Applecarts & Tanglewoods

BOOOOOO!!!!! Its been a little while since I got to the blog so I have quite a few updates on what’s been happening to catch up on but I’ll try and keep it short and sweet!

First of all, I am sure most of you know by now that the new ‘We Steal Flyers‘ album ‘Applecart’ finally arrived and has been released to the world. You can now purchase it online and at most of the good online retailers like iTunes, Amazon & Cdbaby. The physical copies are also now available at ‘We Steal Flyers’ gigs and for home delivery from the ‘We Steal Flyers’ Shop.

Its been available now for just over a month and the support has been completely overwhelming! Not only did we have lots of orders online through our shop but they have been flying out at our gigs and the feedback from everyone has been so great! Lots of happy people out there with new songs from the us to listen to! A massive thanks to all of you for your continued support and patience! Now lets crack on and get the next album sorted!!

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The next exciting news is after doing a few live videos in Dennis Todd Music shop in Bedlington for guitar manufacturers Tanglewood, I am now an official Tanglewood artist/endorsee. We kept in touch after the videos were shot and released and it all came together. They are a brilliant UK based company who make some stunning guitars and I am now the owner of a beautiful all mahogany TW47E which was presented to me in my local Dennis Todd Music Shop by Mark Whiteman. I’m proud as punch!

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The new addition! Tanglewood TW47E

I was also performing a wedding gig in Ashington last week with Growing Robots with the new guitar for its second outing and the great Darren who is our bass player managed to grab some shots as I was setting up for the show. These were used on the Tanglewood website! You can check out some of Darrens amazing landscape photography of Northumberland and further afield at his homepage ‘Darren Turner Photography’

It’s been a busy old time here in the Shagnut Studio too with a few different projects for artists but I am also well into working on my new solo album too. Its already featuring a few great people you might know of through my pages and the songs all feel exciting and fresh to me. The album is heading towards more melodic and bluesy finger-style guitar and playing around with different tunings to keep it all exciting and I’m absolutely loving the challenges and the learning curves that have come along with it all. I still have lots of more good news in the pipeline but I will have to leave this for the next update!

Life has been good, creative, full of fun, love, laughter and busy times!! What else do I need??

Now back to work I go… hahaha! After a cuppa and some Marmite on toast of course!

Jason … #amazingadventuresalways


We can be Heroes! Just for one day!

Waking up yesterday morning (10th of January) was a bit of a strange one and a sad day for so many people around the world.


I often have a lot of trouble sleeping and switching off from things and thoughts when I’m at home and I have never really been the kind of person to enjoy going to bed, sleeping and waking up,  although I feel like I am needing some kind of sleep a lot more than I have through out my whole life lately. If I lay on the couch with a movie on then you can pretty much guarantee I wont make it through it (even if I reeeeeeally want to watch the film) but sleeping when it is silent, is a lot of the time virtually impossible for me. If I do fall asleep whilst watching a movie,  I usually wake up once the film stops and quiet sneaks in.

Two nights ago I watched ‘American Ultra’ and I made it the whole way though it! Arrrrrr-yeshhhh!  It was a great film by the way. I then sat up and did a little work on the laptop and poked around Youtube a little afterwards. I headed upto bed around 3am and lay there for over half an hour staring at the ceiling, tossed and turned about the bed whilst my little noodle did silly things and I realised there wasn’t much chance I was gonna drop off to slumber land. I headed back downstairs, made a Batchelors minestrone cup-a-soup and decided to watch another movie to see if I could drop off and settle.But…. I watched that one all the way through too! I think I headed to bed somewhere around 5.30am and still didn’t feel tired at all, maybe just a little delirious! This can also be fun sometimes though  Muuuuahhahahha!

When I woke in the morning, some point heading towards 11.30am, I was kinda feeling like my head had been trampled on by a large heard of baby pink elephants. My normal morning routine, once I can eventually open my little sleepy peepers and focus is to grab my phone from under my pillow and see what time it is, see if I have any lovely messages from anyone, reply to all of those lovely messages and then open up facebook or twitter to see if the world exploded or imploded whilst I was asleep.

David Bowie had died of Cancer at the age of 69 and Facebook and Twitter was filled with feeds of the news, photos, his life, peoples sadness and his music! I was feeling a little ‘Ughhhh’ when I arrived that day and when I read the news, it didn’t help any and got me thinking about the whole Big ‘C’ a lot and how many lives have been taken lately from friends, family, the family of close friends, people in the public eye and also about people who are suffering and dying with the horrible and horrific disease right now in my life too. I have no idea what happens when our number is finally up and we slip out of this crazy world and I don’t think anyone will ever know and I feel that is part of the beauty and mystery of life. Hopefully it isn’t the ‘End’ but if it is, then I think I’d still be happy with that when my own time pops around the corner.

Although I wasn’t a massively huge fan of David Bowie, I loved a lot of his music and he was an astounding songwriter and musician. I loved his originality and how he brought that to his music and his personality. I used to perform some of his songs live and have spent lots of time learning them and listening to them throughout my own years. The response inside the online social world was amazing as it pretty much took over the whole internet and still is as I write this. Bowie left an amazing timeless legacy behind him and this will never be forgotten.

I pulled myself together, jumped up, grabbed a lovely coffee and thought about how lucky I am to have such an amazing life at the moment and great people around me who never fail to inspire me and support what I love and do. My family, friends ,loved ones, my two beautiful healthy babys, my own health, my freedom, a home and of course… ‘Music’ , without this and its many, many forms I think I would struggle to exist!

this morning at 2am, after reading different articles about Bowie online whilst I was listening to his music I decided to grab my pencil and sketch my own little tribute to Mr.Bowie for sharing his music and life and for being such an inspiration to millions of lives around our tiny little world and here it is!


My pencil sketch and little smily tribute to “David Bowie”

So…. before you run off, why not have a little think about a few things and try to leave here with an awesome smile like Mr.Bowie has above. I’ll give you a little point in the right direction with a few questions below to get the cogs turning.

What are you going to leave behind? What are you thankful for today? How and who can you inspire? How can you be a Hero today?  When is the next blog post coming from Shaggy? hahhaa… sorry I couldn’t resist!

Thanks for reading once again! We got there in the end didn’t we … phewww! I’d love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments below and maybe your own personal experience of Mr.Bowie if you have one. See you soon and keep the smiles alive!

Amazing Adventures Always as Mr.Bowie hopefully heads off on a brand new one!





2016 is here! So is Harry the Bigfoot!

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Mulled wine with a shot of Rum @ Edinburgh Christmas Market

It’s 2016! Whilst the last year was amazing, it’s time for a new one and lots more Amazing Adventures Always!

If you read my last post you will already know I was playing a show with We Steal Flyers and staying in Thurstonland in Yorkshire for my New Year. We had a great fun gig at the Rose & Crown and always do! This is one of our regular bars to play in Huddersfield when on tour and it’s a different gig everytime we perform there. Richard the owner is one of those awesome, genuine and generous blokes and also one of the most hardest working men I’ve met. The gig was a great laugh we only had one person fall over the monitor into us (not bad for a New Years Eve gig…I won’t mention any names *cough “Cheryl” *cough). We managed to finish our show at 11.45pm and stuck good old Jools Holland on the TV with a microphone shoved in front of the speakers, and we joined in the crazy countdown with the whole bar. Then, of course, began the smooching and cuddling of everyone that was anywhere near you.. hahaha ..  what better way to start off the New Year!

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Performing at The Rose & Crown on New Years Eve

New Years Day was here before I knew it…  Waking up in a hotel room in a strange bed is nothing new for me as I travel a lot with my musical adventures and I love that part of what I do. I love the difference of the rooms and turning up to somewhere new, making friends with the employees and then disappearing off onto the next place. However not all the places we have stayed have been great but it’s always easy to find some amusement in the bad ones when I’m sharing a room with Derek. As long as they are warm and clean it will be fine for a night to get some shut eye and gather your thoughts and life force.

Heres a few little 2016 first facts that happened on new years day!

  • First Song I listened too in 2016 ‘Don Henley – Heart of the Matter’ : This was the first song I stuck in the CD player of the faithful little Suzuki Swift as I got ready to drive up from Yorkshire heading back up to the North-East with Maria relaxing in the passenger seat. I have a little thing about shoving an album on and starting it from my favourite track on the album in the car. Music is a massively important part of my journeys as I drive around, whether it be to the shops or to the other end of the country. At some point before getting to the car there will have always been some planning in my noodle about what I’m going to listen to on my way.
  • First Movie I watched in 2016 was ‘Harry & The Hendersons’ : Yeshhhh!!! What an awesome movie to wake upto for a new year! Opening my little peepers up in a hotel room with the smallest TV ever sitting at the bottom of my bed and turning it on to find Bigfoot Harry eating the plants in the Hendersons kitchen was a dream. I remember watching it a lot as a kid and especially at Christmas. As a kid nipping down to the Oval Newsagents in Bedlington and getting a ‘Radio Times Christmas Special TV Guide’ heading upto christmas was always an awesome part of the run up to Santy visiting and going through the pages with my mam checking to see what films were gonna be on every day! Since I moved into my house here 5 years ago I’ve never had a TV aerial connected (my own choice) so hotel rooms are pretty much the only time I get to see some normal TV.
  • First thing I drank in 2016 ‘ A pot of lurverly Yorkshire Tea from Sids Cafe in Holmfirth’ : In the morning of New Years Day, once we managed to get up and get showered, we met up with Shaun & Cheryl who came down and stayed over for the show. We all headed down to Holmfirth where the famous British TV series was filmed “The last of the Summer Wine” as it was only 10-mins drive from the bar. We headed to Sid’s Cafe which was one of the main scenes in the TV series and had a lovely pot of Yorkshire Tea.The staff were all awesome and friendly and it’s still decorated the same as it was in the series. I even managed to get Mamma Shagpile a Sids Cafe tea towel as a little pressie and souvenir. Here’s a photo of us having a giggle in the Cafe and enjoying the lovely Tea!

Sid’s Cafe in Holmfirth, Yorkshire

The next adventure was spending time with my little half pints and then heading off to Edinburgh for a few days and checking out the amazing Christmas market, but I’ll leave that for the next post. I hope you all had a brilliant New Year and lots of Amazing Adventures! Thanks for reading!



Happy New Year and a lovely new blog!


The Bathroom of the Rose & Crown, Thurstonland “New Years Day” 2016

Waking up in Thurstonland in Huddersfield, Yorkshire on New Years Day in a hotel room at The Rose & Crown , I found myself heading to the bathroom where I was greeted by this nice little piece hanging on the wall while I showered and got prepared to see what the New Year 2016 ahead had in store for me. The bathroom was the only room warm enough to get naked by the way.

While it could of meant a lot of things and thoughts to me, the thing that buzzed around my head while I showered in this luke warm room was the words ‘journey’ and ‘destination’ …I’ve been thinking and talking about getting my travel diary and blog online for over 2 years now with all the musical adventures and still hadn’t managed to get it running and now another New Years Day turned up to surprise me. What better a time to get it started and finally have somewhere for my thoughts and ramblings to live online for the world to view.

I have always filled out my private diary with thoughts, lyrics, songs and writings but not as much as I’d have liked to this year. I also have lots of unfinished lyrics and writings scattered in probably 30 or 40 different notepads and books lying around which need a place to live also and with this fine digital age of technology the ease of writing and posting something to this website is very easily accessible wherever I am.

So here it is, my first post of 2016 and to give it a nice little start I thought instead of just writing in here everytime I do something then dumping it and moving on, it would be a good idea to actually think about what I want from my posts and blog and add this to my first post of the year. So here’s a little list I’ve put together of my thoughts. I would also love to hear what your thoughts are and feedback on anything you think you would like to see here amongst my posts.

  • People to read and get some enjoyment from my writings : This is the obvious goal for any blog and makes perfect sense. If you don’t get anything from the posts, you won’t return, then I am writing to no one. This can still be very enjoyable for me but I’d much prefer some feedback and nice people to stop by and take something away from the posts. This could be inspiration to start your own blog, write a song, a book, a poem, get out your pencils and start drawing something, take a flight out to another country last minute and have a look around, try out a brewery, a beer or some food, pick up an instrument for the first time, find a new favourite artist/album, try harder to reach one of your forgotten goals, fill in your lunch break reading, feel better about making mistakes or just simply take away a little smile.
  • To write about and let people understand what I am passionate about : Again this is pretty straight forward. This lets me express who I am and what I’m passionate about and also connects me with people who have the same interests in life. I can also share parts of my life, travels and personality with those who have a genuine interest in what I do and who I am.
  • To practice and develop my writing skills : There is always something to learn, and practice is always one of the best ways to improve something you love to do. If I improve my writing on this blog then hopefully people will take more enjoyment from the website and posts. If I improve my lyrical writing then hopefully the same happens with my songs and my music. Happy days!
  • Promotion for my own projects, music, art or other musicians, writers or someone/something I feel should be shared and people/readers will enjoy and be interested in, in someway : I’m a musician amongst many other things and although I love to write for myself and enjoy the whole process there is an amazing amount of enjoyment from someone listening and falling in love with something you have created. It can be the lyrics that connect in a certain way or the music itself grabbing someone and tugging at them somewhere inside. The possibilites of connecting with someone is endless and very rewarding whether it be your own creation or sharing something that has touched you and you pass this on! Sharing is caring!
  • To have fun : Of course I want to have loads and loads of fun whilst doing this too, which I’m sure I will and already have so far just getting this ready to post.  Amazing Adventures Always is alive.

So, I think that’s enough to get me off to a good start for the New Year! An all new updated page ready for my ramblings and some thought thrown into what I want to write about and what I think you would like to see here.  I’d love to hear what you think and a little feedback on what you would like to see or even just a friendly “Hello, I’m reading this”

Amazing Adventures Always and all the best for you and yours in 2016!



Photo by Jay Dawson


“Outside In” review by Sleeping Bag Studios

The brand new album “Outside in” from Shagpile is available worldwide from the 12th of July and you can pre-order it on the 22nd of June from iTunes which will give you a free sneaky track nice and early so you can hear what the fuss is all about!!

We just recieved the first review in from Sleeping Bag Studios in Canada for the new album and we couldnt be more pleased with the write up. You can check it out below!


Shagpile – Outside In – Album Review

Well now!  I suppose a “Happy Anniversary” or sorts, is due to all involved today…

When we first started reviewing independent albums on the site, we were led to a tiny-two piece band way over in the UK called We Steal Flyers, and we reviewed their album Sidecars & Sideshows as we broke new ground of our own alongside this excellent duo.  And now after nearly a year has gone by, we get to experience another side of that band…errr…well, to be specific – one side of We Steal Flyers.  Jason Vare, aka “Shaggy” has come back to our site, in a new solo project called Shagpile with a debut album called Outside In – and we couldn’t be happier to have this gifted singer/songwriter find his way to our pages once again.

Now…I’d say that it’d be safe to tell fans of We Steal Flyers that they’ll certainly love what Jason has done here on Shagpile’s debut album.  The music is the beautifully toned and melodic mix you’ve come to know from him in WSF, but this album really goes the extra length in highlighting just what an important and integral part of the songwriting he is both in his band and in this new solo effort.  For fans of great storytelling in song, for those that like melody found in acts like Iron & Wine or David Gray – this new album, Outside In, is definitely made for you.

I’m a huge fan of genuine emotion in music – and I’m no dummy either.  Authenticity has been packaged and sold in the music industry for years and it can be tough to cut through all the bullshit we are served with daily.  I like it when music doesn’t sound forced.  I like music best…when it’s as REAL as this album is.

There is a fantastic quality in Vare’s voice that is completely addicting.  It’s not just the moments when his UK accent breaks through, no, it’s not that simple – this is a man that understands melody.  I think what I love most…that quality that I’m absolutely loving over here…are those tiny moments where he breaks slightly…or drifts away into the music.  Check out the Shagpile track “In The Morning” and you’ll get exactly what I mean.  On this track he attacks those vocals with powerful and trembling emotion…like…it almost sounds like these words meant so much to him that even recording them out loud nearly put him into tears.  Followed up by the isolated but hopeful-sounding “Smiles From The Dead,” I’m nearly in tears myself.  Vare should be incredibly proud of the beautiful recordings captured on Outside In, and the album itself should serve as a standard to the singer/songwriters out there; this is how you do it right.

Lyrically he’s writing from the inside-out to bring you from the Outside In.  Each track feels like he’s laying his soul’s-worth on the line; “You” and “Storytime” come along early in the album in real highlights.  Musically, this guy is always 100% spot on as well; a truly gifted and incredible acoustic-guitar player.  And it takes that kind of player to be able to make songs like “My Zombies” work!  I’m mean – this is acoustically driven music!  How in the hell did a zombie-reference get in here?  You’ll hear what I’m saying though – this track not only works, it’s a bloody-fantastic tune.

I’ll fully admit however, that when the tempo even picks up slightly…I’m almost waiting for him to drop it out and go slow again.  It’s not that tracks like “White Devil” or “My Zombies” will let you down – they won’t at all, and the album truly needs that diversity he’s planned into the flow to make the dynamics work as well as they truly do.  It’s just that Vare does SLOW so damn WELL!  Each example of him bringing it to a minimal place on tracks like “You” or “In The Morning,” show the real songwriter that exists inside him.  As the album closes on the epic “4am Lullacry” – it would take a lot to convince me otherwise…when this guy slows his music down, the world slows down with it…and it should.  It should stop completely…just for a moment, pause, think…and listen.

I’d go as far as saying you simply won’t find real emotions more genuinely recorded than you will on this album.  Vare has put his heart & soul into the songs on this Shagpile record, a common trait in all of the music he makes, which is something we now know ourselves.  Quiet, beautiful & acoustic doesn’t mean that music like this shouldn’t be out there making more noise all over the world, and it’s always my hope that truly fantastic songwriters like Jason Vare get recognized for their efforts by the masses one day.

There’s a really talented artist here, everything I’ve heard from his band to this solo effort has shown a commitment and dedication to beautiful songwriting beyond compare.  If he stays on this path and continues forward strong with this same dedication and heart in his music, no matter which project he chooses will have a massive chance of becoming known worldwide.  And each time the track “You” comes on…I get chills just realizing I could very well be listening to one of the most recognizable voices of our musical future to come.  Beautiful.  This album…is purely beautiful.

Jer @ SBS

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Brandy Bob Cartoon

I recently recorded a quick demo of a new song I am recording for the 3rd album. The song is called “Brandy Bob” . The song came about after reading an article about a guy who died from a blow to the back of the head from a trombone player in an orchestra.. who got a little bit excited while he was playing..Muhahahha…. so the song ended up being about a serial killer called Brandy Bob who took out his victims with a trombone.  I no… a little weird..hahaha.. but its coming none the less..the name of “Brandy Bob” came from an acoustic trio that did a support slot for Stolen Tom at the steamboat in Blyth. I had the song and no name for the character and Brandy Bob just simply fit in nice 🙂 Cheers guys n gal!

I set about a bit of a buzz online to find an animator to create a flash cartoon “music Video” to go along with the final song which will be released before the album to help promote it coming out at the end of the year and finally settled on an animator called Saša Anđelić. Sasa will be working on the whole project and i have done some sketches of brandy bob which you can see below and sent them over via email so he can get busy working on it. You can find a link to Sasa’s homepage HERE. He has some great photography on there and the website design is great.. well worth checking out.He also does a lot of fantastic flash webdesign too so if you need anything doing.. hes the guy to ask!

I also wrote out a Quick Storyboard for the song and video idea which i had in mind which you can see below as well…

I will be posting updates from sasa here along the way just to let you know how its getting on and how the design work is going ..

Heres my sketchwork and coloured work I did for the basic design and idea of Brandy Bob… .say hi!!

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And heres the rough script i had written out below…..

Storyboard Write up.

all set at night with a bit of freaky animation!

The intro of the four bar break was to be a high up city view , moonlit shot with the titles over.. built up of still images and parting as it zooms into a park in the distance..

1st verse
this is to be a scene in the park where a girl is walking through the park late at night.. shivering away with her hood up.. brandy bob popping up behind different things and disapearing again.. bins,bushes and park benches.. things like that. Could be still images again slowly poppin up then disapearing again. A mouse runs out in front of her and the girl gets a fright.. stops. And brandy bob bonks her on the head with the trombone and drags her off screen..

lead break
Brandy sitting on a step outside an old dingy house.. stumming away on a guitar with his trombone standing against the wall or step beside him.. with a case open on the floor with a few coins in..

chorus 1

Brandy bob singing away and nodding to the lyrics close up so you cant see much behind him in an old dingy house or shed.
Just him and a microphone.. for the effect of zooming out on the band (the dead victims) for the last choruses. This scene will be repeated through the other choruses before the end.

Verse 2
Scene set outside an office building with a girl working away through a window at a photocopier.. as brandy bob stands outside under a streetlamp polishing the trombone.. lights go out in the office and brandy jumps behind a bush.. the girl comes out, locks up and walks past ,, BONK on the head again… and he drags her behind the bush..

Chorus 2
Same as the last chorus with maybe some very slight differences just so it doesn’t look “copy-paste”

3rd verse and scene – verse is twice as long..
To be set in a bar with people standing round drinkin.. with brandy bob poppin up again behind stools .. between peoples legs, behind the bar.. anything like that for first part of scene.
2nd part to be the girl walking home drunk along a pathway as brandy bob pops up again behind things.. then the girl gets to her door trying to get her key in the lock drunk .. and brandy bob bonks her on the head and does off with her..

Chorus 3

Same as the last chorus with maybe some very slight differences just so it doesn’t look “copy-paste”

lead break – same again..
Brandy sitting on a step outside an old dingy house.. stumming away on a guitar with his trombone standing against the wall or step beside him.. with a case open on the floor with a few coins in..

Chorus 4 and 5 to end..
Camera slowly pans out to show the band behind him .. the three dead victims .. one slouched over the drums with sticks taped to her hands.. one tied to a chair with a bass guitar on her knee and an amp near her.. the 3rd will be tied to a chair at the other side with a guitar taped to her on a chair. As brandy bob stands out front with his microphone singing away to the end .. towards the end one of the girl falls off the chair onto the floor..  and brandy bob storms off the screen..

Keep an eye here to see whats going on and how its progressing 🙂

Shaggy & Sasa…

Time for a Change!!

Just a quick one to tell you of some changes!

My Homepage .. … 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!!

a1 newsite screen grab

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!!


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??



7TH JAN    –    HOKO 10 ( STOLEN TOM )
25TH JAN    –    BUBBLES


22ND FEB    –    BUBBLES







Lionheart Radio Interview and Live Session.

Lionheart Radio is a community run radio station that broadcasts from Alnwick in Northumberland and I landed an interview and also to play some live tracks of mine on there on the 2nd June via Derek from Acoustic Magic.


I turned up around 6:30pm on the Tuesday night with guitar in hand not really knowing what to expect as far as radio interviews go. After trailing up 3 or 4 flights of stairs I finally found my way to the reception of Lionheart Radio.. only to be told by the lovely gal on reception “you look out of breath .. didn’t you see the lift?” .. good job I had a little time before Paul turned up for his show to catch my breath back ..hahaha .. The receptionist also gave me a look at there stats and stuff on there computer which was cool and told me a bit of info about the station ….

Then Paul turned up … Paul Shucksmith has a show on there every Tuesday at 7:00pm and has been featuring the players from Acoustic magic on a monthly basis and theres been some great live music involved.. he’s definitely worth listening in for and I cant wait to hear the upcoming shows..

Paul went into the studio after splashing out the cups of Tea and I followed him in not long after with guitar in hand and a handful of CD’s. That’s when the nerves kicked in slightly .. we didn’t really have any preperation before hand and in between the song he told me that he doesn’t really plan out the show and likes it to just go along unplanned.. which I thought was a bit strange at first but the guy obviously knows what he is doing and once we got on air together he instantly makes you feel as if you’ve known him your whole life… and the show just all dropped into place from my point of view.. Paul instantly makes you feel relaxed and does a hell of a job at Lionheart. Top Fella!!!!!

Before I knew it the show had passed over 2 Hours of been on air .. I managed to play quite a few live tracks on air and also some tracks off the cd’s I took along. We had a heap of people emailing in and asking questions and asking for requests which really made the night that extra bit special.

So from shaggy the radio star!! Thanks for all the support from all who listened in and the show is repeated this Monday coming at 10pm incase you missed it…. And for those of you who did miss it , without a good excuse…. SHAMMMMMME ON YOU!!!

Don’t forget to check out Paul’s upcoming shows and drop in at the website to say hi….

Thanks again!! Shaggy!

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!!!