A new recording of an old song

My song ‘The Suitor’s Ballyhoo’ was written over a decade ago but I’ve never been happy with previous attempts to recording it. I am super happy that last week in my new Sheffield studio I managed to land a version which comes much closer to how I always felt the song should feel.

Earlier this week, I was sat on a train to Coventry and felt a slow motion of the passing view shot on my phone would work rather nicely to accompany the song. I hope you agree and enjoy the new recording…

Willesden Green Wassail 2017

Photo (c) 2017 Peter Marshall – mylondondiary.co.uk

I’ll be performing as part of the Willesden Green Wassail next Sunday.

The event is Rachel Rose Reid‘s wonderful modern urban spin on our ancient mid-winter tradition of blessing where our fruit comes.

Starting from the tube station at 2.30pm, we will walk around Willesden Green blessing the shop keepers with a hearty group sing and stop for guests including myself to do performances along the way… More info via https://www.facebook.com/events/182383505576711/

A few words on Kirsty

kirsty-maccollSixteen years ago today Kirsty MacColl died whilst saving her kids lives. One of my new year’s resolutions is to appreciate her greatness better by spending time with her music.

The first cassette I owned, (which came free after collecting tokens on a cereal packet) had her singing on one side and Michael Jackson on the other.

Here is a wonderful article about her – http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2016/12/kirsty-maccoll-top-10/

Here is me doing a cover of that song from my first cassette – http://music.robingrey.com/track/theres-a-guy-works-down-the-chip-shop-swears-hes-elvis

…and here is the original… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QccPUSTMriM