Update!! The Big 3 OOOHHHHH!!!

Well the 2nd album “Easy To Read” has being going well .. and im now working on a few tracks to kick off the 3rd.. I have one recorded and a few i’ve been playing around with so hopefully that should be here in the middle of the year sometime! Ive also added the new mailing list which is managed by Fanbridge for regular email updates about happenings in the world of Shagpile. You can find this on the contact page of http://www.shagpile.org.

Ive also added a Giglistings page for my Online Gigs in the world of Secondlife to the homepage as well so you can now check for upcoming secondlife gigs .. for all you SL peeps!! Ive also added them to my giglistings on the myspace page aswell.

Ive got some great gigs coming up too as part of the Acoustic Magic Team this year supporting some great artists.. The first being Greg Griffin of the band “Proud Mary” on the 17th May , another is Chris Helme who was the voice of “The seahorses & The Yards” and a great one which I cant wait for is Mark Morris of “The Bluetones” which is gona be fantastic! The Marc Morris one will be @ The Steamboat in Blyth.. If anyone is wanting tickets for any of the gigs just contact me by email… These are all happening this year.

Also il be having my 30th Birthday bash at the Isabella on the 15th of may and theres gona be loadsa live music for the Bellacoustic night Special.. including Hague, Daryl Burns, Snatchbag , Clear Blue Skies, William West, Micky Oliver and myself… so drag ya butts down and sing Happy Birthday TO SHAGGY!!!!

WEHEEYYY!!!!!!!!! Well they reckon life starts at 30.. il tell you my verdict after the weekend.hahahhaa

Cya for now .. Shaggy!

Easy To Read & Fawm.org

Two updates this time around!

1.Easy To Read

The new album “Easy To Read” has now been released to most online digital distibution stores online from the 1/2/2009 such as iTunes,Napster,eMusic,Rhapsody and others, and as from today the Free download section has been taken down from www.shagpile.org.

The album was downloaded 146 Times in throughout January and big thanks to all who grabbed the download and sent in your comments and reviews on the album.


Last year I took part in a great website called fawm.org which stands for February Artist Writing Month and this is where a lot of my tracks came from for my first album.. basically tou have the whole of february to try and write 14 songs and add them to there website where others review and check out your music and was a bundle of fun … They dont really care if you make the full 14 or not and its more about participating in the challenge and meeting more songwriters along the way!

I managed 11 last year and have signed up again for this years although it doesn’t look like il get near the 14 with upcoming gigs this month and other things happening but even if you manage to push out a couple of songs its worth it ..

So ive managed to squeeze the basics of 2 together upto now and hopefully get time to work on them between gigs on weekends.. so if you get a chance check out the massive online community at www.fawm.org

Until the next update .. Shaggys signing out to blow the manflu out of his nose!

Easy To Read.. New album as a FREE DOWNLOAD!!

“Easy To Read” is my new album to be released today .. and is been made available as a FREE DOWNLOAD HERE.. or via my homepage.. www.shagpile.org

Front Cover

The album comes in a .zip file so its a one click download complete with the artwork…

The album was finished on New years eve morning and is only available free for a certain period so grab it while you can..

The Track Listing is as follows :

1. Young

2. You and Your Lies

3. Hold on , Slow Down

4. Passing Through

5. Easy To Read

6. Old

7. Mystery (instrumental)

8. Worth More Than here (Live Bonus Track)

.. the last track was a co-write and the lyrics were written by Fiona Dunne..

Big thanks for the lyrics for fiona , thanks to Terry Mason for the photography work for the cover and also thanks to everyone for the support throughout the year..

all the best for 2009.. shaggy!!

What a Year!! What a Year!!

Its been a great year for me, my music and shagpile.org but now its nearly over….


Its Christmas Eve tomorrow and theres only one Gig left to to play this year at the Three Wheat Heads in Thropton and this is on New Years Eve, so what better way to start next year than downing a load of drink and jamming with the Acoustic Magic team until it hits 2009….

This year has definately been a great one for me and my music…. and heres a little list of the achievments which ive managed to get through .. with a little help of course  …

* First of all .. joining up with Derek & Hairy along side the Acoustic Magic team… all the gigs they’ve gave me the chance to play, the people ive met and played along side and all the venues I would have never have had the chance to Play at. Big thanks to you two nuttas thats helped make the past year what it was…

* My first album “Finding Yourself” completed and released for sale at gigs, Shagpile.org, CDbaby, iTunes, efolk, Payplay and Secondlife and too all of  you who purchased the album and supported my music.. Big Thanx and Hugz from shaggy!!

* Sharing the stage and meeting with some great artists/musicians… including Clear Blue Skies, Steve Daggett(Lindisfarne), Miles Hunt (Wonderstuff) and Erika Nockalls, Hague, Adam Bomb,  Daryl Burns, Snatchbag, Micky Oliver, Simon Todd and one of my personal favourites…. Paul Liddell. Thanks again to the Acoustic Magic lads for making  most of these possible..

* Recording and Artwork ready for the second album “Easy To Read” which is going to be ready for the beginning of 2009..  which features a bonus live track with lyrics which were written by Fiona Dunn… It wont be long I promise!!

* Not really music related but has definately been the biggest thing of the year for me!!!.. little baby Olivia Vare….born 9th October 2008.. the new addition to the household…. and im sure she’s gona give me plenty songs to write about in the future!!

So to everyone ive met this year, played alongside, had a pint with, shook a rattle at, danced with, fell over, borrowed there car, had a lift home, borrowed some cash, took a photo of……. and anything else you can think of..


…and il catch you all after the new year!!!!


Easy To Read

Just thought id give you a quick heads up on my new acoustic solo album which is coming out soon…..

Easy To Read is the title for the upcoming album and is near completion now!! … The album will feature 8 tracks and should be hopefully released over the next couple of weeks.. check back for the dates!

The artwork is also nearly complete and you can see a sample below…. oh and thanks to terry mason for taking the photos down in Newcastle town centre.

Ive added below a sample track for you all to have a listen which is the title track from the album “Easy To Read” … so have a listen and dont forget to leave your comments below.

Easy To Read by Shagpile

The album will also go live on “CDBABY” once released and then on to the digitial distribution market…        i.e  iTunes, Amazon, Napster and such like .. currently both albums are signed up for 12 companies so if theres a preferable one that you like to use….. hopefully it’ll be on the list which will be coming soon!

The track listing upto now is as follows.. but may change over the next couple of weeks…

1. Young

2. You and your Lies

3. Hold On , Slow Down

4. Passing Through

5. Easy To Read

6. Old

7. Mystery

8. (Live Bonus Track) Worth More Than Here – Lyrics by Fiona Dunne

Until the next BLOG .. enjoy!