In November of 2008, I uploaded a collection of recordings to a website called Jamendo. Back then it was a myspace-type music social networking site for people who released music using creative commons licenses.
It was peak Napster and some bands were trying to sue fans who shared their music online. Embracing creative commons licenses felt like an appropriate response to this.
I uploaded my music to lots of websites back then, many which have since sunk without a trace, in the belief that some might survive and if my music was any good, someone might listen to it.
Last month I passed 5m streams on Jamendo. I have no idea who most of those listeners are; all I can say for sure, is that it’s not just my mum who listens to my music anymore. Thank you if you are one of those people.
Really happy to find out my album ‘From The Ground Up’ has made Jamendo’s top ten albums of 2017. Continue reading “‘From The Ground Up’ makes Jamendo’s best 10 albums of 2017”
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”
I’ve had quite a few requests for the chords to my track ‘These Days‘ over the years – I thought I’d replied to them all but i just found one from 5 years ago which I missed – sorry Joe Luke Walsh! Continue reading “Downloadable pdf of chords and lyrics for ‘These Days’”
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 had the pleasure of singing for Frack Free Lancashire and Reclaim The Power on Friday as part of a Three Acres And A Cow show. During the show, I had an excuse to teach people a song I wrote for Newham Woodcraft Folk group last year called ‘Let’s Lock Ourselves Here For A While‘. Continue reading “Let’s Lock Ourselves Here For A While”