New Alessi’s Ark album and shows

Alessi’s new album ‘Love Is The Currency’ is out on 27th October on Zooey Records. We’ll be playing a number of shows that week to promote the album, and a full UK tour is planned for Spring 2018.

I’ll be playing the following shows with Alessi:

23rd Oct – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
24th Oct – Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre
25th Oct – London, Paper Dress Vintage
27th Oct – London, Rough Trade West (free instore gig & signing)
9th Nov – BBC Radio London session (12-1pm)
11th Nov – Nottingham, Rough Trade (free instore gig & signing)
25th Nov – Leeds, High & Lonesome Festival
9th Dec – Isle of Wight, Ventnor
24th Jan – Glasgow, Hug & Pint

Guitar Concert Highlights

Thoroughly enjoyed watching (and taking part!) in the annual guitar concert for all my younger pupils. With two of my pupils going on to study at ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford there was plenty of talent on show. It was clear to see the progression of all those that performed last year, and particular congratulations should go to all those performing onstage for the first time.

Exam Distinctions

Congratulations to my pupils Lucy and Matias for passing their recent RGT exams with distinction! Lucy took the Acoustic Guitar Grade 3 and played the traditional folk piece Atholl Highlanders and Matias took the Rock Guitar Grade 2 and played The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I go. That 33 grade exams I have guided guitarists through – a lot passing with distinction.

New school band song

Have a listen to ‘Desert Island’ – the new song from the band ’35’ that I teach at the Norwegian School. For the past year, these guys (aged 8-9yrs) have been learning how to play together, write songs and perform. They have played in front of hundreds at the Norwegian Independence celebrations at Southwark Park, and we recorded this song together at the end of term.

Have a listen to all the songs that bands at the school have put together at their Soundcloud page here.