My new Sheffield studio is starting to bear its first fruit with this autumnal recording of ‘The Suitor’s Ballyhoo’. I play the song a lot slower than I used to and captured this in a couple of free days between shows with the trees obediently dropping their leaves outside my window. Continue reading “The Suitor’s Ballyhoo – a new recording of an old song”
This video was shot and edited on Walthamstow Marshes in one afternoon with the help of my neighbour Guy, who luckily didn’t really know what he was doing with my camera. I wanted it to be shaky and nicely out of focus in places to suit the mood of the song so this worked out perfectly. Continue reading “New music video for ‘Ghost Around’”
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/
Sixteen 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
They got the first spin of a new recording of the ‘Ballad Of Hawkwood’ which has been reworked with new lyrics and a lovely violin performance by Flora Curzon.
You can have a listen to the show here – http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/robin-grey/
Rachel Rose Reid and I are hosting a ‘Three Acres And A Cow‘ song and poetry circle in the spoken word yurt at 1.30pm for a hour. Do come and join us.