Monday, November 10, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Please, Please do me a big favour!

This is a friends only post to ask you a really big favour.

Some of you know I've been developing a music website to separate promoting my music from my day to day blogging. The website is nearly ready to go but before I go public I would be really grateful if you could visit it, browse about, check that the comment section and messaging works, give me honest feedback and suggestions and anything else you think!

Once I've finished it I'll go properly public with it before the end of the year.

Do bear in mind it's not a BLOG site so won't have the functionality of a blog but I want it to be a bit interactive and informative and personal.

So for those that have five minutes or so to spare can you visit

Thanks guys!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Efx Blog

While Efx blog is not working you can find me always at


Thursday, April 03, 2008


It's too much trying to keep several blogs going and hardly anyone ever visits this one so my main one remains at

Main Blog

or if that's not working:

Back up blog

or my music's at:


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Back from the Gambia

I'm back from a most wonderful trip. I got back late last night and have a lot to do before I can blog about it properly.

I have lots of photos which I'll put up on Facebook soon and I'll put some here and a link to the rest.

I have lots to tell you all so watch this space and I'll be on the case in the next couple of days.

Hope you're all well xxx

Sunday, March 16, 2008

"Knowledge" Birthday

Yesterday, March 15th was what I call my "Knowledge" birthday.

On that day in 1972 I was taught some simple but wonderful meditation techniques by my spiritual teacher Prem Rawat (Maharaji) which have been my anchor throughout my life.

The teaching is very simple and doesn't clash with any religions or promote a particular lifestyle but just shows a way to connect with your own inner self.

When I practice it regularly it gives me genuine inner happiness and peace and whatever's going on in my every day life it provides a constant point of reference.

So thankyou Maharaji for enhancing my life and giving it real purpose.

Words Of Peace

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Zillion Things

Well I didn't do my second Monday blog because I was in London staying with my son and visiting friends for a few days.

Before I left, on Saturday night I went to an acoustic, benefit gig for a sick woman who's raising money for treatment that's not available on the NHS. Apart from the fact I got absolutely drenched walking to the venue (I literally had to wring my trousers out!) it was a fun night out.

Hotwells Howlers

David Mowatt and Anders Olinder

Tim Caswell and Co

After the gig, a friend I'd met last year at a festival came back to my place for the night so we chatted and played guitar into the early hours.

Sunday morning, I drove to London to spend time with my son before I go off to Africa next week. In the evening he'd organised a dinner party of loads of his mates - he lives in a big warehouse and sitting round the table were young people from Poland, Venezuela, Cuba, Columbia, Hungary, South Africa, France, Italy, of course a couple of Brits! That's what I adore about London - the diversity is wonderful. Mostly they're artists, photographers, musicians and creative people in general and we had a really interesting evening - very Bohemian I guess you'd call it.

On Monday we went to the Tate Modern and I managed to get a few pictures though you're not supposed to take them.

The amazing Juan Munoz

The "Crack" in the Turbine Hall

It's a mystery how they've done this crack - I don't know if it's art or not but it IS fascinating though lot of people have broken their ankles in it!

Dan in the Tate Cafe

Looking Across the Thames to St Pauls Cathedral

On Monday night, we went to the launch of a new small venue in Tottenham - these gorgeous girls were the welcome party! It was also a planning session for a local carnival and my son and pals are going to take a float for the parade.

Salsa Cubana

My son flew off to Amsterdam on Tuesday morning to see his girlfriend and I went to spend a few hours with a really old friend of mine and then drove back to Bristol in time for drumming and the Presence Open no mic night!



Today, I've been at songwriting group and tonight I have a practice. Tomorrow I'll concentrate on making sure I've got everything I need to take to the Gambia - they need various things for the project I'm going to be working at and it's important to take the right first aid stuff etc.

Anyway ----------------- that was a monster post so expect nothing more for a little while!!

Hope you're all well. xx

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Watershed Drumming

As promised, a short post about today's drumming at the Watershed. The event was to celebrate 50 years of the organisation VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) linked to International Womens Day. There were over 200 people there - many of whom had themselves done VSO in the past going back to the 50s.

We played for about half an hour to open the session and it went well. We played some things we'd practiced as well as some improvised stuff.

I gave my camera to someone but she only took one pic of us playing and most of the rest were blurred! Never mind - here's a pic of our group Sul Beat and of the cake!

Dumming at The Watershed

Just a quick line to let you know I'm drumming today at Bristol Watershed as part of International Womens Day. We're doing the opening ceremony - a half hour slot playing 4 different singing and drumming pieces. We're a very small group so I'm a bit nervous but I guess it'll be ok!

I'll try and get someone to take some photos.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Well what a treat I had on Tuesday night. I went to the usual Miners Arms Open no mic and there was a guest slot from a guy called Michael Basset
and website

He had a violinist/viola player with him and a bass player and they played a wonderful set - he plays guitar with a great gift of rhythm which echoes of ancient percussion. He has the most unique voice spanning a great range and marvellous lyrics. I really think he's one of the best things I've seen in a while. He's an American singer songwriter currently living here in the UK.

Michael Bassett

I feel so privileged to get to see so much live music. The Tuesday sessions are amazing - you see complete beginners to really polished acts - but all are respected and the people really listen - I love playing there. Sarah Joy, the woman who runs the evening is a really good singer songwriter as well.

Sarah Joy

Today I went to the songwriting group and this evening I had a practice with Paddy (keyboard player). We have a gig on April 18th here in Bristol.

By the way - did I tell you that I'm off to the Gambia on Mar 18th for a couple of weeks. I'm going to do voluntary work at the WYCE project, attend the Kartong Festival, do a live radio interview/set and then have a week's drumming lessons with Modou Diouf. I'm so excited - I haven't been away out of the country for ages.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Chandramoon's Monday Blog No 1

As I'm often too busy to blog on the weekends, I thought I'd start a regular Monday blog to report about whatever gigs, happenings, excitements or trivia that have occurred to me since Friday!

Hopefully this will become a regular spot so they may be longer posts than usual! I'll report on Bristol things or festivals if I've been at them.

So......where to start?


Got off to a bad start - I attended a Music Lab, run by one of my drum teachers in the morning only to find it was cancelled due to lack of interest....extraordinary because it was a great opportunity lost to make music with a really talented teacher.

In the afternoon I had a practice scheduled with a guy who plays drums and harmonica - cancelled due to his poorly self (mmmmm what's wrong with Saturday so far)!

I made a homemade Pear Cake in preparation for Mother's Day on the Sunday but the day didn't start properly till 9pm when I went out to the Kuumba Project in St Pauls to a great Latin night called "If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution".

What a stomping night. The first band was called El Mercado de Miran fronted by a very talented female singer/percussionist - it was a small line up but really good consisting of a keyboard, cajones (kind of beat box), a guitarist and the singer.

El Mercado de Miran

The sound engineering was awful which was a shame as the musicians were brilliant.

The second band was an incredible family line up called Colores de Mi Tierra (Comlumbian) with the front woman being extremely pregnant notwithstanding which she danced, sang and shook her shakers with great verve! The drummer was about 10 and the girl dancers just children - amazing energy and got everyone dancing

Colores de mi Tierra

Finally, well known Bristol band Orquesta de Montpelier did their thing and the whole crowd danced till 2am - the heat in the room was almost overpowering but the music made it impossible not to dance till you dropped.

Orquesta de Montpelier

What a fantastic night out! There are lots more photos on this Facebook album More Photos

Me after dancing for about 4 hours!

Sunday was Mothers Day in the UK so I had a lovely afternoon with my mum (eating the yummy cake which I so rarely bake ha ha).

Last night I played at the open mic at the Tantric Jazz Cafe, my usual Sunday night haunt. It went well and I sold a CD to someone as well as got a chance to play several songs including a piano piece, as they've got a keyboard there now.

OK - that's my weekend - just a snippet of the rich musical life in Bristol every weekend.

Friday, February 29, 2008


It's bloody windy tonight.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shadow Puppets

Some of you may remember a song I put up here before (lyrics) called Shadow Puppets about insomnia.

I've now worked out a melody and rough arrangement with my keyboard player. For those of you interested in hearing the tune for this song click this link

Shadow Puppets

I always welcome feedback at this stage before it's finally recorded!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Well living in safe old England I didn't think I'd be reporting on an earthquake today!!

Last night I got back from the Miners Arms open no mic and had a quick catch up on line of various things. It was quite late, sometime after 1am and I was lazily lying on my sofa in my study with my Mac. I was kind of drifty awake/asleep when the whole sofa started vibrating and I thought that maybe the neighbours were shifting furniture or something. But it went on for quite a long time and there was no noise associated. I jolted properly awake and thought I was going a bit mad because we don't have earthquakes here!!

Anyway - once it was finished I started wondering if I'd imagined the whole thing then I saw on Wozza's Facebook that he too had felt it in LONDON!

I went to bed and this morning on the news it was confirmed that we'd had the strongest earthquake for years reported all over the country with the epicentre in Lincoln - phew - I'm not going mad after all. I wish I was though - I don't like the idea of earthquakes over 5.2 on the Richter Scale!!!

Fleece and Firkin

As promised a few words about last night's gig at the Fleece. It was a singer songwriter night so was mainly acoustic songwriter's with their own backing bands.

The warm up act was a solo female singer called Lenny Savage. She had a great voice but although I thought she was very good, I can't remember a thing about the actual songs - maybe I'd need to hear them a few more times for them to make more of an impression.

Lenny Savage

There was another act then Ryan Inglis who was the main guy I'd gone to see. He writes funky, memorable songs and has a great voice and lots of energy. He has an album coming out soon so we've done a swap!

Ryan Inglis

The headline act was a woman called Sally Ann Langton and although she was good, for some reason I'd had enough after a couple of tracks and came home!

I went down there on my own but a couple of people I'd texted joined me, which was nice - it's good making new friends.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I had a good tennis session this morning - I really enjoy playing tennis - it de-stresses me, keeps me fit and is a good social group as well.

This evening I'm going to a free gig at The Fleece and Firkin, a songwriters night with at least 3 performers - I'll take my camera and post something tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to planning my new proper website - it'll have a forum facility for people to discuss songwriting, lyrics etc etc as well as everything to do with my music - less of the personal stuff more of the music. This blog will then remain mainly personal though of course, music will always be an integral part of the topics as it's what I do!

Friday, February 22, 2008


Hi - I thought I'd grab a minute to post something up about this week so far.

I've felt quite flat after all the excitement of getting the CD finished and the gig done although I've still got so much to do!

The next stage is getting the CD played on local and hopefully national radio and I'm going to start compiling a list of places to send it! Any ideas feel free to suggest them or any contacts any readers have.

I had a good meeting with a young website guy whose going to help me build a proper music website as at the moment I have three blogs, a Facebook AND a Myspace. That's not a problem but the boundaries of which is for what is blurred and I don't want friends here for example to feel I'm spamming them to buy my album so the music website will be separate. That doesn't mean I'll stop blogging about songwriting etc here (though I'll move my lyrics to the new website and videos etc) so people who are interested can go and visit there without feeling pressured to buy my CD etc!

I've also had a lot of work to do this week in regard to a couple of organisations I work with, including having to make difficult business decisions. Can't write about it here for obvious reasons of confidentiality!

Last night, I had a great evening. One of the guys from our songwriting group is leaving Bristol and heading off to live with his new girlfriend in London so we organised a goodbye party for him and as I have a big house we had it here!

There were about 15 people and as we are all musicians it turned into a tremendous jam sessions (pity the neighbours!)

Tonight I have a couple of friends coming to dinner and tomorrow I have a guy coming to do some drumming and see how it works out!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Several things have happened recently to make me really think hard about friendship and what it means to me.

Who are my REAL friends, who truly cares about me, who do I truly care about etc etc? What would they do for me and what would I do for them? Where do I draw the line in the sand?

None of these questions have clear or easy answers.

Sometimes, people I don't really think of as close friends (or hadn't) suddenly do the most amazing, kind and thoughtful things and you realise they really care about you and are prepared to put themselves out for you in a surprising and unexpected way!

Other times, someone you thought would be there till the end of time, just completely lets you down or worse is cruel and unkind.

Other people that I see in real life really often - like my closest couple of girlfriends who I see virtually every week and couldn't imagine not being there are my absolute anchors. My close family are sometimes more like friends than family too and I am so lucky where I live to have wonderful neighbours in my street who I know I can call on when I need to and they know they can knock on my door any time.

Others again, I see maybe once or twice a year and yet when we get together it's as if time stopped and we just pick up where we left off.

My spiritual teacher/guru is like a friend to me too although I only see him at a distance maybe once a year!

Then there are the internet friends and bloggers who have become as much a part of my life, and sometimes an even greater part in that I talk about stuff here that often my real life friends don't necessarily get to hear, also give me genuine kindness and feedback and encouragement and I try to do the same.

I don't know where this is going - I'm just rambling on - but as I said - some things have happened to make me really appreciate the nature of friendship recently and also how sometimes people can just turn from being your friend to being something else or from not being a friend to suddenly supporting you at an unexpected moment.

One thing which I know is probably not a good idea is to rely on just one person to be your only friend and that can happen very easily when you're in a relationship with someone - I know people who when they are in a relationship they forget their other friends until something goes wrong then suddenly they'll call you! Only human of course ha ha!

I'm rattled at the moment but I am so grateful to my real friends for being there whether it's off or online!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Song - No Friend Of Mine

Here's a little video of the rough idea of my latest song called No Friend Of Mine which I wrote at the beginning of the week. Sorry if you're on dial up!

It needs a few more chords and I'd like to record it with bass and simple drums - really bluesy! You can hear the tambourine rhythm which I do with my foot while I'm playing!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Strange Week

Hello again! This week has been good but I felt very strange. Firstly, after all the frantic preparation and nerve wrackingness of last Friday's big gig I felt a bit flat. Don't get me wrong - it went fantastically and I couldn't be happier as to how it went and it was wonderful to have my closest friends, family, neighbours etc at the gig. It just felt strangely quiet afterwards.

Also, I was still very upset about something a friend had done and I needed to process those feelings. So I did what I usually do when I need to think - jumped into Moon Palace on a whim and went off for a couple of days!

I went to a small campsite near a bird reserve which I love called Slimbridge.

On Monday, I sat and wrote a song about my feelings (I've posted the words already in my parallel blog here Song Lyrics - see link on right) and worked out how to play it. I hear the songs in my head first then have to find the notes and chords on the guitar or piano.

On Tuesday, I spent a few hours at the bird sanctuary until the tipping rain forced me to leave!

This was the biggest swan I've ever seen - this doesn't convey it's size but it seemed nearly as tall as me!

On Wednesday, I went to songwriting group as usual and had a band practice in the evening. It was good to start working on some new tunes. Tonight I have a meeting with a successful Bristol singer and she's going to give me some much-needed advice about getting tracks played on radio etc.

Amazingly, this week I've slept like the dead - this morning I woke 10am - absolutely unheard of for me so I must be much more tired than I realise! Usually I sleep maybe 6 hours if I'm lucky and this week I've been sleeping about 8 hours every night - weird!

Anyway - I've sold quite a few CDs and it's exciting sending them out to different destinations round the planet!

If you want a copy just click the Buy Now button on the right.

So - have a happy weekend whatever you're doing - I'll be going to some gigs etc as usual and hopefully trying to organise some new smaller gigs to keep the momentum going.

Bye for now xx

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Album Launch Party

I've finally got some time to sit down and write about the album launch party on Friday. It was FANTASTIC - I couldn't have asked for it to have gone better. I know that I played as well as I could and that the other musicians involved were all BRILLIANT.

My son and daughter did an opening set then I performed with the small band I'd put together for the night (keyboard/flute, lead guitar, percussion and backing vocals and me on acoustic guitar/keyboards).

Earlier last week, someone I'd considered one of my best friends virtually sabotaged the whole thing by a very unkind act but I was able to get past it and the show went on as planned - I came to the conclusion that he had his own issues rooted in jealousy and envy and that there was nothing I could do about it.

We had wonderful visuals comprising slide show/movie clips which synced up to the set and really made the show something special - everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves. The venue is a Polish ex-servicemens' club here in Bristol which is a great little place which holds about 200 and it was packed out - thankfully it was a sell out!

Getting ready on the night was hectic, especially as it was my first "proper" gig so I was on a steep learning curve! After my son and daughter had played, we played the title track off the album - Full Circle - then the MC and I had an onstage chat about what had inspired me to start writing and the main message I was trying to get across was that it's never too late to try and follow your creative voice (I didn't write my first song till I was 50) and follow a dream.

Then we played our set of seven live tracks from the album, the first on keyboard with flute:

The rest was on guitar with various combinations of the musicians. We finished off with a rousing version of People of This Earth (one of the tracks on myspace) and it was very, very exciting with everyone seeming to really enjoy it!

All my nerves seemed to evaporate once the first track was done and I thoroughly enjoyed playing the rest of the set.

After a short break, the wonderful Helele band played and everyone let their hair down and danced their socks off till chucking out time.

It was fantastic having all my close friends and family there plus lots of people I'd never seen in my life before!

I was also very aware of the support of those people who couldn't be there that I knew would have liked to have been.

There are loads more pictures on my facebook album so here's the link to that

More Photos

If you'd like to read a review and/or buy a copy of the album you can do so at CDbaby

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blog Holiday

Don't be surprised if you don't see a post here for a few days - things are hotting up this end with final preparations for Friday's gig plus I'll have a houseful of people for the weekend and I need to do the usual shopping and cleaning stuff too.

I went to song writing today and it was just what I needed after a particularly ghastly day yesterday as a result of someone I thought was a very good friend dumping on me from a very great height! Luckily, I have wonderful supportive friends and family and I feel better today - though still very rattled as it made me feel quite ill and I don't need that right now. I wish this person had waited till after Friday to spew vitriol on me.

Anyway, enough of negative stuff; last night, after drumming, I met some friends for someone's birthday bash and did a couple of songs at Presence, one of my regular open mic spots - I felt like smashing the guitar up but managed to restrain myself ha ha!

So, hopefully people will take lots of pictures on Friday which I'll post up here and anyone who'd like to buy the album will be able to shortly - I'm just sorting out the Paypal thing. Anyone from the UK can just pm me and send me a cheque the simplest and cheapest!

So........that's about it for a few days - none of you will ever realise how much your support has meant to me over the last few months of organising this gargantuam project and I thank you again.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weekend So Far

Last night I played flute and djembe for a friend at a great little gig in Bristol. We were on first and there were a couple more bands then a DJ and I had a great night dancing my head off and it was good as I needed to let off a little steam though I have bad headache this morning - I didn't drink a lot really but it hasn't done me much good - I had two pints of Guinness actually!

Today I'm having coffee with a friend then will do some more practice of my songs for Friday ...the days are ticking away now. Tonight I'll do a couple of open mics - that's all I can do now.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Gigs and Practice

The last couple of evenings I've gone out with various pals to a couple of gigs. The first, at the Prom, was a folk rock band whose name escapes me. Last night I had a band practice for MY gig then we went to a punk gig at The Croft.

Very noisy, so I used earplugs, that way you can actually hear the words surprisingly and not end up deaf for two days. The band was called The Disseminators and are very good though not my favourite kind of music. The drummer was very good (and fit ha ha) and the lead guitarist is a friend from songwriting and is extremely good!

The practice went pretty well though it's hard to imagine what it will feel like on the stage as we've never played together before - I think it will be alright - and if it isn't - well all I can say is I couldn't have tried harder to get it the best we can.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I need a dream by Malusi

This young poet is called Malusi and he comes to our songwriting group - he's brilliant. Judge for yourself.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Quote For My Life

I heard this just now on the radio and thought it would be the quote of my life as it resonated so strongly with me:

"When your heart speaks, take good notes......"

If you see something that really moves you and you feel you might be able to do something about it - then do!

If you wake in the night and think it would be a good idea to write down your thoughts - then do!

If you think you can make a difference - you can!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Quiet Weekend

Well - unusually for me, I had a really quiet weekend. The weather here in Bristol UK is absolutely foul. We wake up every morning to what feels like the twilight zone - constant grey, grizzly skies and non-stop rain and wind - at least it's not particularly cold. My garden's a bog though.

I saw one of my best friends for a proper girly chat yesterday afternoon and another friend in the evening.............

This morning I played tennis and I've spent most of the rest of the day parcelling up CDs for CDbaby (the other place I'll be selling the CD), sending copies to various promoters and friends.

I'm practicing hard for the 1st and in a minute will go and run through my set AGAIN in my studio.

I'm looking forward to playing some of my other songs once the gig's over ha ha!

I'm very happy that our own Wozza is coming up to Bristol for the gig - hurray!

OK that's it for now.

*heads off to studio*

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gig at The Cube - Femmes Fatales

Just got back from a great gig at The Cube - an old arts cinema in Bristol which also hosts music gigs.

I'm not sure of the name of the first performer but after her was Bela Emerson, an amazing cello player who generates extraordinary sounds using loop and effects pedals. Following her was the amazing Emily Breeze who is a very raunchy rock musician and she did a great set despite breaking a bass string and appalling feedback - I'm half deafened and am glad I had some earplugs with me to protect my ears!!

A great night all round. Here's a link to some photos of the evening.

Gig at The Cube

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Good Day

I thoroughly enjoyed today. It was the first Songwriting Group day of 2008 after a 6 week break due to the guy who runs it having a big gig before Christmas and not being able to run it, then Christmas and New Year and last week he had a cold.

It was a big group today and high energy! Everyone was excited to see each other and hear about each other's gigs and new ideas etc.

I then had a practice with the people playing at my gigs (it's a kind of temporary band consisting of a guitarist (my producer), a keyboard player, a couple of backing vocalists and a djembe player). It went pretty well and hopefully will be fine by the 1st - we have two more practices.

Here's a copy of the new flier for the gig which the person doing the visuals for the gig designed based on my original idea. I'm hopeless at graphics but good at ideas!

After the practice, I came back here with one of the backing vocalists as I'M backing HER in a gig on the 26th playing flute and drums and we had a curry then a run through of her songs. Finished at 10pm!

No rest for the wicked - but a great way to spend a day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008


Well....where to start! Yesterday was a very busy day, some of it too boring to bother writing about here, such as meeting a builder re the windows and a work meeting - but the evening was great. I had my first proper rehearsal with the other musicians who will play with me at the album launch gig on Feb 1st and it went pretty well! I really enjoyed it and feel that it will sound pretty good by the 1st!

Today, I played tennis for the first time this year in the "bubble", had lunch with my mum, then went to the gig venue with R who is going to do the visuals at the gig. Basically she has designed a slide show to go with each track comprising still shots and movie clips which sync up with the music. We met up with the sound man for the night to discuss the stage set up and change overs, how the visuals will work with the tracks and the sound checks etc for the various performers. We also had a look round at the venue to think about how we'll decorate the place to make it look good on the night. Then I went to a local hotel to book some rooms for people who are travelling far to come to the gig.

Unbelievably, the weather was terrible today with driving rain, wind and snow leading to local flooding and all sorts of ghastliness - at one point I was driving through a semi-blizzard virtually unheard of here.

This evening, I met up with some old friends for a drink, watched a bit of TV and am going to try and have an early night!

Tomorrow I have various chores to do, various people to contact and in the evening I'm having dinner with some friends I haven't seen for years!

Hope you have a good weekend whatever you're doing. x

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Busy Day

This is just a quick post as today I have a very, very busy schedule including:

Piano tuner coming in a minute
Board meeting of an organisation I work with
Tea with a friend
First rehearsal with other musicians for my Feb 1st gig
Friends birthday bash if the rehearsal doesn't end too late

In between all that I'm doing paperwork, trying to sort out the *&!!X@**bleeping windows at my rental property, sorting out my own house, making a zillion phone calls etc etc!!

So - bye for now folks - see you all soon x

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Windows and More!

I bet you thought I meant Microsoft Windows - no - I mean Zenith f***ing Staybrite Windows.

Last year, I had the windows at my rental property replaced throughout by the above company (who did seem pretty good though EXPENSIVE at the time).

Yesterday, one of my tenants contacted me to say their windows were looking grotty and the bay below going all black and condensation everywhere. OK, no probs thought I, they are fully guaranteed and backed by an insurance policy which (naturally grrrr) I've paid for. To cut a long story short, I phoned them today and guess what (the timing of it gnash gnash) the company went into liquidation - yes - you guessed it YESTERDAY!!!!

Aggghhhhh - these windows cost thousands and now it's in the hands of the administrators. I can't leave it like it is because it's in their bedroom so it looks like I may have to fork out for the repairs myself.

Never mind, one way or another it'll get sorted but I can't believe the timing of it.

On a much nicer note, I had lunch with my neighbour from where I used to live today, we've always kept in touch - and that was very pleasant!

Tonight, we have our first drum lesson of the new term and then I'm going to the open no-mic at The Miners Arms to sing a couple of songs - much more fun than thinking about the damn damp at the flats! Will have to get it sorted though - I've organised a builder to meet me there tomorrow.

Full Circle

Just testing - this is one of the features of Vox that you can post and embed audio tracks. This is the title track of my album which will be ready mid-January. This track is very electronic, there are also a couple of rocky tracks and several guitarry acoustic tracks and a keyboard track. There are some tracks still on myspace but it's useful being able to post a track here too!

Full Circle - Listen

Full Circle

Just testing - this is one of the features of Vox that you can post and embed audio tracks. This is the title track of my album which will be ready mid-January. This track is very electronic, there are also a couple of rocky tracks and several guitarry acoustic tracks and a keyboard track. There are some tracks still on myspace but it's useful being able to post a track here too!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tail Feather

Just got back from a great gig at The Prom with a brilliant live band called Tail Feather strutting their stuff. They were an EIGHT piece with drums, guitar and bass, trumpet, trombone, sax, keyboards and a great, very large female singer with a big voice to match. They were playing really old soul tracks like Heard It Through The Grapevine, Preacher Man etc and got everyone dancing their socks off. I don't usually like covers bands but they were great!

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Hi guys - I've set up another blog at Vox as it has proper comment alerts etc while Efx is down. I'll still dual post here but until Efx is sorted out you can find me at

Bye for now.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Hush Hush Gig in Weston

Last night I did a solo gig in Weston (about an hour from Bristol) at the Hush Hush night at the Imperial. It went quite well for a first time, though I wasn't 100% happy with myself - but I suppose I never will be ha ha.

The other two artists were good - the first was a three piece playing original, lively ska like music, then me and finally a really young guy called Mario Ellis who is very talented.