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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

'Soundcheck' - A Documentary About My Music! :-D

Some amazing Lincoln Uni students have made a documentary following me through some of my gigs - Thankyou so much Danielle, Ciaran, Tim, Sophia and Georgia, you've done an amazing job, and best of luck with the course :-)

Its only ten minutes long, so plz give it a watch and see what you think!


Sam :-)

Monday, 28 November 2011

Nottingham & Northampton in a Day, New Song, Studio Progress...

oh oh oh, I'm on twitter! #samofthex

....exscuse me....

Hello all,

3.30 in the Tuesday morning, back from L4 with a heap of gear to organize -  I sure do work for my money! Music all girls and vintage guitar collections ya know...

Anyway, gigs are going well, few new places, plenty of friendly faces through re-bookings which is nice. Last Wednesday I did Nottingham Uni in the daytime for the Prince's Trust, and ended up in the Spread Eagle in Northampton, staying with the renowned Maggie singer Ian Brough & his mum (who I sadly didn't get to meet). That was a hellish tiring day, and driving back only to teach straight away on the thursday was no plain sailing. Radio 4 was the only thing keeping me sane. Oh, how I love radio 4! Honey  voiced pseudo intellectuals reading me stories and debating non-issues - its just so friendly.

Oh, I've uploaded a new song to youtube - its called 'A Tiger Named Tamara' after Ciaran's flatmate MJ's stuffed tiger. I hope she doesn't mind me stealing her Tiger's name....

My Dad's helping me no end at the moment, because while I'm working myself to death gigging, he's painting my studio walls for me. We've made a great team in stripping out our crumbling old back room, and re-decorating from the crumbling plaster walls up. We have to be painted and decorated however by the 15th of December as that's when Ian Brough begins the recording of his second album with me (whoop! repeat customer!).

If you have a bit of time and you fancy it, please give the bottle it up video another watch - I'm hoping for at least 600 views by christmas (I was going for 1000, but that's a little bit unrealistic). I'm hoping my youtube channel will reach 10,000 hits by new year too!

Yeh, I'm sad lol.

I think thats about everything, had better get back to work...


Sam :-)

P.S. - Did I mention I'm on twitter? #samofthex lovelies!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

New Songs, New Places, Doors Opening...

Wow. What a month. Only twenty days since my last post, and I have so much to tell!

First of all, I played my first gig for the agency. It was at Cleethorpes Working Men's Club, and the drive nearly killed me, but the people couldn't have been nicer and I really enjoyed the show. I played my second gig for them a few days later at the George & Dragon in Lincoln, which was also a great fun show.

Just two days after that I headed out to Derby to play two songs at the Prince's Trust 'Celebrate Success' awards. The awards took place in the UK's oldest engine shed, 'The Roundhouse' which has been very sensitively converted into a venue. I had my own trade stall, displaying my wares and selling my CDs. I had great fun meeting some great young entrepreneurs and some lovely people, including Melody Hossaini a very inspiring businesswoman who appeared on 'The Apprentice'. The highlight for me though, was singing on stage next to Sonali Gudka, presenter of 'Newsround' among other cool shows. Sonali even bought one of my CDs! I managed to sell enough to make my petrol back and lots more!

My next exciting event was playing at Harlaxton Manor, a beautiful victorian manor house, now turned college. Just outside Grantham, Harlaxton is more like a castle than a manor house - as I said to Spot On's (my covers bands) drummer Pete on the way in 'We're playing Hogwarts!' Spot On were very privileged to play a splendid and hospitable wedding at the Manor, one of just a few allowed every year. I wish I could get my bluetooth to work as the pictures are stunning!

I've written a song! I think this is one of my best demos yet. I'd love some feedback folks...

Salome, hence the head...

In other news, BNO happened despite all the difficultly, a triumph for everyone involved! 'BNO kicked your ass last night' appeared on the Carnage wall quite a few times the next morning. I for one loved it!

On Friday I played some interval music for the production of 'The Graduate' showing at the Drill Hall. It was a really great production and took on a whole new angle the movie didn't explore. Spot On played the Potterhamworth Golf Club yesterday, and that was fun too :-)

Possibly the most important bit, I've met a lovely girl called Liz. Yeh, that was quick I hear you all jest, but life waits for no man, and Liz is all kinds of awesome.

anyway, cyas soon :-)

Sam x