hello everyone! I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth, I have merely been planning the next stage of my life with my beautiful wife. My health took a knock at the end of last year which has meant I haven’t been able to sing much up until recently. It made me reflect on what I was doing and also both jan and I had fallen into a sicadian rythym of monotony. We live in lancashire at the time of writing this, but we are ready for a shake up and so have bought a house in Normandy! You may wonder why there, truth is janet sent me a picture of a house she had seen and I loved it straight away. It will give us the freedom to write and play and earn money, doing the things we love. It has a lovely little Holliday rental business with the house and I plan to open my studio for writing retreats, where you can book the gite and record a demo, an ep or if you are more adventurous an entire album! Or you can just enjoy the serenity of the house and it’s surrounding area, steeped in history and hopefully sunshine. So if you just want to get away for a break, or find somewhere to lay down a few tracks, you can do it all under Normandy skies.
I will be posting more info on that side of things when we get over there and set up. But it really has given us a new lease of life. Our house has sold and pretty soon it will be all go. Which leads me to another discovery I made, while wallowing away in self pity. Although my voice isn’t a hundred percent, it is strong enough to do a few dates and release an ep, it’s a little frustrating as I have an albums worth of songs ready, just not the time or the confidence in my voice to do an albums worth of vocals, I had pushed myself in writing them and I think it would show if I spread myself too thin. But it will all be happening in the next few months, prior to our jump across the channel. (like we haven’t got enough to sort out! What’s a few nights chanting!?)
I am also very excited to be working on scores for new company Summit Fever media, who are a great duo of film makers, orking on documentaries and short films, that are poles apart, but very engaging from a composer point of view. The spine Montaine race is a documentary about the toughest race in great Brittain and has been completed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who also features in the project. Matts specialist drone camera work makes for some stunning arial shots of an epic event, it tests the competitors to breaking point and it’s going to be good to help build the tension with a mix of folk, classical and contemporary tracks. I will also be linking up again soon with LEM films, to work on the new project from the brains of Lloyd Eyre Morgan. I am not sure if I can let out the plot yet, but all I can say is it will be a mix of decades of genres and musical difference!
So as you can see, although I may have been quiet in terms of my music sharing and general waffling on social media, I have been working very hard. I will update more on everything I have mentioned as and when we work through it. But do keep an eye out for live dates and single releases as they may be the last in the UK for a while!
As always thanks for your support and for taking the time to listen and share my music, (predictive text just corrected share to hate! Not subtle at all Mr Apple, maybe I frequently type my music and hate!)
Catch you all somewhere soon!