30/1/09 : Archive Fanfarlo accordion madness

A while ago in Fanfarlo we recorded an acoustic set in Simon's living room in Camden for PSL, a Swedish TV company - they've just released a couple of the songs onto the Internet so I thought I'd post one up here so you can see my accordion playing debut... slightly out of tune, but that's vintage accordions for you! Anyway here's the video...

19/1/09 : Good gig

My Notting Hill Arts Club gig went well. Kelman and The Tamborines were great guys too. Thanks if you came down. I played three new songs as well as two older ones and a cover of bravecaptain's 'Good Life'. One new song included my debut concertina performance onstage, which almost went wrong when something got caught on the side of it meaning it almost wouldn't play. (photos: Ellie Atkins and Underexposed):

15/1/09 : RIP The London Astoria

I always hate it when places that I love close down, but the Astoria being demolished is particularly sad. It was the venue I went to my first proper gig at - I went to see Manic Street Preachers there on their Holy Bible tour, the gig that turned out to be Richie Edwards' last before he vanished. Since then it was always one of my lifetime ambitions to play there one day, and in 2007 I achieved it, even if it was just playing one song with Candie Payne rather than playing with one of my own bands. As I walked on stage there that night and picked up my guitar I remember trying to take it all in and enjoy it and remember it - but as with anything like that of course, it all seems like a blur afterwards - I wish I'd videoed it or something. I'm just glad I got to play there.

11/1/09 : New video for Fanfarlo's 'Harold T Wilkins' online now!

The video that we made back in the summer for 'Harold T Wilkins' at MTV Studios in Camden is now online - watch me transplant my head into a TV and turn into a small flashing blob... and enjoy this new version of the song, taken from the forthcoming album we recorded!

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