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Vectis Tavern Set List – 29th March 2012

I Want You Bad


Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Somebody To Love

Under Pressure

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We’re captive on the carousel of time

There are little milestones you set yourself. One of them, for me, was to play on my home turf and I did so on Thursday. As always, you can’t really predict what’s going to happen. I think my songs bewildered part of the merry audience but they were definitely on board for Queen.

But again, it’s the people that make the difference. Host Steve was great, friendly and quite eclectic with his enjoyable mix of covers (he was doing Black Hole Sun when I arrived); Jerry Cahill created a ravishing fingerpicking wash that put us all to shame; a guy who was, shall we say, effervescently dressed sang A Thing Called Love acapella in a Barry White scale (which I rather enjoyed) and then I got talking to Nick and Amanda, who basically made my night by being warm, friendly, funny and keen to share collective experiences so we spent the rest of the evening nattering together. Thanks guys.

I also managed to get to the Acoustic Originals evening at the Quay Arts Centre last Monday and thoroughly enjoyed all the acts, especially Paul Armfield. His songs enthralled me as did Sean Goodfield’s guitar playing throughout Doug Alldred’s set. There was a lovely atmosphere there and I have to give a special mention to Louise Jordan’s dress which was more amazing than her voice (and her voice was pretty fine!)

Some musical links below.

And finally, I’ve started getting musical myself again. Feels like spring. Finished recording a new track yesterday, going to be recording/mixing with my friend again soon and going to remix a track during my upcoming holiday. See what the sun coming out does to you! 🙂

Jerry Cahill

Paul Armfield

Louise Jordan

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Thursday 29th March 2012

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Island Love Letter





We went to see the Bees in concert last Thursday. They make the breeziest, wheeziest, most beautiful pop records. Their latest album, Every Step’s A Yes, is simply wonderful from start to finish. We felt proud to watch them at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth as they (and we) have a connection to the Isle Of Wight and because they really entertained us. They were magnificent on Thursday, humble and proud and endlessly groovy and I just LOVE them!


I got salt, you got pepper, maybe we should get it together.

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We are a new band, we are two bands

We are a new band, we are two bands. We make melodic, guitar led pop and electro synth pop. It’s all new and it’s all old and it’s just music so we’re not saving the planet until that moment you come up with something that zings and then the song and yourself are the planet with everything revolving around you.

Not enough sleep, money, achievement, lear jets.

The Twang, Brand New, Kenna, Orbital.

The Bees are an Isle Of Wight band…like us! Except when we don’t play on the Isle Of Wight – wait, we’ve never played on the Isle Of Wight…

…ok, we’re a south west band.

This post makes less sense than when it was in my heaD…and it was pretty tenuous then.

yhen – a new word meaning, ‘very tired of the groundhog feeling.’

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What we’ve been doing…

Well, I’ve been responding to some music briefs which need very quick turnarounds and lots of ideas which seems to be taking up all of my time, so the electro pop song I’ve almost finished is in ‘almost-limbo’ until these briefs are done. Also I’ve been to the Isle Of Wight Festival and really enjoyed Ultravox and Ladyhawke but was absolutely amazed at how stupendously brilliant Will Young was. Great performer, humble and fun, with a great sense of humour, not taking himself too seriously and really belting out great songs. Let me write one for you Will, I’ve got one that’ll suit you perfectly!!

Also weddings and babies imminent so we are busy!!

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Cobden Club

We played the Cobden Club on Tuesday 12th May and it was great to be back there. Its a lovely venue. It was also nice to struggle to describe our music to Adrian again and see some old friends, Danny in particular!! 🙂

We had a small but very loyal crowd turn up – hi Mikey  – here’s that namecheck I promised!

We sounded pretty good, the majority of the set shook the joint and we made a couple of new friends as well after the show.

Roll on the next one!

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