Budleigh Salterton Jazz/Blues Festival

Really looking forward to going back to Budleigh at the end of June to perform with Pat Brandon, Peter Canter, Jim Newton and Marcus Rudnick in Knowle.  It will be great to see everyone again.

Budleigh Salterton Gala Week Jazz/Blues Concert

I’m delighted to be back in Budleigh Salterton to play a jazz concert in the Public Hall for the Gala Week.  Staying in the lovely Long Range Hotel, a beautifully peaceful place with glorious views.

I always visit Hair Vision when I’m here to get some fabulous colour and the sun always seems to shine.

So, ready to deliver the goods tomorrow with the brilliant line-up of  Pat Brandon, Marius Rudnick, Pete Canter and Jim Newton.

‘IN THE DARK’ – (WE ARE SOUND)

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.

In The Dark – SOLD OUT YET AGAIN

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

IN-THE-DARK.com

It’s such an imaginative and brilliant concept – just one of many from our fabulous leader Andrea Cockerton.

 

LAVENDER AND LACE

Have a listen to our brand new single, Lavender and Lace, below.  I was joined by Gerry Prusiewicz and Cathy Matthews  in the writing of this song and their wonderful musicianship helped make the track absolutely beautiful.) It was great to discuss it with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s  Sue Marchant and hear it played over the airways – it’s as far away from jazz and blues as you can get!

Enjoy!!  You can hear more tracks by clicking on the’ Music Taster links’.  Val

A fully restored concertina

Roger Thomas in Hampshire has done a fabulous restoration on my grandfather’s Wheatstone McCann duet concertina.  My grandfather, Tomas White (Rushden, Northamptonshire), was a fine player but I haven’t heard it played since I was 6 years old so more news coming soon as to when it will be played in public and bought back to life again. 

Cambridge Folk Festival

It was a great festival and such fun being with We Are Sound to sing alongside the great band ‘Darlingside’ on their track Go Back.  I managed to grab a pic with Darlingside’s gorgeous David Senft. Alex Elbro did even better after interviewing the band!!  The two lovely policemen decided not to arrest me, but stuck a hat on me and asked me to cover their tea-break 😳 😆  

SCOTSDALE’S CONCERT WILL BE A SCORCHER!

This annual concert comes around so quickly and  tomorrow Thursday (5th July) will be the twelfth year that we’ve played this outdoor event. It’s always packed with an enthusiastic audience, and we’ve only ever had to play indoors  once due to inclement weather.  So, tomorrow promises to be a glorious evening and Scotsdales complementary hospitality will be as wonderful as ever, no ticket needed, just turn up.

Cruising the Rhine

It was a privilege to perform a jazz concert with Hungarian pianist  Zoltan Kovacs on MS Oscar Wilde in Switzerland. The 160 guests were a fabulous group of people and the crew were absolutely amazing.