Akimashite omedetou

Happy new year… And yes in japanese too… Last year was about getting back on track and spreading Leon’s words.. not to mention the first book release. I am buzzing n how things went since we came out of lockdown.

It also unexpectedly brought about the first gig for The dirt, a music project with my wife Sachiko. And a release of a limited edition CD with Golden Believers records – psycher-Billy.

There were other music collaborations on singles with a few tracks.. and some airplay.. this year will be no different l. Already one set of vocals put down on a track.. look forward to folk hearing that.

This year I’m hoping I can keep that momentum going and spread the words wider afield!!… Last year Sheffield Liverpool London and Newcastle got a coating of verse . So let’s see where we end up!!..

Looking forward the Dirt having a few gigs in the pipeline.. the first is at the brilliant salty dog Northwich. A fave venue of mine.. opening for radio 6 DJ Mark Radcliffes Une band. A few more after to announce so eyes peeled. The set is building up to a solid 40 mins now so expect a wave of reverb, distortion, loops effects and abrasive verse!!..

So, on a sales pitch.. to have a few CD free to sell.. and a few books of the remaining batch. So if reading or listening is your things drop me a line!!..

Here’s a pic or two..

Golden belief

We believe, that’s why we took the Dirt project to the next level.. music release in the hard copy form.. firstly thanks to golden believers records for approaching us about a limited edition CD release.. so psycher-billy is now live.. and selling great.. so thanks to the buyers too..

The live side kicks back into action in 2022. We have some decent events announced and a few more to add in the calendar soon.. we’ve also extended the live set with more material..

The book continues to sell at gigs so I’m able to send Emmaus some more cash before the end of the year.. I’m also venturing into Fred verse next year so that will hopefully generate more charity cash!!

Leon will continue but less on a live front. Selective gigs, dirt sets and book 2 planning will take priority..

So.. the blogs will continue but until 2022 have a good Xmas and happy new year…

Here’s the last media for this year..

Happy daze

This week’s blog starts with a massive thanks to Jordan at Happy Daze … He took the punt of putting on our project The Dirt… We supported Italian fuzz club legends New Candy’s at Yes.. along with corvus and the morning star, and bedroom vacation. What a night, sachiko and I loved it. Great to get our first live gig under the belt.. and the response has been brilliant. There’s more to come, socials and here will be where the gig news is..

Leon did a gig last night for “after all” but got cut short for a family need.. 1 set out of 2 not bad..

This week it picks up with three Leon gigs… Mouth on 15.12 at rose and monkey a night of alternative spoken word by good pal Loll.

17.12 it’s to the eagle Inn Salford for a support slot with the jade assembly.. then on 19.12 it’s a spoken word night for vortex radio in MCR.

I’m then taking a breather before last gig of the year.. in Bolton and again with Jade assembly on 28.12.

On another note. The balance will be different in 2022. Less Leon more Dirt. Quality over quantity.. I’ve got book 2 to collate and collaborate on..

Let’s see what happens… The Dirt EP is released on Friday 17.12 so check out golden Believers Records…Anyway here’s the weeks media!!

Getting Dirty

This week marks the first live gig for The Dirt.. sachiko, my wife and me take to the stage to combine my spoken word with her brilliant guitar loops effects and distortion.. we support Italian psych band New Candy’s who are firm faves of ours.. thanks in advance to happy daze in advance for giving us the opportunity.

In leon world I got stuck into Northwich on Sunday. An Arts fest at the reindeer Iodge. I got to join pagans soh, hazels maze and Damian Luke.. Then onto the salty dog to watch deja Vega and get involved in their opening track. A jam we had done once before in Stockport!! Buzzin

Last week was mostly book 2 prep but I did get to do a set at the amazing long story short. A great event of words!! This time at Grub .. and met ace photographer Dave Gleave who got his camera out again..

Yesterday I was at turning point doing a talk with addicts.. my second one now and I will be back next year.. live the work going on there!!

So this week it’s the Dirt… And on Sunday it’s the Xmas gig for after all fest… Next week its mouth at rose and monkey and a support slot with jade assembly.. top 10 days ahead… So here’s the posters and stuff.

Quiet time

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!!!..

Come down

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!!

Weekender !!!

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!!

Bee like

Shiine on

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!!

Wiccan transition

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..

Week- ender

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…

So.. here’s a few pics of past and future..