Live music in 2021. We started with Zoom as the only option and live music kicked back in on 25/05/21, which was great. I wonder what will happen in 2022?
In 2021 I played live 46 times
(18 on Zoom & 28 open mic)


May Garland - 23/12/21 Photo: Heather
23/12/21 - 645
The May Garland Acoustic Nights

Horam

5 songs at Open mic night

    • Next to you
    • Home
    • My only hero
    • Toast for one
    • Ghosts
My final live outing of 2021
I wonder what 2022 has planed for us.
21/12/21 - 644
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

3 songs at Open mic night

    • Next to you
    • I like to be sad
    • Paul
A first outing for 'Next to you', with Heather accompanying me on piano. Last Six Bells of the year and they laid on some top grub.
Six Bells - 21/12/21 Photo: Heather

White Horse - 13/12/21 Photo: Heather
13/12/21 - 643
The White Horse Folk Club

Deanlands

2 songs at Open mic night

    • Ghosts
    • I want to sing along
Christmas fun - lovely evening of song, beer and cake.
07/12/21 - 642
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

3 songs at Open mic night

    • TisT express
    • My only hero
    • I want to sing along
Started with a new song, written for the latest Talent is Timeless on-line competition and then played a couple of tunes that will feature on my next EP.
Six Bells - 7/12/21 Photo: Heather

May Garland - 25/11/21 Photo: Heather
25/11/21 - 641
The May Garland Acoustic Nights

Horam

3 songs at Open mic night

    • Sanity
    • The last song
    • Don't look back
Another chilled and unplugged evening.
23/11/21 - 640
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

4 songs at Open mic night

    • Tree
    • What's in a life
    • Don't look back
    • Xeroxed armies
Winter's on its way, but we stayed warm and enjoyed another relaxed, unplugged evening. A first outing for my latest composition, 'Don't look back'.
Six Bells - 23/11/21 Photo: Heather
Six Bells - 9/11/21 Photo: Heather
09/11/21 - 639
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

3 songs at Open mic night

    • Tick tock
    • It's only my time
    • I want to sing along
Another enjoyable evening played unplugged.
May Garland - 28/10/21 Photo: Heather
May Garland - 28/10/21 Photo: Heather
28/10/21 - 638
The May Garland Acoustic Nights

Horam

3 songs at Open mic night

  • I want to sing along
  • My mum, Alzheimer's and the care home
  • Ghosts
A full house played in the round. A lovely evening of music and a bit of chat.
26/10/21 - 637
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

5 songs at Open mic night

  • My only hero
  • I want to sing along
  • Insomniac's dream
  • My mum, Alzheimer's and the care home
  • Ghosts
Quiet night, so we played unplugged in the round. A first outing for two brand new songs. Very relaxed and enjoyable evening.
Six Bells - 26/10/21 Photo: Heather
Six Bells - 19/10/21 Photo: Heather
19/10/21 - 636
Saskia and friends

Chiddingly

3 songs at Open mic night

  • Journey
  • Dangerous moonlight
  • Toast for one
Something a bit different, a song writing workshop in the village hall with Saskia from the ‘Talent is timeless’ group.

Then we headed across the road to the Six Bells for a bit of live action with me on sound desk duties. Good fun and everyone enjoyed it. The band stayed at our place before hitting the road on Wednesday for their next stop. Rock and roll.

Saskia & band at the Bells - 19/10/21 Photo: Heather
Inside at the Six Bells - 12/10/21 Photo: Heather
12/10/21 - 635
The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

Chiddingly

2 songs at Open mic night

    • Dangerous moonlight
    • Cry
Back inside and on the desk, just like the pre-Covid world!
04/10/21 - 634
The White Horse Folk Club

Deanlands

3 songs at Open mic night

    • Journey
    • Another journey
    • Toast for one
One of those rare nights when it seemed to really matter and I was inside the song and then Heather joined me for a bit of fun on Toast.
White Horse - 4/10/21 Photo: Heather
May Garland - 23/09/21 Photo: Heather
23/09/21 - 633
The May Garland Acoustic Nights

Horam

3 songs at Open mic night

    • Wreckage
    • Another journey
    • Journey
Nice and relaxed, a chance to chat a bit and play.
Wheels for all - 19/09/21 Photo: Heather
Wheels for all - 19/09/21 Photo: Heather


19/09/21 - 632
Wheels for all

Eastbourne Sports Park

9 songs at fundraiser

It was wet but we had a great time playing. It was a fundraiser for Wheels for all and I also got to do a few laps on a selection of 3-wheeled bikes - good fun.


  • Journey
  • Insomniac's dream
  • On paper wings
  • Cry
  • Little red car
  • Ghosts
  • Toast for one
  • Spiders and snakes
  • The young ones
  • 14/09/21 - 631
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    3 songs at Open mic night

      • The man
      • Journey
      • Scrapheap blues
    Last on and it was damp and chilly. Probably, last time outdoors this year.
    Six Bells - 14/09/21 Photo: Heather
    Six Bells - 31/08/21 Photo: Heather
    31/08/21 - 630
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    4 songs at Open mic

      • Life's a race
      • It's only my time
      • On paper wings
      • Toast for one
    Another enjoyable evening
    26/08/21 - 629
    The May Garland Acoustic Nights

    Horam

    3 songs at Open mic night

      • It's only my time
      • All of the time
      • King of the flies
    A really nice evening of chat and music
    May Garland - 27/08/21 Photo: Heather
    White Horse - 23/08/21 Photo: Heather
    23/08/21 - 628
    The White Horse
    Folk Club

    Deanlands

    3 songs at Open mic

    • On paper wings
    • All of the time
    • I like to be sad
    Enjoyable evening
    Garden Party - 21/08/21 Photo: Heather
    21/08/21 - 627
    Loxley

    Garden Party

    2 songs

      • Cry
      • Ghosts
    A post Covid party at home with some of our music friends.
    Garden Party - 21/08/21 Photo: Heather
    Outside at the Bells - 17/08/21 Photo: Heather
    17/08/21 - 626
    The Six Bells
    Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    3 songs at Open mic

    • I like to be sad
    • Guardian angel
    • Little red car
    Revisiting three older songs and keeping warm.
    Life on Mars - 17/08/21 Photo: Heather
    03/08/21 - 625
    The Six Bells
    Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    3 songs at Open mic night

    • You're gone
    • Sanity
    • Toast for one
    Another fine night at the Bells and a bit of product placement - my beer of choice and three songs.
    Outside at the Bells - 03/08/21 Photo: Heather
    22/07/21 - 624
    The May Garland Acoustic Nights

    Horam

    4 songs at Open mic night

      • You're gone
      • Sanity
      • Wreckage
      • Toast for one
    Another very enjoyable and relaxed evening played in the round, with a bit of chat between songs.
    The May Garland - 22/07/21 Photo: Heather
    06/07/21 - 623
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    2 songs at Open mic night

      • The only problem is
      • Sugar monkey and nut pig
    Summertime and it was damp and cold, but we battled on outside. An enjoyable evening, if you don't count the cold!
    Outside at the Bells in the cold - 06/07/21 Photo: Heather
    28/06/21 - 622
    The White Horse Folk Club

    Deanlands

    2 songs at Open mic night

      • The English way
      • Oh yeah
    Another step on the road back to the old normality. Heather joined me on flute (The English way), and BVs and percussion on ‘Oh yeah’. Lovely evening.
    Cheers - The White Horse Folk Club - 28/06/21 Photo: Heather
    25/06/21 - 621
    The May Garland Acoustic Nights

    Horam

    3 songs at Open mic night

      • Cry
      • The English way
      • Journey
    A very enjoyable and relaxed evening with a bit of chat between songs and a chance to play one of my new song, 'The English way'.
    The May Garland - 24/06/21 Photo: Heather
    23/06/21 - 620
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    4 songs at Open mic night

          • Journey
          • Another journey
          • Toast for one
          • Ghosts
    It was a bit cold for summer and quiet, because England were playing football on TV - Sound was good - enjoyed the evening and my own performance.
    Outside at the Six Bells - 23/06/21 Photo: Heather
    Outside at the Six Bells - 23/06/21 Photo: Heather
    Outside at the Six Bells - 23/06/21 Photo: Heather
    08/06/21 - 619
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    2 songs at Open mic night

      • Cry
      • Home
    Outside at the Six Bells - great evening with lots of people - the old normality is just around the corner.
    Outside at the Six Bells - 08/06/21 Photo: Heather
    25/05/21 - 618
    The Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    Chiddingly

    3 songs at Open mic night

      • Dangerous moonlight
      • Little red car
      • Ghosts
    First live performance for five and a half months and I did enjoy it. Really nice catching up with some of my old music friends.
    Chiddingly Village Hall - 25/05/21 Photo: Heather
    19/04/21 - 617
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • I want to learn
    • Guardian angel
    05/04/21 - 616
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Unwanted fruit
    • Xeroxed armies
    30/03/21 - 615
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • It's only my time
    • Music of the road
    22/03/21 - 614
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Stranger
    • Routine
    18/03/21 - 613
    Margaret's Zoom Night

    3 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Coronavirus
    • Inside of you
    • What's in a life
    Another night and another Zoom session and three more songs.
    16/03/21 - 612
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Child
    • Oh yeah
    A chance to try out two brand new songs, which will feature on my next EP, 'Journey Part 7'.
    08/03/21 - 611
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • My mum, Alzheimer's
      and the care home
    • Tick tock
    Mum song time, as it's nearly Mother's Day and then I got the metronome out for 'Tick tock'.
    02/03/21 - 610
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Born grumpy
    • The only problem is
    'Born grumpy' with just guitar was a bit of a challenge, but fun. An enjoyable evening and good to see some familiar and some new faces.
    18/02/21 - 609
    Margaret's Zoom Night

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • My old normality
    • Sugar monkey and nut pig
    Two more songs on my mission to not repeat songs on Zoom in 2021 - it all helps me deal with the lockdown blues!
    16/02/21 - 608
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Tree
    • Insomniac's dream
    The opening two songs from my album, 'The last song'.
    08/02/21 - 607
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Little red car
    • Toast for one
    Two more songs from my catalogue. Decided to keep it simple and uptempo tonight.
    02/02/21 - 606
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • The English way
    • Dangerous moonlight
    Heather was MC and I gave my latest song, 'The English way' a first outing. I'm back in the studio on Thursday (04/02) to start recording it.
    25/01/21 - 605
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Cry
    • All of the time
    Trying to play different songs at each Zoom night.
    19/01/21 - 604
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Journey
    • Another journey
    Zoom = see some faces, a change to the usual lockdown evening routine of food & TV and play a couple of songs. The new normal hey! For the second time, someone had left their mic on and was playing guitar (different song) over mine!!
    Six Bells Zoom screen - 19/01/21 Photo: Heather
    Margaret's night in my Zoom jumper- 14/01/21 Photo: Heather
    White Horse Zoom from home - 11/01/21 Photo: Heather
    Six Bells Zoom from home - 05/01/21 Photo: Heather
    14/01/21 - 603
    Margaret's Zoom Night

    3 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Ghosts
    • Excuse me
    • I like to be sad
    A new Zoom night and some different faces. Made a bit of a hash of my last song, but ha ho, I can blame it on the vagaries of the Zoom sound!
    11/01/21 - 602
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Sanity
    • Life ain't been easy
    Another night away from the TV, must be good. 16 little Zoom windows - a bit of a chat and a chance to play a couple more of my tunes, which I enjoyed.
    05/01/21 - 601
    Six Bells Folk & Blues Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • On paper wings
    • Life's a race
    My second outing as a Zoom MC. It's nice seeing and chatting to people on screen, but not sure about the variable sound quality of the musical performances. I may as well get used to it, as live music seems a long long way away.
    04/01/21 - 600
    White Horse Folk Club

    2 songs at Zoom Open night

    • Home
    • Wreckage
    A new year and tough lockdown rules, so it's Zoom or nothing. Nice to see old faces and have a bit of a chat and then play a couple of songs, which helps keep the rust at bay. My 600th live performance since I started my open mic thing back on 30/01/13.
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