PADCAST 34: THE BITTERSWEET FEAT. MARCUS BONFANTI

MARCUS BONFANTI

This week, Marcus Bonfanti and I celebrated our British Blues Awards with (amongst other things) a Padcast! We play Marcus’s award winning song ‘The Bittersweet’. Who knows, maybe an album in the next year or so?! Look out for my bro on camera duty…

Paddy x

WINNER OF BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER! BRITISH BLUES AWARDS

I’m really happy to announce that I won ‘BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER’ in the British Blues Awards 2012, today! The awards cerememony was at the Newark Blues Festival, in the grounds of the old castle there, a beautiful setting. It was a fun day with loads of familiar faces. I was also very glad to see Marcus Bonfanti win the ‘Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award for Best Original Song’ with his awesome song ‘The Bittersweet’.  I was also pleasantly surprised to have a call from Paul Jones to ask to collect the award for ‘Best Harmonica Player’ on his behalf.A little jam on ‘Cold Shot’ was preceded and followed by some nice ales. All in all, a good day!

PADCAST 30: OLYMPIC VILLAGE

The lyrics of this song seem to fit magically! This week, an Olympic Padcast from the Athletes Village itself. I was invited to attend the welcoming ceremony for the Benin Olympic team, which was a brilliant experience…here are a few clips from the ceremony and the village. I thought that the track ‘Believe’ had a really appropriate sentiment so used it as the soundtrack…

Bring on the games…

***PADCAST 17*** ON TOUR

This was a great trip, with gigs in Zurich, Bern and…Chorzow in Poland! The main footage I had was from the gig near Bern, so this is what you’ve got! As well as a lot of fun, it was a pretty gruelling schedule with two consecutive nights with pretty much no sleep at all. But totally worth it to get to Poland and play for the Twój Blues Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards, a great night with good people.

***PADCAST 14*** THANKS!

I was very happy to hear that ‘As She Walked Away’ had been nominated for a blues award, so thought I’d write a little ditty to say thanks to Tim Aves for the nomination and to everyone who’s voted! It would be lovely to get shortlisted for the final round later in the year…

Please vote and share! Thanks all! x

Album version:

Live at the BBC, recording for the Paul Jones R&B Show:

SONG NOMINATION BRITISH BLUES AWARDS

I’m very pleased to say that my song ‘As She Walked Away’ has been nominated for the Kevin Thorpe Best Original Song Award in the 2012 British Blues Awards. Big thanks to Tim Aves of Saint FM who put the nomination forward. VOTE for the song by clicking on this link or the image below: www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/saintfm.htm – it really only takes a second and will make a big difference!

Here’s the album version of the song:

…and a live performance from BBC Maida Vale recorded for the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones R&B Show:

***PADCAST 13*** SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE

Not much time to write, as I’m at soundcheck in Holmfirth (which the Brits will know as the setting for ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’) and on my phone so will keep it brief for now! Nice to capture some moments from the tour. Some good memories and faces. The band has been sounding great and there’s generally been a lot of fun had!

Will post some related links soon.

MUSTIQUE BLUES FESTIVAL 2012

I’ll be playing the Mustique Blues Festival again this year, January 26th-Feb 8th! It’s quite a jammy (in every sense of the word) gig out in the Caribbean and if it’s anything like last year, will be full of music, sun, sea and good times. It’s truly a unique and interesting place so I’ll be sure to keep a bit of diary going and I’ll remember to take my decent camera this time and get some proper shots. For a taster, you can read my little blog post from last year at www.paddymilner.com/?p=1903. Highlights from last year include rehearsing with Felix Dennis in the house that he bought from Bowie, a beautiful Burmese style palace built from imported wood, with cascading split-level lily ponds and a state-of the art games room/rehearsal room hidden in the rock below, full of pinball machines, instruments, bar etc. Something out of a Bond movie perhaps, um, without the Bond girls.

And apart from being a great little festival, all the profits go to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation, a local charity that has done amazing things in the surrounding area.