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Giggin’ away…..

A few months in and Soul Band gigs have started to be a little less scary. We’ve played for the old folk of Penryn on Poppy Day, the drunks of Falmouth on a very snowy December evening when anyone in … Continue reading

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snowed in with my sax

Uh oh it’s been a while… all good intentions but the blog fell by the wayside for a while. Sorry folks. Sure you were sorely disappointed… Time for an update…. Few months on and I am still having (sporadic) lessons … Continue reading

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big band, little band, cardboard box….

Summertime…. and there’s far too much to do. Working, diving, kayaking – oh yeah and playing my sax.  Got to admit the practice has suffered a bit from overdose of outdoors. Seems wrong to be blowing boring long notes in … Continue reading

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Having a mixolydian moment….

Another sax lesson.. took it up again this year after almost 20 years break with the single-minded goal of learning to IMPROVISE.  Yes I know my theory (I got up to grade 8 flute and 5 piano and can read … Continue reading

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Glastonbury 2010 Sunday

“A friend that you can trust in any midsummer’s burning sky”

My Glastonbury drew to a close with The Saw Doctors and if you know me at all that won’t be a surprise. Possibly my favourite band, certainly up there in the top 10, especially live. Back in the dad-rock genre, I was surprised to see a few other single ladies in the crowd. Normally it’s just me and the truckers Continue reading

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Glastonbury 2010 Saturday

An epic day of massive proportions, sore feet and achey back as a result of miles travelled…. Can’t quite do Glasto like I did when I was 20 anymore.. may well die trying though…. Continue reading

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Glastonbury 2010 Friday

“And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.”

All in all an uninspiring couple of hours but all was to be rapidly and forcefully put right by the quite frankly bloody wonderful Mumford and Sons on the John Peel Stage. They look good, they sound fantastic, they can really really play – all apparently multi-instrumentalists (singer on the drums for a bit), crazy Bez dancing from the keyboard player and just the most wonderful songs written for years. Each one so crafted, full of crowd-friendly choruses, hoedowns that last just as long as your legs and lyrics to tug on every heartstring, especially if your lovelife is as catastrophic as mine…. Wish I could use all my horrific romantic entanglements to such great effect… Continue reading

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Glastonbury 2010 Thursday

Not a lot happens at Glastonbury on Thursday (apart from 177,800 people arriving, a million different food stands, endless shopping and a million opportunities for people watching). We joined the throngs stomping for hours around the whole city – taking in a slumbering and not quite finished Arcadia, a buzzing (with crystal power?) Green Fields, boiling in the sun-baked bowl of heat in front of West Holts stage – eventually opting for a the shady calm of The Glade – and a few paper cups of cider/ale. Continue reading

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