Happy New Year to you! Here's some great news for a change...Although I'm not doing much publicly at the moment, a lot is going on behind the scenes which will lead to some innovative concert performances in the future.
The Rock MassFirst, I'm thrilled to be able to announce two Rock Mass shows at the Městské divadlo Brno on 14 and 15 April. These shows will feature the same soloists from the UK as on the CD – Kirsten Joy and Gaz Twist – with full orchestra and rock band. They will be amazing shows! Tickets will be available from the theatre website from mid-February.
New albumAlso, I am working on material for new live shows and an album – again working with Daniel Kyzlink (composer of The Rock Mass) as producer. The album will be called Songs of Innocence and Experience, a title inspired, of course, by the enigmatic William Blake. Musically I am returning more to my acoustic roots in English, Irish and Scottish folk music, but having said that, will be working with some extraordinary musicians. It will be anything but a 'folk' album, but rather a fusion of diverse styles. My aim is to produce an album that is worth listening to more than once! Like The Rock Mass, the mood will but positive, but also explore some deep mystical and spiritual themes from a somewhat sideways perspective (after all, most song writers are poets and philosophers).
Further performances of The Rock Mass in OctoberAlso, we have been short-listed for a grant from The Ministry of Culture for two further Rock Mass shows at the end of October – a further performance in Brno and one in Prague.
So although I may not appear to be doing much at the moment, a lot is going on which will result in some great live music! I'll keep you posted. Thanks so much for your patience and ongoing support, and again, I hope 2017 will be peaceful and productive for you.