be shy, come and join the gang - and don't worry about the location, it's a perfectly fine, decent, proper-style Glasgow pub.
On Sunday 9 March the magnificent Camel appear at Sheffield City Hall to perform their seminal 1975 album The Snow Goose in its entirety.
Now that keeper of the flame Andrew Latimer is mercifully restored to full health, this classic prog band are once again able to embark on live activity.
Fans will of course be more than familiar with the album, based on and inspired by Paul Gallico's story, which was rerecorded last year with new arrangements and artwork, giving the piece a more contemporary feel without losing any of its original beauty and majesty.
The concert will be in two parts, one half comprising The Snow Goose, the other showcasing a variety of material from throughout their illustrious career,encompassing classic albums such as Mirage, Moonmadness, Nude and I Can See Your House From Here.
This may well be the final chance to see this epic piece performed live, so get yourselves along to Sheffield City Hall, one of only four UK shows, and join Bargepole to catch this unmissable experience!
Tickets are available from the City Hall box office by the usual methods, and start at a bargain £25.
Here is the official blub. I will be there on Thursday from about 1pm until I keel over:
Final preparations are now underway for the festival which arrives at The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th January. The first Manchester Beer Festival since the days of the Upper Campfield Market in the 90s, it is set to be the largest ever event in Manchester. All the bars (16 of them) will be located in the centre of the Velodrome track which the public access via a tunnel which runs below the track. Visitors can opt to stay on the floor or can return to the concourse where there is seating for 1500. The concourse will also host the festival games area and a selection of food vendors.
The main bars will be on the Velodrome floor surrounded by the famous banked track which will remain in use during the festival. As you enjoy your pint, there is every chance that medal winning cyclists will be whizzing round you as they train for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The festival will be brought to you by the team behind the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival’s eight successful years in Manchester so you can expect a similar great range of the very best cask ales but with a fresh new outlook to reflect the exciting new venue. There will be more cask conditioned craft ales in one place than Manchester has ever seen before including ten breweries bringing their own bars to the festival. The cider and perry bar will be larger than ever before and we will have a great range of foreign beers both on draught and in bottles.
TripF and Turtleface of this parish are playing again on Wednesday with our band Cardinal Wino at the What's Cookin' night. It's at the Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen's club, with the Devout Sceptics on after us. Looks like a great venue - and old-fashioned club untouched since the sixties, specialising in real ale. And it's free, though donations are encouraged. Do say hello if you can make it down!
I’ve published my third novel on Amazon for the Kindle.
It will be free to download worldwide from around 9am on Monday 20th to about 9am on Saturday 25th this month.
The download will work on all computers, mobile phones and iPads with a Kindle app.
Four of my other books will also be free for that same length of time. Just click on the author’s name on the Amazon page to see them.
THE WAY OUT IS THROUGH
A widower trying to escape the past.
A musician in need of money.
A university graduate relying on the kindness of friends to give her a place to sleep for the night.
A teenager trapped at home under lock and key.
A police detective who tries to do the right thing and loses their way.
These five people take turns to tell a peculiar story in which they become the source of each other’s problems.
The script is done, the songs have been chosen and the theatre is booked for September 5th & 6th in Liverpool. All we need now is to know that people are interested so we have decided to go for crowdfunding for two reasons. First because we need the money and second because we need to gauge interest. So if you want to support us or preferably would like to view our rewards and see how you can get involved please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2093745625/jimmy-blue-its-a-bin-full... …
Recorded at the same time as our last podcast but svaed for it own little show, Hannah, Doctor J and I discuss another band we saw in Dublin and London - They Might be Giants. Apart from the gig we have a general love-in about one of America's Greatest Bands and why they mean so much to us beautiful freaks.
Includes discussion of the Joel\Giants crossover!
I-TUNES (AND SUBSCRIBE!)
It's back on for Wednesday 12th March
As per we will be meeting in the Redan, Wokingham around 8pm and wandering up to a curry house about 9pm. If peeps could let us know who is coming then we can book a table etc.
Easiest place to park is the car park next to the fire station in Easthampstead Road which is free after 6pm.
See you there (The Redan, not the car park).
Once again, the Afterword bat-signal has gone out over Edinburgh.
Given that ianess is still MIA we have a change from our usual venue, to the Malt & Hops pub at The Shore in Leith. Happily, this is within walking distance for 3 of us. It is also easily accessed from the city centre by the comically frequent 22 bus (AKA The Leith Taxi).
The Malt & Hops not only has its own website but also its own boat: http://www.barcalisa.com/page7.htm
Time is 18:58 for 19:00
ralph is doing the quiz, which iainiain traditionally wins. However the absence of an ianess golf questions round means that the game is wide open!
Looking forward to seeing old friends and new - a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
This Friday Douglas and myself shall be having a 'couple of the cups that cheer' in that most 'Method' of Glasgow pubs, The Laurieston.
It's an early sesh 4:30 - 8:30, but is open to all. No CD, book or DVD swappsies needed. Just turn up, tune in, drop by.