Chayanne and Bishop FM

I was supposed to go to Bishop FM lat night, but I’ve been ill for a couple of weeks and despite my best efforts I couldn’t make it. I’m sorry I couldn’t get there because I was looking forward to meeting, hearing and playing some tunes with Charlotte Yanni – Charley or Chayanne as she is known. Charley is a French girl living in South Shields (a “Geordie Frog” as she describes herself) and she writes and sings some great tunes. I managed to tune in to the last hour of the show online, and it just made me wish even more that I’d been there – I didn’t tell anybody but I’d even learned some of her own tunes on the guitar so that I could accompany her. Never mind, there’ll be other times, I’m sure. On Sunday of this week, Charley was in the regional finals of Live & Unsigned, a competition with a huge prize for the eventual winner. Unfortunately, Charley didn’t progress, but she is still upbeat and I’m sure her infectious character, great singing, playing and songwriting will bring her success before too long. Charley has a myspace page here and a youtube page here

Poster Art Poster

A long long long long time ago, before the age of downloads of live music, before the age of CD burners, there was tape trading. I , like many others have boxes and boxes of tapes stashed away, mainly of The Grateful Dead. I used to look forward every day to the postman delivering packages to me from around the world. I used to like to put some extra stuff in packages I sent out (postcards, stickers, etc.), and I asked folks to do the same when they were sending stuff to me. In one such parcel I got this poster for a Sixties Poster Art exhibition. Unfortunately I can’t remember who I got it from. I got it laminated as soon as I got it and luckily the lamination process didn’t damage anything – I’ve had mixed results with lamination. It seems fairly easy to read on the screen here, but if you look at the hardcopy in just the wrong way the words start to melt, just like that girl’s face the last time you dropped acid.

Victor Moscoso, who drew this poster, has a site here. He’s one of the original San Francisco sixties poster artists and has produced posters , album art and more for many years. Check his work out.

Job Application

Way back in 1990 I was working at a small print shop, doing DTP on a very underpowered Apple Mac Plus. I learned a lot in a short while before the business went bust. While I was there I applied for a job with Cleveland County Council, who published a newspaper called The Clevelander that went to every home in the county. I decided that, to have any chance of getting an interview, I had to do something to be noticed. Here’s my application form. I got an interview, but didn’t get the job (there were only 2 of us in for it and the other person had more experience) (Click the image to read the drivel)

Trì is born

You may have read about my various musical adventures with Phil Graham – every now and again we get together to play an assortment of folk, rock and blues songs – whatever the gig needs, really. We’ve done a few of these now as a duo, and generally I’m happy to act as guitar player and harmony singer, with the odd lead vocal or two. You may also remember that I’m in a band that has just added a keyboard player as our fifth member. The drummer in this band, David, also plays assorted percussion – djembe, bhodran, etc. A while ago the three of us played a pre-St. Patrick’s day gig in Newton Aycliffe, and it went pretty well. So, we have formalised our relationship a little more – we are a band and we are called Trì -as Phil says, “It’s Gaelic for “three” and the pronunciation is longer than the i in Tricks but shorter then the e in Tree.”

Phil is still going to be doing solo gigs, as am I, and David and I will continue to give our band our main focus, but every now and again Trì will get together. We have such a gig in a fortnight’s time, just a short spot at the beginning of a football presentation evening – it is good to be out gigging even though our band isn’t quite ready yet.