After a mental few weeks it’s been steady away in the pig pen the past few days.. London gig… High profile supports.. and north west ventures have meant it’s good to kick back….. Ish
I have been busy though.. prepping for The Dirt projects ventures.. EP release and first live gig… And typing up verse for future book projects!!!!.. ideas keep in bubbling….
December means two dirt gigs.. two support slots with jade assembly. A trip to Northwich.. and a couple of crackin spoken word events ( long story short and mouth) to get stuck into.. to name a few…
Any way I also have a session with turning point addiction services next week to chat with service users, and I’ve recently submitted a load of kids verse to Phantasmagoria for a teddy wocky book.. it’s all about getting out of the comfort zone..
Reet.. that’s the update.. so here’s a few future gig posters!!!..
What a mental extra long weekend. JAMC gig on Wednesday as a punter followed by 4 top gigs with Leon… Two with Gaz Whelan (happy Mondays) either side of a belting EMF support slot at the iconic Golden lion in Todmorden.. then topped off last night with an opening slot of Matt McManamon doing his scally folk stuff in Liverpool..
Loved everyone of them and every minute.. now to take the foot off the pedal until Saturday where I do a 30 min afternoon set at thirsty scholar as part of under the bridge.. poster to follow. The doors keep opening so if suitable I will walk through them unphased and excited.. the comments of support and positive vibes keep coming so I will drive on and farm the words…
I’m also back at phantasmagoria tomorrow where I conclude a 6 session creative writing workshop.. this one is about Xmas.. look out for a kid’s book coming!!.. haha
Also on the horizon is stuff by The Dirt. Psych punk with abrasive verse.. EP coming mid December and we go live in two weeks support to Italian legends new Candy’s..
So here’s some imagery of stuff gone on and coming!!
Totally flowered up after a weekend at Shiine on festival. Delving back into the nineties.. lively to meet the annual festival folk.. and nice for strangers to come up and ask if Leon is doing any performance… That’s nice but alas I wasn’t.. make next year if they will have me!!.. MC.. compere extraordinare…. intro guru.. call it whatever you like.. maybe even the Dirt doing a set.. #start a petition!!!
Anyway I did a gig in London last week which was ace.. lived the Victoria in Dalston.. and they got it.. bang goes the theory spoken word doesn’t mix with psych gigs outside the lights of Manchester. #brokenmould
Next up is four Stella gigs over this weekend, with Gaz Whelan (happy Mondays) EMF, and Matt McManamon (dead 60s). All in the north!!.. I am so buzzin where this path is going.. I have no idea what’s around the corner but the journey is brilliant!!!
Next month the music project kicks off good and proper with a CD release and a gig support to Italian psychers New Candy’s in Manchester.. look out for the Dirt.. we are on bandcamp.. have been for 18 months but we are coming out of the immigration band covid traps!!…
So it’s short and sweet but it’s all busy here.. here’s a few gig posters of what’s happening!!
Firstly the be had a few decent outings in the last week.. phantasmagoria workshop creative writing in Ashton u lyne. A superb gig in Blackpool ‘by the metre” with some top fellow wordsmiths… cheers Nathan Parker for the invite!!!
An art inspired gig in Chorlton at dulcimer for rebel riot records.. and not forgetting an amazing afternoon with people photographer David Gleave getting some shots for The Dirt and to bolster his already brilliant documentation of the northern quarter!!..
Topped off with more rehearsal as The Dirt in Cabbage HQ. Thanks to those lads for use of the studio.. The Dirt are soon coming to stage!!.. it’s on!!….
The next week is more laid back with a weekend fest as a punter.. shiine on will take me back to my petulant youth status.. however before that I do have a maiden London gig on Wednesday at the Victoria in Dalston. Cheers otherside promotion for the invite!!
The weekend after however is a biggy for me. There’s a support slot with EMF.. yes those 90s ravers… Golden lion Todmorden.. it’s sold out but you never know some covid returns or cancellation may facilitate an entry!!
On each side are two fantastic book end gigs with Gaz Whelan solo (happy Mondays). Thursday is for Busk in Stretford. And Sunday for pentatonic at 33oldham at, MCR.
So.. the pig farmer journey continues.. there’s lots more to announce for me and the dirt.. so keep eyes peeled on here.. or the many socials we run..
Until then, here’s as usual some posters and pics!!
Since the last natter, my energies have been with phantasmagoria, the travel emporium and a dark faery festival. Needless to say I have spent a large portion of my week in a parallel universe or two.
With phantasmagoria I was creative writing with the young minds of tameside. Talking teddy wockys and magical journeys. Some great stories created…
At the weekend I had the honour of attending the dark faery festival in Shropshire countryside. I met some cracking folk and was made so welcome by orcs, knights, story tellers, fairies, wizards, witches and other elements of the creative underworld. Rumour has it you may see me in Llangollen at the big festival next summer!!
Squeezing between these two I still got to share some verse at Mossley soup at Emmaus.. and crank the amp up in a studio to practice The Dirt material… ta to pals Cabbage (band) for the room!!crackin week!!
This week is a little more relaxed.. ish.. a photo shoot offer in Manchester with a talented photographer. A gig in Blackpool on 4th at Bootleg social and a gig on 7th at dulcimer Chorlton doing word with an art group.. no doubt Dirt rehearsals and getting ready for our maiden gig!
So.. here’s a few pics of what’s gone on and what is happening.. also look out for my interview and performance with pal Nathan Parker at The Yard MCR..
What a weekend.. it’s what makes this journey so special.. on Friday I got to meet up with a load of pals.. perform some verse… In a church.. while sharing a stage with some cracking bands and Peter Hook as DJ.. chuffed is an understatement!!!..
Then expecting a weekend off listening some great bands at Karma weekend in Nottingham, I was invited to compere with verse interludes on the Sunday.. again meeting top folk and sharing a stage with some great musicians..
This week I am doing creative writing workshops with phantasmagoria in Ashton under lyne MCR.. both youth and adults.. great experience and nice to get folk using creative flows…
Next up is a weekend gig in some woods in Cheshire for a faery festival.. loving the variety..
There’s new gigs coming in like a maiden trip to london next month and a booking to perform with artists in Chorlton, MCR.. I’ve got the gigs with Gaz Whelan of happy Mondays, an EMF support slot and some spoken word events.. so November is busy..
Meanwhile the Dirt practice and discuss an EP and when we can go live…
A couple of impromptu acts turned a great week into something very exciting..
On Wednesday after last blog I visited a n ex army pal in Newcastle for some down time. A keen supporter of my journey he discovered an open mic and mini slam (Born lippy). A last minute entry resulted in a win and award of a guest slot.. I did give it to the runner up!!.. it’s a crackin event and welcoming with some top talent in comedy, spoken word and hip hop..
Then came a pals book launch on Friday, more a celebration of an academic masterpiece by Jason Roche. joining myself was top lads Deja Vega and new lads Corvus and the morning star.. brilliant night which still has me buzzin after doing an unrehearsed collaboration Track With Deja Vega.. the videos are out there!!.
This week is steady.. ish.. first up an interview release with renowned Yorkshire poet Tahira Rehman on 20th.
Then a biggy.. Friday 22nd I am performing before Peter Hook at Macclesfield in October Fest.. also on same day bill is yellow brain . San Pedro collective and Queen cult… It will be mega!!.. buzzin for this..
Squeezing in some Dirt rehearsals will keep me out of trouble..
So here’s some images from last Friday and what’s coming up this week..
Nice steady week has been had busy but nice… On the gig front the peerhat for astral elevator was ace. Nice to be involved with some great bands and even do an impromptu jam with pals Gardenback.. the underground independent music scene is thriving!!!
Took my foot off the pedal until Sunday but I was planning and plotting.. gigs for me and The Dirt, 2022 is forming nicely for the music project. Gig talk with nice appreciative folk…
Also creative workshops with phantasmagoria (Ashton under lyne) are in the pipeline… Half term October and sessions for young and older.. we are making a story book!!.. with teddy wockys. Yep you read that right!!.
Sunday brought about a crackin gig up at tap select in Oswaldtwistle.. new stomping ground.. but nice to hook up with some familiar faces .. punters and poets… Next Lancashire stop is 4 Nov in Blackpool!!!.. bootleg social…
On Monday I got to do one of the most rewarding sessions.. At turning point addiction services in Manchester. A talk and performance around talking myself out of trouble to about 12 folk.. most of whom were service users… Loved it and I’ve been invited back.. maybe a quarterly residency is on the cards!!!!..
In gigs news social media has the info.. but I’ve been chuffed to accept two gigs with Gaz when (happy Mondays) for his acoustic and Q and A gigs around Manchester in November.. and some in December with The jade assembly…
So.. the train keeps ploughing on.. gigs are plenty.. charity work is fulfilling… The dirt is coming to fruition… Also keep an eye out for interviews.. one recently with the lovely Tahira Rehman will be on line soon. And I have another today!!!..
Next stop is Stockport on Friday.. my pal Rochie launches his book and I get to share a stage with the immense Deja Vega… Tickets still on sale via Dr feelgoods bar ticket link…
Last blog seems ages ago.. lyne ta gone on including a week long road trip to the south coast and back via a few friend stops..
Gigs at lock 91 for punk in Drublic, Freshers all dayer for deco records and the Sunday showdown at Stretford brew chimp seem a lifetime away..
Since then I’ve dropped the musical genius half of The Dirt project off at Heathrow. Sachiko is in Japan and returning mid October.. rehearsing starts full on then.. we have an EP to promote and release then get ready for live gigs in 2022..
So.. this last week flying solo has still been fun.. I visited the south coast l, received refreshing news from an old army pal and got to share some verse and chat at Mangangs Wednesday meet up in Southampton.. I also while nearby hooked up and watched the brilliant Blinders!!
I then went to Bristol met a couple of mates and got to perform at Ebeneezer gate pocket park. A great community creative space on north st.. which is an area I love.. networks done and potentially new gigs there to follow.. I also got to catch up with York pals Bull who performed at the Louisiana..
A calm night pit stop in Shrewsbury followed where I saw miles hunt and Ian prowse do their cracking acoustic sets!!
A North Wales stop didn’t go to schedule but a return is planned… a random stop in Manchester for an astral elevator gig where new mates were found.. when doors close others do open…
Then for the last night I went to Liverpool.. an open mic at the cavern run by Ian prowse.. yes i did natter to him in Shrewsbury!! Great night l, and I’ve been invited back…
So.. there it goes.. a crackin trip. Gigs as punter and performance. Me and the cat had a tip time in the camper.. so any promoters come find us.. me or The Dirt.
Next gig is Wednesday at the peerhat Manchester for astral elevator..
So.. I’m going to be talking all things The Dirt. A resurrection of a plan my now wife and I had as we we entered the first lockdown.. fuzzy, noisy and edgy guitar effects and loops layered with my spoken word.. we did put two self produced EPs a n bandcamp as experimental stuff of what we wanted to create..
Now she has moved to UK from Japan and we have the capability to progress we have started rehearsing and ate looking bat taking The Dirt live towards the end of 2021. This will coincide with a hard copy EP released with golden believers records – GBR.
A six track set is planned like the EP and it’s sounding great.. sachiko works a pedal board to full effect!!..
So anyone reading this. Please pass onto promoter and venue folk.. two gigs are in agreement so far and we hope to spread the sound further!!.. stand by for further info..
Meanwhile I continue with Leon action.. tonight I am with Sayin at the old abbey tap House.. MCR.
The weekend is busy – Fri 24 at Lock 91 for punk in Drublic… Sat 25 at Grafton arms with Deco records… Sun 26 at brew chimp Stretford…