What a weekend… After a cracking camper van trip catching up with folk and treading in new towns I settled into a weekend of creative connectivity.
Friday – private party at the peerhat. For a great fella Neil winward with great bands.. I even did an impromptu jam with top lads pagans SOH.
Sunday – after all festival for charity. I did a set at the John Hall hippy boogie stage to open with a busy crowd. Then back to introduce pal Damian Luke with the full band sweet beasts.
Caught up with a load of familiar folk and friends and met some new ones!!.
Monday I did a talk at turning point around creativity and mental health recovery. Great feedback and I love going down every couple of months to connect with the great work going on there.
Now kicking back before I head to bearded theory festival… Reflection of great air play recently for The Dirt and me. Top reviews including louder than war. And a new project dropping this summer. Hints in the pics
Few great events on the horizon too.. noteable June events.
2- open door Stockport at snug
9- the globe Glossop
16 – thirsty scholar tonkas book launch
18 – the dirt play Liverpool Acid fest
20- Leeds word gig for vortex
29- Mancunia TV
30- mental health awareness fest chorlton.
So a steady month.. lovely to be asked to these events and great to keep The Dirt sound spreading!.
Please spread the word.. share the blog. Come and shout me up for a slot nattering. Here’s some posters and pics.
I bizzare week… Anxiety attacks… Reflections on friends lost.. worries of close ones.. yet euphoria over two great sets at The Dirt with some great bands and a Leon gig at kick out stigma. And meeting up with food mates..
I’m kicking back from today.. regrouping.. doing what the wife tells me.. switching off .. brain repair time… Can’t preach and not practice…
A busy but fruitful weekend ahead.. birthday party gig with some top bands and a leon set for a pal at after all festival in Manchester..
Finding the balance is tough but it’s getting there. The thing that heals can also break…
The gigs at the weekend were ace.. The Dirt is defining the creative partnership sachiko and I share.. as well as a marital one.. some great comments and some feedback!!!.. we next go on sat 18th June in Liverpool at acid fest for Liverpool psychedelic society. Until then we are going to create a new tune or two..
Meanwhile Leon will fill the gaps, cracks and turn on taps!!.. a few great little events to announce over the next month or three too. Really buzzin.. keep on eye on insta and FB…
There’s also radio play picking up on both sides too which is nice.. hopefully it will prick up a few out of town ears so we can spread wings and make noise in far away towns!!.. if not please tell folk!.. have camper will travel!!…
Anyway here’s what’s been going on.. and books and CDs are still for sale via me!!
Just got back from Sheffield after an away day leg with pal Damian Luke of the sweet beats. Gig at kommune with some talented folk. Words and acoustic…
Before that I’ve had a week of rehearsing, writing, plotting and meeting folk for new stuff, gigs, and projects. I even got to natter on FM radio last week. Ta to tre Moore for the invite..
Since the last blog I’ve also met Jeremy Corbyn!!. Performing at resistance street in Liverpool.. with nige Clarke (dodgy) Matt McManamon (dead 60s). Pals lucigenic and Mr John mcglones who invited me with his souls of emotion. Top day out
The day before The Dirt played the first gig in 8 weeks. Part time punks in Leeds. Another top day out!.. ya to nervous twitch for that invite!!
This Friday the Dirt kick in again with a slot support to pals the Battery farm.. and another surprise slot pending on 15th may.. keep an eye out for info…
Before all that I am heading to Stockport on Thursday for a slot at open door organised by jay Taylor.. defo looking forward to that..
All in all the pig pen stays busy!. With a juicy announcement or two looming..
So feedback.. three gigs since I returned from Japan and all have had great responses.. mouth open mic was ace.. up yours mag event at fuel was brilliant.. and my own this is not a swan song was through the roof..
For those who asked… If you read this…. I will do another.. later in the year.. it’s in motion.. in my mind anyway.. SEP/Oct.. I’ve a lot in until then..
Coming up there’s a few things announced and a few more things to chuck in the mix soon..
firstly The Dirt…..Gigs in Leeds (30/04) , Salford (13/05) and Liverpool (18/06) are next in line over the next two months..
Leon has a few things.. MCR (09/05) info to follow on socials… MCR (15/05) – PUF fest.. MCR (16/05) feel good club… MCR (22/05) After all fest..
Few posters to come but I might have some out of towners to chuck in before end of may so eyes peeled..
I’ll also be connecting at turning point this month to do a chat.. All in all busy month… Ta for joining in.. and ta for Andy from many gang for dropping by the pig pen for a natter and catch up..
Photos will follow of stuff but here’s a few from happenings!!..
I/we (the Dirt) are four weeks into a five week trip of Japan. Meeting family friends and finding new pals and creatives.
I’ve done a ouple of performance sessions while here. Joining Toyama experimental psych duo 13th Vinyl in an hour jam. And performing at bar run in Toyohashi with pal mitsugu and friends for a night of mixed musicians and creatives. Both different and both fun and exciting. I enjoyed sharing a stage with a few very talented musicians.
We now head to Tokyo having stayed on Osaka and Toyama for the majority of our trip.
Landing in UK in mid April we got the ground running. I have 3 gigs planned in April and the Dirt have a Leeds gig too.
20 Leon at mouth rose and monkey
21 Leon at tbc gig in MCR
24 Leon at not a swan song in MCr
30 – the dirt in Leeds at wharf chambers.
Loving it here but also looking forward to gigging.. and launching book 2 back in UK. We are already planning a return here!
So. I’ve not written in a while, it’s been busy.. on a few fronts. Mostly I’m now in Japan kicking back with wife And other half of The Dirt. All busy travelling on extended routes due to fly zones. But got here and no isolation rules anymore..
A busy week was head leading up to travelling.. I had. Few gigs Inc YANA fest and also a gig with the Dirt.
So YANA .. for Manchester Mind… what a day. I got to perform at the castle to a full crowd which amazed me.. so chuffed and to . loads of bands.. highlights were Sinclair, Springfield elementary and Het Bulldog. All top folk too. Also did N interview with artists echoes which was cool. And do an impromptu intro slot before Sinclair set!
Hip hop chip shop – I also had a headline set at a word night for mind over matter last week to which was ace. Met some great folk too..
The Dirt.. we played the peerhat for abattoir blues gig with blob Halford and death vignettes. Great night. Loved it we put out two new tracks with me on drum loops!.. the set is advancing quickly and loving every minute of it.. more gig news coming there Inc a biggy..
So here’s a few pics… And I’m off to write material and enjoy Japan..
This week’s blog comes from a chair in twisted vision tattoo studio.. I’m sat getting further decoration… I slight distraction!!..
So what a week.. busy and enjoyable.. the weekend saw a top gig with The Jade assembly in the snug Atherton. Great place.. great folk.. and a great duo acoustic set.. third gig with them in 3 months, and definitely the best. Big thanks to Foz who asked me to join in their journey..
This week I’ve been back at turning point, Smithfield project for a talk about creativity helping mental health recovery.. I’ll be back their again later in the year..
I did a podcast with rec room for their kicking back show.. a short set with two sections of interviews.. great guys and doing a very professional job over in Salford!!
Last night I was in Leeds, a performance with some great trade union folk for northern grit collective.. thanks to them for the invite.
And tonight back in Manchester.. it mancunia TV live set.. I’ve got a new host slot with the revamped show!!.. poets corner will bring you a monthly piece by me and introduction of a great spoken worder to perform… The show will be recorded for digital screening.. but tickets are available to attend..
Next week.. sees the last of my performance before I take a lengthy break from the front line. (6 weeks)… I’m off on my hols!! Earnt it!! Haha.
Tue 1st march – I’m at hip hop chip shop, ancoats for mind over matter spoken word night.
Fri 3rd march- I’m with The Dirt at The Peerhat Manchester for a set at abbatoir blues night.. we open for blob Halford then hot link sewage. Tickets available at £5.. (for 3 bands!)…
New Dirt tracks are in the making.. but I do have a new batch of the CDs to sell
Sat 4th March – back to Leon’s words at YANA festival.. you are not alone has a crackin line up and is for Manchester Mind.
So that’s it on the gig front until I start again mid April… Here’s a few pics and posters!!
The title has a reason.. and it’s a decent track.. from 30 years ago.. and longer..
It’s gigs in three different cities to round up…
Iiverpool on Saturday.. Leeds mid Feb.. Manchester last week.. and in a few weeks!!.. it’s like a mini M62 tour!
Firstly.. the dirt did a crackin gig last Friday at the snug Atherton. Top little venue.. we loved it. And support to yellowbrain..
Next to for The Dirt is 4th march in MCR at the peerhat. Abbatoir blues gig. The last one before we fly to Japan for a bit!.. back for a gig end of April!
Leon’s keeping busy.. a gig for rebel riot records last week. In Liverpool on Saturday. Then mid Feb I’m in Halifax and Leeds with stops at Atherton snug again and a slot to start my poets corner residential spot on manciunia TV..
I’ve got YANA fest early may and then Leon is the same for the break. Back breathing fire on 24 April.. info to follow.
So all is well. I’ve been doing some veteran spoken word stuff and I’ve got a day with turning point addiction services soon.. raising awareness of how creative outlet helps mental health!!
So.. here’s a few pics and gig posters of what’s happened and what’s going to happen!!
Been absent for all the right reasons is good.. the social media pages are still getting filled..
Firstly the Dirt are ploughing on.. more gigs secured and a few more to announce.. we have almost filled up our calender for 2022. When we set out we didn’t want to saturate the place with our take on psych word. One a month.. ish and to create, expand and nail it down to a T..
That gives room for Leon to spread the verse… Which appears to be happening outside Manchester and the north west a bit now… There’s a couple of West York’s dates next month and a Liverpool slot before a 6 week break .. yes yes.. we are shutting up shop from early march to mid April… Watch where the pics take us!!.
On the gig front though January has been fun.. a dirt gig with mark Radcliffes Une.. and a few decent Leon slots.. this week I joined mates proletariat at the infamous rose and monkey.. loved it .. I’ve been to accy too..
Feb is busy.. the dirt support yellow brain at the snug.. and Leon does that M62 tour previously mentioned.. haha. I also start my spoken word residency with Mancunia TV.. a music arts and word show streamed monthly.. I’ll be inviting a guest along each month to show their wares!.. keep tuned for more there…
So if anyone reads this that loves putting on psych bands drop us a line.. or if a chatty mouthy worder is your thing.. I’m here!!!..
I’m in an anthology that is still selling so I’ve attached a pic of that.. my book is still for sale and the dirt have ordered a new CD batch.. come get merch hunting.. and drip me a message…