New Songs on the Way

November 9th, 2015 · Uncategorized

I’ve been writing over the last few weeks, new songs coming soon…image

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FOLK FOLK: Bournemouth

September 23rd, 2015 · Uncategorized

I’ll be playing FOLK FOLK Bournemouth on Saturday 24th October, at St. Peter’s Church, along with six other folk-influenced artists. Check out the event and get tickets here: http://www.folkfolk.co.uk/store/…/Folk_Folk_Bournemouth.html

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Dancing in the Dark

August 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

I’ve been playing this song live over the last few months – here it is, recorded in St. Mary’s, a 12th Century church in Dorset.

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Whoops I Bought A Martin

July 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

It’s been a dream to own a Martin for years and I am now the proud owner of a 00-18V. I gigged my faithful Tanglewood for a decade (!), so you could say a change was due. As soon as I held it, it felt right, and when I played it I was sold. Martin Pics

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Live at The Convent, this August

June 29th, 2015 · Uncategorized

I’m excited to be playing a special gig at The Convent – a beautiful and unique venue tucked away in The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire – on Saturday 1st August. I’ll be playing songs from Oil and Turpentine and Water, Carry Me, plus a couple of new songs, too. If you can’t be there in person, you can stream the gig live via: netgig.co.uk. Check out the venue’s website – www.theconvent.net – for their gorgeous rooms and restaurant.
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Wimborne Minster

June 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Stuart Dudleston captured the gig at Wimborne Minster last weekend – check out the photos page for more of his shots.Minster

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Recent Press for ‘Water, Carry Me’

June 7th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Curious featured on the cover CD of the new summer issue of Acoustic magazine, and Water, Carry Me reviewed in The Musician magazine.website press pic

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Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

June 2nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

Not long until Wimborne Folk Festival! This will be my first time performing at the festival, so I’m thrilled to be playing in the historic 12th Century Minster itself on Saturday 13th June at 7pm. I’ll be playing songs from Water, Carry Me, Oil and Turpentine, and a couple of new songs, too. Click here for the Facebook event – hope you can be there!image

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New Songs

May 27th, 2015 · Uncategorized

I’ve been working on new material over the last few weeks. It feels good to realise ideas that have been brewing in my mind for a while. Now to record them and play them live!4 pics

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Blog: Meet Me At 9

April 27th, 2015 · Uncategorized

The other night I was having a hunt through my wardrobe when I stumbled across an old notebook I had as a kid: A4-sized, ring bound, and iridescent purple-pink. Such taste. I almost put it back where I found it. Part of me didn’t want the distraction, and I sort of dreaded what embarrassing material I might find inside. But curiosity got the better of me, so there I stood, on a chair, looking through the pages for the first time in years and years, chuckling.

One of the first things I noticed was the sheer number of horses I had drawn.  I don’t even remember being that in to horses. Who knows where that obsession came from, or where it went. I began to look for signs of my adult self forming in what I put on paper as a nine year-old.

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Three pages in, I had formed a band (hurrah!) called Nickerbockerglory (I was probably proud to be able to pronounce and spell this word, making it an obvious choice for a band name), and the first and only song penned was called ‘Try Me’. I’ll spare you the verses – to read them is very painful – but here’s the chorus: ‘Try me! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Ay-ay! Ay-ay! Mm-mm-mm yeh-mm’. Catchy, right? I’ve written worse.

As well as horses, it seems I liked to draw: stairs, faces, dogs, paws, flags, clouds, Tutankhamun, rabbits, mice, snakes, bats, cars and cargo ships.

Most of all, I wrote stories. For a nine year-old, the tone was pretty mature. Check this from ‘Pocahontas’: ‘He had always had ambition to sail the seven seas and find treasure, gold. That would be terrific he thought. As the ship left the shore the sun began to rise like as if saying goodbye’. Touching. Stories were always helpfully illustrated, and all kinds of subjects found their way into my writing – a poem about Hitler on one page, Noddy on the next. No subject too big or small, and all written with the greatest attention to neatness in felt tip pen.

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Looking back 16 years later, what struck me was how I wrote what I wanted to without thinking about it, or worrying whether it was any good. I could write a little story or bunch of silly lyrics without immediate judgement or criticism (if anything, a little more might’ve been good), or wondering what this thing will be, if it will be liked, successful, or pay my rent. I’m usually pretty determined to not be put off by those niggling little doubts that can fly around when I’m working on something, but this reminded me of a time before they even existed.

I’m now writing toward the next thing – be it EP or album-shaped – to follow Water, Carry Me, and nine year-old me is saying just go for it.

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