Welcome to my Blog. Here I will be posting a range of stories, video clips, new songs, as well as general news updates and more. I hope you enjoy reading it...
|Posted on 18 August, 2019 at 7:05|
What a wonderful night Helen and me had on Thursday when I performed at The Cockpit in Pickering, North Yorkshire. We were made to feel so welcome and were amazingly well looked after by managers Phil and Jill at the Black Swan, Pickering along with my friend, gig promoter Dave Crabtree - Thanks guys!
I hope you enjoy the following video clips from the gig : -
|Posted on 15 August, 2019 at 9:20|
Hurrah! The DLI EPs have arrived and sound great! - And just in time for me to take them to my gig at The Cockpit in Pickering tonight (please come along if you're in the area for a nice intimate gig and the chance to grab a limited edition CD rarity "hot off the press" before they're all gone!! Tickets £6 - available HERE.
They look fantastic too, thanks to Helen's incredible artwork - The front cover is her portrait of Jimmy Durham, and the back is her illustration of the execution of Joseph William Stones.
The Final Letter of Jimmy Durham
Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones
Euphonium and Cornet
The Durham Light Infantry [featuring Ferryhill Town Band]
4 tracks, 24 minutes, £4.99 - available HERE.
|Posted on 14 August, 2019 at 16:15|
Whippet Lodge now has its very own Facebook Page.
All likes are massively welcome and support valued more than we can say. Things have started off really well since Whippet Lodge was launched for let only last week, with bookings going better than we could ever have hoped so far. We really want to make a go of this. Thanks everyone who hits the like button, you're absolute stars!
Visit the Whippet Lodge Facebook Page HERE.
|Posted on 14 August, 2019 at 11:10|
I'm really excited by the newly-released teaser trailer for award-winning Lone Pine Pictures' upcoming film 'The Butcher Baronet' which I think looks amazing. I'm delighted and honoured that it features my specially-written song of the same name (featuring performances by three Whisky Priests members - Gary Miller, Mick Tyas and Ralf Weihrauch - and produced by my great friend and regular musical collaborator Iain Petrie at Awake Music) and can't wait to see the finished film...
"One public house leads three friends to unearth another local legend. Durham's Dick Whittington. They discover the amazing story of Sir John Duck."
You can watch the Trailer HERE.
Also, check out the promo poster (below) based on Helen's design...
|Posted on 6 August, 2019 at 3:40|
I had lots of fun in the Awake Music! studio yesterday with Mick Tyas and Iain Petrie recording a couple of tracks for the soundtrack of Lone Pine Pictures' latest documentary film 'The Butcher Baronet' (and the first advance recordings from my epic 'folk-rock opera' of the same name) about the legend of John Duck ("Durham's Dick Wittington"). Both of these projects also feature some fantastic artwork from Helen. Exciting times! More news on this soon...
Further information on 'The Butcher Baronet' is available HERE.
|Posted on 5 August, 2019 at 5:45|
Helen and me feel both excited and nervous, but finally 'Whippet Lodge', our little house in the Scottish Borders has gone live and is up for holiday let. And, after lots of blood, sweat and tears, within minutes we've already got our first booking!!
Whippet Lodge is a beautifully cosy, yet deceptively large, 18th Century stone cottage situated on a traditional village green in the ancient village of Swinton. Once belonging to the Swinton family, the cottage offers views of the ever changing and spectacular Cheviot Hills, steps from the front door, with the surrounding peaceful countryside and dramatic skies being perfect for walkers, photographers, artists and nature lovers alike to enjoy. There are also golf courses aplenty in the area.
To book Whippet Lodge, click HERE.
|Posted on 23 July, 2019 at 2:45|
"Sack the Juggler", the latest in Helen's amazing series of Blogs on her official website is now up with lots of interesting stuff, giving her unique perspective on life and all manner of personal thoughts, amidst all kinds of news relating to just some of our recent activities, and all with a great selection of photos.
It really is a fantastic read and includes news of our further progress at Whippet Lodge, our trip to the 135th Durham Miners' Gala, plus various other fascinating other bits and pieces.
Check it out - HERE.
|Posted on 23 July, 2019 at 2:40|
Please note, due to reasons beyond my control, the following gig is now cancelled. Apologies to anyone who might have been planning to go.
|Posted on 17 July, 2019 at 22:55|
I am delighted to announce that I have a new CD release available for pre-order! (releases on Monday 5th August 2019, when it will ship out).
The DLI EP was recorded in 2017/18 and produced by Iain Petrie. It was originally planned for release on CD last year. Due to a variety of circumstances, however, the EP was temporarily put on hold but I am glad to say that at last it is finally seeing the light of day.
The CD contains 4 tracks, the first ones recorded for my upcoming album 'From Coalfield to Battlefield', which chronicles the history of the Durham Light Infantry through personal stories over a 200-year period.
Released on Whippet Records (WPTCD28), the track listing is:
I am extremely proud of these 4 songs, so it is a joy to know that they are getting an official release on hard copy CD format.
'The Durham Light Infantry' was of course originally a Whisky Priests song that appeared as the final track on the band's debut album 'Nee Gud Luck' in 1989 and has been performed numerous times by the band live. It was, in fact, the second song (after 'Danny's Hard Life') that I ever wrote for the band, as far back as 1985. For this release, however, I have reworked the lyrics and recorded them to a musical backing by Ferryhill Town Band, providing an amazing and interesting contrast to the original version.
Weighing in at a hefty 24 minutes, it's more like a mini-album and includes the longest song I have ever recorded ('The Final Letter of Jimmy Durham') at over 7 minutes.
Please note, this is an extremely limited release - only 100 copies are being pressed! So, it is sure to become a rare collector's item. I'm keeping a few copies back to sell at my upcoming gigs in August and a handful will be going out for reviews/promo, so anyone wanting to grab a copy ought to get in quick as I don't think they are going to last long!
It also contains some fantastic artwork by my official artist and illustrator partner Helen Temperley.
I hope you will support this release as any proceeds will go towards the recording and manufacturing of the full album.
|Posted on 13 July, 2019 at 1:55|
The single (which features both a Vocal Version and Instrumental Version of the song) is still available as a digital download HERE.
In the meantime, look out for news of the next release from my 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' project coming soon.