Vive La France!

I just got back from an absolutely outstanding visit to France with my band Carlton Brass. We were theoretically on tour in the town of Longué-Jumelle which is twinned with nearby Calverton. We did have two concerts (which went really well too) but most of the time was spent with our hosts eating food and […]

I’m only happy when it rains

I spent most of today dodging downpours, as my band Carlton Brass took part in an entertainments contest at the Dukeries Garden Centre near to Worksop. It’s a lovely place, but the organisers didn’t order the right weather. It absolutely pissed it down intermittently over the day and the good Lord saved the best shower […]

Rush – Power Windows

I’ve been sorting out some of my old CDs and have come across this old gem of an album. Released in 1985, this was my first, and most beloved, Rush album. 2112 is possibly a better album, but this one has more in it for me. It’s a very polished album, lovely production and occasionally […]

Whit Marches

Tomorrow sees me donning band uniform and marching through the streets of Lancashire playing with my band Carlton Brass for the annual march contest event. We’ll be playing a couple of amusing ditties on the march, then The Contestor at a standstill. I’ve never done this before, so it should be fun. Beware the roads […]


Yesterday I played in a brass band contest in Buxton with my band Carlton Brass. We played Hollywood by composer Goff Richards, and won second prize behind hot favourites Diggle. As you can see, by the time I took this photo Ray was a little inebriated, especially having drunk some of the port and brandy […]


I’ve just spent Sunday evening down at the church, and I really enjoyed myself. My band Carlton Brass were playing at Carlton Pentecostal Church, which is an establishment that has had some visits from our band before. Tonight’s event was a kind of celebration of St. George’s day (two days later) and general worship type […]

Fear Factory

They were once thought to be dead and buried, a once great band that spearheaded the more modern noises made by Metal acts. The big guy on guitar left and everyone thought that that was that. Not so, they have a new album out soon (if not already) and I’m interested. My fave rock magazine, […]

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