7th December 2017
The yuletide season has truly begun
and we were treated to brilliant floor spots from some of the
regulars and other visitors to the Moorcock Acoustic Night last
night, when we visited as the booked guests. Thanks to Andy and
Elaine for inviting us and to everyone for their support. Have a
18th November 2017
been a while but I had the pleasure of playing out with Dave Bowie
and Dickie Dixon last night. We've all been undertaking our own
projects for the last few months and it was great to meet this week
and revisit the old favourites and to play a few new things, before
appearing as guests at the Castle in Bradford. We always get a warm
welcome from the good folk there and the 'International
Cabaret' was as delightful as ever. Lovely songs all round. Thanks
to Paul and the team for hosting the night and a special thanks to
Muppet and Sue for asking us back. See you next time.
posted a few new gigs for next year and there are some as yet
unconfirmed but promising.
30th July 2017
returned today from a lovely weekend away at the Littleborough Music
Festival, set by the river Trent in the Nottinghamshire
countryside. I played a solo set, the last of the Friday evening to
a lovely crowd who I'd never met before. Receiving a nice welcome
from them, I gave my best of a selection of songs from the last
three CDs and they rewarded me with a great response. Thanks to Roz
and Andy for hosting the events, including a stunning Saturday
evening in the barn with some very entertaining acts.
29th June 2017
a first visit to The Willows folk club in Kirkham last night, and
what a lovely club it is! All three of us agreed that the detail and
care of everything was fine, and all the active club members worked
together seamlessly to do their own job well and together enable a
successful evening, for audience and visitors. Stage sound was good
and outward PA sound was great through their quality system. We
enjoyed the night and had enthusiastic reception from everyone.
Thanks to regulars, Dave and Liz, who opened up the night and warmed
the audience for us with some great original songs and a nice
interpretation of some others. Thanks also to Chris on the sound who
did a brilliant job for everyone. Can't wait to go there again!
20th June 2017
and I travelled to Mansfield this week to perform for our old
friends at the Mansfield Black Bull folk club, acting as support act
for the legendary Bob Fox, most recently known for his role as the 'Songman'
in the show 'Warhorse'. It was a full house and we were
enthusiastically received by an excited crowd. It was great to see
everyone again and we enjoyed the evening. We hope to be back there
before too long.
Next Wednesday I will be taking the
trio to the Willows folk club in Kirkham, Preston, for our guest
night there. I'm looking forward to that.
16th May 2017
everyone. Apologies for the 'radio silence' and for my slowness in
updating this website. I've been unable to access it all for a
little while as my technology failed me a few weeks ago! However,
I'm up and running now.
a nice gig at Otley Folk Club last Wednesday evening. Thanks for all
those lovely folk who came to see us there. I do like the concert
behind Korks, it's a great space and so well equipped. Thanks again
to Steve and Chris. The following evening we played at a Labour
party fundraiser in Hillsborough. Again, it was a lovely bunch of
people who crammed the place and gave themselves to the show. We
laughed, we sang and we raised the roof (and a stack of money!) for
the cause. Thanks especially to Bay Whitaker for such a good job in
organising the night and to Malcolm and Helen who performed before
us. Hope to see you all again before too long.
31st March 2017
Thanks to everyone who turned out to
see us at the Topic Folk Club last night. It was great to be out
again with Dave and Dickie and we played a few songs we hadn't
performed before, as well as the ones we always get asked for. The
atmosphere was lovely, supportive and encouraging and the new songs
were well received. We'll be back there before long, I hope.
8th March 2017
a short break, I'm back in the saddle and looking forward to gigging
again. The first gig is at the wonderful Topic Folk Club in Bradford
on the 30th March (possibly the oldest folk club in the world..?). I
always feel welcome there and I have a strong affection for the
place. That night I will be accompanied by Dave Bowie on double bass
and Dickie Dixon on harmonium and percussion. I can't wait.
I've also just been booked for a very
nice gig, performing as support for the legendary Bob Fox, at
Mansfield Folk Club on 19th June. Bob Fox has a long history in folk
music, most recently known as the 'Songman' in the touring
production of 'Warhorse'. Dickie Dixon will be performing with me
that night on harmonium and percussion. Mansfield is another great
club and we always feel welcome there.
12th November 2016
enjoyed our guest visit to the Castle in Bradford last night. The
audience were keen and enthusiastic and very responsive. Many people
(those who had not seen us before) commented how delighted they were
with the line-up and the material, its diversity and the blend of
sounds. I do realise how effective the blend of bouzouki, double
bass and harmonium is, providing a full sonic range and allowing us
to explore sounds from the minute to the emphatic. I was also struck
by how many people wanted to hear the 'comment' songs, particularly
in these changing times. Keep in touch everyone. It's encouraging to
get this great feedback from people in the audience.
We've a bit of a break now but we are
always open to new enquiries.
31st October 2016
Thanks to Dean for the warm welcome
to what is a very exciting and inspired public house venue, hosting
regular musical events in a comfortable environment in the centre of
Pontefract. I'm sure we will be there again soon.
25th October 2016
and I had the pleasure of playing for the Brighouse Arts Festival
'Unplugged' evening last night (using some very smart looking
microphones!) Of course the instruments etc were unplugged and so I
wasn't kidding..! We enjoyed the evening and met some new friends
and one or two old ones. I'd do that night again. Thanks everyone
for your support. Peace y'all x
16th October 2016
doing a half hour performance next week at the Brighouse Arts
Festival for their 'unplugged' evening on the Monday. I'll be
accompanied by harmonist/percussionist Dickie Dixon, who always
makes things sound better! The evening starts at 7.30 with several
other performers and we'll be on at about 9.30pm. Admission is free.
Find us at Millers Bar, 47 Briggate,
Brighouse HD6 1EB.
8th October 2016
we've all been behaving separately for a few weeks, I'll be getting
the trio together to perform for the 'We Shall Overcome' festival
gig tonight in Bradford. It's a great day's line-up and we will be
going on for 45 minutes at 7.00pm. It's a very worthwhile event,
which is why all performers and organisers are working for free.
Admission is by donation of food or cash to assist Bradford food
banks, so please be generous.
> click for link <
17th July 2016
and I had a great time at Hull Folk and Maritime Festival yesterday
afternoon. The sun shone on us and we played to a happy crowd for
about 45 minutes before settling back to watch Beggar's Bridge do
their set. What a great band they are! They also use an Indian
harmonium and the sound is rich and strong. I look forward to seeing
them again. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome to Hull.
10th July 2016
at the Bradford Festival today on the
Topic Folk Club stage. It's their 60th year as a folk club and we
were delighted to be asked to be part of it all. Thanks to all who
ignored the small rain to watch me with Dave Bowie on stick double
bass and Dickie Dixon on percussion/harmonium.
7th July 2016
a very enjoyable night at the Moorcock Acoustic night yesterday.
Dave, Dickie and I sped over the Pennines to Blacko to play for a
wonderfully, appreciative crowd who gave their all with us and
stayed late to hear everything we performed. It was a real pleasure
to be there and we were so pleased to be asked back and offered a
date for next year. (I'll mention the date nearer the time.) Thanks
to Andy and Elaine (and indeed all the team) for their welcome and
hospitality. And thanks to all the floor singers and performers who
warmed up the audience for us so well. It really is a great place to
visit and play!
On Sunday we perform for the Bradford
Festival. I'm looking forward to that.
6th July 2016
to the good folk who came to see us perform at Morley Folk Club last
night. It was a balmy night (not just a barmy night) and we got to
play some of the newer songs, perhaps at the expense of a couple of
older ones, but that's the kind of hard choice/tough decision I had
to make as leader of the party (sorry the band..). They went down
well though. Thanks to Keith and the team for their welcome and
smooth organisation. Good luck to you all.
Tonight we make a first visit to the
Moorcock Acoustic Night in Blacko, Lancs. I have a good feeling
about that. I'm looking forward to playing there.
3rd July 2016
cheering myself up singing. I had the rare treat of taking the trio
to do a couple of songs at the Grove's 'Open Mind' night last
Wednesday night in Leeds. I was dedicating 'Ain't Gonna Play The
Game No More' to Karl Dallas and we toasted him, actually no, the
audience applauded and clapped him when I mentioned his peace
protesting. That was far more appropriate. It shows there's an
appetite for peace and co-operation. He was mentioned in the Morning
Star too with a nice obituary this week.
I've got a gig in Leeds on Tuesday
5th this week, at Morley Folk Club. it's always fun to play there.
It's currently held at the United Services Club. There's loads of
parking and they welcome newcomers.
Thanks to BBC Radio Leeds ' The
Durbervilles Folk and Roots' for playing a new track of mine tonight.
Hearing yourself on the radio is always helpful. Makes you consider
the sound mix. A bit less double
bass methinks... (heh-heh sorry Dave.)
28th June 2016
don't normally post links but this is an exception. I'm very sad at
the death of the legendary, Karl Dallas; musician, performer,
writer, promoter, journalist and peace activist. Everything he did
with great heart and generosity. It was a privilege to know him. He
once booked me to play for him at a benefit gig he hosted, although
he did many more things that that. He was always very pleasant with
me, even when he was struggling with ill-health in later times. This
is what the Guardian said about him:
25th June 2016
There was a subdued feeling among the
audience last night at the New Headingley Club in Leeds as the trio
played for their 'New Roots' night. We did our best to cheer
everyone up but actually it seemed we all enjoyed the protest songs
more than anything else. Certainly, the wildest moments were when
there was a clear and rebellious chorus afoot. Thank you to all
those who came to see us. We'll be back there before too long.
24th June 2016
a great night at Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield last night. A lovely
audience welcomed us and gave us such a tremendous response. To be
fair we went on after some brilliant floor spots before us, with a
great choice of material chosen by those who performed. Thanks to
all who came and supported us. I'm a very lucky man.
Tonight it's 'New Roots' at New
Headingley Club in Leeds. I'm looking forward to that. Doors open at
9th June 2016
to everyone who came to Keighley last night, to see the trio perform
at the Exchange Arts Centre. What a lovely night and a great place!
All credit to Jackson Lake for his vision with this set of gigs.
Tanks to Gary Middleton for the support set and to Adam for a
brilliant job with the sound. We went home very impressed.
It's back in the studio tomorrow to
begin to complete the tracks for the new album. There's just a few
bits to record and then it's putting it all together. After gigging
some of the songs, it's becoming clear what'll be on it.
And I'll be stepping out to play
somewhere I guess, before we go out again with the trio for the next
set of gigs in a week or two.
7th June 2016
enjoyed our trip out to Barnsley Trades Club last night where we
played as feature guests for the Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night.
It's an audience who always listen and although the concert is held
in a thriving social club with its games tables next door, all
passers by the room wait and listen politely. Some even stay! We had
a lovely reception from the audience and Dave and Dickie were on
great form. It was also nice to see familiar faces and old friends.
On Wednesday we go to Keighley to
play at the Exchange Art Centre. I've not been there before, so I'm
looking forward to it. There are some great acts over the summer for
their midweek gigs so it's great to part of all that.
2nd June 2016
honoured and delighted to have been asked to play at the Bradford
Festival on their main stage next month.
On the afternoon of Sunday 10th July, I'll be performing with Dave
Bowie and Dickie Dixon as part of the Topic Folk Club concert.
There's a temporary stage being built right in the the city centre,
in City Park, opposite the Alhambra Theatre. Also on the bill for
the Topic are Gerry Cooper and Phil Snell with their 'blues rags and
hokum' and award-winning singer/songwriter Paula Ryan. We're on
promptly at 2,00pm followed by Gerry and Phil and then Paula. I
I've always had great admiration and
affection for Bradford; its environment, its people and its ideas.
I've always felt at home there and loved its support for music and
the arts, and for peace and justice, ever since I used to visit
there with my teenage rock band, Jobe St Day when we felt a proper
Bradford reception every time. These days I play a bit more quietly
(but not always!) and still receive a warm welcome every time I
visit the Topic. I'm lookinmg forward to taking the music and fun
11th May 2016
don't normally write poetry, but last week I was in turmoil. My mind
was stretched and my body on the edge. I received the news that the
cat (a scrap of a thing we took in last year as a stray, now just
over a year old) had caught something and delivered it as usual to
the doormat at the entrance to my studio. It isn't the first time
she's done this but this time it was different. For what it's worth,
here's the poem which shaped in my head and I managed to scrape down
in print before it was lost and I began to recover properly.
> for the poem 'Biladi' - click here<
8th May 2016
everyone. I'm back home after a traumatic and frightening episode! I
am so sorry to everyone who I didn't get to play for as we had to
cancel our night at Otley Folk Club last Wednesday. We tried to get
the word out but didn't quite reach everyone, I hear some people
turned up to find I wasn't there. Hope you try again! Thanks to my
friends and heroes, The 'Twangles' for stepping in at short notice
to play the gig. I believe this is the first gig which I have ever
had to cancel personally, so it didn't feel good.
Basically, I suffered a 'sepsis'
(total body poisoning) which is believed to have been stemmed from a
small but invasive procedure I had a few weeks ago. It was
unpredicted and unfortunate, but very serious. I was admitted from
A&E after my beloved took the right decision to take me to hospital
in the middle of the night on Sun/Mon, when I was becoming confused
and unintelligible (no comments on that please!) Apparently, if she
hadn't taken me in I might not be here today! I've had a shed load
of intravenous antibiotics of different types and I am now on the
mend. I'm home after seven days in hospital and in another week or
so, after the antibiotic tablets they've sent me home with, I hope
to be running for buses again! And of course, I have some great gigs
coming up starting again in June. I'll be feeling very strong and
healthy by then.
I'd like to thank everyone for their
kind messages of support (sorry I can't do this individually, there
were so many!) and a BIG thank you to the very professional and most
caring staff of the NHS, some of whom went well beyond the call of
their contracts to make me safe, secure and well again and whose
dedication to the task truly makes them 'angels' (that includes the
boys who work there as well, of course!)
For now, I'm just going to sit in the
shade, sip iced Ribena and stroke the cat. Love and peace to y'all x
16th April 2016
been adding a few dates to this summer's list, the latest being Hull
Folk and Maritime Festival on 16th July. I'll have Dickie Dixon with me too so it should be a lot of fun. The new album
is coming along nicely and I hope to it available soon. See you
sometime over the summer!
13th March 2016
nice to return to Kirkgate Irregular Roots in Shipley last night,
this time with Dave Bowie and Dickie Dixon. Thanks to Paul for a
great job with the sound and indeed all the team for their hard work
in creating a lovely small concert venue in the centre of Shipley.
Thanks also to Peter and Pam as 'Keystone' for their quality support
set. It was great to see them again. I'm just about to go on to
their website to have a look at them in their recent acting roles in
'Coronation Street'. They do get around! Thanks everyone for coming
to the gig last night.
7th March 2016
5th March 2016
Just heard Liz Franklin playing my
song 'Bonfire' on her radio show 'Folkal Point' (102.1 and 105.5 fm
in the Teesdale area and online.) That song seems to strike a
reaction in everyone, and frequently a laugh or a 'ha!' Thanks Liz.
It's my gift to the 'We Shall Overcome' movement and is available
as a download single at:
>>> click <<<
I think I'm track
number 22 on the album..?)
1st March 2016
really happen? Well, yes there were lots of people turned up at
Bacup folk club last night on 'leap' night and everyone wanted to
sing! The list of floor spotters was HUGE and sadly I didn't get to
see everyone! (sorry...) We did our set of over an hour to a very
lively crowd and got a big response. Thank you all!
I'm looking forward to playing at
Kirkgate Irregular Roots next week. It's a great little concert
venue in Shipley, West Yorkshire, a bit closer to home. Last time I
played there I was providing the support on my own and the audience
were very welcoming and kind to me. This time I'll have Dave Bowie
with me on the double bass and Dickie Dixon on percussion and
harmonium so I guess there'll be heckling! The support is from Pete
and Pam, aka: Keystone Acoustic. It should be a great night!
Kirkgate Irregular Roots is held at The
Kirkgate Centre, 39a Kirkgate,
24th February 2016
'leap year' this year, 2016 and we've decided to spend the 'extra
day' at Bacup Folk Club. It's always great to go and play there. So
on the 29th February (next Monday) we can play anything we like! I'm
looking forward to seeing everyone again.
It's at Rosemount WMC, Huttock End Lane,
Bacup, Lancs OL13 8LD
23rd February 2016
a very enjoyable evening yesterday at Skipton Folk Club as the trio
played their first gig of the year together. Thanks to all those who
turned up and supported us so enthusiastically. Hope to see youall
8th February 2016
It's been a few weeks since the trio
were out gigging together. We've all had our own events and
appearances over the last month, but we meet up for our first gig of
the year on Monday 22nd Feb at Skipton Folk Club. It's always nice
to play there. The regulars are so welcoming and happy to sing and
join in with the songs. Hope to see you there.
25th December 2015
Checking my emails today, I found
that someone has just posted this video of the trio playing at the
Saltaire festival during the summer. Unfortunately, Dave Bowie Jr is not visible
but I promise you he was there playing double bass. Dickie Dixon is
also there on harmonium, percussion and vocals.
and peace to you all today and forever.
14th December 2015
great fun playing at FRACA last night in Leeds, at the Polish Centre
for their December guest night. Dave, Dickie and I played to a full
house for our early set and got a lovely reaction from a very
welcoming audience. Thanks to all comers who did floor spots and a
special thanks to the Polish Club hosts who us lubricated with
drinks. Today I feel half Polish. (;-) Thnaks also to MC Pid kept
the whole evening lively and funny (great job Pid) and to Emma who
organised the event skillfully. We'll be back!
12th December 2015
to everyone at 'Bollyfolk' for a great welcome last night. The
upstairs room at the Dog and Partridge was full for Bollington Folk
Club's monthly guest night and we got to play to a lovely receptive
audience of some familiar and some brand new faces. We played a few
newer songs and a couple of pieces especially for the season, as
well as the old favourites that people know. It was lovely to be back there.
Thanks to Pete W.
Tomorrow we go to the Polish Club in Leeds for an evening with FRACA
(folk root acoustic Chapel Allerton). I'm looking forward to that
too. We had a great time last time. See y'all there. :-)
19th November 2015
added a few more gigs to the list. It's changing all the time but
these ones are confirmed. Might see you there :-)
15th November 2015
the pleasure of playing to a receptive crowd last night at Kirkgate
Irregular Roots club in Shipley, supporting the vibrant and exciting
acoustic guitar-led soul band Barcode Zebra, a new surprise for me. I'll look out for them
again. Thanks to everyone concerned for a great night.
I've decided to remove the download
link for my song 'Closing The Borders' from my 'Listen' page. I
guess it will be included on the next album when that comes out, but
for now I think the moment is wrong to play it. I'd rather think now
about writing a song for all those people who make the mistake of
pursuing hate under the cloak of 'faith'. You're wrong on this one
brothers. Time will judge you harshly, I'm certain.
9th November 2015
I enjoyed being an audience member
for a change last night at FRACA (Folk Root Acoustic Chapel Allerton)
in Leeds. There were some good acts, including Dave and Ros Lewis
and their friend Tim, but the highlight for me was Naomi Cousins who
delighted everyone with her understated style, great songs and
expressive singing. I'm sure I'll hear a lot more of her in the
The 'new' venue for FRACA is the
Leeds Polish Club LS7 4JE, occurring monthly on a Sunday. Next
session is 13th December when I'll be turning up to do a short solo
set as part of their Christmas meet. See you there!
24th October 2015
fun playing last night at Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield last night.
It was a 'Friday Night Special' concert organised as an extra to their
regular Thursday night club and there was a lovely buzz about the
room. Dave Bowie Jr and Dickie Dixon were there with me on double
bass and percussion. We got to perform some new songs amongst the
old favourites and it was all very well received. Support was from
Stephen Bolton, a young and very skilful guitarist who kept us all
enthralled with his 'classical' style, although the material was
much wider than that, including some modern and adventurous material. Wonderful stuff!
Thanks to everyone who turned out on an unusual night and
contributed to making the night a very special one for us all.
Thanks to Steve Cooper for the gig. Peace
to y'all x
22nd October 2015
I'm posting a previously unreleased song of mine, 'Closing the
Borders' as a free download accessible here:
(Thanks should go to the Durbervilles for playing it on their BBC
Radio folk and roots show this last week.) The song is one I wrote
and recorded in February this year when I was recovering from
illness. I was feeling very loved and cared for and it struck me
that this was something I should be very grateful for and I truly am.
Sadly though, not everyone is in the same fortunate position as I
The situation on the borders of Europe has become so serious now and
I'm a bit uncomfortable with the issues raised in the song, and then
the notion that it might seem wrong to have trivialised it all in
music. That wasn't my intention when I wrote it and I couldn't have
predicted the scale of the crisis that would develop over the
summer. It's become something of a dilemma now whether to promote
the song. Having played it live a few times now though, I am
encouraged by the audience reactions. I suppose the song is done now
and I guess I should make it available for those who wish to hear
it. Hope I've done the right thing.
Of course, although this song is currently a free download, I retain
copyright and I expressively forbid anyone from using any part of
the song to promote their own interests without first asking my
permission. But do please, talk to me if you can help. Peace and
good fortune to all those poor souls who have become caught up in
the storms of war.
17th October 2015
a great night at the Harlequin Theatre last night when we played as
guests for the Northwich Folk Club. I remember it being a warm and
welcoming place when I visited a year or two ago, but this time I
had Dave and Dickie with me, so it was even better. Thanks to Game
Birds for their up-beat support act and a huge thanks to all the
lovely folk who received my songs with encouragement and
endorsement. I hope to be back before too long.
10th October 2015
to everyone who came to 'Music at the Castle' in Bradford last
night, to see Dave Bowie Jr on double bass, Dickie Dixon on
harmonium and percussion and me performing songs old and new, mostly
from the first three CDs and a few as yet unreleased songs. The
biggest surprise for me was the reaction to my recent song, 'Closing
the Borders' which I wrote in Feb this year when I was receiving TLC
after a spell of illness. Now I'm slightly uncomfortable about the
song, since it now describes a terrible situation which has unfolded
at the borders of Europe and which I must confess I didn't see
coming on that scale. I'm sure we all worry for the poor souls at
the heart of this and we know we must help. but it's a dilemma. How
do we best help? Certainly we should try to learn from the past and
I think that's what comes out in the song. It was well received but
I'm not sure if the song will be on the next CD. It's a bit serious.
Anyway, I love Bradford and and its open heartedness. They know
what's what. Peace y'all x
7th October 2015
got three nice gigs coming up this next three Friday nights.
And both Dave and Dickie are playing!
5th October 2015
very happy to be part of the 'We Shall Overcome' 2015 festival, a
wider event aimed at peaceful protest against austerity cuts in the
UK over this (and the last) parliament. e.g.
It does seem unfair to the poorer sectors of society, for them to
have such things taken from them as 'working tax credits' at the
same time as the very richest are given an income rise
in the form of a tax cut! And it appears to me that most ordinary
people are not in support of any more austerity, or indeed that kind
of ideological change... This 2015 event, as part of the wider
festival, made exactly that point. It wasn't just a rant though, it
was musical, it was fun and there was a practical outcome. A
collection of food donations (and cash) was made for local food
banks. Thanks to all the team who made this event work at Glyde
House and beyond to Joe Solo and his team for the vision and energy
they have had. Power to the collective elbow!
4th October 2015
weekend, thousands of people around the country are making a strong
statement by being involved in this:
In Bradford there is a free concert where all the performers and
organisers have donated their time and effort free. Please come
along to support this or one of the other worthwhile events. (Just
bring a food or money donation, there's no door charge.)
26th September 2015
just got back from the first Kilnsey gathering after a lively and
hilarious first day and night at the Tennant Arms. They're all still
partying but I've had to come away because I'm off to see Kate Rusby
and her band in Wakefield! (Eee by gum, it's all pleasure for me
this weekend.) Thanks to Andy and Elaine, to Abby and all the folk,
and especially to the landlord Peter and the team at the Tennant
Arms, Kilnsey. You made us very welcome. Peace y'all x
19th September 2015
a very enjoyable evening at the impressive Otley Courthouse theatre
last night, performing a couple of warm up spots to a very welcoming
audience (who had really come to see the legendary Allan Taylor at
the Otley Folk Festival.) Although, many folk were unfamiliar with
my own songs, they were prepared to have a go and together we moved
a lot of air in the room! (Thanks, y'all.) Special thanks to Allan
for his generosity in letting me share the night in this, his 50th
year of performing. And what a lovely sound he made too!
Today I spent another very worthwhile
hour listening to the great 'Coope, Boyes and Simpson' in the large
and comfortable concert room behind Korks. They are stunning! I
nearly shed a tear at their rendition of Pete Aitkin's song, 'A Hill
of Little Shoes', a very moving piece which they performed with
14th September 2015
a blast yesterday for our first trio gig of the season. Dave, Dickie
and I played on the opening day of Saltaire festival week, in the
delightful setting of Roberts Park, with its wide green spaces and
beautiful buildings. A welcoming audience greeted us as we played
from the bandstand, facing up the hill. Also on the bill for the
afternoon were some other great performers: Den Miller, Reuben and
Ruth, and Gerry Cooper and Phil Snell. I've not really appreciate
the setting before, but I'll certainly visit again. Thanks to Eddie
Lawler and the team.
new year to all the teachers and children. I guess you are all busy
now through the week, but on Sunday you can come to the Saltaire
festival and see the trio at Roberts Park bandstand! It's our first
gig of the season and we have some new songs to air (as well as lots
of old favourites...) We'll be on about 3pm but there are lots
of other great acts. The afternoon of music begins at 1pm.
29th August 2015
had a nice few days in the sun, meeting new folk and singing songs.
Thanks to everyone who came to see me upstairs in the ballroom of
Whitby Folk Club on Thursday night of festival week. I made a
whistle-stop appearance there! I'd have loved to do more but such
was the crowd, and in order to accommodate those who had come to do
a song themselves, my little guest spot was a bit squashed. Well I
guess you can all hear my stories another time... The singing was
great though, especially on songs a lot of people had not heard
before. I'm also glad to see the Fleece is still buzzing. I spent a
lovely afternoon there on the balcony above the river with some very
talented folk. Peace y'all x
22nd August 2015
Whitby festival week everyone! The weather is ok and there'll be
lots going on. It starts this weekend and lasts all week. I will be
popping up here and there through the week, but my booked spot is on
Thursday (27th) at the Friendship Rowing Club. I'll be there on
Thursday evening to do a few songs. Hope you can make it there
12th August 2015
season of gigs begins in a couple of weeks and runs through until
spring. I've posted around a dozen dates so far. It's not too heavy
but it feels like a healthy connection with the world. I've a bunch
of new songs which I've been airing over the past couple of months
and they're getting a good reaction from audiences, so I think they
will be part of the next CD. (It's always a tough one to decide what
I leave out!) A new CD will be next year but I'm going to be playing
some of the news songs at gigs so we'll all have to learn the new
words... The studio continues to keep me busy, with my own stuff but
also with others who are far more talented than me!
11th August 2015
just returned from an enjoyable weekend at Broadstairs festival. The
weather was brilliant and the buzz fantastic. Music emerged from
almost every doorway, but you had to search a bit to choose what to
listen to! (There was so much good stuff...) I performed for
some lovely folk and met friends old and new. Watch out for Vic
Smith and his giant squeezebox... (his 'small' box playing was also
stunning too!) Thanks to Chris and Jane for putting us up and for
the warm welcome we received, to Josh for consistent muscle help
with the gear and a special thanks to Jessica for her generous
enthusiasm. Now let me see where are the dates for next year's
13th July 2015
been playing outdoors a few times lately and I think I was built to
wear shorts! Ok, we won't talk about that then... Anyway, it's
turning into quite a nice summer. I've played at the birthdays of
family and for friends' parties and it's given me chance to play
with people who I don't normally. A notable moment for me was
yesterday, playing a short set with my own sons, Cal and Pete. It
doesn't get better for me than that! (*proud*) Oh... and watch out
for Patrick Hogan ('the voice') who I'm currently recording an album
22nd June 2015
I can confirm that I will be
appearing at Glyde House (the home of the Topic Folk Club) on Sunday
4th October as part of the 'We Shall Overcome' weekend to protest
about austerity cuts and, as I understand it, to raise money for
other good causes (e.g. food banks). The festival is being
held nationally with many other events taking place over that
weekend. Here's the link again:
1st June 2015
happy to confirm that I'll be doing a few numbers in the Whitby
Friendship Rowing Club this year as part of Whitby Folk Festival
Week. The rowing club is the home of the folk club in Whitby and
this year it's one of the official venues. I've been visiting Whitby
for years at this time of year, mainly around the harbour side pubs
and singarounds and I've always come away happy but hoarse. This
time I've been asked to do a short solo set upstairs in the concert
room of the folk club and I'm feeling very honoured. There will also
be chance to join in the singaround there so bring your best voices!
I'll be on some time between 8-11 pm.
19th May 2015
had some nice nights out lately visiting a few folk clubs and
gatherings. Last night I was in Barnsley to see Joe Solo play at the
folk club there. He had Rebekah Findlay with him on some numbers,
singing subtle harmony and playing the violin. They were great
together! Joe is driving the 'We Shall Overcome 2015' festival which
I'll be playing for in October. It's a great idea, to raise food and
resources for local people with dozens of events taking place across
https://weshallovercomeweekend.wordpress.com/ More on that later. And I'll be posting some more dates
14th April 2015
to the good folk of Skipton Folk Club for such a lovely warm welcome
last night, when I dropped in unannounced to see Stuart Douglas. My
good friend Dickie Dixon did the driving and together we got up and
did a couple of songs. The floor singers were all great and of
course Stuart himself was brilliant. He did two great sets, covering
a range of songs, all very sensitively and skilfully performed.
Thanks everyone for a cracking night, the first I've had for a while
after a short break. I think I'm back in the saddle!
playing minimal dates this summer as the other guys are travelling
and I've a few things to do without them. Some confirmed Autumn
dates are now being posted... all will have details to follow....
25th February 2015
a fun run out last night with Dave Jr and Dickie, as we went to
visit our old friend James at Chorley FM on his folk radio show (No,
they still won't let me use the catch phrase!) Thanks guys, you are
incredible. We got to play half a dozen songs live and we laughed
and chatted with James about stuff. Where did an hour go..? Wasn't
sure at all when the mics were on, but it's ok, I didn't say
anything. Now.. what was all this about the power of three... Hope
to see y'all soon x
9th February 2015
We had a great night at FRACA (Folk
Roots Acoustic Chapel Allerton) last night. The place was jumping
although it was a bitter cold night outside. Entertaining floor
spots and a brilliant response to us made it a worthwhile night out.
Thanks to all who came and joined in. I'll see again. Peace y'all x
nothing but praise and thank for the excellent skills, great
communication, kindness and compassion of the staff who admitted and
treated a dear one of mine recently, at St James Hospital in Leeds.
Initially through A&E, then via the Ambulance Service and onto the
LGI for a stay (and to whom I am also indebted...) In these days of
uncertainty it is pleasing to see our health care service at its
very best, providing care which the NHS should be very proud of and
for which we are forever grateful.
to see my son Pete Cockerham play with his band 'Swanky Bigfoot'
last night. Wow! I've heard the songs for a long time, played around
the house as he has written and developed them, and with his band
they sound even better. They range from the sensitive to the wild!
My favourite is 'Wandering By'. Pete fronts the band on guitar and
voice and his friends Luke and James play drums and bass guitar
respectively. Pete has lots of great songs in a variety of guitar
tunings. And the other guys support his work admirably with both
energy and restraint, just as needed. Can't wait to hear them all
it's a happy new year to everyone. 2015 looks like being an exciting
year at this end, with a number projects already taking shape. I
won't be gigging as much this year (but the ones I'm doing will be
great!) and I won't be idle. The studio is up and running and and
I'm busy in here organising and arrangement new material, and
writing and recording for others. I do want to draw your attention
to a great new festival in North Yorkshire at Poppleton Live.
Although I won't be performing, I'm likely to be around giving it my
support as a punter. I've played for them previously and it was
lovely scene to be part of. Have a look at who is on this year:
Good luck to them all. And I'll be
posting a few gigs of my own over the next few days.
Thanks to all the people
who came to see us perform at New Headingley Club in Leeds
last night (and there were quite a few). I enjoyed it, the reaction
was positive and I feel quite excited about sorting some other gigs
out, I can't do without it. You suddenly realise there's a hole in
your life which can only be filled with applause. (I think it was
comedian Bob Monkhouse that said that!) So I'll definitely
be back. But the reality is that I'll be out of sight for a little
while now. The studio beckons and I have another project I'm about
to start. I'll still be travelling and appearing spontaneously and
I'll be popping up on radio shows here and there. But apart from a
few special appearances, I won't be gigging again until next year.
If you haven't got the new album yet,
> CLICK TO BUY 'Running Man' CD <
Keep checking in here though, as I'll
be dropping in some more free downloads and videos. Peace y'all.
Feeling much better now after a few
days of lurgy. Got thumbs up from the Durbervilles on their BBC
radio show tonight. Thanks chaps! They mentioned my forthcoming gig
on Friday at the New Headingley Club, Leeds. They referred to us as
'the Phil Cockerham Trio', which we often get. It's ok because most
web searches usually end up where we need at
you can safely find out where the gig is.
The song they broadcast is 'The Ring
Goes Round' from my new CD album 'Running Man'. It's based on an
Alabama playground skipping game, which I've developed and written
some more verses. I love the rhythm that Dave and Dickie do on this
one. I'm looking forward to the night now I'm nearly back to normal!
Despite suffering from a nasty respiratory type virus (for which I
was heavily medicated to within a whisker of my liver) I enjoyed
playing last night for the Shipley Glen Tramway fundraiser. Reubik
and Eddie Lawler both showed their worth in an entertaining concert
to a small number of people and we finished the night, though today
it's just a blur. Apparently we played well, although I reckon Dave
and Dickie had their work cut out, following me on my random
ramblings through 'alternative' arrangements of the songs. They are
top players those two. It's always a pleasure to go on with them.
Thanks to all who attended, including the bear.
in! The sound is great and the mood lighting very cool. I guess I'll
be adapting things as I go along and making things just as I want
them, but I'm so glad to be sitting here writing this, nice and warm
as it throws it down outside. Now where did I put my favourite
new sound studio is almost complete, with power and lights now in
and soundproofing almost complete! Soon we'll be up and running, a
few licks of paint, a few posters and we'll be making music. Sincere
thanks to Rocky Render and Anthony for their skills and good humour
in the building over the last few months and also to Paul and
Brendan for electrical expertise. It's been a joy each day to turn
up and see the studio grow. It's only a short walk from my home so I
don't even need to drive there. I'm a lucky man I know...
I'm sorry to say that
the gig in Leeds on Thursday has been cancelled by the venue
at very short notice and through no fault of my own. I apologise to
all the people who were looking forward to coming to see us (and I
know there were quite a few.) Hopefully we'll see you at the next
happy to say that I've been into the very pleasant Jumbo Records in
Leeds today to replace the stock of my new album 'Running Man' which
they had sold out! They also stock my other CD albums, 'Janglebuddy'
(2011) and 'Waiting For The Age of Reason' (2010). All three can be
bought directly from them in the shop or by post. Here's the link:
very sad today at the loss of my good friend,
after his battle with Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Bruce was a man of
many talents and interests, both artistic and technical and just
like the 'ask Elvis' character on the radio, he could answer any
question and solve any problem. Anything he did, he made sure he did
well. He was a kind and generous friend of mine for about 30 years
and helped me out of many a scrape, asking little in return. He was
in fact the architect
of this website, took the original photos for it and those for my
first album and, being an excellent musician, he also played guitar
on it. (The blistering electric guitar solo on the song 'Care Of It'
is Bruce himself, recorded almost in one take.) Many will know him
for his top class camera work on films and TV programmes across the
world, notably Casualty, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Others
will know him through his love of fast cars and bikes, which he
handled with supreme coolness. Whichever way people met him, he will
be remembered with great affection by all those who knew him. May I
wish sincere sympathies to his family, particularly to his wife and
children who I know, as he told me, were very dear to him. Rest In
Peace, Bruce Wilson.
Thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday at
Otley folk festival. Played twice, both gigs great fun and I
caught up with some old and met new friends. Thanks to all who
came to see the line-ups at the Horse and Farrier and later for
the festival's last evening concert at Korks. Peace y'all x
It was a great evening at the
Castle in Bradford last night, a return visit as guests to a
brilliant music night run by the inimitable Muppett and hosted
by welcoming landlord, Paul Chand. Dave and Dickie accompanied
me in their usual fine form and we were received warmly by a
lovely audience who joined in just the way we like. The '
International Cabaret' floor spot session was fun and I was also
delighted to hear one of my songs performed by Stuart Douglas,
one he says is becoming part of his regular repertoire. He
played 'Last Orders' from my first CD album and held the room
spellbound with it. He did such a great job of it!
Next week we're at Otley Folk
Festival, making two appearances on Sunday; 2.30pm at the Horse
and Farrier and 8.00pm at Korks, the home of Otley Folk Club.
a bit of fun that we've putting in the set lately. This was
recorded on a little mic at Friday's gig in Bollington folk club.
click for 'Aching All Over' mp3 <
to all at Bollington Folk Club for a super night at the club last
night. The room was full and the audience embraced us from the start
for a night of some new and some older material. It was the first
performance of some newer songs but much of the audience seemed to
know the words already! Bollington is a wonderful club which
attracts some brilliant guests. Coming soon are Anthony John Clarke,
Joe Topping and Jez Lowe so I'm delighted to be in such good company
as guest. Dave Bowie and Dickie Dixon were both on great form and we
had lots of fun. Thanks to Pete for the gig. I'll be back!
exciting times! I am currently supervising the planning and building
of a music studio from foundations to roof, from conception to the
sounds it will capture. Previously, I have recorded in a variety of
places using a variety of equipment. It's been ok and I've made
three CD albums which I'm very proud of, but the process has been
variable and sometimes I've had to wait for spaces and equipment to
be available. No more! :-) The studio will be under my control,
built to my own requirements and only a short distance from my home.
I could just about walk there too! Can't wait!
fun to go back to the Red and Green club yesterday (bank holiday
afternoon) to play for many of the same good people we saw not long
ago. There were many new faces though and everyone got into the
spirit of protest song! What a great crowd. We also were treated to
a fantastic dahl curry too. Thanks to Simon for that. Hope to see
you all again soon.
to all the enthusiastic audience members who came along last night
to celebrate the existence of Shipley Glen Tramway (and to support
its future!) The lads and I had a great time and there was a variety
of great music performed by the other acts, which we enjoyed. Thanks
to: Into the Buttercup, Reubik and Strid. Also, great praise to
Dina, who organised the whole thing along with her colleagues ...
and there is a photo of us looking like we might have been there
when the tramway was opened in 1895! Just click the link.
the Durbervilles for giving us a plug on their BBC radio show
tonight, with regard to the gig at Caroline Street Social club on
fundraiser to maintain and preserve the incredible Shipley Glen
Tramway (a beautiful Victorian railway track running up the
hillside!) But it ainít just me! Iíll be sharing the evening with
three other great acts: Into the Buttercup, Reubik and Strid.
Itís going to be
a brilliant evening!
8th May 2014
enjoyed our guest night at Otley folk club last night. It's a while
since we were there and we were well received by a lovely audience,
who took very little persuasion to join in. Thanks to opening
singers Anne Jackson and Tess Leslie, and to Phil Snell who dazzled
us all with his mandolin playing but most of all thanks to the folk
who came out to see us, especially those who travelled a way.
Hopefully I'll see you again at the festival in September.
5th May 2014
Despite rumours on the gossip vine, there will be three of us
appearing as the Philip Cockerham Trio (!) tomorrow evening at Otley
Folk Club, which can be found behind (through) 'Korks wine bar' 40
Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD. Doors open 8.30 for welcome and floor
spots, after which I will be joined by legendary double bass player
Dave Bowie Jr and the genius that is Dickie 'magic' Dixon on
percussion and harmonium. Sometimes we sing in 3 part harmony (well
you couldn't do that with two people without careful panning...)
and I visited the studio at BCB radio last night to play a few songs
live on the Friday night live 'WIN' show, as part of their first
birthday show. We bumped into Lisa Glover there, who also did a
couple of great songs. Lisa has just started as a presenter there so
I think we'll be seeing more of her. Thanks Dan Carroll for the warm
welcome and to Tariq, who helped us with the link between studios.
Tomorrow we'll be playing at the Beck
in Brighouse from about 4.30 until 8.00 ish (not all the time
though! We are lucky enough to have Ben Greaves and Georgette Hilton
as support acts.)
really pleased to tell you that Ben Greaves from Leeds will be
coming along to the Beck on Sunday to play a few of his songs. He's
a great singer/songwriter with brilliant original songs. The gig is
4.30-8.00 ish and Ben's on
first. I'd get there early to see him. Then it's Dickie and me,
doing a mixture of favourites and originals. Oh, and bring your
voices too! :-)
read a great review of our gig on Thursday on the Crookes Folk
newsletter. Have a look at this:
"I'm still buzzing from the trio's
performance at Crookes Folk Club last Thursday.
I remember thinking over and over, you know, that's a great song.
When I go to a really great gig, I get lost in the performance,
carried away to somewhere, goodness knows where, mesmerised, you
might say. It doesn't happen to me that often, but it happened on
Thursday, in one of those moments, as I came back to the real world
Philip was singing the lines "Ain't gonna play the game no more,
Ain't gonna play the game no more" I can't get them out of my head
Thank you Philip, Dave and Dickie for a performance that will live
with me for the rest of my life."
Steve Cooper 13 April 2014 10:57
Wow! That's very flattering and not a
little blushmaking (is that a word?) But I've just got to tell you
about it. (I'd be daft to keep it to myself. Thanks Steve. I'm
really pleased that I've been able to make an impression like that
on someone.) Of course, it wouldn't be the same without Dave Bowie
and Dickie Dixon, who these days seem to speak the same language as
me when we're playing together. Even when I go off on one, they
follow me, Dickie like a rock with the percussion and Dave weaving
his own magic on double bass until we all land together in the same
place. I'm such a lucky guy. Those two are top players.
a great night at Crookes Folk Club last night, in Sheffield. A
lovely audience joined in and raised the roof with their singing,
making a real fuss of us. It was brilliant to hear my own songs sung
back to me with such energy. It always surprises me how much of my
stuff people know and I feel so privileged to be accepted by so many
in the folk world. Thank you to all who came, especially the
Backyard Buskers, who joined us on stage for a couple of numbers.
Well done to Steve Cooper, who puts so much into making this a great
I've been recording today with my
friend, the actor Leon Ward, who's written an instrumental piece for
a drama he is working on. Good stuff.
are a few new videos of me popping up. Here's one courtesy of Ian
Swineburne, of Loftus Acoustic at the Station in Loftus. (Many
thanks, Ian) He does the sound, films everyone for the
catalogue, then gets up and performs!
Impressive on all counts! Anyway, hope you enjoy it.
nice to see such a good crowd for my return to Mansfield folk club
last night. I've been there a few times and it's great to hear my
own songs sung back at me with such conviction! I loved it. I'm
always made very welcome there. Thanks to Tina especially, but all
the rest of the team too. And thanks to a fun audience who clearly
love going to the club.
a lovely night at the Red and Green Club in Milnsbridge last night.
We played as a trio to a small but very appreciative audience in
their new home at the Socialist Club in Milnsbridge. It's a nice
place, with a welcoming and friendly bunch of folk and everything we
did was well received. They have some great guest performers lined
up over the next few weeks and I wish them well. Thanks to Ed and
the rest of the team for inviting us there. We'd love to go back
again and play for them.
to all who came to see me and Dickie yesterday afternoon/evening at
the Beck in Brighouse. I was the MC and I introduced some great acts
including Chris Scarlett, Georgina Hilton, Keystone Acoustic and Ian
Crabtree / Dave Kennedy to an appreciative audience.
a brilliant night at the Topic folk club in Bradford last night! A
nice turn out and a lovely crowd. It was a great atmosphere last
night. Dave and Dickie were both on form and so were the audience,
who sang and laughed in all the right places! And thanks to the many
people who bought the new CD. Fortunately I'd brought plenty with me
so we didn't run out! Hope you all enjoy it. I'll be back at
the Topic before too long, maybe for a singers' night because I like
it so much, especially in their new home at Glyde House in the
centre of Bradford. It's a long established club which has been
going since 1956.... Here's to the next 58 years of the Topic!
a little lie-in today after my late night radio spree on BCB 106.6
fm last night. Dickie and I were there for a couple of hours in what
was a very interesting show! Invited by Daniel Carroll, we performed
alternately with another band, 12 Bars from Mars, who played in the
studio next door. We did a couple of numbers before we swapped each
time and that (interspersed with interviews by Phil Pope) ran for
about 90 minutes. Quite an unusual gig but the format seemed to
work. We got a lovely welcome on arrival and it was nice to have a
little banter with the other band. Thanks for another great evening
I'm going to take a little break for
a week or two now before we all meet to rehearse for the next gig.
(But wherever I go, I'll be taking my guitar!) We've been working
hard to finish the album and I have to say I'm pleased with it. The
running order works well and is now being listed for the cover
sleeve. I've enjoyed working with Steve Crow on the production and
I've learned so much. In fact, the sessions I've done over the
period have thrown up quite a few songs which don't appear on the
album. We've managed to create such a pleasing bunch of sounds
though I've managed to narrow it down to 12,which made the cut and
sit the best together from the beginning to the end. There'll be
some copies available at the next gig, with Dave and Dickie at the
new Topic Folk Club on 20th Feb (>see
news and gig list<). I'm looking forward to that. See you there!
28th January 2014
just heard of the death of the great Pete Seeger today, aged 94.
He was such an important
man in many respects: as a singer/songwriter who surely must have
reached everybody with his wonderful but simple songs (check out his
with his political and environmental stance well before everyone
else had such awareness, with his common sense and his struggle for
fairness and justice in an unbalanced world. His influence on me and
many others was enormous. May he rest in peace but may his influence
great to meet the Durbervilles last night for their BBC Radio Leeds
'folk and roots show'. I was the guest again for the evening (this
time accompanied by Dave and Dickie) and we played three songs
including a couple from my forthcoming CD album which I have decided
is to be called 'Running Man'. The Durbs were on form and were as
funny as ever, making us feel very welcome in the studio. Thanks
guys, we had a great time!
new album should be available mid-February, hopefully for our
Bradford gig on the 20th at Glyde House.
25th January 2014
I'll be at the Beeb tomorrow
evening with my accomplices Dave and Dickie, playing a few songs on
the Durbervilles folk and roots show on BBC Radio Leeds between
Have a listen if you're free. I'll be
playing something new.
a great night at Skipton Folk Club last night. It was a lovely turn
out of people wanting to have fun. The upstairs room in the
Narrowboat is perfect for a nice bustling club with its great
atmospheric and acoustics. Lovely singing from everybody too. Thanks
onto the final mastering of the tracks for the new CD album now, the
cover is well on and the replication button is set so it won't be
long before it's available. I've sent a few tracks out to a few
people and the good folk at BBC radio show 'The Durbervilles' have
asked me in for a session again next week. We'll be playing a few
songs in the studio for them so I'm looking forward to that. And
there's some other nice gigs coming up. Keep checking the dates
list, it grows all the time!
it's not too late to wish everyone a happy new year! It's January
and I'm emerging back into the light! I've some exciting things
happening this year, including my new album release (due very soon),
some radio 'appearances' and lots of great gigs coming up.
always happy when a plan comes to fruition and I can deliver the
goods. Of course, that relies on a whole chain of people, from the
musicians who sing and play alongside me, to the technicians and
those who handle the sound so thoughtfully, the artists and
designers who create beautiful images, graphics, posters and adverts
for me, the promoters who so enthusiastically provide the
opportunities for me to perform, the media activists who take it
even further to audiences across the wires and the airwaves and to
the unsung heroes who just help make it all work! Without all them,
I couldn't do what I do. Then there are the audiences who turn up
and spur me on, often having a little word with me at the end to
tell me how much they have enjoyed it. Thank you to everyone who
makes it such a positive experience!
14th December 2013
noticed I've been advertising gigs with the wrong year (!) on them.
Nobody told me! So just to be clear. Here is the real truth:
> click please <
posting a few more dates for next year when they are confirmed.
Dickie and I were joined by a small but happy audience at Dobcross
Folk Club last night. I thought I'd been recognised downstairs
beforehand when a smiling attendee asked me If I had anything in for
Boxing Day. I replied that I hadn't taken a booking that day, at
which point he said, "Could I book a table for four please in the
afternoon?" It prompted me to think I might earn a few quid
collecting glasses before the gig...
to Kath and Paul for a lovely welcome. Good luck y'all.
nice to see so many friendly faces last night at Morley folk club.
We played through their new PA and I'm told, it sounded great.
Thanks to all who made it work and special thanks to Dave and Dickie,
who both played like stars. We had a great night!
Sunday, we're on at Dobcross Folk Club. I'm looking forward to
playing with the guys again. It's always magic to have Dave's double
bass and Dickie's rhythms and harmonies carrying me along. When
things just click it's a real buzz.
meantime though, I'm out exploring and filling my diary with dates
for the future. I've even taken something for 2015. Hey, I might
have a load of new songs by then! (Certainly won't have the same
hair...) Thanks y'all for encouraging me. You're the ones to blame.
got a new CD that's escaped! It received its first public airing on
BBC Radio Leeds 'The Durbervilles' show tonight. Thanks Guys.
played my song 'The Player' which features the usual trio (with the
brilliant Dave B on bass and magic Dickie D on percs) and also the
wonderful 'Backyard Buskers' on supporting vocals. Steve Crow who
helped produce the album also sneaks in on soprano sax. The final
album isn't quite ready but these tracks give a clue to what I've
been doing all this time.
be talking to Tim Moon tomorrow (Monday) on BCB radio 106.6 FM
during his programme 'Folk Us' between 9.00 and 10.00 pm. He might
play a different song from the CD..!
miss all that then you can see me with the lads this Tuesday (3rd
Dec) at Morley folk club in Leeds.
shall be in conversation with Tim Moon on Mon (2nd Dec) during
his 'Folk Us' radio show on 106.6 FM or online. He'll be joining us over
the telephone between 9.00pm-10.00pm as I rehearse with my trio,
including Dave Bowie Jr on double bass and Dickie Dixon on
harmonium/percussion. Imagine... double bass down the telephone! It'll
Well, the next album is almost
finished. Most of the tracks are down, a few bits of editing and
then it's down to the mastering and final touches. I've commissioned
the cover artist and I'm very excited about seeing the final thing,
Don't plan it as a Christmas present for anyone though, sorry. The
whole process has been slow, but I hope it will be worth the wait.
Planned release is for early 2014.
Now I have the time to get out and
play a bit. I'll be popping up at a few familiar old haunts and I've
had a few invitations to new clubs which I intend to follow up now.
I could see you anywhere, maybe at one of the planned gigs I have in
the next few weeks.
> click for GIGS
our first visit to the Castle in Bradford last night and what a
great gig it was! Dave and Dickie came along and we played two sets
of our songs to a very welcoming crowd. Paul, the landlord, even
came on and did an Indian number on the harmonium with the three of
us joining and supporting him. I was particularly delighted with how
Dickie responded to the music on his big drum, he sounded like a natural. That bit
was a first for us and it was brilliant! We also got the chance to
play a few of the new numbers from the next CD as well as some of
our old favourites and at the end of the night we got a standing
encore. Much appreciated... thanks y'all. Thanks also to MC Muppet and for Sue for booking
us. We're arranging our date there now for next year.
Friday 26th September 2014 -
Music at The Castle
20, Grattan Rd, BRADFORD
After a great night in 2013 Phil returns to
the Castle in 2014, again accompanied by ace double bass player Dave
Bowie Jr and percussion / harmonist, magic Dickie Dixon.
found this clip of Dave and me at the Beverley Folk Festival this
year playing in the Moonbeams tent. Dickie was also in the
background banging his drum but clearly the camera operator didn't
See you all at the Castle on Friday.
a good gig last night at Roots in Headingley, Leeds. We played with
a band called iFive (I think that's how they spell it) who were
great! Two fantastic singers, Tony and Julie, who wove their voices
with such soul through their original and catchy songs. Great band
sound too. Loved it. We went on first playing to a lovely,
responsive crowd. Dave and Dickie performed like stars for me and
then Dave went on to let his hair down and joined iFive on electric
bass. D'ya know, the lad can really play a bit, I'll give him that.
Brilliant night. Thanks y'all.
very pleased to hear that Bradford based 'Strid' played one of my
songs on the Durbervilles BBC radio show last night. Thanks guys!
The exposure is always good. I didn't catch it, but I'm told their
performance was BRILLIANT! I often tune in to the show when I can,
but last night I was travelling well out of the area so sadly, I
missed it. Hmm, I need to find their 'listen again' button. Good
luck with the Shuttle Shuffle festival next weekend. And a hearty "ey
up" to all my friends who will be there. Have fun and shake yer legs
(later that day)
great to play on home soil this evening in the fading light, at the
Grove's annual 'underground' festival of music. The weather stayed
fine this year, the barbeque went ahead (lovely!) and we mingled and
danced in the fresh air of the Grove's spacious beer garden just
outside Leeds city centre. Two stages (one inside, one outside) both
with good sound and always great beer. I've said it before, I love
the Grove... I cut my teeth there years ago (musically, that is) and
I always find that the mix of different people both young and older
gives it an atmosphere of peace and acceptance that you don't find
everywhere. I'll be there again soon for their Weds 'open mind'
night, one of the best acoustic open mic nights in the north. Well
done again Mat and the team. I hope tomorrow is as nice for their
It was also brilliant to catch up
with a few old friends I hadn't seen for ages. Thanks y'all for
coming and getting involved. Goodnight all. x
small but friendly crowd came to see us play at the Friday Folk Club
in Guisborough last night. Despite this gig falling on the same
night as the opening Saltburn festival first evening (just down the
road), a few people still felt it was the better option to come and
see us! We had great fun and it was a good night. Thanks to all who
came, to the floor singers David and Paul and to Brian for the
booking. Hopefully we'll be back there at some time in the future to
play for a few more.
Just added a gig at the Grove
festival in Leeds on Saturday 10th August. I'll be on at 6.30pm
accompanied by my old friend, Dickie Dixon on harmonium and
to Craig for putting on the trio on a great first night at the
Crown. Some brilliant floor spots too. And the drive home was
stunning as the light faded over the top of the Pennines. I love
going out and playing music.
Broke my big toe on Friday. It's been
hell! I wasn't able to go to camping at the weekend, as I could
hardly walk and really couldn't drive. Missed a lovely festival in
the sun, camping in an orchard with friends. Gutted! It's settling
down and less painful now thank you. I'll be travelling to Lancs to
play at the The Crown on Sunday night. (This gig was previously
advertised as being at the Black Horse, so please don't go to the
wrong place! It's just the promoter who's had a change of venue.)
There'll be open mic slots and for our set I'll have Dave and Dickie
to all the good folk who came out to Uppermill to see me and t'lads
perform for the Cross Keys folk club last night. It was great. The
barn there is a a BRILLIANT place for live music with a small stage
and good acoustics. The club has been running for decades and has
seen some great performers there. It's in a lovely spot, surrounded
by hills and dales and we were given a warm welcome by everyone.
Thanks to Jim Schofield for the gig.
I've been singing today with my
friends, the Backyard Buskers, rehearsing 4-part harmonies for a
recording we're doing in a few weeks. It was awesome. When got the
blend it made me shiver. Can't wait for the sessions.
it was great! A packed house in the Moonbeams tent at Beverley Folk
Festival's 30th Year. I was joined by Dave Bowie and Dickie Dixon
and we had fun with a lively audience, who sang along like good 'uns.
The heavens opened again half way through the set so we sang even
louder to drown it out. And it worked!
had an interesting few weeks and some unusual appearances (all of
which have been ok) but tomorrow I'm in my favourite situation. I've
got Dave and Dickie with me and we're playing at the Beverley
Festival, in the Moonbeams Top Wold tent. We've got 45 minutes so
it'll be fun. I'm looking forward to it.
played a number of slots at the BAMfest held in Bedale, North
Yorkshire this weekend. It was great. It felt like the first sunny
weekend of the year. We camped on the festival site and met loads of
lovely people. I'd like to thank the organisers for inviting me and
congratulate them all, especially Paul Arrowsmith, for this
successful event. Nothing beats music and sunshine!
28th May 2013
enjoyable gig at Cleethorpes Folk and Cider festival yesterday. The
sun shone ALL DAY! even when all other places seemed to be getting a
soaking. A nice receptive audience spurred us on and gave us a keen
welcome, getting us back on for another at the end. Thanks y'all.
The festival is becoming a tradition in Cleethorpes. Glad to see it!
Thanks to Tracey and the team.
17th May 2013
Exciting times. I'm currently working on the new album, having
upgraded the technology! All previous tracks from the can have been
transferred to the new system and the difference is amazing. I
thought my first two CD albums were recorded and produced ok but
this one will be even better! Thanks to Steve Crow for his
expertise. The long awaited CD is taking shape...
1st May 2013
I've also just arranged a booking at
Roots in Leeds (at the New Headingley Club) for later in the summer.
That should be a good night. It's a great club and attracts some
brilliant guests so I'm pleased to be part of it all. On the night
we'll be doing a double-header with the band 'i-Five'.
It was good to play at Chesterfield folk
club last night supporting the brilliant Jez Lowe and Kate Bramley.
When you pay a few quid to see such legendary performers, you could
forgive the audience for not wanting to spend too much time
listening to a relatively unknown support act. But there was none of
that. My half hour went like a flash and the audience were
brilliant! They listened and sang,
and laughed and encouraged me throughout. Thanks also to the great
many who bought my CDs, when there was so much other good stuff on
offer. Thanks to all at the club for inviting me to be part of a
wonderful evening. Thanks also to Jez and Kate for their
encouragement and endorsement. Oh, and yes, as expected they were
fantastic. I sang "Old Bones" all the way home!
It was great fun playing in front of a
'home crowd' at the Grove in Leeds last night. Pete and Pam Stone
opened the evening and warmed up the audience nicely with a
fantastic set. Thanks to all who came and thanks to Mat for doing a
splendid job with the sound once again. There were lots of familiar
faces and few new ones too. And when an audience sings with you with
such heart, there's nothing like it... Thanks y'all.
delighted to say that Pete and Pam Stone, collectively known as
Keystone Acoustic, have agreed to be the opening act for our gig at
the Grove in Leeds on 16th Feb. I'm so pleased that Pete is back in
the 'saddle' after his recent health problems, which are hopefully
now behind him. Come and make the night one to celebrate.
Posting new gigs pretty regularly
now. BAMfest is the latest, but details of my own timings are yet to be
confirmed. Keep watching please.
I've lots of exciting things
happening this year and lots of dates which are being discussed,
although I never advertise public gigs unless they are fully
arranged and confirmed. So it's a good idea to keep checking for new
additions. My range has grown this year too and I'm likely to be
appearing anywhere in the UK. (Private gigs, parties etc are
never advertised on here.)
I'll be doing some gigs with Dave
Bowie on double bass, some with Dickie Dixon on percussion/harmonium
and some with all three of us. I'll still be doing a few solo gigs
too and it will mention on here which is which.
And at some point before too long,
there'll be the new CD. That'll be my third album. I'd like to thank
those of you (including the many radio stations) who have been
playing the first two CD albums so much. Hope the third album will
be as well received.
Peace to you all x
The day before I went to see Ray
Hearne performing his songs and poems, some of which are being
carved as artwork onto marble benches, to be installed around
Sheffield city centre as part of the 100th anniversary of the
discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield. It was a very moving
event and a tribute to a very fine songwriter. Artwork and letter
setting on the benches is by the very talented Pip Hall.
I'll be posting some of my gigs for
the new year soon. Of course, some of these may have already been
advertised by the clubs themselves. So if you see me advertised for
a public gig anywhere, it's probably true but the date will also
appear here too, then you know it's correct.
Anyway, here's the demo:
100 New Year Promises - original multi-track demo © Philip Cockerham
I guess it lays out my social views
pretty clearly. I'll get even less bookings now... (lol)
Do please mention where the words
came from if you perform it. Thanks and good luck.
After a little tweaking of the HUGE
new PA system, we settled into our 'acoustic' set and got into the
groove pretty well. The audience were fun and and we had the usual
'to and fro' comments bantered around the house. The singing was
great and at times I hoped we might be heard in the neighbouring
clubs and bars... maybe we were!
Thanks to everyone who came and spent
their hard earned cash on a ticket to get in. Keep music live! And
of course a big thank you to Dave Bowie Jr and Dickie' Bongo' Dixon
for their expert accompaniment.
I'm taking a little Christmas break
now from public gigs and I'll be posting dates for the new year soon. I've
a few new songs to try and I'll be turning up almost anywhere to
join in with the season's mirth and to catch up with a few old
friends in the busy club and singers' nights. Have a fun, happy and
Hey, here's a good idea! I'm posting
some new lyrics I've written to a trad. tune, so it's there for
anyone to sing. The tune is from 'Mairi's Wedding' and I call the
new song, 'In the Wake of Maggie'. I know it will divide people like
Marmite, but that's half the point... folk music allows for that!
Try it in key of G which is good for guitars and also for
violins and mandolins etc. The chords are G, C and D - easy!
click here for lyrics to 'In the Wake of Maggie' © Philip Cockerham
Studio 2, Parr Street Studios,
33-45 Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN
I'm looking forward to Thursday night
at Crookes folk club in Sheffield. It's a familiar club to me and
always fun to visit.
I'm doing a nice solo slot next
Saturday at Poppleton Live, in support of the fantastic
Gilmore and Roberts, who are the main guests. They're really
exciting with their original style of playing.
Looking ahead, my old mate Dickie 'Bongo' Dixon
will be out and about using his magic and doing a bit of playing
with me too. Watch out Otley festival. The Philip Cockerham
'Flexible Band' is coming.
I'm spending a bit of time in the
studio over the next couple of weeks. I've got a few new songs
brewing and I'm looking at drawing up the next album. It won't be
soon but it's becoming a bit clearer what shape it will take. More
returned home to learn that my bass player Dave has had to pull out
of his part in tomorrow night's gig with me at Mansfield Folk Club.
It's a shame he can't be there, but he only plays the low notes (!) so
we might not even miss him and maybe I'll be able to get a word in...
I'll be appearing there alone. Won't even have to share my
chips afterwards. (Get well soon Dave.)
It's Davefest this weekend. I'm doing
a little spot on Saturday morning about 11.25 a.m. (just before
mid-day) I know it's very early but I understand it's a packed
line-up as loads of people wanted to perform. Actually, there is
another act before me, the young Skye, so get there especially early
for a great day. I've even had me had me hair cut specially for it.
Thanks to the Durbervilles for
playing me on their BBC radio show on Sunday. They opened with my
song 'Ain't Gonna Play The Game No More' as a trailer for Davefest.
So I'd better do that one.
It was a lovely night at Church Farm
last night at the Barlow Brewery Festival. They brew their own beer
and a nice brew it is too! Thanks to all the folk who braved a
stormy 'summer's' night to come and listen and sing... ... and laugh
at me as I tried to dry off in the spotlight (heh-heh.) As the rain
dried up, the moon came out and a warm zephyr ran across the
farmyard. Or so it seemed... I enjoyed it all anyway.
I'm looking forward to playing not
far away from there, in Mansfield, on Monday 13th. That's a good
place, the Black Bull Folk Club. I've been there a few times and
last time I took Dave, so it's a happy return for us both! It's
always a good night and due to their amazing admissions policy, it's
still only £1 on Feature nights.
BEWARE - A trap for unwary northern
travellers! I was nearly stung with
the London 'low emission charge'. As an infrequent driver in London,
I had no idea that my own current vehicle, a humble VW van with the smaller
1.9d engine, apparently was subject to a charge of £100 per day (yes
that's one HUNDRED POUNDS per day!) within much of the M25,
including many parts of Outer London. No-one had informed me,
I have had no notice through the post even though I registered the
van over 5 months ago as its new owner. The signs on entering the
zone simply say 'Low Emission Zone' with no other information. You
are in before you understand about it. My vehicle is legal for all
other UK roads, taxed &
tested, fitted with a sound exhaust, well serviced
etc... nevertheless I will be getting a warning over this first
They know because they are watching with their little
cameras. Now I'm a green
supporter and I am happy to pay reasonable taxes but it's not
very encouraging to campers, visiting and staying on legitimate
sites in perfectly legal vehicles, trying to save money as they work
in the region. Ah well, they're are lots of
other lovely places to enjoy.
looking forward to playing at Cutthorpe near Chesterfield on Friday.
Hope they don't have a 'spire tax'.
Had a great time at the 25th
Cleckheaton folk festival this weekend. It was bit of a special one,
and we played a number of sets, in several venues to some warm and
appreciative audiences. I was able to enjoy some great performances
from the other acts too and met up with a few old friends. It's a
shame the rain came as it did but many of the outdoor events still
managed to go ahead, so all was not lost. Thanks to the organisers
who worked hard to make the weekend such a success. And a special
thanks to all the folk who came specially to see me. (I know all
sets were played indoors!)
I'm doing a couple of low profile
solo appearances down south this week and then back in time for my
Cutthorpe festival appearance on Friday evening. They're blessing the
village well at 7.00 pm and giving thanks for water. Well you can't
have too much water....
to all the good people of Burnley Folk Club who came to the gig last
night at the Kettledrum last night, and joined in the singing. It's
always a great night there. I was impressed by the house band too,
who get better and better. Thanks again to Alex Nearney for the gig.
The other confirmed festivals coming
up soon are Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival (>
click <), Southwell Festival (> click <)
and the new 'Davefest' in East Yorkshire (>
There are also lots of nice club
dates coming up too. Looks like being a nice summer...
This gig is part of a two day
festival of celebration, to mark the extended weekend granted during
Betty's 60th year in charge. I'll be dashing up country to perform a
45 minute set at some point on the Monday evening.
Please watch the list for further details.
Forgot to say, I'm also at Southwell
Folk Festival at the beginning of June. I'll be doing a set with
Dave on double bass and another set on my own. But I'll be staying
for the whole long weekend, so I'll be in and out, here and there.
So if you see me, stop me and buy one (pint... CD... lock of my
Just confirmed and posted a couple of
new gigs. The first is at the VM Lounge in Shipley on 28th April.
This comfortable new bar is promoting live music every Saturday
night and the range of guest performers look good. It's free
admission and the food and drinks are pretty good too. The venue is
inside the residential campus of Victoria Mills, overlooking a
lovely green space with water features. Sit inside or out and enjoy
The second newly confirmed gig is at
Mansfield Folk Club on the 13th August. I'm accompanied by the
wonderful Dave Bowie Jr on double bass that night. It's also a nice
venue and the crowd are very welcoming. It's a return visit there
for us, so I'm looking forward to it.
Went to see the duo Strid perform at
Barnsley folk and roots festival yesterday. They did a great set and
even did one of my songs, 'Bones' (from my first album) which was
nice to hear. Did a good job on it too.
I understand they have a northern England tour coming up soon. Hope
that goes well for them.
Anyway, it's Easter Sunday and I'm
just about to tuck into a (veggie) bacon and egg sandwich.
Oooh...Life is good.
Just been booked for 'Radical
Liverpool', a flourishing acoustic club held in Liverpool's, Parr St
Studio. Support is from 'Our Morals', an impressive young folk and
acoustic band and another local support. Looks like a great night in
It's Otley Folk Club tonight. I
haven't played there for quite a while but this time I've got Dave
Bowie on the double bass, so I'm looking forward to the night (we
did play at the festival last summer, which was also fun.) Hope to
see you there.
Hey, thanks everyone for the
suggestions of gigs for the Sept tour. I've got 4 in a row planned
currently, so it might grow a bit now. Keep watching the list.
I'm going to explore a few new areas
this year too, now the sun's coming out again. Just bought a camper
van so it's going to be a bit like a folk man's holiday around here.
Or maybe there. Veggie bacon and eggs anybody?
(Heh-heh) We've been booked to play
at this year's Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival. I went there
last year 'incognito' and it was brilliant! It rained buckets but we
didn't care because of the great music and the cider (and we were
under cover anyway!) I drank stuff I'd never tasted before and I
loved it. On the outside, I was sensible and smiling and my toe was
tapping all the way through the 'Hut People' and the other
great acts, but on the inside I was like a whirling dervish, dancing
to the wild exciting beat (partly down to cider.)
Anyhoo.. it's a great day out and
Dave and I will be there this year singing and playing (possibly a
little dancing too, later on...) Come and see us perform
(before I start dancing), on Sunday May 27th at 1.00 pm, possibly
under the covers at the light railway, that's at:
Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AG
Just confirmed an evening with
Rivelin folk club in Sheffield, for April 18th. I like the new
premises in the large concert front lounge at the Nether End Bowling
Club. I've got Dave Bowie Jr with me that night on double bass too,
so it's a good chance to see us together in South Yorkshire. Not
sure when we'll be there again in the near future.
Just been 'chatting' online with
James Blatchley, host of the Chorley Folk show on Chorley fm radio.
It's a while since I was there and we've just arranged a date in
June for me to go back and play a few songs in the studio, and have
a chat live "on air" with him. He made me very welcome last time and
we had a few laughs (gosh! it's almost a year since...) This time
I'll be taking Dave Bowie Jr with me (and his double bass of
course.) Looking forward to it.
If you want to find me on Facebook,
. You'll need to sign up to them, then find me on the site and send
a friend request. I'll probably reply and accept your request
(unless you're a nutter..) You can then join one of my regional info
groups soon and start receiving news about my shows straight into
your email inbox. E-technology! It's marvellous.
This evening I've set up an open
Facebook group called 'Yorkshire and Humberside/Philip Cockerham
info' which is intended to make it easier to invite my Facebook
'friends' to my gigs. As I get to grips with this type of stuff more
I'll make it more regional, e.g. so that I'm not inviting people
from Canada to a gig in northern England! If you want to join the
group, you'll need to be a Facebook member and then either send me a
friend request or find and click, to join the group as named above.
You'll then get your own personal notification of my events and news
etc. through your own Facebook page. It might make things all a bit
We played last night at Lewins in
Halifax. It was great to have Dave there again on double bass. We
haven't played together for over a month, but it didn't take long to
get back into the groove. I enjoyed it. Also on the bill were Tony
Levy, who always gets the crowd laughing and sets a great tone for
the evening, and the unique and wonderful Lisa Marie Glover. Thanks
to everyone who came, also to Jonathan for running the PA and to
Mork for setting up the gig.
Lewins Bar, 22-26 Bull Green,
on Thursday, where I'm on with Tony Levy and Lisa Marie Glover.
That'll be fun. They're both great! Hoping to warm up my tonsils
elsewhere as well this week but I'm not sure where yet. I'll
probably tell you all afterwards! (heh-heh)
Happy New Year!
Peace to y'all x
I'll be announcing some dates for
2012 soon (there are some nice gigs coming up next year, clubs and
festivals included) but for now I'm going to take some time up to
Christmas to have a break. I'm back in the studio, recording some
new music for another film. I'll also be popping into a few clubs to
say hello, but I won't be out as much as last year, when I was out
every every night in December promoting the charity single. That was
gruelling with the winter we had last year but it was worth it for
the response I got from everyone and the support we were able to
give to Help for Heroes.
Keep watching this space and I'll
tell you more soon.
Kala Sangam, St Peter's House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY.
A very enjoyable first visit by Dave
and me to Mansfield Folk Club, as featured guests. This is a great
club, well run and well attended and a great venue.
Thanks to all who came and joined in so enthusiastically. Hopefully,
we'll see you all again in early 2013! I'll be there before then to
do a few numbers before the brilliant Elbow Jane, on Monday 2nd
April. Might see you then...
It was a
nice evening at St Paul's in Bradford, where some of us gathered for
the East Africa famine appeal fundraiser, with a small but generous
audience who sang along and made a great contribution to the night.
It was great to see a few old friends and some new faces too.
Tonight it's a return to Crookes folk
club in Sheffield, for me and Dave.
It's always nice there. The music starts some time after 8.30 pm.
Today, I've got up and decided to
appreciated what I have got and get on with it. I was asked a couple
of months ago to make an appearance in Bradford at the East Africa
famine appeal fundraiser they're holding. So I'll be doing a few
songs tonight at
St Paul's Church, junction of Church Lane/Skinner Lane, Manningham,
I keep seeing images on the telly which make me shudder, of starving
people who look so ill and desperate for help they will certainly
benefit from your donation. If you do come, please have one drink
less and give the money for that drink to the appeal. If you can
spare more, that would be great. Thanks y'all. The evening begins at
It was an
enjoyable return visit to Morley Folk Club last night. The turn out
was good and everyone was in fine voice. Thanks to all who came. The
club's regular floor singers and the other visiting performers,
including Martin Francis and Pam and Pete of Keystone Acoustic, all
contributed to what was a lovely evening.
Thanks to Stanley Accrington for
introducing us so generously.
There are 12 tracks and it'll be
available from 19th August. You'll be able to get it at gigs for £5
but as yet there is no 'buy-on-line' mechanism set up, so unless you
email me and make an arrangement that's the only way to get it. If
you do get in touch, it'll be £7.99 by post (incl postage/packaging,
the same as the first CD.)
Here are a few samples:
Janglebuddy samples > click here
Got a few nights off from gigging
now. Off to party tonight with my mate Tony Levy, for his birthday.
Happy Birthday buddy!
Started to fill in dates for next
southern tour, next year. It went so well last week and I've a few
nights over September 2012 already planned. Don't worry though, I'm
not abandoning the north! Got some Lancashire dates in June already
booked and of course my old home turf of Yorkshire will continue to
be my regular haunt. Love to y'all.
Princess Royal folk club at Crookes
tonight (Friday), for a songwriters' special with Ray Hearne and Bay
Whittaker. Looking forward to that.
Jenny and Simon (Strid) get married
today! Congratulations to you both. (about bloomin' time, I say..
Warwick folk club gave me a good
welcome last night and they all sang with me with good heart. Met
Sean Cannon (of "The Dubliners") there and his son Bob. He's a nice
guy. Softly spoken, and with a fine sense of humour. I used to do
"The Rocky Road to Dublin" a few years ago and I enjoyed singing it
with him last night.
Thursday of this week finds me at the
Topic folk club, with my mate Dave Bowie, who'll be accompanying me
on double bass. Come along and see us if you can. It'll be a good
Finally, many grateful thanks for
those good people who have provided me with a bed for the night to
enable my first trip to the south to be viable, especially Jane and
Chris, Joshua Dunne, Moya and David, Lobby and Jeany, and Jack
Robinson. Love to y'all x
There may be a few periods of "radio
silence" over the next couple of weeks, as I embark on my tour of
the south of England. I've got some nice gigs coming up which you
can see at the top of this page and I'll try to keep up to date and
post comments on my Facebook page.
Today I'm off to Cleckheaton.
There'll be stuff going on all over, and I'm in the George between
4.00-6.00 pm for a short set. It's free in for this event. Last year
was cram packed, but it's a good little venue. Come along and give
us a shout.
Well, today's an important day on the
streets. All over the country, hundreds of thousands of people will
be taking action to protest against the drastic cuts being made by
the government and the ones which are further proposed. In Leeds,
there is a march and a rally in City Square. After the speakers,
I've been asked to finish off and do a couple of songs to hearten
the crowd and keep the spirit. If you pay all year for a holiday
hamper, you expect a holiday hamper at the end, not a rude gesture
whilst you watch a greedy man eat turkey. Come and join us today
brothers and sisters for
Leeds Day of Action, Leeds City Square, about 12.00 mid-day.
You don't have to be on strike to be
there, just concerned for your children, your parents and each
An unusual one
this... I've has been asked to perform a couple of songs to finish
off the rally in Leeds City Square, being held to protest about the
forthcoming pension changes being proposed by the current
government. I'm not sure if you have to be on strike to attend, but
what the heck! It's still a free country... Come and sing brothers
and sisters, at about 12.00 mid-day in Leeds City Square.
Played at Rivelin folk last night.
The new location is nice, lots of space and a friendly barman.
Thanks Ian, for a slightly longer set. I'm at Crooke's tonight
playing for South Yorkshire Pete. He keeps trying to sell CDs for me
that aren't out yet! (laughs) On the acoustic double bass
tonight will be Dave Bowie Jr. It's almost twice as good when he's
with me... (more laughs)
Just been interviewed in Dan
Wagstaffe's Blog Spot. Have a look if you've time to hear me
rambling. Here's the link:
The new album is coming along nicely.
Just had my old mate Tim Caesar in on piano for a track or two. That
was good. And we've a few special voices to add soon. I'm off now to
pump up my tyres. Got a gig tonight.
I've also just published the cover
for my new CD album "Janglebuddy"
(to find it, go back to the start page then click "on CD".) There's
a whole bunch of new songs on it, some I've been performing recently
and some brand new. It's got a some wonderful guests appearing on it
too (more to say about this later.) The cover artwork and the sleeve
design is by a brilliant young artist called Ruth Switalski from
Glasgow School of Art.
http://ruthswitalski.tumblr.com/ I'm so grateful to her for her
patience and skills.
"Janglebuddy" will be available around mid-August.
just updated the gig list for July and posted the dates at the top
of this page. Have a browse just in case you're in the area. It's
Kent first, then East Sussex, Wiltshire, Devon, finishing that run
in Warwickshire. Then back to Yorkshire for the Topic Folk Club on
Just confirmed a night as guest at
the Beacon Folk Club in Kent. Apparently, Rab Noakes has pulled out
for some reason (hope he's ok) and I'm stepping in. Rab would have
filled the place, but we'll probably be rattling around in there.
We'll just have to move close and it'll be a great night.
Got a couple of floor spots planned
ahead of that in Kent and East Sussex, but I'll mention those later.
I've had a few nice nights out
lately. Went to Mansfield Brown Cow folk club last night and heard
Bob Harley. (No, not Bob Marley, though I did look twice.) Great
voice. And what a turn out! Who said folk music wasn't healthy and
flourishing? Well it is Nottinghamshire. I'll be there in November
and I'm looking forward to it. Everyone was very nice to me tonight.
Hope you all come back in November.
Heard Andrew Gold died yesterday. I'm
very sad. He was a mate of Peter and Jane Asher, I think. And he
wrote some good songs. Songs of my youth, I remember him well. RIP
Peace to y'all.
Actually, it was a great night at
Boons. Finola O'Driscol started the night with her beautiful voice,
Gloria Jeffries was brilliant and the Troubadors were their usual
exciting selves. I remain a novelty for some people and I am
wondering how to surpass my behaviour for future gigs. Maybe crowd
surfing..? But I'd probably miss the crowd and just break my
10th April 2011
It was a nice, barmy night at the
Abbey Inn. I seemed to play for a long time and enjoyed every
minute. The strangest thing was the cheers and responses from unseen
audience members in the other room, who joined in singing, clapping
and laughing (at the right times) and I never even clapped eyes on
them. They probably think I am young and handsome because that's
what I told them. "Distance Entertainment" is a new concept for me.
We'll have to see how that one goes... Thanks to everyone.
9th April 2011
We had a great night at Gainsborough
Folk Club last night. A lovely, warm crowd who made us feel very
welcome. They joined in singing with everything and even helped me
when I forgot the words! Thanks to everyone who came. There were a
good few people who had never been to a folk club before, as well.
They all seemed to enjoyed it and I hope they feel they would do it
Tonight, it's the Abbey Inn in
Leeds. It's always nice to play there. They've a festival there too,
in July. I'll be there at some point.
5th April 2011
Forgive the radio silence over the
last couple of weeks. I've had a strange time with lots going on.
Had a nasty car crash a couple of weeks ago - not my fault and
thankfully nobody had long term injuries, but these things tend to
hijack your life for a while with all the fuss and sorting out that
has to be done. With a bit of careful juggling, I managed to fulfil
all my commitments and I've not had to cancel anything, so it's all
ok in the end. Friday's gig in Gainsborough is still on and I'm
looking forward to it. There was a question over the venue as I
heard they'd had a burst water pipe, but apparently it's fixed and
we're good to go ahead.
I received a cheque from Charlie
Barker last week for some sales of the charity Christmas CD we did,
and so the total can now be updated to £433.27. I'll be sending the
additional money to the charity Help for Heroes this week. Thanks
My own CD is coming along nicely
and it shouldn't be too long now before its release.
12th March 2011
Went to Enoch's Hammer Folk Club last
night. What a great crowd! And well done to Mark and Fiona for
building up such a thriving club. I've been a couple of times
before, but last night was the best so far. The room was packed and
when we started to pound the beat, I thought we might be too much
for the floor or ceiling below! No worries though, we all survived
smiling. I met Jon Harvison there last night; we're doing a gig
together at the Topic in July (see dates list) so it was nice to put
a face with a name.
11th March 2011
I'm sorry to say that my forthcoming
gig at the King's Arms in Heaton, in June, has been cancelled. It's
a sign of the times, I think. People have little spare money and the
place has not been getting enough folk in to support live music. I'm
a bit disappointed as my last gig there saw quite a good crowd, but
I understand that some of the other evenings have not been as
successful and have had very small audiences. I guess the management
there have had to make a decision regarding the direction of their
business and so they've simplified the whole thing by cutting live
music. Good luck for the future to Andy and the team. Hang in there
folks, it's a great place and it deserves to survive.
On a brighter note, I visited the
Black Swan Folk Club in York last night. I always enjoy going there
and I had a lovely greeting from the regulars and a warm response
from the audience when I played, many of whom had not seen me
before. Thank you to everyone who was there, I hope you find your
way to see me again somewhere.
8th March 2011
I've posted a couple more gigs on the
dates list and there are some more to confirm soon. I'm keeping the
list to just ones for this year at the moment, otherwise it gets a
bit silly. But I'll also still keep turning up places unannounced.
That's part of the fun. I find somewhere new and often have a great
night discovering brilliant musicians and audiences. And sometimes
they book me too...... :-)
2nd March 2011
Enjoyed my visit to the Chorley Folk
show, where I was welcomed by James Blatchley high up in Radio
House. We played three songs from CD and I did four live. Chatted
and laughed for an hour or so on air and had a cup of tea. Thanks
for all the emailed in comments and texts.
1st March 2011
Had a pretty good week, travelling
around visiting clubs and doing a bit of singing. The gigs are
creeping in for later in the year and there are last minute events
coming up soon. Keep watching the gig list!
Tonight I'm visiting Chorley FM in
Lancashire to perform a few songs live, play some from CD and to
chat with James Blatchley, the host of "Chorley Folk". I'm on
between 8 pm - 9 pm and you can find us on 102.8 FM or live online
Unfortunately, I don't think there is a "listen again" facility on
this station (although I might be wrong...) so it'll probably only
be "as it happens".
Somebody tells me I've had an
entry in Wikipedia. Not seen it yet, but I'm going to have a look.
Hope it's true what they say about me!
22nd February 2011
We enjoyed our night at Skipton Folk
Club last night. It's a great place for enthusiastic participation.
People really sing with heart and it was nice. We had a warm
welcome. It's the first time I've visited the Narrowboat Inn
recently when it's not snowed (and I was keeping a weather eye out
just in case!) It's a great club and I always wish someone else was
driving, since there are so many GREAT BEERS! Next time maybe......
20th February 2011
I'm working on the next album today.
I've got more songs than I can fit on it so it's going to be
choosing time soon. The last one had 15 tracks and each one was a
case where somebody had said, "Oh no... you can't leave that one
out.." I think this CD might end up like that, a huge collection of
stuff. Anyway, I'm gigging some of the songs and have been for a
little while. (That's how I'm hoping I'll know which ones to pick.)
Come down to Skipton Folk Club
tomorrow evening if you can and help me choose. I'll be playing
stuff old and new and accompanying me on the acoustic double bass
will be the wonderful Dave Bowie Jr. I hope to see you there.
16th February 2011
Enjoyed last night's gig in Bradford,
at the King's Arms. Responsive crowd and a great atmosphere. I'll be
coming back here.
15th February 2011
Just had a great rehearsal with Dave
Bowie Jr on double bass. Just checking the gig list, he's doing
quite a few of them with me in the next few weeks, when we go out as
a duo. Fantastic!
Also, I'm glad to see that Tom
Bliss has found his new lease of life and is back out playing again.
We dragged him out a few times last summer after his "retirement"
and we changed his mind. I think he likes music again now, after
all. Good luck to him.
14th February 2011
Enjoyed listening to my old friend
Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese, the guests on Durbervilles last
night. Brilliant and beautiful. Thanks to Dunc for the mention of
our charity CDs. As he says, more of these CDs can be made available
if people want them. All further takings for this will be collected
and sent in time to Help for Heroes, a worthwhile cause.
Happy 1st birthday to Morley Folk
Club this week, on Wednesday actually. Guests for the night are my
friends Jenny and Simon, together known as Strid. Hope it's a good
night. Unfortunately, I can't be there as I've got my own gig in
Bradford that night, but knock yourselves out everyone. Best Wishes
for the next year and beyond.
10th February 2011
I was asked to do the feature slot at
Fleetwood folk club last night, as the guest couldn't do it. Nice
bunch of people there. There was a guy called Mike who had an Indian
harmonium, like mine. It fitted in great with the resident players
and had a lovely sound. Looking forward to my next visit there.
9th February 2011
I've just posted the receipt from
Help for Heroes on this website.
Click here > You may remember, we raised £411.27 with the
sale of 300 copies of a 3 track single "Hard World - songs for
peace", which featured appearances from my friends: Dave Bowie
Jr, Charlie Barker, Tom Bliss, Duncan McFarlane and Jo Lewis. Thank
you so much to everyone who supported this fund-raising project and
bought the CD.
The intention was also to raise
awareness of the situation many injured ex-service men and women
face after they have served. Understanding and support for their
injuries (whether mental or physical) is often insufficient and
these folks are sometime left to flounder. The money raised
certainly does not go to help anyone fight and it is
not there to support conflict nor to encourage war. Indeed, I am
against the very nature of war, but I am realistic enough to know
that any civilised society needs those who are prepared to keep it
safe and we will always need peace-keeping troops. And when
governments change and the blame is shrugged off and passed on, the
young men and women who simply follow instructions are still there
to pick up the pieces, often to their own cost.
It's a complicated issue and I've
had many conversations with people who are trying to make their own
sense of it. But I know why I made the effort to help and I'm glad I
did. Peace to you all...
4th February 2011
It was a nice night at Chorlton Folk
Club last night - full house and a lovely atmosphere. Dave and I
were made very welcome at the club and it was a very enjoyable
evening. There were some good floor singers and local duo, Tom and
Lucy, were great. We'll be back there again before too long, I'm
sure and I'll look forward to it.
3rd February 2011
I'm sorry to announce that the gig at
Dearne Valley Folk, to be held on 12th March, will no longer take
place. The gig has been cancelled, due to difficulties in
maintaining the folk club's viability. Dearne Valley Folk club will
no longer continue to run after Feb 2011. Good luck to the
organisers, Charlie and John in the future and with all their other
However, I am happy to say that
tonight's gig at Chorlton Folk Club will take place as planned. Hope
to see a good crowd for a great night.
1st February 2011
Hey, it's good to be getting out and
about on nice, dry nights. Spring round the corner and new gigs
coming in... I'll be confirming a few more things for the summer
soon, so keep watching the news and events page.
Called in at Bacup Folk Club last
night and did a few numbers to a lovely crowd. Enjoyed the main
guests too, "Motor Pike and Side Carp". Nice atmosphere there...
Hope to see a few people at
Chorlton on Thursday. It'll be a good one.
30th January 2011
I am once again delighted to announce
that I will be accompanied at a number of my forthcoming gigs by the
wonderful Dave Bowie Jr. on double bass - bowed, plucked and slapped
as he feels fit. The first of these is on this Thursday 3rd Feb at
Chorlton Folk Club in south west Manchester. Admission is just £2
(or maybe £3... I'm not sure) and we will perform a 45 minute set,
followed by local duo Tom Allias and Lucy.
Later this month, on 21st Feb,
Dave will be performing with me again at Skipton Folk Club, North
12 January 2011
Jut been "talking" with Dan Wagstaffe
(Writer and Director of "Bang Up or Pay Back") about making another
short film with him. I'll tell you more later ..... but here's a
link to his blog spot:
10th January 2011
Had an enjoyable session with the
Durbervilles on radio Leeds last night. I played 3 songs, including
this one, my contemporary version of the "Cockade". I've written
some new words and I call it "The New Beret".
I always feel a bit sad when I sing it. But it's from the heart....
> " The New Beret"
The other two songs I did on the show were "I Wish I'd Met Somebody"
and "100 New year Promises". You can catch the whole show for a week
or so on:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7kk until they stop
I'm also very pleased to say that all
300 copies of the charity CD single/e.p. "Hard World - songs for
peace" were sold across clubs and pubs in northern England during
Christmas and New Year. Each copy cost £2 and all performers gave
their time and skills free. After costs charged for duplication, the
sum of £411.27 was raised for the servicemen and women's charity
,"Help for Heroes". A cheque will be forwarded to them shortly. I
would like to thank everyone who bought a copy and helped,
especially those who contributed more than the asking price! There
are some very generous people.... Peace to you all.
5th January 2011
Happy New Year to everyone! After a
timely break of a few days, I'm stepping out into the light again.
Played at the Grant Arms Hotel last night with a guy called Phil
Middleton and his partner Gaynor. Enjoyed them, two good singers.
The money is still trickling in
for the charity single "Hard World" which occupied most of
December's attention and triggered some interesting conversations.
I'm glad I did it. I sang for peace and raised money for "Help for
Heroes." I don't find a conflict between helping wounded soldiers
and advocating for peace. Maybe one day there won't be any wounded
and they can assist in disaster relief or something. Anyway,
awareness and a will to help is maybe a first step. People's
response was great and we sold hundreds of CDs. And the feeling when
a crowd of folk are singing "All Pull Together" is something I can't
Tune in on Sunday 8.00-9.00 pm to
the Durbervilles on 92.4 fm, 93.5 or online at:
and I'll see you there for a few songs.
For previous blog entries in 2010 please see
click here >
Always please check that gigs
are on before travelling any distance. It's rare, but sometimes things don't
go as planned.