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BBC Radio - End of the world.

BBC Radio 14th December 2012

Dear readers,

Sorry I have been quiet on here, I really must do more blogging.

Just a quick note that I will again start posting what I play and talk about on the BC Radio Devon show with Vic Morgan on BBC Radio Devon.

Tonight we talked about Huw Lloyd-Langton and played the Hawkwind track 'Dragons and Fables'.

Then moved on to Thomas Dolby and played '17 Hills' from his superb 'A Map of the Floating City' album.

Lastly the new Gilmore & Roberts album and the track 'Doctor James' probably my track of the year look them out here

More soon.


Mastering with Mr Jaggs

Yesterday was a good day I did some mastering for my old friend David Jaggs he’s a classical guitarist and sells a lot of CDs. This is a clip of him off the telly when I first knew him when I was 14! 

His website is

HMV - Secondhand and bust

A day to Bristol 12th August 2012

I can’t believe it’s been best part of 2 years since I played a gig in Bristol. So having a free day last Sunday I contacted my friend Mark Venus whom promotes a lot of acoustic gigs in Bristol and arranged a couple of shows for a Sunday afternoon. Mike wanted to tag along for the ride so he came along with his Djembe.
The first gig was at the Hatchet Pub located by the 02 Academy, it’s a great pub and its usually the place I head to for food before a gig or if I happen to be in Bristol, they also have quite a few good alternative and 80s nights there too sometimes. We went on at about 5pm and the set went like this. Fortunes Light
Broken Child
Love is a Spirit
To Behold
Mike did some great percussion of feel giving it a great groove, that song is developing all the time from the simple original acoustic song that it was to start with. We had some great feedback from the audience which is always greatly appreciated. After this gig we popped over to Fishpond’s to play the Cross h…

By the time we got to Woodstock...

So while thing are going very well for secrets for September we have had a slight problem in that our Bass Player JP has been away for a long time. We had a show that our usual stand in was unable to attend as well so I had to decide whether to cancel the gig or find someone else. One of my neighbours Andrew Leigh came to mind he is an Ex pro that was in several name bands inc Spooky tooth, Keef Hartley band and Matthews Southern Comfort and goes by the name of Andrew Leigh. So knowing that we have a few mutual friends I found him on Facebook and asked him if he fancied doing a gig, to my amazement he said yes this was only about 10 days before the gig. We had a couple of rehearsals with just a tape of the drums and then off to Kozzfest we go. This was a great little festival that Matthew ‘The Wright Stuff’ Wright even turned up to and mentioned on his TV show. We played the usual Secrets set minus reflections due to set time. And a good time had by all.

Set List To Behold
Upside D…

The snapshot in the family album....

Last night was all a bit bonkers really, My initial intension was that I was going with my girlfriend to the Picturehouse to have a Pizza and listen to music, and that’s what we did, though as one artist postponed I thought I might do a couple of tunes, and some how it ended up being a Pink Floyd a thon. I thought earlier that I fancied doing Pigs on the Wing, then one thing lead to another and I ended up doing.
Pigs on the Wing (part 1)
The Post War Dream
Fortunes Light
Morning Dew
Another Brick In The Wall Part 1
Another Brick In the Wall Part 3
Goodbye Cruel World
Comfortably Numb
Broken Dream
Broken Child
Outside The Wall
Pigs On The Wing (Part 2)

So 4 All Living Fear tunes and one Cover + a truncated version of the Wall haha! It was fun with Andy B Playing bongos, and Lee-Anne on the Shaky Egg. 

Is the recording Industry of the 50s any different to now?

In the 1950s there were 2 kinds of musician, there was the ones that Played 5 nights a week playing anything they were asked to play, and there were the few that just wanted to do their own thing , the latter came out of the former.
2012 There are 2 kinds of musician, the ones that play whatever they are asked to (Covers / Tribute bands etc) and the ones that want to do their own thing, these mostly never went near the former. In between the 2 era’s there was this little bubble called ‘Independent music’ This started in the 60s but really thrived in the 70s and 80s and started to fade in the 90s. This was where major labels and smaller companies invested in artists doing their own thing in the hope that it would yield some return in many cases it did in others it didn’t, but with good marketing and product with the people at the top making some money this filtered downand we had a healthy recording industry. We are now back to how things were in the 50s, there was an old jazz label called…
Back to the Picturehouse and the Return of All Living Fear