It’s been such a long journey over the past year and more. Moving house (Cambridge to Shropshire), unexpected surgery needed while the move was taking place, then lockdown as soon as we arrived here. However, I’ve been able to meet some lovely Shropshire musicians and about to perform locally. I’m also looking forward to my jazz/blues concert in Budleigh Salterton with our Devon-based ‘Sizzling Jazz and Blues Band’.
2020 saw the competition introduce a new section – best cover song. We entered 5 songs, all of which gained the top 5* mark and 3 songs gained a semi-final place. We were surprised and delighted to get that far especially as there were 9000 entries from 84 countries. Yea, we are happy people. The songs are
You’ll Never Be The Sun
Thank you to the brilliant songwriters who enabled us to cover these music treasures.
No doubt every musician feels pretty much as I do – missing the wonderful companionship of those you usually work with, longing to share the same space again, and experience the precious moments of making music together.
Some will be experiencing tremendous financial hardship, as will the sound and lighting crews, and roadies, that performers rely on so much.
I expect it will be a very long time before we are able to perform publicly again but the health and well-being of everyone has to be the first priority.
Paul and Debbie of ‘Get In The Swing’ organised a fabulous evening of music and dance in Risby Village Hall last night. Paul’s brilliant choice of swing and rock n roll music initially helped the 200+ people find their dancing feet and there were some amazing shows of Lindy Hop, Jive, Balboa etc.
Then Si Cranstoun’s band took to the stage and gave two brilliant sets of music which encouraged even more styles of dance and some great ‘strolling’. Seven members of the band in all came over as an exceptionally well-balanced ‘orchestra’ and the sound was brilliantly managed. The musicianship is superb, Si’s vocals are amazing (as is his own song-writing) and his fun-filled personality makes him an ideal front-man for this ‘top of the range’ and hugely popular band.
I’ve performed many times in the village hall in Risby which is absolutely huge and sometimes the acoustics were very difficult to manage. This has been addressed with some clever renovation, and is now a perfect venue for that big event with big sounding bands and people who just love to dance.
It was so good to be back in Budleigh Salterton and perform the jazz festival with Pat Brandon and our Sizzling Jazz and Blues Band. Many thanks to Lydgate Hotel, beautifully positioned in Postbridge on Dartmoor, for looking after me so well and then Syon House In East Budleigh.
So, the annual Cambridge concert at Scotsdales has come around again and will be played on Thursday 18 July. I’ve got the usual fabulous ‘Turquoise’ musicians – the rhythm section with Gerry Pruseiwicz, Phil Prechner, Chris Smith, Ed O’Connell and JohnTrowsdale is joined by Geoff Duckworth on saxophone and Chris Smith on blues harmonica. The delightful vocalist Cathy Matthews will be guesting with us.
It’s been an incredible month performing the 9 ‘In The Dark’ concerts in both Suffolk and London (most of which were sold out). The final 3 will be performed in the fabulous setting of Jesus College Chapel in Cambridge – all sold out – on Saturday 30 March.
That sees my final performance with ‘We Are Sound’. I’ve had a fabulous 5 years with them under the direction of the amazing Andrea Cockerton and will miss everyone so much, but it’s time for me to ‘take stock’ and cut down on a few things.
As ‘We Are Sound’ embark on another series of the ‘In the dark’ concerts, it took just 2 hours for all three Cambridge concerts being held in Jesus College Chapel, Saturday 30 March to be sold out. Tickets are still available for the Suffolk and London concerts – visit
It’s such an imaginative and brilliant concept – just one of many from our fabulous leader Andrea Cockerton.