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Very interesting reading the diversity of what musicians feel about being broadcast without their consent or knowledge. For many years now I've been of the opinion that youtube IS the actual marketplace for what I/We do.
Over the last six years I've been doing an increasing number of solo shows but most people know me from playing in a band context and not as a solo performer. You can send all the CD's and glossy promo gear on the planet to a promoter/venue etc but none of it will ultimately persuade anyone who doesn't know anything about you in this context to put you on.
Over the last 20 years or so, a huge amount of youtube material has accrued. In the last two years, I've generated some of it but its mostly done by random contributors. It can be very good quality or dreadful but the point is, I think, that it doesn't actually matter. The onus is on me do do the best gig I can on a nightly basis no matter what the circumstances are. I also now enjoy making the little films I contribute. In a world where the gig is the most important factor. (I firmly believe that. You can make all the albums you want but they are only an adjunct to the live performance).
I was just at the Shepley festival last weekend where two people (both known to me) were filming with fairly good equipment. One of these guys always asks politely. The idea of trying to control content and to therefore perhaps generate an inaccurate view of oneself starts to seem silly to me. Anyone who is considering booking me for a gig but is not absolutely sure only has to google the name, pick a couple of films and get a truthful, accurate picture.
I only bring this up because I've just read a blog from a veteran muso whose tirade against posting of content seems to have become a crusade and I feel this person is just missing the point. It would be interesting to know if anyone thinks the same as me or is for controlling content. I repeat once more, as far as I'm concerned, this is the marketplace for what we do.
The only proviso I would put on this is that I tend to agree that lots of folks filming away at a concert with bright screens can be annoying and intrusive to other people and that a degree of thought should go into it. I don't think its as bad however as people indiscriminately using flash for still work. That is annoying both to me and the audience.
Never say we don't give you anything! We often get asked for Phil to play more gigs 'up North'.... well this weekend Phil is all yours!
Starting on Thursday 24th May, Phil will be at the Victoria Hall, Settle - see www.settlevictoriahall.co.uk to book tickets. Friday 25th sees Phil at Otley Courthouse - see www.otleycourthouse.org.uk and on Saturday Phil will be at the Browfoot Room, Cumbria - see www.musicinulpha.org.uk
Finally, Phil will be appearing at the Shepley Festival www.shepleyspringfestival.com on Sunday 27th May..... hope to see you at one of these great venues!
We've added some new dates for 2012:
4th Nov St Thomas a Beckett, Winchelsea, see www.winchelsea.net or buy tickets from Gramaphone Records, Rye High St
16th Dec Green Note, London, see www.greennote.co.uk for further information and tickets
Phil will also be appearing at the Pigs Ear Folk Ale, at the Kentish Horse Pub, Markbridge, nr Edenbridge - see www.folkale.co.uk for more information
Thats all for now!
Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the show at Rook Lane Arts Centre in Frome on 29th April. We apologise sincerely for this and the inconvenience caused and we will schedule another one in the area at the earliest opportunity.
Thankyou for your patience and understanding.
Aha. Should have incorporated the previous two gigs in my post. The other thing I like about what I get to do is the diversity of it. The previous two shows were in the lovely Whitstable Playhouse the Saturday before and the 'Man of Kent' in Rochester on the Sunday. These little Victorian theatres are very atmospheric but you have to sometimes patiently do battle with their custodians to get your hands on them. Usually worth the effort though. This one is on the upper end of what I like to do, size wise. My solo show is fairly informal and intimate and the antithesis of what we do with SOH. My average comfort zone is around 100 seats. The Playhouse holds about 180. Loved the night though. Jointly promoted by Vicky from Firebrand Music who happens to be based there anyway and Debs Earl from ' Folk in the Barn' who put on lots of gigs in that part of Kent.
Its about atmosphere and intimacy for me. That's partly why I do very few solo festival gigs. The thing I do isn't really suitable for those types of gig.
The sunday was for friends Heather and Rob who put on a lot of music in their pub. A very different and lively place. All 'serious' musos should play a pub gig or two once in a while. They are the great levellers should anyone be harbouring any illusions of grandeur. Good gang of folks apart from the idiot photographer who seemed to think that the gig was solely for his purposes. Had to stop mid set and get rid of him. Didn't mar the enjoyment though. Only drag was having to head for home that night due to studio session the next day....
Just a heads up. I have access to the good ship Pegasus for a period in mid august this year. I propose to put together a 4 or 5 day sailing and music trip out of Plymouth during this time. This ticks several boxes - interested people get to experience sailing a fantastic traditional sailing vessel with complete access to me in the evenings for informal workshops, singarounds and sessions. I get to sail my favourite ship for a few days and the boat sustains another slice of income which helps to keep it on the go. The price will be somewhere between £600/700 per head. Everyone stays on board and all meals are included.
Charlie Watts once said something along the lines of., "Been with the band for 35 years. That's 5 years of work and 30 years of travelling/hanging around".
Phil will be appearing at the Burnetts Hill Chapel in Martletwy and the Norwegian Church in Cardiff next weekend - tickets for both are still available so do book now!
See you there!
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