New Video Preview, Podcast Special, Latest Column and Free Downloads!

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Hi everyone! Had a beautiful day last week on the coast filming a brand new music video. Excited to share a little preview

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My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is now online! Discussing some great duets, who they were written for and some of my personal favourites. What are your favourite duet songs?

Featured Artist Podcast

Was lovely to be the featured artist on a recent Journey of Discovery podcast. Also includes music by some of my favourite artists and inspirations including Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Kathleen Edwards, Hem, Mindy Smith, Tift Merritt and Josh Rouse. Big thanks to Linda Conway.

Free Downloads!

Just recorded a live acoustic cover of this lovely Elbow song from the latest album.

Also, a free download of an Arctic Monkeys song, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ from ‘AM’

Slipstream Reissued on Proper

My debut album ‘Slipstream’ described by Bob Harris as a ‘beautiful debut album’ has been reissued, now available on iTunes with Proper Music Distribution.

 

New videos Under The Apple Tree with Bob Harris! Latest Column, TV Appearance

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Photos above by Claudia Taveira Photography from a recent shoot. More photos at Facebook

Really excited to share the new videos from my recent session Under the Apple Tree with Bob Harris and WBBC. Here is the first song I played, ‘Music and the Mountains’ with Bob introducing me.

And here’s the second video from the session. Chatting more with Bob and performing two bonus songs, new song ‘Another Place and Time’ and a special Ryan Adams cover!

Plus you can listen and download the podcast on iTunes

I also had fun meeting the guys at Mustard TV this week. Here is the link to my interview am on in part 2.

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My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is also now online. Writing to a music brief, my experiences so far of writing music for TV, film and top-line melodies.

It was also great to get more airplay on Amazing Radio at the weekend. Thanks so much to Baylen Leonard for playing ‘Dreaming in Crowds’  on his excellent show The Front Porch.

 

 

Performing at C2C Festival! Arctic Monkeys Acoustic Cover, Latest Column

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Really excited to announce I’ll be performing at Country to Country Pop-Up stages in March at the O2. Can’t wait! More info here

From their website: Following the acclaimed success of Country to Country 2013, an outstanding line up of music stars are again heading across the Atlantic for a huge two-day music festival extravaganza at The O2 on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March 2014.

Legendary broadcaster Bob Harris will again be compering the festival:

“It is a very exciting time for Country music in the UK. C2C 2013 was a fantastic experience and next year’s festival promises to be another massive milestone. I am thrilled to be compering again and providing huge coverage on ‘Bob Harris Country’ on BBC Radio 2 when Nashville comes to London. See you at The O2!”

Looks like it’s going to be a great weekend. I’ll be posting the time I’m playing in the tour section.

I’ve also just recorded a live acoustic version of Arctic Monkeys ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ as I really like the soulful quality of the track. Hope you enjoy!

Plus my latest column for Songwriting Magazine is now online! Discussing online resources for musicians. With so many sites out there, what sites and tools provide help to independent artists like myself.

Sound and Vision Conference, Latest Column, ‘Dragonfly’ in US Fundraising Video

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Had a great time this weekend playing a headline slot at Norwich Sound and Vision Conference at the Bicycle Shop. Also saw lots of terrific showcases including a fantastic night hosted by the excellent music blog Alphabet Bands. It featured Wayfarers, Strangers and Curxes who I really enjoyed. Here’s me with the wonderful Tom Robinson after his set. I also saw some interesting panels and Tom gave great advice during his sessions on making money from music and funding rock n roll.

Honoured that my songs ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘So Many Words’ have been chosen for the annual promotional and fundraising video for this summer camp in Michigan. Camp Michitanki is for children who have received organ transplants and really makes a difference in their lives. Thank you guys for this beautiful video!

My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is now online. This month I discuss the songwriting process itself – with some insights into my own songwriting, plus some tips from some of my favourite writers like Dolly Parton, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and Neil Young! Thanks everyone for reading it and all the kind words. Any ideas for topics for future columns always appreciated.

New Video from Maverick Festival and Latest Column ‘Stage Fright’

New video! playing ‘Music & the Mountains’ unplugged during Maverick Festival at the beautiful Easton Farm Park Suffolk.

Plus, my latest article for Songwriting Magazine is now online! Performers, do you suffer from stage fright? here’s some tips on what I do! Click here

New Video ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ Ukulele cover and Latest Column ‘Face-to-Face Networking’

Brand new video! Singing one of my favourite songs on ukulele. Thanks to the brilliant Claudia Taveira Photography for filming:

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Photo from on the way to film the video with my lovely Luna ukulele 

Plus here’s my latest column for Songwriting Magazine, tips on face-to-face networking for aspiring songwriters. My experience of going to the recent Americana Music UK conference made me think about how nerve wracking it can be for artists to network so here’s some tips which I hope help. Link here

New French Song Appelle-moi, UK Festivals, Maverick and Latitude

Have had a great time performing at some big music events and festivals including Ipswich Music Day, one of the largest free one day music festivals in the UK. As well as enjoying some great music, I also ended up doing sets at Maverick Festival and Latitude Festival. I was also part of a panel during the Americana Music Association UK conference that went really well and I gained some great feedback after discussing the use of social media.

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Above: Really fun day singing in the sunshine at the Royal Norfolk Show.Thanks so much to Epic Studios for having me play on the Epic Studios stage.

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Playing Maverick Festival. Thanks to Thira for the pic below.

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Below, enjoying the sun at Latitude!

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DSCF3996Above, playing Ipswich Arts Festival, Ipswich Music Day on the Grapevine Live acoustic stage. Thanks to Grapevine Live for having me play and Bunny Tan for the photo

Special treat for my French fans! Original acoustic song recorded in French. Enjoy!

 

New Column Now Online! Using Social Media

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Had a lovely response to my first column for Songwriting Magazine and my latest one is now online! How do you use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud etc? I’m looking at how songwriters can make the most of social media.

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Been a fun busy week promoting ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ single and had a really fun day filming 2 live songs and interview for UEA TV’s brand new music show ‘Reverb’. Performance to follow soon. Huge thanks to all involved!