Doreen and I both have a significant birthday coming up in November, and I guess, quite naturally I’ve been thinking back over the years. Way back in junior school in Bolsover I used to daydream about making a record but never actually expected that it would happen. Well, I’m nearly finished on my fourth and I’m still excited by the prospect of having a new record to release.
The way technology has changed throughout my recording “career” has been amazing – from vinyl to cassette to Compact Disc to downloads in what seems like the blink of the eye. I still miss the old vinyl record sleeves mind – like most music fans I used to love reading the sleeve notes and list of musicians. I know you get all the same info in CD booklets but it’s not the same is it? ……. And CDs don’t look cool tucked under your arm.
The whole process of recording has changed too – I think for the better. You can pretty much make a record anywhere now with the right gear and the right person operating it and I much prefer the process. My current recording sessions have been the most enjoyable I’ve ever done. In the past few weeks I have had the great pleasure of working with drummer Alex Cromarty, bassist Christian Topman and sax player Mark Dunston (who also appeared on, “The Witness”) – thanks guys! Basically, there are just a few more sessions to do with a couple more guests and then it’s down to mixing. I guess that it’s going to be January before it’s available now.
It was great to be back at Guisborough Rugby Club Folk Club at the beginning of October. It’s a club that has been going for 30 odd years and I’ve been doing it for that long too! It was good to see a full house and to be able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones too.
I’m looking forward to playing at The Village Hall Acoustic with “Plumhall” (www.plumhall.co.uk) on Sunday October 27th – it would be good to see you there.
Judy Dinning RIP
I was so sad to hear of Judy Dinning’s death at the beginning of October. Judy was an amazing singer and should have been a much bigger star. I was fortunate to go along to lots of fantastic gigs with her and guitarist Dave Smith in the early 80s. Seems like yesterday. Check out their version of “Love Has No Pride” on the “Waiting For The Change” album – pure class.