In July 2011, The Home Service played its first and extaordinarily memorable reunion gig after 25 years, at the Half Moon, Putney,and followed it up with a rip-roaring series of appearancesat major festivals throughout the summer. We were then nominated in two categories - Best Live Act and Best Group - for BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards. And on February 8th, 2012, we walked away with the award for BEST LIVE ACT!!
We have more gigs coming up later in year.
Also you can see a brief excerpt from the 3rd July gig, albeit it slightly shaky, here, and plenty more on YouTube...
THE LOOSE SCREW
I have been busying myself with a couple more new projects in the recent months. One is called The Loose Screw, with sweet new pal, singer/actress Denise Black. We work as a duo, trio, or a 4-piece band
The other project is a four-piece unit called Zeus, with Tom Leary (fiddle), Dave Lambert (of Strawbs fame - guitar, vocals) and favourite bassist, Jon Davie. We did our debut gig (minus Dave) at the Earl's Court Beer Festival - a great event - in August 08, and a superb debut with Dave at the recent Strawbs 40th annual reunion gig at Twickenham Rugby Ground. More to come!
OTHER RECENT SNIPPETS
Also check out Big Sun, the new album I recorded with The Green House Band, which is either available direct from me or as a download from iTunes.
Gryphon's reunion gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, on London's South Bank on Saturday June 6th, was a huge success. Watch out for a full report here soon. We performed material from the first two albums, in a largely acoustic format with the original four members, Richard Harvey, Brian Gulland, Dave Oberlé and myself, plus Jon Davie on bass, and long-term friend of the band, Graham Preskett assisting on an assortment of instruments.
The first work has commenced at Cannon Hill Studio for a new Gryphon album! It was indeed an auspicious day, the 11th February, when I made the first vocal recordings with Dave Oberlé on my rather serious new piece, Blood Runs Cool (working title). It was a great, creative and productive day with which we were both very pleased: the first of many, we trust...
Recording continued recently of new arrangements of old tracks to be included in a forthcoming release.
There is a new interview with me, which you might like to look at, very well written by Clive Harvey, for Suite 101.