Hi Blog Readers,
As yet another new year has begun I decided it would be apt to fill you in on some of the things I've been upto and some of my plans for the year ahead.
It has been a busy time for recording recently. At the end of 2011 I was in the studio with Hannah Rhodes, in between her hectic performance schedule with the RSC and Pegasus Theatre, laying down some percussion tracks for her children's album. As always it was a pleasure to work with Hannah as she is a true professional and her songs were gorgeous. It is also a joy to have enough time in the studio to experiment and layer multiple percussion parts, which is something I couldn't do live unless I acquired some extra hands! I can't wait to hear it when it is finished. She is launching her album at Pegasus Theatre in Oxford on Sat 15th Sept at 1.30pm and 6pm and Sun 16th Sept at 11am. Keep an eye out if you've got small children!
The new year has brought on a time of intense activity for the Bonfire Radicals. We are delighted to announce that we have started working with Colin Whitehouse who will be helping us to manage and promote the band. We hope that this will be the start of a long and productive relationship with Colin who has a lot of business experience. At the moment we are focusing on honing our playing as a band which is proving challenging but highly rewarding. We have some new material which will really show of the individual skills of the musicians and develop our overall sound world.. We've also been invited to play at a string of festivals in the summer, look out for us at The Beltane Bash, Nottinghill Mayfest, Lakefest, Eadale Folk Festival, The Lunar Festival, The National Forest Folk Festival, Sea Fest and Cropton Folk and Roots Festival. We will be lucky enough to play alongside artists such as Martin Carthy, The Levellers, Jim Moray, 3 Daft Monkeys, Toploader, Peatbog Faeries, Goodnight Lenin, Reef and The Old Dance School to name a few! If you can't wait until May, fear not! You can see us for free at The Brighthouse pub in Birmingham. As always all events are listed on my 'Gigs' page.