The tour in Poland last week was great fun, with some lovely gigs in good venues. I ate so much food I could hardly walk, and spent some time with some lovely people. We spent quite a lot of time on the Polish public railway system which certainly seem to run more on time than in the good old UK. All in all, a great trip Here’s the Padcast:
LIVE RADIO SESSIONS IN FRANCE! I’ll be playing a song live on the show ‘Le Rendez-vous’ on FRANCE CULTURE radio on Aug 28th, 7pm (6pm UK time). And then one on ‘On va tous y passer’ on FRANCE INTER radio on 29th between 11am-1230pm (10-11h30 UK time). Tune in on the radio/internet if you can!
Well, this week I was joined by young French pianist/singer Greg Evain who I’ve got to know over the last few years. Greg is beginning to make waves in France and I’m sure he has a big future ahead. He’s over in London for the summer so thought we’d get together and bring you a Padcast. ‘Lazy Monday’ is from my album ‘Walking On Eggshells’ and was written by my dear friend and wonderful musician Eddie Martin. Greg cites it as a big influence on him so it was nice to play the song with him this monday gone. After a rehearsal, it was the first take we did and left it at that!
Well, without much time to spare this week, I delved into iPhoto and found a bunch of pictures from gigs, on the road, some I took myself, some by others, and put together a little slideshow of them. The tune is a version of ‘Caravan’ by Duke Ellington that I recorded a while back as a B-Side to ‘You Think You’re So Damn funny, released as a single on Bronze Records a while back. Hope you enjoy!
It’s nice to see people doing things positively around you, and it was great this week to see a local artist transforming a wall into a community art project. In this week’s Padcast, in which I play James Booker’s ‘Pixie’, are some of the images from this project, painted by residents of Walthamstow, London. My little effort on the wall is, rather unimaginatively on my part, the piano and hand.
We had a lot of fun during the making of this video! From picking up an old piano and hauling it out of a house, gutting it, welding wheels and seat, to rolling around the streets of London. The things we end up doing in the name of music! Massive thanks to Stuart Price for all his work including the concept, filming, piano construction and editing. Also to Randall Breneman for his help in the construction, filming and for housing the piano in his garage while the work was done…
Here’s a short video (all I could find!) of the making of the piano – Stuart Price welding the seat together, and the gutting of the piano strings – some haunting sounds. It felt quite wrong to destroy the piano even though it was a knackered old thing.
This week is a performance of ‘Unsquare Dance’ from ‘The Curious Case Of Paddy Milner’, with Alex Reeves on percussion. Then, a personal highlight for me – some clips from a phone interview I did with Dave Brubeck…a truly inspirational man, humble and positive…one of the most incredible moments of my life.