PADCAST 37: BRAZIL & ARGENTINA WITH JACK BRUCE

What a great trip! I was playing with Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band on 3 gigs in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre, but I stayed on an extra couple of days to check out the vibes of Sao Paulo.  The gigs were great, with passionate audiences singing along and really vibing with the music.  We checked out some great local music too, in particular the clubs with samba bands in the Vila Madelena district of Sao Paulo – really great music & atmosphere with dancing and nobody getting shit-faced and obnoxious like they can do in the UK.  We managed to squeeze in a few hours at the beach, complete with obligatory caipirinhas, and also a game of footy between Corinthians and Vasco – samba drums playing throughout the whole match.  The middle of Sao Paulo had a really great atmosphere, much more relaxed and cosmopolitan  than I had envisioned of the city, although I imagine it would be a very different story in the poorer districts.

Buneos Aires had much more of a European feel about it – like Madrid, Barcelona perhaps.  We didn’t have much time there but managed to squeeze in a steak bigger than our own heads, and a little of the nightlife.  Porto Alegre was very relaxed although we were staying in a well-to-do leafy area which probably wasn’t representative of the whole city.

Oh, yes, I haven’t mentioned the beautiful girls…suffice to say it’s not a myth.

Anyway, here’s the ‘cast, hope it gives you a little feel for the trip:

Ciao!

 

 

PADCAST 36: POLAND + NEW WEBSITE!

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:

Na Zdorovie!

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.