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Clive's Occasional Diary

(... like Les Barker's Occasional Table, occasionally it's a diary, occasionally it's just me rambling on... )

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Tuesday, January 16th 2007

(C)live at Leeds

Well here I am in A FOREIGN LAND. Still "A Northern Man" but now based in Yorkshire rather than my native Lancashire. Moved into the new pad in December. Final gig with Bandersnatch at the Wooden Horse, Rainford on Sunday 21 January; sorry to depart but geography dictates; happily, the band will continue with a revised line-up and I wish them every success. Still doing the regular weekly gig with Auld Triangle at Westhoughton Folk Club for the foreseeable future.

A few solo dates coming up in Jan/Feb - see the gigs page. After that, in the immortal words of Arthur Daley, "the world's your lobster".

Wednesday, November 8th 2006

We've gotta get out of this place

THE LONG GAP since the last entry is the result of a family wedding in August then selling the house and buying another one and, currently, packing up ready to move in December. Home resembles a warehouse at present with boxes everywhere and the studio has ceased to be. Gigs with Bandersnatch and at Westhoughton Folk Club continue but it's fairly quiet on the solo front pending re-establishment in the new nest. A few 2007 solo gigs are on the gigs page. There'll be more developments in the new year.

The header line above reflects the fact that my Vox AC30, pictured on the profile page (I'd had it for over 40 years), now graces the studio frequented by the current incarnation of The Animals (Animals and Friends). A reluctant sale due to downsizing, but it's gone to a good home.

Friday, July 7th 2006

Going round and round

Round&round BANDERSNATCH have just released their long-awaited first CD "Round and Round". It will be officially launched at a free gig on 15 July 2006 at the Chetham Arms in Chapeltown, Turton near Bolton. 8:00pm for 8:30pm. There'll be a free hotpot supper and a special guest. All welcome.

Monday, April 24th 2006

It was 50+ years ago today ............

Recorder duetsRECORDER DUETS. Theme from 'The Dam Busters' - big hit in 1954" (see the profile page). A mutual contact recently put me in touch with the other half of my first "duo" - my old friend Leslie Iddon. Last week we met for the first time in many years. Leslie is a retired music teacher and can actually write down the dots in the music - a skill I've been too lazy to practise since the advent of easy recording. May be some scope for collaboration; wonder if there's a market for a reissue of The Dam Busters theme on descant and treble recorder?

Wednesday, April 5th 2006

Thanks to the Guvnor

Ashley HutchingsFOLK MUSIC ICON Ashley Hutchings has contributed some kind words about my CD "A Northern Man" to the reviews page. Ashley has been a key catalyst in the folk music scene since he founded Fairport Convention in 1967, later moving on to found Steeleye Span and multiple incarnations of The Albion Band, among many other activities. He can currently be seen with Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers.

Saturday, March 25th 2006

See you at Arthur's

Due to an oversight, my gig at ARTHUR WAKEFIELD'S CLUB at the Dog and Partridge, Bollington on Friday 7 April 2006 is not on the club's website nor in the Folk North West listings. Nevertheless, this gig is definitely still happening. Come along if you can - it's always a fun night at Arthur's. Details on the gigs page.

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