Living in North Wales, I then spent a period back with Fred in his Liverpool studio recording my songs & hiring session vocalists (proper singers) this format brought me some minor success in national pop songwriting competitions.
1989: Finalist at Song89 - held at Thorpe Park nr.London
1990: Finalist at Song90 -
1991: 3rd place in radio Merseyside Christmas Carol competition
Time out my first daughter Jennifer was born in 1994 & then Emma in 1996, both at Leeds General Infirmary. I have been living in Yorkshire since 1993 -Gods own country as they round these parts. York is one of my favourite cities.
The Thursday Night Club 1998 - basically my first singer-songwriter studio album with guests Jon Thompson on trumpet & keyboards, Paul Fawcus on sax, engineered by John Hamilton at EQ Studios. The most popular song was & still is
Get A Grip!
The album is for sale on: www.peoplesound.com/artist/thethursdaynightclub
or on the USA based: www.cdbaby.com
1999 Christmas Tide a re-working of my Christmas song a CD of this was used by
by Barnados in London as a prize for the volunteer fundraisers who had raised money for their charity by carol singing that year. Single also available on peoplesound website
2000 Pirate Crazy - an ongoing project where I reworked a musical that I wrote & performed whilst at University. I engaged the services of Ed Jackson in York & had hours of fun on his PC & Cubase software, re-working/orchestrating the songs. The dialogue is still being worked on (in a secret Scottish location) & hopefully the project will yet see the light of day.
Penguins in the Desert 2005 Its been a long time coming but a collection of songs recorded over the preceding few years, mainly at the new EQ studios in London but also Nev Barkers Cadman Lane Studio in Snaith, Yorkshire as well as with Mark Woolnough in Earby. Guest musicians included the usual TNC crew plus Rob Hughes on Sax & vocals from Ffion Wilkins. We recorded Mike Beers drums in Snaith & I took him down to London on a CD WAV file! This time out there was also some keyboard input from John Hamilton & Ed Jackson too. They are mostly new songs but I have also reworked a couple of my old songs that B2B used to play. The album is due for release in August 2005 & available to buy via: www.cdbaby.com
Finally, a big thank you to 2 other acquaintances from Liverpool, firstly to Chris Layhe who grew up nearby to me & became bass player with The Icicle Works thereby achieving some chart success in the early 80s the last time I saw him was in The Childwall Abbey pub in 1987 (I think) & after hearing the B2B recording he told me not to give up & keep trying
then also Steve Topping, a successful career guitarist, who has toured the world with Level 42, in the late 80s & at that time was kind enough to write me a supportive note mentioning a basic philosophy that I should never apologise for my music
..so, here I am, still trying and I am NOT sorry!