For some reason I seem to a bit of a local radio celebrity at the moment. A while ago I appeared on The Steve Liddle Show for Brooklands Radio, a couple weeks back I played some tunes for Brian Player on Wey Valley Radio and this week I did a live session for British Forces Broadcasting Service in Aldershot. It’s a strange experience. Radio studios, well local radio studios anyway are not really designed for musical performances. The presenter sits behind a control panel surrounded by screens, knobs and buttons that usher in the records, jingles, news bullet-ins and adverts and then, off to one side, there’s a guest microphone hovering over a squeaky chair with arms on it that get in the way of the guitar. But I think I’m getting the hang of it. I do my best not to make a noise when the red light is on, avoid swearing and excessive rambling when invited to answer questions about my glittering life style and make a decent fist of a few songs while negotiating the arms of the chair and trying not to squeak. I don’t know about the listeners but I enjoy it.
On the subject of radio; in January I was invited to send in master recordings for broadcast on an internet station in Japan. I sent them Never Gonna Lose You and forgot about it but this week I saw a post from some chart compilation service telling me that I had reached No 4 in the “Sound Street Radio (Japan/United Kindom)” chart. Hurrah! This is obviously very prestigious and at least I did better than No 6.
It’s been a busy week. I’ve been in the studio every day working on two new songs, Monday was my BFBS radio thing, Tuesday evening I was rehearsing with Sophie and Cam, Rick came to the studio to record some guitar parts on Thursday and then joined me in the evening for a gig at The Poacher Inn in South Warnborough and then Friday night I was doing was doing my sound engineering best for the latest of our Music at the Pottery sessions. I don’t want to jinx it but audiences continue to flood in. This is more or less unprecedented in my experience. Normally you have to flight to get a reluctant few out of the sofa and into a gig but this was our fifth show and each one has been rammed to capacity with people who pay rapt attention to the performers and clap wildly at every opportunity. The audience loves the artists and the artists love them right back. Loads of people talk to me afterwards (while I’m trying to unstick the cables from the floor) to gush about the beautiful venue and the fabulous performers. There’s one more to go on 13th July before the summer break featuring; Rebecca Jayne, Tom Gortler, Eva Perrin Fontana and Dragonfly Sky. It should be a good one!