It’s been a while since I uploaded a video of me drumming. I thought I’d amend that with this video from a recent gig with John Law.
So if you’re anything to do with me on Facebook you’ll have been spammed to oblivion about this event. But that said I’M VERY EXCITED AND NERVOUS BUT MOSTLY EXCITED about this!
So it’s called The Groove Within Us. It is a discussion/music night. We have a fantastic panel who will be discussing “Transgender Visibility: What aspects of trans life are visible and is that visibility a good thing?”. Then when we’ve all become more informed and educated, we’re going to celebrate with a party led by my new band “The Groove Within Us House Band”. This band features the incredible vocal talents of Ruth Royall.
There’s lots more info HERE
and Tickets are available HERE
Hope to see you there
So I’m writing just before the madness begins. I’m touring 3 times with both of John Law‘s bands AND recording an album AND playing at/running a new night in Bristol called The Groove Within Us! Its going to be crazy but in a really fun way.
I’ll put more info on “The Groove Within Us” up here soon. In the meantime, to see where I’m playing, go to the Live Dates page.
We’re back! And super tired!!!
Wow what an incredible trip, with some fantastic gigs, wonderful people and incredible sights. We played in a multitude of settings from huge festival stages to cosy jazz clubs to someone’s front room! Each venue imposing a new angle to approach John Law’s fantastic music.
As for the country, it is absolutely barmy and incredible! However, before mentioning the wonderful bits, I feel it is important to acknowledge that we saw a very sheltered version of India. Live jazz and access to music education, especially from the west, definitely seems to be the reserve of the rich or at least upper middle class. Though this is also a problem in the UK, it is far more apparent in India. A lot of the restaurants we were playing in cost five times more than your average restaurant. It would have been very easy to go there and live a slightly blinkered existence thinking that everything is wonderful, but for many living there that is far from the truth.
However, we did manage to escape our fancy live music venue bubble and see some fantastic places. I think my two highlights were seeing scaffolders assembling a frame from just bamboo and rope with no harness. It was both incredible to see their balance and acrobatics and petrifying! The other is the Taj Mahal which is the most beautiful building I have ever seen. All of us were lost for words when we arrived in the gardens.
I would like to thank firstly John Law for the opportunity to go there. When John initially proposed the idea I thought he was crazy and that it would never happen. Yet down to his superhuman work ethic I’m now writing this piece having just returned from a tour of India! Secondly I’d like to thank John’s agent Mary James, who put in a hell of a lot of work into making the tour possible. Thanks to James and Ashley who are a hoot to play with and great to hang out with. Also thanks to Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, and the British Council who helped fund the tour.
Ok so I said I had some big announcements to make, the first of which might be the biggest…. I’M TOURING INDIA!!!!
09/02/2018 The Quarter, Mumbai
10/02/2018 Pune Jazz Club, Pune
14/02/2018 workshop, Delhi
15/02/2018 workshop, Delhi
16/02/2018 Upstairs, Chandigarh
17/02/2018 Jazz India Circuit Festival (Teamwork Arts), Delhi
18/02/2018 Depot 48, Delhi at 12:00pm
18/02/2018 Piano Man, Delhi at 9:00pm
Here are the first dates for 2018! Got some big announcements to make but I’m not allowed to make them yet! For the moment though, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thursday 18th January: John Law (Recreations Quartet), Venue TBC, Northampton, TIME TBC
Sunday 28th January: John Law (Recreations Trio), Soho Cafe, Christchurch, 1.00pm
Friday 9th – Sunday 18th February John Law’s New Congregation Tour TBA
Monday 26th February: Clive Morton Trio, The Daffodil, Cheltenham, Time TBC
Sunday 11th March: John Law’s (Recreations Quartet) Album Launch, Pizza Express, London, Time TBC
Sunday 25th March: John Law’s (Recreations Quartet), Venue TBC, Ashburton, Time TBC
Monday 26th March: John Law’s (Recreations Quartet), Venue TBC, Appledore, Time TBC
We’re back after seven gigs in seven nights (and a silly amount of driving). Had an absolute blast playing with John Law, James Manwairing and Ashley John Long. Can’t wait for the next tour!
Got some fun gigs coming up with Ferris/Lee/Weir in November:
Sunday 12th November: Soho Cafe, Christchurch, 1.30pm Info
Friday 17th November: The Edge, Digbeth, Birmingham, 7.00pm Info
The second date is a funk/poetry crossover night which should be super fun (I also have no idea what to expect)!