06/09/2018

New look piano

I have spent a lot of time this year improving the amplification methods I use with the piano and also making it look better. It’s gone from black to a deep red with some nice hand painted lining by a local sign writer, Sue. You can find out more about her work here www.riverbanksignsdesigns.com . All in all I think it’s looking pretty good :-)

 

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27/02/2018

Rewind Festival 2017 – another cracker!

2018 will hopefully be my third year performing at Rewind Festival so I thought it would be a good idea to take a quick look back at Rewind 2017.

The set up for 2017 was a bit different to 2016. Instead of a marquee and ‘cocktail bar come pub’ they had me playing in this great little pop up pub.

And from the get go it worked an absolute treat. This festival is really fun and friendly (the level of fancy dress is an art form in itself) and there is no holding the ‘Rewinders’ back when it comes to a good sing a long and so together we created a cracking pub piano atmosphere. Friday night I sat down to start playing around 6.30pm and finally climbed off at 11pm with just a few short breaks and the crowd still wanting more :-) Saturday evening was more of the same and as different groups came and went one sing a long rolled into another.

Afternoons had a more leisurely feel with a chance to play some more mellow tunes and serenade those a little worse for wear from the night before. Playing tunes from the likes of OMD, The Thompsons Twins and Madness whilst also slotting in some of the old pub favourites is always a pleasure.

I also now officially have ‘regulars’ as I got the chance to catch up with some of my keenest participants from 2016.

With this lot a sing a long is never very far away and if you watch carefully in the background here you’ll see I can even get Darth Vader dancing (there is hope for the universe yet!)

Throughout the weekend sing a long ranged from 80s classics like ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘It Must be Love’ through to songs by Abba, The Beatles, Elvis and beyond and on of course to those all important pub piano classics. But what ever we were singing, one thing is for sure, we were never far from a request for something by the great Chas ‘n Dave :-)

So another great Rewind was had by all and here’s hoping for more this year. It’s such a fun and friendly festival, I would highly recommend it to anyone. And if you do go, then visit the bloke in the hawaiian shirt playing the piano, he’ll always be pleased to see you.

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27/02/2018

Transporting my piano

At gigs I get a lot of people asking about how I move the piano around. Well it all packs down into one unit and then rolls neatly into the back of a modified van with wheelchair access. The lowered floor ensures enough headroom to fit the piano in and ready made ramp to get it in there.

Hey presto, as simple as that (though it does take bit of pushing).

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29/08/2017

A touching accolade.

This is Michael and earlier in the year I played at the wake for his wife, Esther. The event was at St Nicholas Church Hall in Saltdean with lots of people there to celebrate the life and memories of Esther. I’d not met Michael before and I was curious to know how he came to book me for the wake. I was very touched when he told me that Esther had seen me play somewhere a few years back and had kept my card on the windowsill, then later near the time of her passing had put in her wishes for the wake ‘to get the mobile piano player if you can’. I thought that was really lovely.

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28/04/2017

Rewind South 2017 confirmed!

Pleased to announce that I’ll be playing at Rewind South Festival again this summer. You’ll be able to find me in the ‘Cocktail tent’ – though it’s really much more like a bar :-) . It’s a great festival and we had a lot of fun last year, so am looking forward to plenty more of the same. The festival runs from August 18th – 20th.

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