NE1 FM – RADIO INTERVIEW – 25TH AUGUST

Ive managed to land another radio interview with Newcastle based radio statio … NE1 FM.

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NE1fm is Newcastle upon Tyne’s first full-time FM community radio station which broadcasts 365 days a year at frequency 102.5FM and also live streams online making it available to the whole world via the internet.

The interview will be going ahead on Tuesday the 25th of August at 7:00pm and il be playing a selection of live tracks on there too as part of the show.

You can listen online by following the link below and opening into your favourite player.

NE1 FM – Homepage is here –> www.ne1fm.com

NE1 FM – Live Stream to listen online –> www.ne1fm.com/live.m3u

Hope some of you get a chance to tune in and send in some questions if you would like something answered!!

Shaggy!!

www.shagpile.org – The Official homepage of Shagpile and his original Music

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Time for a Change!!

Just a quick one to tell you of some changes!

My Homepage .. www.shagpile.org … is going through some big changes.  Its been up for a while now and has had Three full makeovers but I decided its time for another..

The whole visual side of the site will be completely different but im going to try and keep the content as close as possible to the original site…

Heres a screen shot of the main structure and layout of the site and its mainly based around one photo which was taken by Darren Turner Photography… Thanks to Dazlin for this and the rest of the great shots he got for me!!

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and heres a list of the main changes to the site itself…

* The visual design has been completely changed.

* The Cover Version section of music , Tabs section and the Guestbook have now been completely removed from the page.

* The New Mailing list sign up box , supplied by Fanbridge , has now been added to the Contact Page.

* Theres now a link in the menu straight to my Blog for all the news updates.. like this one..

* Gig-listings page has also been added as part of the main page and will include online gigs as well.

* Easy To Read album will also be available direct from the website and there will be some free tracks to download as tasters too.

* Downloadable Wallpapers and promo stuff will be added to the Fotos section of the site.

… all in all I am hoping this is all gona make the website a lot more exciting on the eyes as the colours in the old scheme were really gloomy and hopefully also make it more accesible and easier to navigate..

I am hoping to have it completed by the end of this week and any comments on the new site are appreciated!!

Shagga!!!

Gigs Gone Forever….

I was trying to recall all the gigs that have dissapeared allready this year and couldnt think of hardly any… so….. I decided to have a look about and make a list of the gigs gone by this year already!! I havent included the online stuff .. apart from one which was the Clear Blue Skies special!! Not bad for it only been the beginning of June huh??

GIGS GONE BY SO FAR ….. 2009

JANUARY

7TH JAN    –    HOKO 10 ( STOLEN TOM )
10TH JAN    –    THE QUAY (STOLEN TOM )
16TH JAN    –    THE STEAMBOAT  (STOLEN TOM )
24TH JAN    –    THE BRICK CLUB
25TH JAN    –    BUBBLES
31ST JAN    –    BUBBLES  (STOLEN TOM )

FEBRUARY

7TH FEB    –    DOG & PARROT  (STOLEN TOM )
13TH FEB    –    ONLINE SPECIAL WITH CBS
20TH FEB    –    HAIRY LEMON
21ST FEB    –    SNOOTY FOX, WAKEFIELD
21ST FEB    –    SNOOTY FOX, WAKEFIELD  (STOLEN TOM )
22ND FEB    –    BUBBLES
26TH FEB    –    TRILLIANS  (STOLEN TOM )
28TH FEB    –    THE FARRIERS

MARCH

4TH MAR    –    STEAMBOAT
22ND MAR    –    BEBSIDE INN  (STOLEN TOM )
29TH MAR    –    BUBBLES WITH ROD CLEMENTS OF LINDISFARNE

APRIL

3RD APRIL    –    TROJAN ROOMS  (STOLEN TOM )
5TH APRIL    –    BLUEBELL,AMBLE
5TH APRIL    –    ASHINGTON CENTRAL  (STOLEN TOM )
10TH APRIL    –    THE ISABELLA
11TH APRIL    –    BERESFORD ARMS
13TH APRIL    –    THE SMUGGLERS
13TH APRIL    –    WASHINGTON ART CENTRE
23RD APRIL    –    THE QUAY  (STOLEN TOM )
25TH APRIL    –    THE CLAYTON  (STOLEN TOM )

MAY

1ST MAY    –    THE SUN INN, MORPETH
2ND MAY    –    ROCK THE BARN  (STOLEN TOM )
4TH MAY    –    BUBBLES  (STOLEN TOM )
10TH MAY    –    THE SCHOONER, SEAHOUSES
15TH MAY    –    THE ISABELLA
17TH MAY    –    BUBBLES WITH GREG GRIFFINS OF PROUD MARY
23RD MAY    –    THE QUAY  (STOLEN TOM )
29TH MAY    –    THE STEAMBOAT  (STOLEN TOM )
30TH MAY    –    HE NEW INN, LONG FRAMLINGTON

Follow up to the big 3 ohhh!!! part deux!!

What a Weekend.

YOHOOOOO!! What a weekend its been and its took me till Tuesday to feel even remotely normal!!

To kick it off we were at the Isabella as part of the Bellacoustic night and the party for my 30th Birthday (although it wasn’t till Sunday). The night kicked off with Ickle Daryl Burns opening up with his set and went on till closing time through out all the players.

First of all thanks to all the players who gave there time to play … Daryl Burns, Clear Blue Skies, Micky Oliver, Hague, William West and the rest of Stolen Tom, which includes Sav playing the drums on Harrys Hat miced up… Hahha what a belta! We also had a SPECIAL GUEST appearance from Milinda doing her thing to La Bamba hahahhaha!! No Microphone Needed!!

Also thanks for everyone who came down for a beer and wished me happy birthday for Sunday… The missus and everyone else who helped organise it all as well… Paul & Kay from the Isabella for letting us take over the bar for the night…. all the people that bought me pressies!! (WEHEYY!!.. finally got an Acoustic Magic Clock!!) and anyone else who was hanging about listening to the music!! I Had a great night and it was a hell of a turnout. CHEEERS!!!

ME.. Blowin my cake across the pub!!!

ME.. Blowin my cake across the pub!!!

After That we all piled back to my house for a party till the daylight started popping through in the morning.. and all the drink was gone.. The birds were singing away when half the people left and I  couldn’t move and was crashed out on the floor!!

Saturday daytime was a dead day literally and I felt like Sav was still playing that helmet as a drum .. apart from it was on my head this time .. OWWW!!!

On the night time we went over to Sunderland , The Independent to see the Stephen Fretwell gig ive been waiting on for months… and it was another cracking night although I struggled to face a drink. Got some cracking photos though for the Nocturnal Images website and had a canny chinese meal while we waited on the doors opening…

Then it was Sunday and I am now officially 30 ..  hahhaha … good thing or bad thing?? Well have to wait and see I guess … I was gigging at Bubbles in Ashington with The Acoustic Magic Team supporting Greg Griffins of the band Proud Mary who has been on tour with Neil Young. Canny eh??

Again another cracking night and it ended with Greg taking to the stage. What a voice on the guy .. and a brilliant set .. look forward to catching him again some time and I’m gona pester him to take his part in the All Acoustic page too.. so il let you know how that goes!!

I Finished off the night by necking as many test tubes as I could get my hands on , which michelle at that point decided to stick them on her hands and do her edward scissor hands impression and I managed to stroll in at 3:30am blotto!! … and then I spent the whole day lying around on Monday!! Pleased I put in the holiday from work … as there was no chance I could have made it!! Like someone else from work who didn’t manage to get there…hahahha.. *cough * shelly *cough * ..

Once again thanks again to all who made the weekend what it was!!

Cheers Big Ears!! Shaggy!!!

Rod Clements @ Bubbles

Another great new gig to get under my belt this week. Rod Clements was one of the original members from the band Lindisfarne and for those of you who dont know who they are then youre probably either too young or youve been locked in the basement by your dodgy father who only feeds you on a sunday!!

Me and my beard!!

Me and my beard!!

Anyways.. Derek from Acoustic Magic managed to sort this out for me and got us the gig supporting Rod Clements at Bubbles in Ashington…what a belta and it was amazing to share the stage with such a Legend!!!!

The running order was Clear Blue Skies, Hague, Myself and then the Fabulous Rod Clements who blew me away with his fingerstyle and slide guitar playing. Having already had a listen on his myspace I didnt really no what to expect from him playing solo but was pleasently surprised .. Damn he can play!!!!!!!

Hague

Hague

The night went great and Hague pulled a new song out the bag especially..  and also his Tightrope Walking song ,which was the last one he wrote I believe, is slowly becoming my favourite of his set!!

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Clear Blue Skies had there usual mental banter about them while standing on one leg…. and Derek gave me a shot glass with a straw in it while I was on stage which…. turned out to be lager??? hahahha…  oh and it was also Hairys birthday so he got the dedication of Land Down Under on the night..

We also got the chance to get our photos taking at the end of the show with Rod and thanks to Terry T-Shirt for doing all the photography on the night once again!!

Hahaha Check out the finger!!

Hahaha Check out the finger!!

Hairy with his belly out!!

Hairy with his belly out!!

All in all another great gig for Acoustic Magic which keeps on going from strength to strength..

So to all the Acoustic Magic team , Rod Clements and Hairy for his birthday!!!

WEYHEEEEEEEY!!!!!

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….

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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..

HAVE A SHAGGY CHRISTMAS AND A GREAT NEW YEAR!!!!!

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

santy

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!

Shaggy!!!!!!!

Bloggin away! The Beginning of it all….

Hey all … as this is the first blog from www.shagpile.org , im gona give you a quick introduction and tell you whats been happening lately.. First of all .. im shaggy .. an acoustic solo/singer songwriter from NE England and my home page is as youve probably guessed … http://www.shagpile.org… and im starting this blog to basically keep people upto date whats happening with my music and gigs and any other happenings related to the solo music stuff and also to remind me of whats happened..as bad memory syndrome seems to be happening a lot to me lately..hahahahha.

So… a couple of things thats been happening lately..

ALBUM RELEASE & CDBABY!!

The release of my first album which is called “Finding Yourself” has now went up for sale on CDBABY which is great news, so all of you who were asking for downloads rather than posting out a cd . This is now available and will be also available over the digital ditribution deal I signed up for across 10 different companies.. the main ones being “iTunes” “Napster” “Amazon” and so on.. so hopefully this should get my music a bit more scope than usual over the upcoming months as each one becomes available! If you want to check that out click HERE and you can hear the album and see how CDBABY works.

SOME GREAT GIGS ON THERE WAY..

Ok .. couple of gigs im really lookin forward to which ive landed lately.. BUBBLES IN ASHINGTON – Supporting MILES HUNT-formely from the band “The Wonderstuff” on the 21st of December .. Which i cant wait for..

BUBBLES IN ASHINGON – Supporting ROD CLEMENTS formerly from the band LINDISFARNE on the 29th of March next year which is gona be another great gig!!

Also lots of gigs with ACOUSTIC MAGIC courtesy of CLEAR BLUE SKIES coming up right througout this year and the next ,which il tell you all about in the next blog…..

Hope you enjoy the blogs to come.. and il keep you all updated on any special happenings ..

Shaggy!!