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My spring and summer tour of The Shock of the Old is now pretty much in place. I’ll be taking the show across England, starting with the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford on 4th April, then on to Epsom, Yarm, Hull, Bordon and the the Isle of Wight. Bookings are being taken for the autumn and I will be adding to the tour shortly.

To my great pleasure, I’ve discovered that this is a chock that evolves and changes with each performance. I’m able to include new songs and keep the show up to date as the world and I (particularly the letter, come to think of it) grow older.

I’m also very happily doing non-themed gigs and will soon be appearing in north Norfolk and Hertfordshire  – details on my gigs page.

In the latest RnR Magazine, I have written about the fascinating, enigmatic and occasionally infuriating talent of the late Jake Thackray, a story told in a new biography Beware of the Bull by Paul Thompson and John Watterson. Wrapped up in Thackray’s complex career as a writer and musician are many of the challenges and dilemmas which have become more part of our culture since his death in 2002  – the lure of compromised celebrity, the idiocy of the new censoriousness (both of which he resisted), the dangers of addiction and low self-worth (which he didn’t). It’s a really interesting biography.

Meanwhile…, the new album, has had quite a bit of airplay and some nice reviews, quotes for which I have added to its page on this website.

See you soon, I hope.




In a recent edition of The Living Tradition, there’s profile of me to tie in with the release of Playing For Time.

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