Andy
Welcome to my little island in the online world. Relax, kick off your shoes & have a look around.

News & updates

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My blog about my new home can be read here.

The dances from my workshop in Henley are listed here.

My personal look back at 2013 can be seen here.

Completion? That's one word for it but there's still a lot to work on at new home project.

While packing for my forthcoming house move I found an old recording from the mid-2000's, a demo of one of the long, drifting pieces I was composing & performing at that time. Listening to it again brought back a host of memories from what was a period of huge upheaval for me, you can read about how these compositions helped me go through it in Soundscapes of Isolation.

I've started putting some of my old music recordings online for your listening pleasure.

With the new home project building to a conclusion there are more tragedies and triumphs.

At the new home project there's problems emerging but also a sense of a way forward.

Progress continues with my new home project.

There's a snake in the garden with my new home project.

A cycling trip leads into secret treasures beneath the earth when I set out to Ride the Two Tunnels.

I took a seaside trip to Weymouth in August and discovered that there are things to do in Weymouth for 1.

I've reinstated my old gallery page - I'll try to get some new pictures up there soon.

Some good news and a warm feeling of benevolent largesse this week - I signed up as a supporter of Linsey Pollack's Mrs Curly and the Norwegian Pipe project and it has reached its target! Linsey is a fantastic, amazing musician & performer and a generous host (he put me up in his home on my first visit to Australia) so it feels great to be helping one of his works come to fruition.

Another gig for the Rhythm Methodists in mid-July - sadly no pictures (yet) but a fine performance was put on by the band. A nice change was having a professional PA system with someone to set up & mix us, an unexpected bonus was getting a multitrack recording of the event at the end. With some excellent free software (Presonus Studio One) I'm now working at making some decent remixes of the songs. At first it was a bit disheartening to hear exactly what I'd played, warts & all, but after a few listens I was able to appreciate that we were actually pretty good as a band. It's interesting to hear the whole set detached from the focus & emotion of playing and it gives a good basis for making repertoire and arrangement decisions for the future. But for now... I want another gig!

The Rhythm Methodists played our first public gig at the end of March, a fabulous performance that had the audience up & dancing from the first song to the (loudly demanded & richly deserved) encore. There's live footage on the band webpage.

In February I spent a week on Madeira, escaping the wintry bleakness (and the storms & flooding!) for some relaxation time in the sun. While there I discovered the delights of Funchal's Old Town doorways.