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…
I’m delighted to say that with your help I’ve got through to the final stages of the British Blues Awards and would love it if you’d VOTE for me again! I’m up for ‘Best Keyboard Player’ and the ‘Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award’ for Best Song – for ‘As She Walked Away’ from ‘The Curious Case Of…’
So, thanks to everyone who voted in the first round to get me through and hope we can do it again in the final! Please spread the word, bribe, hack email accounts or whatever you can to add some votes : )
Padcast 22: Each and every week I post a new video with a new song, recording, special guest, tour diary or whatever comes along that week!
This week I happened to take some cash out in E17 and this is what greeted me. I just had to write a little ditty. Apologies to bonafide Cockneys for the terrible mockney, but it’s all with respect – I love the culture and think that more things like the Cockney Cash Machine should be around.
I moved house this week so used that for some of the ideas. To be honest, I tried to write a song about the experience, involving stress and angry-for-no-reason landlords, but I just didn’t manage to get one out in time. So, I’ve put some clips of the move, including the route from the old house to the new house, to ‘All The While’, a track from ‘The Curious Case Of Paddy Milner’…
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:
I’ve been wanting to get my good friend Marcus Bonfanti in for a while to do a Padcast, so really happy to have him involved this week! The day before, we decided we’d write a song based broadly on ‘London’, but it was on the day itself that we came up with the idea of trying to crowbar as many London tube station names into the song as possible. I’m sure we could have got many more, but we wanted to write and record the song in one short day (we had to finish before the neighbours complain).
When we had pretty much finished it, I suggested we call our friend Ben Somers and see if he was around to record some double bass with us. He was with his most excellent band, ‘The Wagon Tales’ at the time, who had just had a rehearsal cancelled – very convenient for us! So along with Ben came Kate Robinson and Joe Auckland. We showed them the song and recorded it. Nice and simple, as it should be.
And I agree with Marcus’s sentiment when he said it combines two of his favourite things – music and puns.
Unfortunately, some of the video footage isn’t the best but it’s all there!
Here’s the Padcast:
And here’s the download:
And here are a couple of videos from Marcus and The Wagon Tales, enjoy.