Music. Bloody hell! I actually intended to do live work much sooner than this, but can at least now announce my first live date. Those of you who know me or who have read the earlier blog posts will be aware that the recording for Moorscape took place at The Fuse in Partington. Partington is something of a backwater about half way between Manchester and Warrington, and until recently was considered one of the Greater Manchester’s more challenging satellite towns.
The Fuse is a community arts centre that stood idle for about 18 months until some good friends of mine (who will be herein referred to as Miguel and his many brothers) helped to revive its fortunes by renting half of the office space for their web marketing & development company. It was when I was doing an export surgery at The Fuse that Miguel introduced me to the recording studios there, and that sparked the fabulous friendship that we have developed with HeyGamal www.heygamal.com AKA Ali Karim. It was always my intention to perform my first live work there because it completes a circle, and it’s a nice way to say thank you. The idea has drifted around for some time, but finally we have nailed down a date.
My business has been ridiculously busy in the last few months, so the plans I had devised for gigs with Duncan https://www.facebook.com/Duncanreedmusic/ were falling like skittles. A training session delivery in Kosovo in June is to be followed by further deliveries in Macedonia (October), Mongolia (November) and Azerbaijan (December – to be confirmed), and I may have to squeeze in Abu Dhabi and Belfast before the end of the year.
So it’s all a bit bonkers right now but I have finally committed to a first live performance on Wednesday 30th November at The Fuse. Every other Wednesday Miguel and his many brothers show an alternative film under the banner Around `The World in 80 Films’. We are up to about film number 12. We have watched fantastic films from the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Thailand, Greece, India, Belgium, Argentina and others I can’t remember.
Miguel and his many brothers have tasked me to find an alternative film that has a story based around the British Moors, this to be shown after I’ve delivered five or six live tracks from the depths of my cittern, with the whole evening starting off with a showing of the Moorscape video on their very, very, very big screen. Around the World in 80 Films is a friends & family occasion, designed to evolve into something a bit more. It’s £5 on the door and snacks, drinks etc via an honesty box, and all that money goes not to me, but back into the film project to enable us to afford the very best films.
So if you can make it along you will meet a lot of fabulous people while listening to me wail in the background and I will later be on hand to try and sell you some CDs. By that time we should have mixed the Dry The Life EP and we may have copies for you to buy or reserve. It’s an exciting time and the songs I deliver will be from Moorscape, from the Dry The Life EP, and from next year’s folk-punk album The Breeding Ground of Vile, plus possibly a surprise track. More details will be posted over the next month or so, and we will shortly have a gigs page here for you all to follow. Cheers ears!
DATE: WEDNESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2016
TIME: DOORS OPEN 7PM FOR A 7:30 START (ISH)
ENTRANCE FEE: £5.00
REFRESHMENTS: PAY INTO HONESTY BOX FOR DRINKS & SNACKS
VENUE: THE FUSE, WARBURTON LANE, PARTINGTON, MANCHESTER M31 4BU http://usethefuse.co.uk
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