PADCAST 24: JUMP INTO MY CAR

From the album ‘The Curious Case Of Paddy Milner’. Each and every week I post a new video – a new recording, tour diary, special guest performance or anything that comes into my little brain that week…

This week, I took some footage from our trip to Croatia with ‘Mum’s The Word’ charity. It was started by some friends of mine and is doing some spectacular work. We visited several orphanages, children’s homes and hospitals to deliver much needed clothes that the charity had collected in the UK. A thoroughly effective and worthwhile organisation.

Please check them out at www.mumsthewordcharity.co.uk

Till next week…

Paddy x

PAUL JONES CHRISTMAS CHARITY CONCERTS

We played two packed (both musically and crowd-wise!) nights at Cranleigh Arts Centre for the annual christmas charity concerts put together and impeccably hosted by Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2, Manfred Mann, The Blues Band etc.) on December 19th & 20th!  Paul asked me a while back to put a band together to play a set each night and to back up some very special guests.  So, with the kind generosity of some great musicians and trusty cohorts – Randall Breneman, Ben Somers, Neil Waters, Pat Levett and Silas Maitland – we played long, varied and fun sets both nights, including backing up Paul Jones, John Wilson, Marcus Bonfanti, Cherry Lee Mewis and Bernie Marsden.  If you were perhaps wondering why it wasn’t announced on the website or elsewhere it’s because the tickets sell out very quickly to local residents, the proceeds going to the running of the Arts Centre and a couple of very honourable charities.

The journey down, through Guildford, was horrendous with the world and his dog out christmas shopping. But we still managed to get there with enough time to run all the songs for the guests, including a couple of classic christmas tunes led by Paul – ‘Blue Christmas’ and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’. All the guests did great and were nice and varied, from the brilliantly electric playing of Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsen, the dirty grooves of Marcus Bonfanti, impressive minute long (perhaps some artistic licence there) high vocal notes of John Wilson, dulcet tones of Cherry Lee Mewis to the brilliant playing and wonderful chat of Paul Jones.  All the staff at the Arts Centre were brilliant and we were well looked after. Suffice to say, they were two fun nights all round, except for perhaps the stay in a 16-year-olds-puking-their-guts-out-in-the-streets filled Guildford. To put it in perspective, sitting in the bar of the Guildford Travelodge was infinitely less hellish. Are we getting old? A bit perhaps, but I’m sure I was never like that at 16…err…

More importantly, I imagine a fair bit of cash was raised for the arts centre and charities – we’ll find the figures out a bit later on…

Anyway, here’s a few pictures from the nights to give you a taster:

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BLUES FOR HEROES OCT 22ND!

Paddy has been invited as a special guest to perform in a lineup of top British Blues at a very special one-off event at Cadogan Hall to raise money for the HELP THE HEROES charity. The night features THE BLUES BAND, IAN SIEGAL, THE MATT SCHOFIED BAND. Paddy and guitar legend ROBIN TROWER will be sitting in with The Blues Band to complete a great lineup! Come down, have a great night and support the charity…

BLUES FOR HEROES
Saturday October 22nd
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
Box office: 020 7730 4500
Website: www.cadoganhall.com/showpage.php?pid=1569