with Brian Dales
So, final preparations are underway for our upcoming 'Sweet Baby James' concerts. We have 10 confirmed at the moment and we're in talks with further venues with arrangements for gigs later in the year. Our shows are taking us the full length of England (literally, from Berwick to Bath!) so I'm sure there will be somewhere you can catch us.
A few new songs will be making their way into the set-list including Never Die Young, You Can Close Your Eyes and possibly Something In The Way She Moves. If you have any other requests get in touch!
You can find out a lot more about the project at www.sweetbabyjames.co.uk where you can listen to samples of the music, see the gig listing and subscribe to the mailing list. I hope to see you at one of our shows!
So panto has ended for this year and I'm just starting to let myself back into the real world! I had a great time with some really talented people and it was amazing to hear the great audience response to every show. I really hope to work with everyone again - there is a potential panto lined up for next next year already . . . !
Next up this year is to start promoting our run of Sweet Baby James shows, a tribute to the music of James Taylor. We have several booked in up and down the UK and more are being confirmed all the time. You can visit www.sweetbabyjames.co.uk to hear some of the music and find out where and when all the gigs are.
It looks like I'll be spending the Christmas period this year in everyone's favourite seaside resort, Blackpool, while I carry out my job as musical director in 'Cinderella' at Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Everyone loves a panto and I've heard lots of good things about this year's cast. I'm very much looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck into rehearsals. Numbers in the show are set to include a few of everyone's favourite classics, along with a few great current pop songs.
You can see more about the show and reserve your tickets at Blackpool Grand website.
We received a great reception with Sweet Baby James when we played at the Tontine in Cleveland last Friday (Aug 10th). The Tontine is a very well established music venue in the north-east, always putting on great quality music in a variety of styles, so we were glad to be able to play a short opening set for blues band 'Old School'.
The audience seemed to really enjoy the songs we played (including Fire & Rain, You Got A Friend and Sweet Baby James) even asking for an encore - pretty rare for a warm-up act!
We'd love to play a full night of music at the venue so hopefully that can be organised in the near future. For now, keep up to date with any upcoming Sweet Baby James gigs over at www.sweetbabyjames.co.uk .
I'm happy announce my new website! I now have a few audio samples of things I have done over the years, including some of ballet accompaniment.
I will try to keep on top of this blog so you can keep up-to-date with what I'm doing. Have fun looking around anyway!
Last week, Dutch company EJB Entertainment put on an incredible event at The Gelredome in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The Queen Experience featured amazing vocalist Joseph Clark, a full symphony orchestra and a breathtaking sound and light show. AtThe Music Pie we were thrilled to be involved, producing high-quality orchestral backings for the event.
The show was a complete success, selling out the 34,000 seats at the Gelredome, and there will be more shows in December if anyone missed it (me included!).
EJB recently produced the european tour of 'Hair', and The Music Pie hopes to be involved in many more projects with the company in the near future.
I don't think I've travelled quite so far over only two days to do two gigs. From Leeds to St. Andrews to Chertsey and home again, and NOT in my car for a change! I managed to avoid putting miles on the Skoda by using public transport and the band tour bus.
Both great gigs with Get Funked - quite a lot of people were depping on the first night in St. Andrews (a really last minute gig which came in 3 days before the event!) but everyone did a great job, and it was great to play with some new faces. St Andrews golf course (the venue) certainly is a swanky place, and it was amazing of the organisers to sort us out with rooms for the night. A good deal nicer than sleeping on the tour bus, even if it did have leather seats! I recommend these by the way if anyone is looking to hire a tour bus for a band -www.tigertours.co.uk