Happy Autumn to you all.
I just found out that I’ve reached the regional ‘heats’ of the UK Unsigned Songwriter Competition.
I’m not massively in to musical competitions but this one feels a bit different. Anything which raises the profile of unknown songwriters (who don’t have wads of cash to pay for radio play or press coverage) must be a good thing – and it’s raising money for charity!
My ‘heat’ will be next Wednesday the 28th at The Caffé Nero store at 8/9 Lower Temple St, Birmingham B2 4JD at 7pm so any kind hecklers would be welcome. I’ll be playing 2 songs. Whether I get through or not, it feels good to be given a platform and to play my songs to new folk! And there’ll be coffee!
In other news, it was a pleasure to play at Moseley Folk Festival a few weeks ago for a tribute to the late Paul Murphy organised by my friend Abie Budgen. We had the chance to play the songs again last night (20/09/16) at The Jam House for the Sifa Fireside fundraiser event celebrating the musical legacies of both Paul and fellow Northern Irish songwriter Rich McMahon. A beautiful evening of music and song and spoken word.
A few other gigs coming up over the next month or so…
Saturday October 15th, English Folk Expo, Bury (delegate-only event)
Friday November 4th, St George’s Hall, Bewdley , Worcestershire. 7.30pm; 4-piece band show. This should be a cracker!