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New Single

Given all the stuff that’s going on around the elections and Brexit, I thought it was an appropriate time to release this song as a single, so I’ve uploaded it this morning.

It should be available on all good music sites (Sptoify, Amazon, Deezer, iTunes, Googleplay and several others) over the next few days.

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Must be doing something right!

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Seems that my music is going down quite well. On Spotify, the title track off my ‘Greybeard’ album has been played over 11,000 times which I think is pretty cool. Somebody out there must like my stuff.

However, on the less happy front it seems my music is liked even more on the other side of what used to be the iron curtain. I came across a torrent site this morning where my ‘Greybeard’ and ‘New Tricks’ albums have been downloaded 612 and 825 times respectively and there’s no shortage of seeds either, predominantly in Russia and Bulgaria. So that’s 1,437 times about £6 in royalties I won’t be getting – or around £8,500! Rats!!!

Success is a lovely thing and even though I didn’t start off doing this for the money, it would be nice to earn some from it in these times when every penny counts, epecially for an old git like me.

Never mind. C’est la vie!

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New album released

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I’m pleased to announce that my new album ‘Greybeard’ is now available on the major digital music sites like Spotify and Google Play and available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

It will shortly be available on other download and sales sites as well. And if the New Tricks album is anything to go by, then it’ll achieve the same availability on pirate music sites across Russia and South Africa. C’est la vie!

In the meantime I’ve updated the site with a new page so you can access it from the image in the left margin or from the drop down menu.

I hope you’ll listen and enjoy it.

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Goodbye to an old friend

Today is a sad day for me as a very old friend who I lost touch with for many years before finding him again is having his funeral today.

Paul Wakely was my best mate back in the late sixties. He was a true character (see chapter 4 of my memoirs). I’ve asked Dioclese to paste a tribute to him over at his place because he deserves more coverage than this humble blog can give him.

In his memory, here’s a song off the ‘Old Friends’ album that Paul wrote the lyrics for back in 1996.

RIP, me old mate!

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‘Old Friends’ now complete

As the ‘Old Friends’ album is now completed, I have updated the album page with the covers and will shortly be uploading the entire thing to Spotify.

You can download any of the tracks as mp3 files and also download the covers if you want to create your own CD, but if you want the tracks in uncompressed quality, then Spotify will supply them in due course.

I hope you enjoyed the music on this album and I’m starting work on the next one but last year was quite prolific on the songwriting and recording front so I hope you’ll forgive me if the next one is a little bit slower coming!

I’ve also set up a site at Fandalism which you might like to take a squint at. There’s lots of other musicians on there that you might find interesting as well.

Comments are, as always, invited and welcomed. That’s how we give you what you want!

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Bye, bye Blogger – Hello, WordPress

Because of the problems I’ve been having on Google Blogger, I decided that I would move the blog to WordPress.

I hope you’ll agree that it looks a lot cleaner and I hope that I will find that I experiene a lot less hassle than before.

You should still be able to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and hope you’ll bear with me while I iron out any ‘creases’

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Site updates & new music

I’ve taken the opportunity to make some changes to the site and at the same time add a entire album of music to it.

The album in question is my third. It’s called “Songs of Mayhem and Mischief” and, to be honest, I wasn’t going to put it on the site. It’s sort of politically motivated revolving around the 2010 General Election and the following Labour leadership election. Most of the material has already been published in video form by my friend Dioclese over on his blog.

Emulating the practice of more famous musicians, I thought why not stick out a bit of the old back catalog? If it’s good enough for them then it’s good enough for me.

People have told me that the album is a bit Baron Knights if you know what I mean! I see their point.

I’ve added some new pages – one for each album hence the icons in the left hand margin. Click on the album you want and it will take you to the appropriate page.

I’ve also added a music player to each post so you can play the piece without leaving the post in most cases. The player is also under each track on the individual album pages, where the title links also still work if you want to download a track.

Phew. Long post but hopefully worthwhile.

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