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Quite A Summer!

Hey Everybody,

So I’ve had a bit of a mad summer and this is my first Blog post in a while! It all went a bit wild when the heatwave took hold, it’s been so warm I have been able to surf in bikini and that is just crazy for England! The Summer started well with a gig at the awesome Blur Bar in Porthtowan, I played a nice acoustic set watching the sun go down. The Blue Bar has the most amazing view and I was really happy to finally get to play there.

Shortly after the gig in Cornwall I was offered a chance to play at a private dinner for The Save Haven Childrens trust in London , this is an event I shall be playing at again in September . I am really excited to be involved in any way with such an amazing and inspiring charity. This Wednesday the 21st I shall be playing a charity gig again for Save Haven Childrens trust ( @ The Catch Bar in Shoreditch, London . It’s pretty nice to go play in London as much as I love Devon it’s nice to play in a city once in a while .

As well as playing gigs this summer I have also been writing a lot. Last year I wrote and released a full album of material. This year however I am concentrating on one song that means a lot to me. Now I know it’s nowhere near Christmas but there is a story behind my new single ‘Sparkles’ (due for release on the 24th of September 2013). Last Christmas in the little village where I live (Croyde Bay, North Devon ) there was pretty massive flood which shut off the whole village from people coming in and going out. The main road where people drive into Croyde is called Braunton and it made the national news because the whole town was under water. This happened on December 23rd.

My family are from Hampshire and they all live there. I was due to go home and play a hometown gig and spend Christmas with them but I literally got stuck with no way out, a lot of my friends in Croyde had already gone somewhere for Christmas and I felt pretty alone. I started writing the song when I was thinking about how I just wanted to be at home at that time of year and how much I love all my family and friends. The song really took shape when I finally got round to recording it in June of this year .

I choose to record with a very talented musician and producer in North Devon called Pete Bruntnell. Pete has a basement studio up the top of a place called Mortehoe. It is basically the most beautiful place and Pete really sculpted a basically very raw tune into something I think is a lovely song. I didn’t want the song to be a stereotypical Christmas song , I just wanted it to be slow, melodic and beautiful. I am currently trying to pitch the song to advertisers with a view for it to be the soundtrack to an advertising campaign this Christmas. I’ve attached the song here > so anyone reading this, you will be the first ever people outside the people that worked on it to hear it!

The artwork for the cd sleeve is pretty special also. You can check it out on my website I’ll keep you posted on how it all goes but fingers crossed someone will like the track enough to use it. I have also just uploaded it to BBC Introducing. So basically a lot of my time at the moment is going into this song and its promotion.

Massive thanks as always to Breo for your continued support. Some of the funding for the track to be recorded has come from you guys so thank you so much!!


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